I’ve worked in the corporate world (busy!), the television industry (fun job), the newspaper industry (burnt out), and even at a daycare center (stayed sick the entire time).

20150522_170615As far as writing goes, I am the author of best-selling true crime, Unholy Covenant (Addicus Books 2000), inspirational mystery/suspense novel The Rising, (Pelican Book Group 2013) and private eye novel Wink of an Eye, releasing Nov. 18, 2014 from Minotaur Books. Wink was chosen as the winner of the 2013 Minotaur Books/Private Eye Writers of America Best First PI Novel Competition. I am super proud to say I am the first woman in 10 years to win the contest. Wink of an Eye was also nominated for the prestigious Shamus Award and was named a finalist. My newest series, The Ava Logan Mystery Series, debuted February 2017 with Henery Press. The first title is Tell Me No Lies. The second is Tell Me No Secrets and will be out 2018. I am a lmember of the International Thriller Writers (ITW), Mystery Writers of America (MWA), Southeast Chapter of MWA, and Sisters in Crime (SinC).

And for the rest of the stuff…I have two adult kids with great spouses who have blessed me with nine grandkids.  Yes, there’s a set of twins in that mix!

I was born, raised, and continue to live in the heart of North Carolina – within walking distance to the kids and all the grands!

From May 2003 until September 2015, I shared my home and couch with Sam the cocker spaniel. He reminded me it was okay to sometimes just sit and watch tv. I now share my home with Finn, a shelter dog. Being a Border Collie, she reminds me it’s not good to sit and watch too much t.v. We’re adjusting.

Finn Chandler Willis

Finn Chandler Willis

I believe in what if?

I believe in the power of the kitchen table. Life and death decisions have been made around many.

I believe sometimes bad things happen to good people, and sometimes good things happen to bad people.  Wondering why that is will get you no where. Accept it and move on.

Often things aren’t what they seem. I like peeling back the layers, uncovering the mystery, page by page.

Feel free to drop me a line at lynn@lynnchandlerwillis.com





GA Winner Badge 2013Sisters in Crime Stamp 2012-13


  1. Hey Lynn it’s great to see that you are now writing best selling books. .I’m going to check around and see if I can find them in our local bookstores…we attended high school together I’m not sure if you remember me but I know you knew my sister Lynn…and I just wanted to say that I used to read the Pleasant Garden Times…I know that writing books is a big step up but it looks like by the awards you have won proves that it wasn’t for you….I seen where you are going to have a writing case unless I missed it…if I did I would really like to know if you are planning on doing another one in the future…I have so many stories in my head but I just don’t know how to put them down on paper…well I hope you more success in the future….Randy Wood

  2. I just finished reading Unholy Covenant. Could not put it down and read it straight through. Grew up in Pleasant Garden. Very familiar with the places and knew several of the people mentioned in your book. A fascinating story!

    • Lynn

      March 1, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you, Teresa. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Please consider leaving a review next time you visit Amazon!

  3. Wink was a “readers choice” @ our library. I picked it up and agreed thoroughly. Always appreciative of a good, suspenseful read.

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  5. Phil & Sandy Herbst

    July 23, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    My wife a I just read Wink of an Eye it is a great novel.Great characters, story and a great read. I hope you will continue to have Gypsy as a person in a new book. Continued success with your ability to create a book that keeps us on the edge of the seat.

  6. I am a big reader….especially mysteries, and happened to get your book at the library….I thought I had read all the mysteries that they had. I liked the cover and the title, but had not read anything of yours. I really loved the story and your writing style.
    I never got bored which happens a lot….too many words or too many names. I’ll look forward to reading another.

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  8. Jut saw the UNHOLY COVENANT story on Suburban Secrets on TRU-TV, very sad indeed, but at least the family and friends have closure!


    • I am also a member of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London, so I love solving problems and have a nose for sniffing out suspicion.

  9. I just finished Wink of an Eye & thoroughly enjoyed it. I am going to submit it to our local Mystery Book Club that I attend at one of the library branches here in Durham.

    Also, I hope you’ll let Gypsy Moran return in MANY future books. I especially would like to see him pursue finding the 8 missing girls (8 separate books? a few future books w/another mystery running also? Please set him up as a Texas P.I. & keep him alive!


  10. Enjoyed “Wink of an Eye” Do you plan on any more novels using that person?

    Pat Kane

  11. Vickie Middleton

    April 19, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I really enjoy reading your books. I get so caught up in the story, I don’t want to put the book down . I can’t wait for the next book.

  12. Is there going to be a sequel to “wink of an eye” there seems to be ample possible scenarios to explore


  13. I have just read “wink of an Eye” and wanted to say thank you. Without any idea of what the book was about, I sat down and started reading, was quite happy to find myself on familiar ground in Texas. I live in Burlington Ontario Canada, and have often visited in Odessa Texas, what a great story!!!! thanks again for a great read, I am sending this note from a computer at the Burlington Central library, where I will go and look for your other titles.. did I say thank you?

  14. Your book was mentioned in our local paper as the town of Wink is not far from us. I just finished “Wink of an Eye” and would also like to see a series written. Thanks!

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  16. Lynn, you are a gifted writer. I just finished Wink of an Eye and would love to read a series with these characters. Great job with keeping the readers engaged.

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  18. I just read in a wink of an eye. It’s really a great book! I think it would make a great series or trilogy. I know I would like to read more about these characters.
    Thank you.

  19. Hi,
    I am the Associate Director at Alamance County Public Libraries. I am planning our first Local Author Fair on Saturday, March 21st at May Memorial Public Library from 11-2 p.m. I realize that you are much more well known than most of the authors attending, but one of my book club ladies read your book and loved it. We’d love to have you attend if you are able. I’m sure you are really busy, but please let me know if you’re interested :). Thanks for your time!

  20. Marty Odell Middleton

    February 7, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I had no idea you had written the other books, too. I will definitely be bookstore shopping. I am so happy for you and your success. I am very proud to know you and have you as my friend. Congratulations and keep em coming.

  21. Hi Lynn!
    I have to be honest and say from the start that I hadnt heard of you before so consequentally ive not read any of your books. Sorry! :$
    This evening however I was watching the tru tv channel and saw you on a tv programme called Suburban Secrets. Love it!
    I googled you and discovered all of the books you’ve written, now ive discovered you I shall be reading them. 🙂
    Best wishes

  22. Hi, Lynn. Enjoyed your PI’s tale, and was inspired by your (his) optimistic POV. Good stuff and only the tiniest of tiny quibbles: We meet Mr. Johnnie Walker on page 78, but I can only find Mr. Jim Beam earlier. JW does find his way in a little later. As I say, it just sent me on a little chase, trying to figure who was the real cell-killer. lol

    In any case, congratulations on your success, and I’ll look for more in the future.

    P.S. Jasper’s a good dog

    • Lynn

      January 12, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Tom – thanks so much for the comments LOL. Actually, given the price of the hard stuff and considering that was pro bono case, he’d best stick with the good ol’ beer! Of course that would be Lone Star, nothing else 🙂

  23. Lynn, would you like to come do a program at Central library in February/ March? Beth Sheffield

  24. Lynn Chandler Willis: did you ever live in Cheyenne, WY?

  25. Congratulations, Lynn. We met at WPA. Know what an accomplishment your award was. Sorry you could not attend.

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