Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ireland, finding my roots


Finding my roots

Last year we had the opportunity to spend 2-1/2 weeks in Ireland, the lovely Emerald Isle. My husband and I visited his cousin in western Ireland. Then we had the opportunity to meet my family in Northern Ireland, cousins for the first time. It was wonderful to meet family, share stories, hugs and tears. My family in the early 1900’s.
It was a tradition in the early migration of Irish families to the U.S. to hold wakes for them before they left. They knew they would never return to Irish soil…to be buried. So it was fitting their goodbyes would be a wake.

The entire trip was one of amazement for my family and the traditions of a brilliant culture.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

South of the Pier-it's beginning

a Murder Mystery
Janet Elizabeth Lynn
          April marks the anniversary of the release of my first murder mystery, of South of the Pier.
          Several years ago, I went to Guatemala with my sister to bring home a beautiful little girl she had adopted. While we were there, a story I had rolling around in my head suddenly came together. It became the inspiration for South of the Pier as well as the entire Pier Murder series.
          I happened to be there during Easter Week, all of Guatemala City was getting ready for the special day. We were fortunate to be there for the Semana Santa Processions with the Alfombras. An amazingly spiritual procession filled with symbolism and beautiful art. This sparked the entire novel and I couldn't wait to get back to my hotel and start writing.

For a peek at this inspired novel see: