My name is Lynn Kinnaman
I’ve been writing since I could read. I love to tell stories, real or imagined, that take you away or reveal things you might have missed.
I also tell stories for entertainment. I believe reality is highly overrated and prefer escape and fun as often as possible.
My writing spans fiction and nonfiction, light-hearted to intense, covering business and the business of living.
I started writing early
When I was in grade school I wrote my first mystery story on a 3-inch notepad. I still have it along with the many stories I’ve written and revised since.
My first publication was as a photo-journalist for Cycle News, a newspaper covering off-road racing. My subsequent writing and publication include being a stringer for the Billings Gazette, Great Falls Tribune and a columnist for the Bozeman Chronicle.
I’ve published articles in Big Sky Journal, Midwest Art, Sunset Magazine, Highlights for Children, and others. I’ve won writing awards from the Montana Institute of the Arts, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, served as president for the Montana Authors Coalition, founded the Big Sky Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, was Book Project Manager for three book compilations, Editor/Contributing Writer for Yellowstone Country, GoldWest Country, Russell Country and Missouri River Country Travel Guides.
I’ve been a contributor in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Divorce and Recovery, The Anthology of Cozy Noir, We’d Rather Be Writing, 21 Days of Christmas.
I wrote Camping in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming for Avalon Travel Publishing, Southwest Montana Auto Adventures for Canyon Publications, Skinny Budget Marketing, Comfort Verses and Divorce is not Destiny for Works by Design Publications. More books are in development.
I serve as editor for SW Montana Magazine and hold the Get Published Conference for Writers in Bozeman every year. In 2004 I established Works by Design, LLC, where I offer web design, technical advice, and support for professionals and small businesses.
I went to school to be a teacher, and I’m currently teaching writing at Montana State University/Gallatin College.
I adore dogs (Trixie goes everywhere with me whenever possible), mysteries, learning, and sharing what I’ve learned with others.
I’m a Christ-follower and many of my writings address topics related to living in that world-view and loving others.
I savor my solo life and share ideas, challenges, and blessings around that.
What I write
I write fiction and nonfiction. I also write for businesses and individuals when they need to get the words right.
I love learning, and I’m terminally curious, so my interests are varied and my writing is eclectic as a result. Stick with me and you’ll read about:
- Food and health (an interest of necessity these days),
- Faith, fears, and moving forward anyway,
- The joys and trials of singleness (and how to make more of one and minimize the other),
- The blessing of dogs and doggy-related things,
- The magic of Montana,
and whatever else catches my interest at the moment.
My fiction often touches on all these topics, and I love to tell stories about strong, interesting women, friendships, faith, dogs, mysteries, Montana. and more.
I take words seriously. In a fun way, of course. Words are transformational – you can climb into a book and sail away like it’s a magic carpet. I did that a lot as a kid, and was hooked early on the idea you can take 26 letters and build a new world, or teach a skill, or travel without leaving your chair.
How It Evolved
I got my degree in English and Education. I like to write in a way that gives you new information, whether it’s about a character, a place, or a piece of history. My fiction incorporates relevant facts, so research is crucial.
It’s fun, too. I enjoy digging into topics, then often find I can use the information in both my fiction and my nonfiction. It also takes me in new directions and gives me ideas for fresh twists, or deepens the story.
Writing lets me go where my interests take me.
I like Montana. I love dogs. I’m intrigued by psychology and why people do what they do. I find justice satisfying.
All these things play into my writing.
Curiosity is the cherry on top.
What I write is the product of all these things and the results are often surprising, even to me.
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