VERO BEACH, E Lynne Wright
E Lynn Wright
A native Pennsylvanian who loved books even before she learned to read, Lynne began turning out stories almost as soon as she learned to write.
As a junior high school student she was thrilled to have some of her articles concerning school activities published in her town’s local newspaper. After writing for the school paper during her first two years of high school, she was named editor for her last two years, and then was honored to be appointed editor for her senior class year book.
There wasn’t much time for writing while she attended classes in Pittsburgh and upon completion became a registered nurse. Following a year of graduate work at the Neurological Institute in New York City while also attending writing courses at Hunter College, Lynne returned to Pennsylvania to the Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she worked, studied, passed the State Boards, and became a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
She put people to sleep in Johnstown, Pennsylvania for a few years and also fell in love with a handsome intern in the O.R. They married and moved to Philadelphia where he completed a surgical residency while she gave anesthesia, and then raised their family, a daughter and two sons before they all moved to Cleveland, Ohio.
Lake Erie in your backyard can’t be ignored, and before long the family took the plunge and bought what would be the first of many boats. From then on, boating would play a big part in their lives. Family trips on all the Great Lakes and nearby rivers were relaxing, educational and sometimes terrifying, but always a way for the family to share exciting times and most importantly, share them together.
As the children grew and required less attention, Lynne spent more time writing and was delighted and amazed when her work began to be accepted and published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Hartford Courant and other respected publications.
When the children were off on their own, Lynne and her husband, who was retiring, decided to move to Florida and to make that move all the way from Cleveland, across Lake Ontario and the state of New York, and down the Atlantic Coast on their boat. By then, they were pretty proficient boaters, but Lynne added to her experience before they left by completing a live-aboard week-long women’s boating course in Annapolis, Maryland, an excellent learning experience and a unique source of fascinating facts to be stored for future writing.
The boat trip to their new home was even more magical and memorable than they expected and they were delighted with their new life in Florida.
Little did she know when she responded to a classified ad in a writers’ magazine that she was about to embark on a long, gratifying association with the Globe Pequot Publishers in Guilford, Connecticut. Since 2001, they have published nine of her books about the people and some of the fascinating happenings in Florida, the state her family now calls home.
Her Globe Pequot books:
More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Florida Women (2001)
It Happened in Florida (2003)
Disasters and Heroic Rescues of Florida (2006)
Remarkable Florida Women, Ed. 2, (2010)
Florida: Mapping the Sunshine State Through History, (with Vincent Virga)(2011)
Myths and Mysteries of Florida (2012)
Jerks in Florida: Speaking Ill of the Dead, (2013)
Florida Disasters: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival (2017)
She has also had short stories published in magazines and in the following fiction anthologies:
In the Company of Women (Old Lieutenant Press, 2000)
When Last on the Mountain (Holy Cow! Press, 2010)
A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul(Health Communication, Inc. (1998)
Friends: A Space Coast Writers’ Guild Anthology (Precious Publishing 2017)
Lynne is a founding member of the National Women’s History Museum and a long-time member of the International Women’s Writing Guild. She joined the Space Coast Writers’ Guild shortly after moving to Florida and has served on the Board and won several prizes for her short stories in the Guild.
She has participated in workshops, presentations and projects for the:
Brevard Authors’ Book Fairs
Meet the Author Book Fairs
Space Coast Writers’ Conferences
Florida Institute of Technology’s Celebration of Women’s History
American Association of University Women’s Book-Author Event
Henegar Center for the Arts, Florida, Florida, Florida Show
St. Lucie County Historical Museum
Indian River National Organization for Women
Lynne has continued to write, both non-fiction and fiction and is currently preparing a novel and a collection of short stories for submission.