After attending Hope College in Holland, Michigan, Lynn Austin married her husband and completed a degree in psychology at Southern Connecticut State University. She taught fourth grade in a Bogota, Colombia, school. Since there was no TV and plenty of time to read, she became an avid reader.
The demands of a growing family postponed her writing career until she moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later to Winnipeg, Manitoba. It was during those long Canadian winters at home with her children that she finally started carving out a few hours of writing time each day while the children napped. As her children grew, she returned to teaching and learned to squeeze in writing time amid the busyness of family life.
For 11 years, she studied how to craft good fiction and endured all the ups and downs of trying to get published. In 1992 she decided it was time to resign from teaching to write full-time. Her first novel was published in 1995, and it was the same book she had started writing during naptime: Gods and Kings. It evolved into the five-book Chronicles of the Kings series.
Lynn has published 23 novels and one nonfiction book, Pilgrimage: My Journey to a Deeper Faith in the Land Where Jesus Walked. Eight novels have won Christy Awards for excellence in Christian fiction, and she was named to the Christy Award Hall of Fame in 2013. Fire by Night was one of only five inspirational novels chosen by Library Journal for their top picks of 2003, and All She Ever Wanted was chosen as one of the five inspirational top picks of 2005. Hidden Places has been made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel.
Lynn lives in Western Michigan, where the woods and beaches of Lake Michigan inspire her every day.
Chronicles of the Kings
Faith of My Fathers audio preview
by Lynn Austin
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