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

About J. Lynn...

Around 4th grade, J. Lynn began writing stories.  She also developed an interest in history around that time when she was gifted the book “The Discovery of the Titanic: Exploring the Greatest of All Lost Ships” (which she still owns).  Her creative writing also developed in part through having multiple pen pals in her school days (in the “time before email” times!). 

Outside of reading voraciously and driving kids to multiple after-school activities, J. Lynn enjoys a perfectly steeped cup of hot tea while writing and editing her next projects, one is a YA adventure involving the women of King Arthur's time and the other is a historical fiction about an empress who lived in ancient China. Her next novel about ancient Egypt is in the early planning stages.

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 »

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.

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!

My novels:

"Descendants of Avalon" 

Released via Inklings Publishing 

May 2018

"Heir of the Heretic"

("The Forgotten" volume 2)

Reviewed and awarded the

2016 Indie Editor's Choice

by the Historical Novel Society.

Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.

Reviewer for:

Historical Novel Society Volunteer

NetGalley Professional Reader

Reviews Published
25 Book Reviews
Challenge Participant

Top Goodreads Reviewer

my read shelf:
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