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Lynne M. Spreen

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Where are the stories about women over 50? That's what I want to read, so that's what I write. My first two books, Dakota Blues, which won an award, and Key Largo Blues, feature Karen Grace, whose life fell apart at age 50. Goodbye to the Blues, Book 3 in the series, picks up the story lines of the beloved supporting cast. Any of the Blues Books can be read as stand-alones.

I also wrote Middle-Aged Crazy, a collection of short stories, all of people who are age 50 and over.

Now, I'm branching out into Silver Romance. My goal for 2019 is to publish a 5-book series subtitled Starting Over in Sedona, all featuring people in the second half of life. The books will be women's contemporary fiction with strong romantic themes, but each
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Lynne M. Spreen Sometimes I get writers' block because I don't know what I'm doing. In that case, I walk around my house or neighborhood talking to myself. "What are…moreSometimes I get writers' block because I don't know what I'm doing. In that case, I walk around my house or neighborhood talking to myself. "What are you trying to say? What the heck is your point?" I wave my arms around a lot and mumble audibly.
Then I go back in my office and draw diagrams on the whiteboard. Maybe boxes with arrows, depicting what happens first, then next, then next, etc. If none of that works, I turn to alcohol.(less)
Lynne M. Spreen My readers! Every time I put out another book, they ask for more stories about middle-aged people seizing the day. Also my characters. I feel as if…moreMy readers! Every time I put out another book, they ask for more stories about middle-aged people seizing the day. Also my characters. I feel as if they live in some other dimension, but can only be "seen" in my novels.
Thanks for asking.(less)
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In celebration of ten years of blogging, I have decided to give it a rest. But there's a better way for us to stay in touch.
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“about to make, but the idea had faded. Not for the first time that day, she wished the hall outside her door hadn’t become the official gathering place for coworkers in search of gossip and idle chit chat. It wasn’t like her to lose focus so easily. Karen couldn’t afford to slow down,”
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“Ben slumped into a chair in front of Karen’s sprawling desk, his eyes bloodshot. It wasn’t due to partying. The kid practically slept in his office. “Wes told me to fire Ashley.”
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“mentor, Michele Scott, my editors Jennifer Meeghan and Wendy Duren, and my cover artist Damon at Damonza.com for the professional boost I needed. To all my Hemet and Palm Desert friends who cheered me on without hesitation: the Wolfe Pack, Palm Springs”
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“Now the stress dream was real. I was alone in my bed. Alone when my kids went on playdates. Just one hour in my house without them made me project into the future to when they would go off to college, leaving me behind. Would I be alone for the rest of my life? Marne”
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message 6: by Lynne

Lynne Spreen Hi Ina, I haven't actually been active in that group for over a year, but you might contact its founder, a woman by the name of Claude Nougat. Here is a link to her page, and best wishes. https://www.goodreads.com/ClaudeNougat
Lynne


message 5: by Ina

Ina Britton Lynne,

I have been trying to join boomer lit, but it keep saying that my birthdate has to be on my profile page. It is on my profile page. I don't know what else to do. Help!!

Ina Britton


♥ Marlene♥ Hi Lynne. Thanks for asking me to be your bookfiend. Oops I wrote book fiend instead of friend. Well we are both are we not? ;) Now I must find what I wrote for your review of an Olivia Goldsmith book. I am very forgetful and very curious. nosy?


message 3: by Beryl

Beryl Hi Lynne - I would like to recommend a book to you - "Old Filth" - it is about a lawyer (Failed In London Tried Hongkong = F I L T H) - this book is equally as good as Harold Fry AND the amazing thing about the book is that Jane Gardam has written the 'same' story again in a book called The Man in the Wooden Hat - this is written from the perspective of an enemy of Old Filth's there is a 3rd book in the series - I GUARANTEE if you read Old Filth then The Man in the Wooden Hat (which I read in 2 sittings) you will love them (I think the Hat is Better than Old Filth) I am just about to order the 3rd book from the library. Best wishes from Beryl


message 2: by Beth

Beth Hi Lynne,
Thanks for sending a friend request to this fellow Goodreads author!


message 1: by Karen

Karen Tyrrell Thanks Lynne for friending,
Please check out my gutsy memoir, ME & HER: a Memoir of Madness.
A teacher’s story of parent harassment, mental breakdown & Recovery
How did reclaim my life?
Read #20 pages for FREE http://lnkd.in/BmuVR7
cheers,
Karen :)


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