media appearances


An Interview With Ian Benke



Growing up in the 80s and 90s, while a big fan of sci fi and fantasy, there weren’t a lot of female characters to identify with. The females typically lacked depth, didn’t have a lot of agency, or simply were there as a romantic interest. As I started developing my fantasy trilogy, I wanted to create a cast of female characters who were all different. They made jokes, made mistakes, got angry, got frustrated, weren’t always the ‘bookish smart’ one. I wrote because I wanted greater depth of characters for young girls reading these genres so that they could picture themselves in these worlds without having to be ultrasmart or beautiful or aggressively assertive.


Read the full interview HERE.

Posted April 5, 2022


ManyBooks Author of the Day: J. Lynn Else - Captivating Historical Fiction Set in Ancient Egypt | ManyBooks


Posted: June 24, 2022

The History From A Woman's Perspective Blog talks books and ancient history. 


Interview with J. Lynn Else (


Posted: 15-Jun-2018 

A review of "Descendants of Avalon" appeared in TopShelf magazine.


Find the link here, page 30:  TopShelf - Sept. 2022 by TopShelf Magazine - Issuu


Posted: Sept. 14, 2022

As part of The Novel Bunch Online Book Fair on Facebook, I got to discuss character flaws and how to use them.
Check out my interview about the Benefits of Blights.
Posted: Oct 18, 2023

Panelist for The Novel Bunch Book Fair Author Panel Discussion about writing as well as all things dragons.


Posted: Oct 18, 2023

Co-host and presenter for The Novel Bunch Book Fair on Facebook.


Event on Oct 17 & 18, 2023

USA Today TV The Corner Bookstore interview: 




Posted: Mar 16, 2023

An interview with the delightful cast of Fae News: (44) FAE News Mar 1, 2023, Author J Lynn Else, Hedge Game, ARTIST ALL CALL & WeiRd News! - YouTube


Posted: Mar 1, 2023

Going North Podcast interview: #Bonus Ep. – “Random Acts of Awesome Historical Fiction” with J. Lynn Else (@JLynnElseAuthor) | The Going North Podcast


Posted: Dec 23, 2022


“Let your nerd flag fly.” - J. Lynn Else

Lurking for Legends interview: (6) #LurkingForLegends 093 with J. Lynn Else | Facebook



Posted: Dec 13, 2022





12 Days of Page Turners appearance: (44) Day 7 of The 12 Days of Page Turners | Author Talk - YouTube



Posted: Dec 7, 2022


Joanna Vander Vlugt interview on JCV Art Studio: E102 - J. Lynn Else, author of the Awakenings fantasy series - JCVArtStudio | Podcast on Spotify


Posted: Sept 2022

The Van Buren Variety Show interview: Van Buren: ep 78. J. Lynn Else - Award winning author - YouTube


Posted: Sept. 13, 2022

The Wise Ones:


An interview with Dr. Jacalyn Kerbeck & Red O'Laughlin: AN INTERVIEW WITH AWARD WINNING AUTHOR J. LYNN ELSE - YouTube


Posted: Aug 4, 2022


Jot Notes: Into the World of Books and Authors. See YouTube episode here:


Posted: Aug. 2, 2022

Secret Story's From The Underground With Danny Whitman And Dean Whitman | Podcast on Spotify  


Episode 114 we talk with Author J Lynn Else!!!!

Hosted by Danny Whitman and Dean Whitman.




Posted: June 20, 2022

J. Lynn Else joins the podcast. This is very much the pop culture podcast. We start with King Arthur, talk about why the Divergent movies aren’t that good, and eventually talk about the Lord of the Rings. NEWSFLASH: We both want a Gimli/Legolas buddy cop show. This was a far too short but very fun conversation.

Just JoshinG podcast: 

Episode 789

Posted: June 6, 2022

Voyage Minnesota Magazine: 

Life & Work with

J. Lynn Else

Full article here: Life & Work with J. Lynn Else - Voyage Minnesota Magazine

Posted: May 26, 2022

I Didn't Read Your Book Podcast: 

What a fascinating conversation from a brilliant and well read author! There's SO much in here.


Check out the IDRYB podcast interview here: "Decendants of Avalon" | IDRYB 34 | I Didn't Read Your Book Podcast - YouTube

Posted: May 11, 2022


Review: Meet This Author!

Q&A with Author J Lynn Else


See full article here: Review: Meet This Author! – Urban Book Reviews (

Posted: April 7, 2022

Thank you to CITL CKSA [Prime Time Local News] for the book discussion!


Award winning author J Lynn Else - YouTube

Posted March 24, 2022

Shooting it Raw, Episode 105 : Ep 105 – J Lynn Else on Being Proud of Your Voice and Letting People Hear Who You Really Are - YouTube

Posted March 27, 2022


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Blog interviews

An interview with the stars of "Descendants of Avalon," Genie, Whit, and Mei on their hunt to rescue Beth. Check it out on The Protagonist Speaks Blog here: 

Genie, Whit, and Mei (of Descendants of Avalon, by J. Lynn Else) – The Protagonist Speaks

Posted: July 14, 2022

Jean the Book Nerd Blog: J. Lynn Else Interview - Lost Daughters of Avalon ~ JeanBookNerd

Posted: June 16, 2022

Writer Wednesdays with Heather Weidner, Author, Blog:#WriterWednesday Interview with J. Lynn Else — Heather Weidner

Posted: 5/25/2022

Lisa Haselton, Author Blog: Interview with YA fantasy author J. Lynn Else – 

Posted: 5/25/2022

Sue Rovens, Writer of Suspense Blog: Author Meet & Greet! – Sue Rovens

Posted: 5/24/2022

Peni Jo Renner, Author Blog: Meet Fantasy Author J. Lynn Else! – Musings of an Author ( 

Posted: 4/3/2022 

Interview with Santonu Kumar Dhar, Prachesta Blog: Interview with author J. Lynn Else ( 

Posted March 21, 2022

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Minnesota author J. Lynn Else told an Authority Magazine interviewer this week:

Gowing up in the 80s and 90s, while a big fan of sci fi and fantasy, there weren’t a lot of female characters to identify with. The females typically lacked depth, didn’t have a lot of agency, or simply were there as a romantic interest. As I started developing my fantasy trilogy, I wanted to create a cast of female characters who were all different.

See full article here: Pixel Scroll 4/6/22 This Is The Hour When Moonstruck Faneds Know What Pixels Scroll In Yuggoth | File 770

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
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2015 Challenge Participant
50 Book Reviews
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