About J.W. Lynne
Author of unique YA novels with a touch of romance
Works include: Above the Sky, Return to the Sky, Part of the Sky, Lost in Los Angeles, Lost in Tokyo, Kid Docs, and Wild Animal School
I once dreamed of becoming a screenwriter. It took writing four screenplays before I realized that unless a script becomes a movie or TV show it's hard to share it with others. That's why screenplay number five, Wild Animal School, about a sixteen-year-old girl who spends a magical summer at an exotic animal ranch, became a young-adult novel instead.
Wild Animal School was the product of a lifetime of research. As a child, I was surrounded by not-so-exotic animals, like dogs, cats, and a guinea pig. When I grew older, I had the privilege of spending time with tigers, lions, leopards, grizzly bears, monkeys, and elephants. Although Wild Animal School was set at a fictional ranch, where exotic animals are trained for movies and TV shows, the interactions between the main character and the animals were drawn from my own personal experiences. After months of writing, rewriting, and editing Wild Animal School, the book was published. And people started reading it! People all over the world!
And so I wrote another novel. This one was based on one of my already-written screenplays, Kid Docs, which imagines a world where children are trained to be doctors. The screenplay, and the book, were inspired by my experiences as a medical student, resident, and doctor. Readers of Kid Docs were intrigued. They described the novel as: "Ender's Game, only they're training the kids to be doctors instead of soldiers" and "Doogie Howser, M.D., but with multiple Doogies" and "Grey's Anatomy, but with kids."
My next novel was set in the city I call home: Los Angeles. Lost in Los Angeles tells the story of two emotionally wounded people who help heal each other; it's a love story, but with a shocking twist. Readers of Lost in Los Angeles said things like, "I have read many books and I don't think one has moved me as much as this one did ... My eyes are welling up and my heart aches. I absolutely love this book." (Elizabeth, The Bookish Way). I decided to continue the adventures of Lost in Los Angeles' protagonist, Erin, in a sequel to Lost in Los Angeles. In Lost in Tokyo, Erin travels to Japan with her best friend, Adam, and their experience changes Erin and Adam's friendship forever.
For my next novel, I wanted to try something different. I'd been reading a bunch of dystopian novels, including Divergent (by Veronica Roth), The Hunger Games (by Suzanne Collins), and The Giver (by Lois Lowry) and had an idea for a new take on the genre, so I wrote Above the Sky, a story of forbidden romance set in a dystopian future society founded on lies. Unlike my previous books, Above the Sky was based on my imagination rather than personal experiences. (Although, in addition to putting my medical knowledge to use, I consulted experts in a variety of fields, including a former Navy SEAL, an engineer, and a pilot.) When I started to hear back from those who read Above the Sky, it was clear that this book sparked people's imaginations the way writing the book sparked mine. And so I continued the story. Eventually, Above the Sky became a trilogy!
I hope you enjoy reading the Above the Sky trilogy, Lost in Los Angeles, Lost in Tokyo, Kid Docs, and Wild Animal School! I'd love to hear your questions or comments! You can contact me here.
Books by J.W. Lynne
|HER FIRST EIGHTEEN YEARS WERE FILLED WITH LIES.
SHE IS ABOUT TO DISCOVER THE TRUTH.
Eighteen-year-old Seven lives where all is peaceful ... except for the violent war raging above the sky. Lifelike humanoid robots and self-operated drones tend to everyone's needs, leaving people free to enjoy life's pleasures. But there are strict rules and few choices.
Every year, on Assignment Day, the path of each eighteen-year-old's life is laid out. Some are given the jobs for which they have shown exceptional aptitude and are "paired" for mating. The others are sent off to fight in The War and never return.
Praise for ABOVE THE SKY:
"This book was AWESOME! ... An epic read ... If you are a fan of YA dystopian fiction, and love books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner, this book is right up your alley ... Five stars!" -- Stephanie, TeacherofYA's Book Blog
|SOMETIMES YOU FIND HOPE WHERE YOU
LEAST EXPECT IT.
Just weeks after eighteen-year-old Erin tragically loses her best friend, she is brutally betrayed by her high school crush. Plagued by crippling panic attacks and disconcerting visions of her dead friend, Erin travels to Los Angeles, searching for a sign that life is still worth living. Shortly after she arrives, she meets Ben, a mysterious man who captures both her curiosity and her heart. As they explore Los Angeles together, Ben reveals shocking secrets of his tragic childhood and helps Erin believe that she can heal from the wounds of her traumatic past. But Ben is hiding one horrible secret. A secret that could destroy her.
Praise for LOST IN LOS ANGELES:
"The best part was the twist at the end. It completely caught me off guard!" -- Ashley, Wholly Books!
SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO ABANDON
YOUR COMFORT ZONE TO FIND THE PLACE WHERE YOU BELONG.
Nineteen-year-old Erin is hoping that her visit to Japan with her best friend, Adam, will be life-changing. Fifteen years ago, Erin's mother mysteriously vanished. The only clue she left behind is a handwritten itinerary for a dream trip to Japan, a trip that Erin doesn't know if her mother ever had the chance to take. Erin has decided to carry out this itinerary, believing that it might help her find her mother. But her trip won't be going according to plan.
Praise for LOST IN TOKYO:
"The relationship between Erin and Adam was amazingly sensual and slow building. It kept the pages turning like crazy." -- Amanda, Goodreads
|BEING A DOCTOR ISN'T EASY, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE FOURTEEN
Connor became a doctor just two days ago--along with all of his friends. They are child prodigies who were hand-selected at just three years old to undergo intensive medical training as part of a controversial experiment called Kid Docs. KID DOCS tells the story of fourteen-year-old Connor Hansen's first days as an ER doctor. Connor learns to save lives and discovers that some lives cannot be saved.
Praise for KID DOCS:
"Plenty of plot points kept me reading: finding out how the kid docs will react to the pressure, the fate of the patients who come into the hospital, and even the fate of one of their own." -- Jennifer Donovan, 5 Minutes for Books
|AT THIS SCHOOL, EVERY LESSON IS
Sixteen-year-old Jessica Rainville's dream of working with exotic animals is about to come true. She's signed up to spend a summer learning to train and care for tigers, lions, leopards, bears, and elephants at an exotic animal ranch. She will pet tigers, train grizzly bears, ride bareback on elephants, and, despite her best efforts, she will fall in love. But Jessica's summer at the exotic animal ranch will test her in ways that she never imagined. And just one mistake can mean the difference between life and death.
Praise for WILD ANIMAL SCHOOL:
"Loved this book! Had me hooked all the way to the end! Animal lovers delight!" -- Pepper, Goodreads
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