Lynn Michelsohn

Biography

Travel, history, and folklore often come together in Lynn Michelsohn's books. Ghost stories associated with particular historical locations especially interest her, as do fascinating characters and quirky facts about places she loves--the South Carolina Lowcountry, the American Southwest, and the Galapagos Islands.

A Message from the Author:

I write for three reasons. First of all, it's fun. Secondly, it keeps my brain alive and functioning as I learn new things. Finally, and probably most importantly, it keeps me out of my sons' hair (I just know I could run their lives, if only they would let me!).

Several years ago, I closed my long-time New Mexico practice in clinical and forensic psychology to devote more time to writing--and beachcombing. My husband, a former attorney, and I now divide our time between Santa Fe and Hutchinson Island, Florida, where our two adult sons visit us regularly (but not often enough).

Wow! This writing (and beachcombing) is really great! I recommend it to all of you who have ever thought about starting that memoir or article or novel. Kindle makes publishing incredibly easy, and who knows, you might even sell a few hundred thousand copies (I haven't yet)!

After years of living in Roswell with its sometimes offbeat attractions and history--the Roswell Incident, for example--writing "Roswell, Your Travel Guide to the UFO Capital of the World!" gave me the chance to share these interests with visitors to the Land of Enchantment.

Next I wrote a book about a distinctly different region, one I have loved since my childhood spent knee-deep in the marshes and saltwater creeks of the South Carolina coast. "Tales from Brookgreen: Folklore, Ghost Stories, and Gullah Folktales in the South Carolina Lowcountry" recounts stories from Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina's popular tourist attraction near Myrtle Beach. I am happy to see that the three shorter collections of tales from this longer work are quite popular on Kindle: "Lowcountry Ghosts," "Gullah Ghosts," and "Crab Boy's Ghost." Recently I released two new short collections, "Lowcountry Hurricanes" and "Lowcountry Confederates" in a new series called "More Tales from Brookgreen." I hope to add more lowcountry ghost stories and folktales to the series soon.

Did you know that Herman Melville, of "Moby-Dick" fame, wrote a series of articles describing the Galapagos Islands? Neither did I until recently. I've had fun putting Melville's articles together with wonderful photographs taken by my son Moses in the Galapagos Islands, and writing introductory material to create a book for the modern visitor to the place Melville referred to as "The Encantadas." We call the book "In the Galapagos Islands with Herman Melville" and hope this glimpse into the "Enchanted Isles," written over 150 years ago, will enrich the visits of today's travelers. I've also put two shorter ebooks from it on Kindle that feature even more of Moses' great photos: "Galapagos Islands Birds" and "Galapagos Islands Landscapes."

Recently I've gotten interested in researching the famous New Mexico outlaw Billy the Kid, especially the time he spent in Santa Fe. Did you know that more movies have been made about him over the years than about ANY OTHER individual? I have already completed one short book, "Billy the Kid's Jail," and one longer book, "Billy the Kid in Santa Fe, Book One: Young Billy." It is the first in a non-fiction trilogy exploring Santa Fe of the 1870s and 1880s and the time Billy spent there. I'm currently working on "Book Two: Outlaw Billy," describing his stay in the Santa Fe jail during the winter of 1880-1881. It's hard to avoid detouring into writing more about Santa Fe itself as I often get lost in reading local newspapers from that era. So many fascinating details!

Where to find Lynn Michelsohn online


Books

In the Galapagos Islands with Herman Melville, The Encantadas Or Enchanted Isles
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,400. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Nature
Explore the Exotic Galapagos Islands of History and Legend, Fiction and Fact, Myth and Mystery through the eyes of early visitor Herman Melville, author of Moby-Dick, modern-day nature photographer Moses Michelsohn, and author Lynn Michelsohn. Discover buccaneers, explorers, colonists, castaways, whalers, naturalists, seabird rookeries, stark volcanic landscapes, and world-famous giant tortoises.
Lowcountry Hurricanes: South Carolina History and Folklore of the Sea from Murrells Inlet and Myrtle Beach
Series: More Tales from Brookgreen. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,750. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » History » North America
Two true tales of joy, tragedy, and survival tell of South Carolina coast residents battling Hurricanes near Myrtle Beach. In suspenseful "The Flagg Flood," three Flagg family generations struggle desperately against a historic 1893 hurricane's fury at Huntington Beach. In the charming reminiscence "Every Sixty Years," a Murrells Inlet family faces two major storms with strength and courage.
Galapagos Landscapes: Scenic Photographs from Ecuador’s Galapagos Archipelago, the Encantadas or Enchanted Isles, with words of Herman Melville, Charles Darwin, and HMS Beagle Captain Robert FitzRoy
Series: Galapagos Islands Nature. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,570. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Glimpse the exotic world of the Galapagos Islands! . . . through the eyes of modern-day nature photographer Moses Michelsohn, and in brief selections from the writings of world-famous early visitors Charles Darwin, Herman Melville, and HMS Beagle Captain Robert FitzRoy, augmented by Lynn Michelsohn’s brief discussion of each visitor’s unique connection to the Enchanted Isles.
Billy the Kid in Santa Fe: Wild West History, Outlaw Legends, and the City at the End of the Santa Fe Trail. A Non-Fiction Trilogy. Book One: Young Billy
Series: Billy the Kid in Santa Fe. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,370. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Billy the Kid spent part of his youth in Santa Fe. What was it like in the 1870s? How did its frontier character and Hispanic culture shape the development of this future desperado? What other residents did Billy encounter who would figure significantly in later chapters of his brief life? How did Billy spend his time as a youngster there? Did he ice skate, play baseball, tell ghost stories?
Galapagos Birds: Wildlife Photographs from Ecuador’s Galapagos Archipelago, the Encantadas or Enchanted Isles, with words of Herman Melville, Charles Darwin, and HMS Beagle Captain Robert FitzRoy
Series: Galapagos Islands Nature. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,890. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Amateur naturalist
Glimpse the unique world of Galapagos Island birdlife through the camera of nature photographer, Moses Michelsohn, and brief selections from the writings of world-famous early visitors Charles Darwin, Herman Melville, and HMS Beagle Captain Robert FitzRoy.
Lowcountry Confederates: Rebels, Yankees, and South Carolina Rice Plantations
Series: More Tales from Brookgreen. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,970. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » History » North America
TWO CIVIL WAR TALES. 1 ~ A Torpedo, an Admiral, and the USS Harvest Moon ~ An engineer from Brookgreen Garden's historic rice plantation near Myrtle Beach strikes a final blow for the Confederacy in one last naval operation; and 2 ~ A Sad Tale from a Tragic War ~ Memories of a special Lowcountry rice plantation feast sustain ragged Confederate soldiers through cold, heat, dust, mud, and despair.
Billy the Kid's Jail, Santa Fe, New Mexico: A Glimpse into Wild West History on the Southwest's Frontier
Series: Billy the Kid in Santa Fe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,480. Language: American English. Published: August 18, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America
Where did Billy the Kid spend the winter of 1880-1881? Today, two plaques in Santa Fe mark the spot . . . or rather, two competing spots. This brief historical detective story documents the actual location of the jail that held Billy, and provides a glimpse into life on America’s Southwestern Frontier (12,000 words; 17 photos, maps, and drawings; 82 pages in paperback).
Tales from Brookgreen: Gardens, Folklore, Ghost Stories, and Gullah Folktales in the South Carolina Lowcountry
Series: Tales from Brookgreen. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 33,750. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Social Science » Mythology, folklore and legend
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History, Mystery, and Romance in the South Carolina Lowcountry! A haunted necklace . . . A trickster rabbit . . . An ingenious slave . . . A shrieking droll . . . A fiancé returned from the dead . . . all come to life in this charming collection of ghost stories and folklore from Brookgreen Gardens, four former rice plantations where a rich Gullah culture once flourished.
Crab Boy's Ghost, Gullah Folktales from Murrells Inlet's Brookgreen Gardens in the South Carolina Lowcountry
Series: Tales from Brookgreen. Price: Free! Words: 9,070. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Social Science » Mythology, folklore and legend
Beware the Shrieking Droll!--a young boy, lost forever to a fierce sea creature, whose ghost now haunts the maze of Brookgreen marshes. Then enjoy the antics of friendlier animal residents from nearby Waccamaw swamp: Brother Frog, Rabbit, and Gator, each trying to outwit the other. Four charming Gullah folktales (5,000 words, 5 images) from the longer collection, "Tales from Brookgreen."
Gullah Ghosts: Stories and Folktales from Brookgreen Gardens in the South Carolina Lowcountry with Notes on Gullah Culture and History
Series: Tales from Brookgreen. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,350. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » History » American
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Meet . . . the shrieking ghost of Crab Boy lost forever to a fierce marsh creature ~ an ingenious slave matching wits with his plantation owner ~ the unique residents of isolated Sandy Island . . . all "ghosts" of the African-American Gullah culture once so alive along the South Carolina coast (10,000 words, 4 illustrations, 84 pages in paperback) from the longer book, "Tales from Brookgreen."
Lowcountry Ghosts: Stories of Alice Flagg, Confederate Blockade Runners, and Haunted Beads
Series: Tales from Brookgreen. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,080. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » New Age » Supernatural
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What ghosts haunt ancient rice fields and mysterious marshes along the South Carolina Coast near Myrtle Beach? . . . lovely Alice Flagg? Confederate blockade runners? long-forgotten Wachesaw braves? vengeful pirates? Find history, mystery, and romance in these three gentle ghost stories (10,000 words, 9 illustrations, 94 pages in paperback) from the longer collection, "Tales from Brookgreen."

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