Brenda Lyne

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. In college, instead of following my dream of becoming a fiction novelist, I elected a more “practical” career path. I earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin and promptly embarked on a successful 20-year corporate marketing and communications career. My writing has been published in countless brochures, flyers, trade magazines, newspapers, websites, newsletters and other media across several industries. But that little voice in my head, the one that knew best what I truly wanted to be when I grew up, never let me lose sight of my passion. And the ideas never stopped coming. I’ve attended creative writing classes, conferences, and writers’ workshops periodically over the years, at institutions including the Minnesota Writer’s Workshop, The Loft Literary Center, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and North Hennepin Community College (from which I earned a Certificate in Creative Writing in 2004). I am an affiliate member of Mystery Writers of America. I live just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota with my two busy kids, two cats, two fish, and probably a partridge in a pear tree. Influences include Stephen King (my hero), Peter Straub, John Sandford, and P.J. Tracy. My first novel, CHARLIE’S MIRROR, will be available on December 8, 2020. I believe that it is never too late to follow your dreams.


Charlie’s Mirror

You know what they say: “The past is in the past.”

Is it, though?

It’s 2019 and Sara Sullivan, thirty-five and deeply scarred by a troubled childhood, is finally feeling pretty good about life in her new house with Bat, her beloved black cat and only companion. That is, until she investigates the abandoned house next door and mysteriously wakes up as a 19-year-old college student in 1989 — the only person who can stop a deadly campus bombing.

Sara learns quickly that connecting with people — not her strong suit — is going to be the key to discovering the bomber’s identity and preventing the tragedy. Along the way, lonely outcast Charlie Anderson develops complicated feelings for Sara and has a run of bad luck with the campus bully – which put him on a deadly path to revenge.

Sara and Charlie gradually find themselves on a collision course toward a horrific event that will rock a vibrant Midwestern city to its core and leave a legacy of death and destruction. Is their tenuous friendship enough to save the people who finally taught Sara to trust? Or will she fall victim to tragedy in the past, forever altering the future?

You know what else they say: “What is meant to be will always find a way.”

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Write It Out Wednesdays: With Brenda Lyne of Charlie’s Mirror

Write It Out Wednesdays: With Brenda Lyne of Charlie’s Mirror

Brenda Lyne is an affiliate member of the Mystery Writers of America, and she puts that passion to the page in her debut novel “Charlie’s Mirror.” Brenda sat down with us to discuss her writing process and discuss her favorite “Charlie’s Mirror,” character.  1. Do you believe in writer’s block? I haven’t experienced it, but I suppose it’s possible. 2. What’s been the most difficult part about writing this book? Finishing it. It only took twenty years. 3. Do you hope to visit these characters again someday? People ask me all the time if Charlie is the first in a...

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