© 2016 by Lynda McDaniel, author & book coach


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I've been writing for a long time, and I've loved (almost) every minute of it. My career got its start in an unlikely placea town of 200 people. I worked at the Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, where I wrote newsletters and press releases, articles and ads. Once I saw my first published article, I was hooked.

I’ve gone on to write more than 1,200 articles for major magazines, hundreds of newsletters, and dozens of blogs. I'm proudest of the 18 books I’ve written, including my Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Series. The way I see it, books are to writers what pentathlons are to athletes: endurance.

For the past 10 years, I've also enjoyed serving as a writing coach to clients who wanted to write well at work and on their own books. Like my client Larry Gildersleeve, author of Dancing Alone Without Music, who told his alumni newspaper, College Heights Herald, that I "converted him from professional business writing to creative fiction." I learn a lot from my clients, too, and together we're bringing our writing dreams to fruition.  



Other books I've written include:

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, but I've lived all over this country—from the Midwest to the Deep South to Appalachia to the Mid-Atlantic to the Pacific Northwest. In 2017, I settled in Santa Rosa, California, a place that reflects the values I learned while living in the mountains of North Carolina, all those years ago.



"The most satisfying mystery I've read in ages." 
— Joan Nienhuis, book blogger