Basics of Me

 It's Me!I cannot remember a time when I was not telling stories.  As a little girl, I used to gather all of my dolls and stuffed animals together for story time.  At night, I annoyed my sisters by whispering my stories until I fell asleep.  In fifth grade, I met Mrs. Sue Niedzielski.  Mrs. N. fed my creativity, encouraging me to write down my stories.  Her excitement and support fueled my desire to be a writer.  Twenty years later, she is still one of my biggest fans—outside of my family, of course!

                In high school, I began entering writing contests.  It felt good to see my work in print and to know that others were reading it.  As much as I wanted writing to be a career, for years it was a hobby.  Between working, being a wife, and being a mother, I didn’t have the time to focus on my writing.  If God wanted me to write, He was going to have to show me how and when to do it.  Too many other responsibilities crowded my life for my writing to be a priority.  Slowly, my dream faded into the background as I struggled through “real life”.

                Things changed after the birth of my third child in 2007.  It was like a switch was flipped inside me.  I felt I had to write.  God gave me the stories and showed me how and when to work on them.  By the end of the year, I had completed my first novel and sold my first short story.

                FTCFinalCoverMy published books are Forsaking the Call (December 2008) and Summertime (May 2009).  The Ladies of Faith, the first in a three-part series, is scheduled for publication later this year.STFrontOnly

                I live in Jackson, MI with my husband and our three sons.  My family is very active in our church, Cascades Wesleyan.  When I am not writing, I like reading to my boys and scrapbooking.

                God has been very good to me and to my family.  I praise Him daily for his many blessings.  My favorite scripture passage is Joshua 1:7-9

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.


  1. Barbara Hutchinson

    Hi Lynn. I loved reading your story but I thought I would let you know that Sue was my neighbor for a few years. At least when I lived at my parents house, Anyway God Bless you today and always

    • Lynn McMonigal

      Really? You know Mrs. N.? She is such a wonderful, wonderful lady. I am so glad to have met her. She has told me that it is OK to call her Sue now, but I just can’t!! She will always be Mrs. Niedzielski or Mrs N. to me!


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