Lynn Chandler Willis
Lynn Chandler Willis has worked in the corporate world (hated it!), the television news business (fun job) and the newspaper industry (not a fan of the word “apparently” and phrase “according to”). She's the former owner and publisher of a small town newspaper where she covered everything from murders to the great pumpkin festivals. She keeps coming back to fiction because she likes making stuff up and you just can’t do that in the newspaper or television news business.
She is an award-winning author, a Shamus Award finalist, and the first woman in a decade to win the PWA Best 1st PI Novel competition. Her newspaper experience led to Unholy Covenant, a best-selling True Crime book that has spawned true crime documentaries featured on CBS 48-Hours, the ID Discovery Channel, the Lifetime Network, and coming soon to the Oxygen Network.
She is a member of Sisters in Crime and President of her local chapter, Murder We Write, a member of Mystery Writers of America and a board member of Southeast Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, the Authors Guild, and serves as the President of the Piedmont Authors Network, a writers group in central North Carolina she helped found. She lives in a little house on the farm in the heart of North Carolina with her shelter dog, Finn, a happy border collie, and a hand-me-down kitty named Jingles.
Awards and Recognition
- Grace Award for Excellence in Faith-Based Fiction (The Rising) IPPY Award for Best Mystery (The Rising) St. Martin's Press/PWA Best 1st Private Eye Novel (Wink of an Eye)