Pseudonym for Virginia Ellis.
Virginia Ellis 1951-2006
Virginia Ellis, the versatile and award-winning author,
passed away January 18, 2006. 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
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."
Books:Annalee and the Lawman, January 2001
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