Proud to be a tea-sippin' nerd of a mommy!
Proud to be a tea-sippin' nerd of a mommy!

About J. Lynn...

Award-winning author J. LYNN ELSE loves reading and writing about awesome women from antiquity. Besides history, she also gets nerdy with Star Wars, Star Trek, and MST3K. She’s self-published two historical fiction novels set in ancient Egypt, The Forgotten: Aten’s Last Queen and The Forgotten: Heir of the Heretic. 


Descendants of Avalon, Awakenings book 1, Lost Daughters of Avalon, Awakenings book 2, and Destiny of Avalon, Awakenings book 3 are YA Fantasy novels with interwoven elements of the legends and people of King Arthur's time, was released through Inklings Publishing in May 2018. Additionally, in July 2018, she self-published a sci fi novella, Strangely Constructed Souls, which asks 'what the price of revenge and how far would you go to right a wrong?' Her short story The Girl from the Haunted Woods, about friendships, secrets, and witchy curses, won 2nd place in the Journey into the Fantastical anthology contest. 

J. Lynn’s always had a flare for the dramatic, graduating college with a theater major and a dance minor. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two kids where her shelves are overrun with books, her kitchen is overrun with loose-leaf tea, and her workroom is overrun with Baby Yoda figures. She enjoys sketching, reliving her 1990s by watching the latest X-Files episodes, honing her Fruit Ninja skills, and randomly busting out into song and dance. She believes in unicorns and practicing random acts of awesome.

Hobbies: Scrapbooking, reading, writing


Favorite movies:  Star Trek, Star Wars original trilogy (no "special" versions), Galaxy Quest, Napoleon Dynamite, Elf


Favorite all-time TV shows:  Star Trek: TNG (yep, I’m a next generation), Castle, Big Bang Theory, So You Think You Can Dance (I know you’re thinking, how does THAT fit in there?  Well, I have spent part of my life as a dancer -- and its currently on hold unless you count Wii Just Dance!), Once Upon A Time, Forensic Files, and MST3K.


Favorite authors:   Rick Riordan, J. K. Rowling, Cornelia Funke, Jo Graham, Lisa Genova, & Michelle Moran

Favorite subjects:  Ancient Egypt, science fiction, Greek ancient history, tap & lyrical dance, acting (yeah, I’m one of those dramatic peeps too).


Favorite things:  I love the sound of water lapping against a shoreline.  I love a warm day to sit out on the deck and listen to the birds sing... and the Minnesota Twins.

My dad and me, because being this awesome runs in the family.

One of my most awesome days... ever!  Its not just Disney World... its also STAR TOURS!

July 8, 2012 --


This morning I raised my cup to the man who first peaked my (and my brother's) interest in hot tea...  So to you Capt. Picard, I raise my cup of tea, Earl Gray, hot...

Chillin' with Optimus...

Let's roll out!!

They're the red shirts of the Star Wars universe!

J.'s favorites book montage

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Dragons of Autumn Twilight
Heir to the Empire
The Last Lecture
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The Last Olympian
The Greatest Generation
The Red Pyramid
Cleopatra's Daughter
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
The Host
Grave Goods
The Highlander
Cleopatra's Daughter
The Wishing Spell
A.D. 30
The Forgotten: Aten's Last Queen

J. Else's favorite books »

My novels:

Book 3 of the Awakenings series was released 7/31/2021. Its the epic conclusion to the Avalong adventures. I hope you love it as much as I do! 

"Lost Daughters of Avalon" is book two of the "Awakenings" series.

Released: December 2019

"Descendants of Avalon" 

Released via Inklings Publishing. Its got girl power and magical adventures. 

Released: May 2018

"Heir of the Heretic"

("The Forgotten" volume 2)

"The Forgotten: Aten's Last Queen"

("The Forgotten" volume 1)

Reviewed and awarded the

2016 Indie Editor's Choice

by the Historical Novel Society.

Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.

Strangely Constructed Souls

a sci fi novella

released July 31, 2018.

The Girl from the Haunted Woods

*2nd Place contest winner* 

"Journey into the Fantastical" Anthology

Reviewer for:

Historical Novel Society Volunteer

NetGalley Professional Reader

Reviews Published
Frequently Auto-Approved
2015 Challenge Participant
50 Book Reviews

Top Goodreads Reviewer

my read shelf:
J. Else's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)

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