The best way to describe myself is environmental educator who recently fell in love with writing. I am blessed with a two beautiful children, a supportive husband, a loving family and great friends. For the past 18 years I have worked in the field of environmental education and recreation. I absolutely love getting kids of all ages outdoors to enjoy and learn about nature. I also enjoy designing and implementing educational and recreational programs for adults, murder mysteries being one of my favorites! That is how I started writing. After 6 years of running murder mystery events that were written by someone else, I organized a group and we started writing them ourselves. I am a member/instructor with the National Association of Interpretation as well as a Red Cross Kayak/Canoe Instructor and I have a bachelor of science in wildlife conservation.
In the spring of 2014 I made a job change. Even though it was a promotion, it was not an easy transition for me. Obviously it left me searching for a creative outlet. In a dream one night, I came home and everyone I had known was gone. It wasn’t an elaborate dream. But it was somewhat intense and left an impression on me. The next day I was at work and found myself thinking about that dream. On my lunch break I started writing down some words.
That was the first weekend in June. Through the summer it consumed me, but in a very positive way. With two young kids and a new job I had no time to write, but somehow I found the time. I would wake up early, stay awake late, and write on lunch breaks. I really wanted to finish the story by the end of the summer. It was important to me. You see, as strange as this sounds, I didn’t know what would happen to my characters until I finished the story. I didn’t outline the story, it just came to me as I sat down to write.
Of course in the first week of September I fractured my knuckle! Never broke a bone in my body before.. start to write, fracture a knuckle. What are the chances? But I continued anyway and finished the book by the end of October.
Writing this book has been an amazing process. I feel privileged to be a part of it. I can’t wait to share the story with you all. As far as my career, my first love will always be getting children out into nature, but recently writing has crept in there. Perhaps some day soon I will merge the two.
Check out my first interview as a writer 🙂 http://daniduckart.blogspot.com/2015/01/interview-with-writer-auri-lynn.html?showComment=1422055134337#c7403557405456436542
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Lera Brooke has been waiting for this night for a long time. Ever since they were kids, Lera and Kory were best friends. But lately things have been different. She didn’t know exactly when it happened, but her feelings for Kory had changed and she hoped he felt the same. Tonight was the night she would find out. He wanted to meet her in forest behind their neighborhood, a place that was all their own. He had something important to ask her. She knew this was the night things would change between them. She was right.
On the way to meet Kory that night there was a crash. That is all Lera remembers before waking up and finding herself totally alone. No people in the streets, stores, cars, or houses. Now she must find her way back to her family, her life, and back to him.
Soon Lera finds out she is not alone in this ghost town. She meets Dean and a few others like her who awoke to find themselves in a place where everyone they care about is gone. These few people band together after The Wakening to figure out what has become of their world.
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