elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Virginia Ellis (1951 - January 18, 2006)

Virginia Ellis, pen name Lyn Ellis, versatile and award-winning author, passed away January 18, 2006.

Harlequin author Lyn Ellis was also a professional photographer who has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and the world. With her camera she learned how to tell a visual story. Then, in her books, she was translating the visual into words, creating memorable characters, vivid settings and compelling romances.

Her first book, Dear John..., won a Maggie Award for Best Short Contemporary, the Waldenbooks award for Bestselling Series book from Harlequin in 1994, and was nominated in two categories for the prestigious RITA award. Her second book, In Praise of Younger Men, was also nominated for a RITA.

As Lyn Ellis, she wrote ten novels for the Harlequin Temptation and Superromance lines--three of which were nominated for the prestigious Rita Award. She leaves behind a collection of wonderful stories and photographs and warm memories in the hearts of everyone who knew her.

You wouldn't think being born in South Florida would make you an expert on cowboys and rodeos, but Lyn Ellis swore that Florida at one time outproduced Texas in the beef category. She grew up riding horses and being chased by bulls, before later becoming a barrel racer on a horse her mother won in a bet.
"When I was around six years old, I wanted a horse more than anything. I couldn't understand why my parents said no. I finally wrote them a note one night that read, 'If you don't buy me a horse, I'll never speak to you again.' I'm sure that they got a big laugh out of that threat since I wasn't known for my quiet nature. Anyway, not too long after that my dad brought home a very old pony with a brand-new saddle. I was in heaven."
Her love affair with writing probably began in high school. In eleventh grade she was asked to write an essay: How would you spend today if you knew you'd go blind tomorrow? Not surprisingly, she wrote about riding her beloved horse and gazing into the faces of her family to remember them forever. She received an A+.
"It was the first time anyone had taken an interest in something I had written. The teacher even said I should continue to write other stories. Of course at the time I was more interested in the A+ than a writing career."
That career began in 1993 with the Harlequin Temptation line. After corresponding with a soldier she'd never met during the Gulf War, Lyn wrote a book called Dear John.... Published in 1994 it went on to be nominated in two categories for the prestigious RITA Award and won the Waldenbooks Bestseller award for that year. Of that she said,
"(Publishing) my first book, Dear John, was like winning the lottery."

Virginia Ellis's Books on Amazon: Virginia Ellis

Lyn Ellis's Books on Amazon: Lyn Ellis

Source: http://freshfiction.com/author.php?id=6879
Tags: romance history

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