Lynn Messing


Lynn Messing has loved language all her life. She studied four foreign languages in high school and went on to earn a doctorate in linguistics. It is therefore ironic that her son Andy, who is extremely severely affected by autism, has minimal expressive language skills.

Andy has probably taught Lynn as much about communication as all of her graduate school instructors combined, and he has definitely taught her more about patience and love.

In addition to raising Andy, Lynn also teaches computer networking and security at a nearby community college.

She can be reached at the following address: [her first initial][her middle initial, which is “S”][her full last name]

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an author of fiction?
I work full time as a college instructor, and I am also the mother of a child who has autism, a feeding tube, and other special needs. Although I like being "Professor" and love being "Mom," I don't have much spare time just to be "Lynn." Writing is a "Lynn" thing I can do on the rare occasions when I have a few minutes free.

I began my fiction career writing stories about a family with a child who is on the autism spectrum. I did this not only to follow the maxim about writing what you know, but also with the hope that my stories would prove not only entertaining, but also educational.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town before the Internet was widespread. Of necessity, my friends and I created our own entertainment. For example, we performed ad lib plays, purely for our own amusement; we had no audience. I have particularly fond memories of "Aunt Agony" (a spoof of Sophocles' "Antigone") and "Doctor Who and the Bloody Toe."

At the time, I considered myself the least creative of this group of friends, but I believe that our youthful recreation planted a seed in me which has finally sprouted several decades later.
Read more of this interview.


For the Long Term
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,620. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Educational, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Suppose the government were to impose a word tax on all communications. Through her blog posts, Jessie Maxwell shows what could happen when what you can say depends on what you can pay. This story is both a celebration of language and a cautionary tale. If you enjoy languages, if you want to learn more about how languages work, or if you delight in learning new words, then this story is for you.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,450. Language: American English. Published: July 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
What do a superhero, a pumpkin, and light switches have in common? They are all special interests of Jerome's brother Todd. Todd's autism is so severe that his speech is limited to echolalia -- the repetition of other people's words. Jerome's dearest wish is to have a real conversation with his younger brother. Will Todd's echolalia be the first step in making his wish come true?
The Fires of Autism
Price: Free! Words: 6,930. Language: American English. Published: July 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Just as fire destroys wood but hardens steel, a child's autism diagnosis can either rip apart or strengthen a marriage. Calvin and Laura Wygant struggle to accept their son Todd's new diagnosis and to keep their marriage intact. This story, written by the mother of a child with autism, depicts both the heartache experienced by parents of a newly-diagnosed child and the hope that endures.

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