By Laurie Lechlitner
WARSAW – “I was an only child for 10 years growing up,” said Lynn MacKaben Brown, from Warsaw.
“Even then, I loved telling stories. I would pretend to be a mermaid or a cowgirl. I even tried my hand at bad poetry. To this day, I have given up writing poetry. But I like to write a good story.
When Brown started taking English classes in school, she got A’s in her homework. “I was never told I had to rewrite. I did pretty well the first time around.”
Even when she got to high school and was taking advanced creative writing classes, she excelled. “Again, I quickly wrote a track and delivered it. I got A’s.”
Although she excelled in writing, she had no idea she would ever become a writer. “I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, during the ‘Leave it to Beaver’ era. At the time, little girls were told that they could become nurses, flight attendants or teachers. I didn’t have the body of a flight attendant and I didn’t want to work with children. So I chose to become a nurse.
Brown attended the West Suburban School of Nursing. “However, I was getting A’s in my English classes. I had my first article published in “RN”, a national journal for nurses.
After attending Grace College and planning to major in music, Brown met Dr. Saunders. “It was the teacher who taught me that there are three stages in writing: the first draft, rewriting and editing. It improved my writing.
Growing up with parents who owned a Christian bookstore, Brown and her family attended the annual conference of the Christian Booksellers Association every year. She became acquainted with many famous Christian authors and various religious publications. Eventually, she wrote articles for “Moody Monthly” and “Christian Communicator.”
Last November, Brown released her first book, “Christmas Celebration,” a Christian devotional that includes an Advent calendar. “People can use the book as a devotional any time of the year.”
One of the books Brown has been working on since the ’90s, “Furs and Fevers,” will be released this fall. “I thank my writing mentor, Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, for helping me through the tough times and preparing it for publication by Austin Macauley.”
“Furs and Fevers” is a historical fiction novel about Kosciusko County. Although the novel begins in Montreal, it ultimately traces the first permanent white resident of Kosciusko County. “The story is great. This book is the first in a series of six.
Writing is a stress buster for Brown. “My three children had physical problems. My husband Ed and I lost our son Peter when he was 10 years old. Writing has always been therapeutic for me, helping me through difficult times in my life.
The Browns have two grown daughters, Rachel and Bethany, and two granddaughters Alex, 16, and Charlotte, 4. “I love spending time with my granddaughters, watching them learn and bring culture into their lives.”
Brown is a frequent guest speaker. And she became a teacher. “I taught nursing for six years at Grace College and Ivy Tech.” When she was teaching Sunday school at church for fifth and sixth graders, she wrote her own curriculum.
Those interested in contacting Brown can email him at [email protected] She is available for conferences and speaking engagements.