Lyn J Pickering


The civil war in Lebanon and the invasion by Israel had a great impact on me as I had left Lebanon only a short time before. My brother and I hitchhiked from London to Beirut in the early '70's and fell in love with the Middle East. Lebanon is an amazing country; dramatic, beautiful, and rich in history. At that time tourism was not at a great height - at least not in the mountain areas where we lived, and the people were warm and hospitable. We stayed in an ancient house that clung to the hillside in a village called Shimlan, below us were silver/green olive groves and, way beyond, Beirut lay like pink coral with one arm reaching out in the Mediterranean Sea.

I left the Middle East behind reluctantly, made a bit of money waitressing in London and traveled back to South Africa by Land Rover as chief cook and bottle-washer with a group of guys. At this stage, I was writing only poetry and a shaky travelogue dictated by the rough terrain.

My first novel was called The Single Leaf, from a poem by the Lebanese writer, Khalil Gibran; it grew as I watched from a distance, a land engaged in a death struggle.
This was still the days of typewriters and my final draft, when completed, was sent without making a copy, to publisher in Lebanon. It was never heard of again. I had earlier copies which I buried in a bottom drawer and left there along with my dreams of a writing career.

No writer can be buried forever and I began work on Opus Dei a few years later. Nimrod Twice Born developed in parallel, the two books taking more than 30 years to the point of publication - seriously! Betrayal of Fools, has taken me only seven months to write. It's a far easier read but hard-hitting.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creative process, no matter whether it's painting, sculpture, dance, gardening, finding a new route up a mountain, or writing, is one where you can engage with that quiet place within yourself, a place that no one else can really share. There is a special joy for the writer, I think, in creating characters and seeing what they will do. You are never really a puppet-master, although it may seem that way. Often the characters control the writer, rather than being controlled by him. I have found that the growing circumstances of the book mirror life and the characters act or react in their own unique, and often surprising, way.
What are you working on next?
I have some editing to do on a third book - non-fiction this time - but I have been more focused on marketing than writing.
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Where to find Lyn J Pickering online


Opus Dei
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 202,960. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
From an attack on the streets of Beirut till the incredible climax in 2016, this strange tale of conspiracy and intrigue is sure to grip the reader. From Israel an attack is launched against the Iranian nuclear installations: on the same night the Dome of the Rock is razed plunging the region into war. By the intervention of one man, a new Order comes into being. Opus Dei - uncover its secrets!
Nimrod Twice Born
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 210,960. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
From the inception of history when Nimrod headed a rebellion against God, other men have arisen in Nimrod's image. Simon the Magician was one such man, SS-leader, Heinrich Himmler, another. There is a leader to come who will outdo them all! From where does he arise? Nimrod Twice Born has the story.

Smashwords book reviews by Lyn J Pickering

  • The Road Has Eyes - An RV, A Relationship and A Wild Ride on April 15, 2015

    Art Rosch’s book captivated me from the beginning, not because it exudes drama, but because I could relate so well to the story-teller. The book is readable and funny. Art’s quirky self-honesty, his perceptive ability to draw a character, and his keen insight into the feelings and hurts of others, all make this book an intimate journey. He writes with understanding born of deep introspection. I loved the descriptions of his early hippy days, his fear of commitment and the hilarious dating disasters. And Fox! Fox was presented to him in a way Art could only see as the intervention of fate, or the match-making of ‘the Grandmothers’. Fox had lived through a disastrously abusive marriage and their relationship bloomed somewhat late in life. Part Apache, Fox is a roller-coaster, larger-than-life mate with extra-sensory perception and a hot-line to the Apache ancestors. Their adventures in driving their RV around America demonstrates Art’s struggle with his fears and a perceptible triumphing over their stranglehold. Art is an award-winning photographer, a very competent musician, as well as a writer, and I look forward to reading his other work.