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Ep 116: Exploring Arizona with Author Lynne M Spreen

Join us as we tour the US through books, one state at a time.

This week we’re heading to Arizona with author Lynne M. Spreen. Her book, “Starting Over in Sedona,” involves family estrangement, disputed property, and a mystical story of preserving family land.

From historical sites like Montezuma Well to the striking red rock landscapes, Lynne’s love for Arizona shines through her writing. Another great feature of Lynne’s writing is her mission to portray older women as formidable figures – far from the stereotypical depictions. Her characters are impressive, resilient, and deeply relatable.

Meet Lynne M. Spreen

Author Lynne M. Spreen

As an author, I write about older people, because I’m fascinated by the incredible drama we go through. Like after you fall in love, start a career and family, and create a life, what happens after that? At that point, you may have as many productive years left as it took to raise your kids.

As fascinating as the kids are, I think old peeps are even more interesting. We may not be as pretty, but we’re more devious and complicated. And so are our stories.

Listen to Episode 116 Here

Exploring Arizona with Author Lynne Spreen

In This Episode

We had so much fun chatting with Lynne and here are some of the things we talked about:

  • Discovering Sedona, Arizona
  • Red rock beauty
  • One of her favorite places in Arizona – Montezuma Well
  • Putting her writing career on hold to work in an office
  • How she nurtured her love of writing
  • The blessings of writing as an older woman
  • Bringing age diversity to romance
  • Writing moments of empowerment for older women
  • Caregiving
  • Following characters through series
  • Imagining characters’ lives after the book ends
  • Her newest series setting – Palm Springs
  • List of midlife main character fiction on her website

Books Mentioned in this Episode

Starting Over in Sedona

Starting Over in Sedona by Lynne M. Spreen book cover

Dakota Blues

Dakota Blues by Lynne M. Spreen book cover

The Women by Kristin Hannah

The Women by Kristin Hannah book cover

Wisdom of Menopause by Dr Christine Northrup

The Wisdom of Menopause by Christine Northrup, MD book cover

Connect with the Author

Lynne would love to hear from you! Here’s how you can keep in touch with her:

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Books Set in Arizona

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