Lynn’s book addiction was diagnosed in childhood when Miss Isobel, the elementary-school librarian, summoned Lynn’s mother to campus because Lynn was “reading too much.” Books were Lynn’s window on the world, beckoning her to adventures unimaginable to a young girl in the conservative South. They took her to faraway places and through historic periods in which she became an empress, an explorer, or an epidemiologist—without ever leaving the shade of the backyard elm tree.
To Lynn, reading and writing were as inextricably linked as sweet tea and ice cubes. She wrote for her junior-high, high-school, and university newspapers. Then life interrupted her fascination with fiction. She took an award-winning detour through journalism and advertising. Was blessed by marriage, and homeschooled two children who are fine attorneys now. She mentored young Christian businesswomen and survived a rigorous graduate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Lynn’s book addiction recurred when she retired early to the Rocky Mountains. Reading, travel, and life experiences enrich her suspense manuscripts, which are driven by contemporary family dynamics and a Christian worldview. She has (twice!) surveyed Israeli archaeological digs accompanied by heavy artillery rounds from Syria and machine gun fire from Lebanon. Explored Machu Picchu after training with an Incan shaman. Cruised the Amazon and its tributaries after tossing a tarantula from her skiff. Fought a twelve-hundred-pound bear—one genome from a grizzly—for a salmon on the end of her line in Alaska. (The bear won.) Crossed the Tasman Sea confined to her cabin because of rough passage. And elegantly consumed afternoon tea (black, no sugar) across six continents and the North Atlantic.
She is a member of the venerable Explorers Club – an international, multidisciplinary society founded in 1904 to advance field research and preserve the instinct to explore. She also is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Sisters in Crime.
Lynn lives on a mountaintop with her husband of thirty years, an immortal tabby cat, and whatever predator wanders through the meadow. She’s passionate about faith and worship, archaeology and history, women’s issues and the environment. She’s a world-class angler, a competent wing-shooter, a spastic cross-country skier, and a dirt-encrusted gardener. She develops and teaches para-biblical studies about the context of the Old and New Testaments and the Intertestamental Period.
Lynn Horton is represented by Rachelle Gardner at Books & Such Literary Management.