Welcome Author Mary Lynn Archibald

Mary Lynn ArchibaldMary Lynn Archibald grew up on an apple and chicken farm in Soquel, California and went on to be a chorus girl, an herb grower, a teacher, a ballerina, a switch board operator, an interior designer, and a model. She did not intend to add cattle farmer to that list. But there was a tiny town called Zenia, a husband longing for “vistas,” and a dream of elegant country living. And without warning she was plucked from comfy city living and plunked back on the farm.

When she isn’t mucking out stables, Mary Lynn is a copywriter, editor, and author. Her first book, Briarhopper, was written about a woman’s journey from the coal region of Kentucky to California from the early 1900s to World War II. She has also written about interior design, gardening, real estate, business communications, and (surprise!) farming and ranching. With her partner-in-crime Carl and dog Fizzbo, Mary Lynn now spends her days in the country trying to get the dirt out from under her fingernails.

Find out more about Mary Lynn by visiting her websites:

Accidental Cowgirl: Six Cows, No Horse and No Clue
By Mary Lynn Archibald

Carl dreamed of wide open spaces…think Bonanza here…while Mary Lynn dreamed of gardens overflowing with flowers, elegance and thoroughbred horses…think Town & Country here. Accidental Cowgirl is the tale of their search for the perfect retirement spot and the unexpected place they ended up calling home. When they purchased Twin Creeks Ranch their dreams were quickly replaced by a reality of ornery irrigation systems, calluses, and wild turkeys. And that was just the first week!

If you’ve ever found yourself smack dab in the middle of a wacky adventure or even just wished for a wacky adventure, don’t miss the tale of this couple who went from city dwellers to cowhands with the signing of a deed. Will they survive? Will the cows? Would you?

Accidental Cowgirl was declared a finalist for three awards: the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Humor, the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Memoir, and the National Best Book Award (NBBA) for Humor.

I had the opportunity to ask Mary Lynn a few questions about her life as a writer, and here is what she said:

How did your friends and family react when they discovered that you were writing a novel? Do you have a strong support network?

MLA: My book is nonfiction, which is a little different (or a lot different). Believe me, friends and family get a lot more nervous when they discover you’re writing something that might include them!

In hindsight, is there something related to your writing career that you would like to get a ‘do-over’ on? Perhaps that novel never written or good advice not heeded?
MLA: The only thing I’d like to do over regarding my writing career is that I should have started writing much earlier. If I had, I’d be a really good writer by now.
Is there something that keeps you motivated, or inspired? Something that keeps you writing?

MLA: I think the thing that keeps me most motivated to keep writing, is that I still have so many stories to tell. I only hope I’ll be granted the time in which to tell them all.

We are often told to read what we write. Do you read what you write? Are you a big memoir reader? I understand that you love mysteries, though writing a mystery didn’t work out for you.
MLA: Yes, I do read what I write. But that’s only a recent development, and I find I do a lot of it out of guilt. Fortunately, that guilt has led me to the reading of a lot of wonderful memoirs. Books such as, The Glass Castle, The Liar’s Club, and Don’t Call Me Mother!,  to name a few.  I still read mysteries though, mostly for relaxation.
Are there any words of wisdom that you would like to share with aspiring writers here?
MLA: Never stop learning. And good luck!

Thank you so much for your time and for your willingness to share your experience with Musings!
**All best wishes and heartfelt appreciation**

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