While LJ Eklund spent her youth in a small Midwestern town, so ordinary on the outside that she was usually over-looked, she had two dreams: to write and to work for Hollywood. While going to college to target her Hollywood goal, she began writing her first novel, but after eighty-seven hand-written pages (because she was a crappy typist) she realized she had started her story in the wrong place and threw it away. After that, she kept her goal wholly focused on Hollywood, and at the age of twenty, with no job or place to stay lined up, she crammed everything she owned into a yellow Cordoba and headed west.
Having worked as a creature effects artists on twenty-six films, nineteen TV shows, and over seventy more live theater productions, commercials, private commissions, and amusement park projects, contributing to Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning teams (Raptors for Lost World and corpses for The Stand) Lynette returned to the Midwest, where she continues to work for the entertainment industry part-time, yet now has the freedom to devote more of her energy to writing.
An active member of the online writer’s organization, Backspace, she has learned much about her writing abilities, as well as what she wants as a writer; and she had the privelege of moderating a panel at the Backspace Conference entitled Something Has to Happen: Balancing Beautiful Writing with Compelling Language, featuring the authors Keith Cronin, Dan Johnson, Randy Susan Meyers and A. S. King.
She was an Allegory Ezine editor for two and a half years, and her short story, The Morality of Thomas Jefferson, which was inspired by a true story about her great grandfather was published in The Smoking Poet. She has also completed her upmarket commercial novel, Two Steps Back, and a proposal with sample chapters for Terri Hardin’s memoir that she is co-authoring, titled It’s Okay to Try. She is currently at work on her next novel with the working title: Fine Art.
Lynette makes guest appearances at schools, clubs, conferences, and festivals before audiences ranging in size from as few as 10 to as many as 3,000, speaking about the importance of the arts, pursuing your dreams, and staying loyal to yourself. Feel free to contact her for any reason–as long as your reason is a nice one!
Her email address can be found here.