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Lynda Styles has always loved a good, scary ghost story. Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Styles didn't have to look far for dark influences to spark her imagination as a writer. After receiving a B.A. from the University of Maine in English and Education, she began writing her first serious novel in earnest while working sixty hours per week at her day job (a home child care). On Gallows Hill, a young adult thriller set in present day Salem, is now complete and available on Kindle as of 10/29/12 and all other e-readers within a month of that. With frightening twists and vivid scenes created by a Salem native, On Gallows Hill is sure to entertain.

favourite books

The Outlander Series, Diana Gabaldon
11-22-63, Skeleton Crew, Gerald's Game, and Bag of Bones, by Stephen King
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Walking to Gatlinburg, Howard Frank Mosher
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
Night by Elie Wiesel
Phantoms and Twilight, by Dean Koontz
The Onion Girl, Charles De Lint
Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
House of the Scorpion and Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
Spider and the Fly, a picture book by Tony Dizerlitti
Kudos to Stephenie Meyer. Wild idea, well done.
Most importantly: From childhood I have adored Judy Blume. She and Stephen King are my inspirations. Strange combination, excellent outcome. I used to sneak into my uncle's skeleton key-locked cabinet to read hardcovers by Stephen King at ten years old, and I'll be the first to tell you, a little fright - perhaps a cautionary tale now and again - is a very good time.

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KirkH wrote 624 days ago

Hi Lynda, I hope you get a chance to read my latest steampunk story.....

Lucy Middlemass wrote 653 days ago

Hello Lynda, I would like to invite you to join YARG, the young ad....

mdws77 wrote 654 days ago

Welcome to the site. If you want to get a user ranking (TSR) the quic....

Jack Cerro wrote 844 days ago

Hello to a fellow U. Maine Grad. I am Jack's failure to follow his....

Adeel wrote 848 days ago

Dear Lynda I will be thankful to you if you can render me your suppor....

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I wrote 880 days ago

I began reading this and was drawn in by the main character. I hope you can update the file soon as I'd like to see changes, and also, I would focus on perhaps adding "quotes" to the dialogue in the opening chapter for ease of reading. There are some grammar/proofreading opportunities but I really l... view book

I wrote 898 days ago

Excellent, Mr. Jacobs. I am really impressed! view book

I wrote 997 days ago

I was drawn to this having written my own book about a psychic-medium teenager (mine is set in Salem, MA where I grew up). Having said that, your writing has a gentle air to it - perhaps that is the tone of your Tatiana - and it easily brings to mind the subject you write about - the world that hove... view book

I wrote 997 days ago

I like the transition from the preface (ch 1 here) into Chapter 2, a great feeling of being dropped into his reality while keeping 3rd person strong. This is a great idea--an already scary set brought to life with a monster. Good luck!! view book

I wrote 997 days ago

Wow. Imaginative and fantastic. On my watchlist...and glad to see such wild ideas come together. I have written a YA thriller called On Gallows Hill, set in present day Salem, MA, about a teen psychic-medium. I hope you'll check it out. Congratulations on what looks like a winner! view book

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