Meet Alannah Lynne

alannahMy life has taken a lot of twists and turns over the years, but none so great as the devastating change of 2016. After nine years of battling a brain tumor, my husband’s body finally gave out and he transitioned to “the free side.” I thought I was prepared, but as a family member who’d also lost his spouse said, “No matter how much you think you are, you’re never prepared for this.” 

Prior to 4/11/16, I’d been happily married for almost twenty-two years (we’d been together twenty-four). We lived in the coastal region of North Carolina on a farm, raised two sons, and shared an amazing life. Despite the constant trips to Duke for treatment, Charles traveled the country with me, acting as my “lovely assistant” at book signings and conferences. He was affectionately known throughout the romance community as “Hubs,” and I’m so incredibly grateful we had those experiences together.

After his passing, I took the requisite year off, not making any major or sudden changes, while learning to live on my own. In August, I traded farm life for the big city and moved to San Diego, CA. When I sat down to update my website, I realized I would need to revise pretty much everything! But here are a few, random things that remain unchanged: 

I have a degree in accounting (ack), but worked in advertising for ten years before becoming a stay-at-home mom and author.

I’m fascinated by weather, especially hurricanes. The knowledge I learned from watching/studying them over the years came in handy while living near the Carolina coast. It’s totally useless in San Diego because the weather is ALWAYS the same – warm in the sun, cool in the shade.

Mexican is my favorite kind of food (closely followed by Italian). One food I’ll never resist: A Krispy Kreme donut.

I don’t like applying makeup, but agree it’s worth the effort.

I mostly wear jeans and t-shirts and have yet to understand why anyone gives me gifts that need to be dry-cleaned.

I’ve been blessed with a wonderful family, an unbelievably loving circle of friends that continues to grow, and a job I love.

I have family and friends all over the country, so travel is a large part of my life. If you’d like to stay updated on my latest adventures, please join me on Instagram and Facebook for a peek at my latest shenanigans.