My treasures from trips to China and Paris decorate the walls of my office, but the academic and writing awards I believe attest to my hardy ancestors.

I write southern crime and mysteries where the female protagonist doesn’t always get it right the first time, but she wins in the end.

Another Kind of Hero won first place in the  Public Safety Writers Association manuscript contest in 2016 and was a 2018 Silver Falcion finalist.

Another Kind of Hero

When a casket of drugs and money is found inside the Pick’n Pay in Forsyth, GA, it puts sisters Mavis and Helen at odds.  Then DEA Agent Dewey Blackmon roars into town. Is I-75 a drug pipeline?

Another Kind of Hero won the International Readers’ Favorite Chill Award in May, 2021.

Well of Rage

Carly Redmund, a Mobile, AL, police recruit is about to mess up her first crime scene. She’s found evidence of a murder — but her training officer orders her to hand it over. Then he pockets it.

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Well of Rage is dynamite! Fast-paced and action-packed, it probes the depths of racial hatred that still persists.

Jennie Helderman, award-winning author of “As the Sycamore Grows”

The forthcoming sequel to Well of Rage shows how race and mental illness within the prison system highlight inequality in dispensing justice.

Coming soon!

My short story “Bitter Love” is about a female senior detective who is having a bad day starting with a triple homicide in Dunwoody, Georgia, and it gets worse after she arrives home to find her husband and mother-in-law hungry and waiting for her to cook dinner, but nothing prepares her for the next day.

Murderous Ink Press is a new crime fiction magazine in the UK. They put out several anthologies each year. I was lucky to be included in their fall issue Crimeucopia. Look for it in November of 2021.

Forty Knots Burn, my new suspense novel, will be out in January/February, published by Blue Room Press.

“… the New Dawn blooms as we free it, for there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.”

Amanda Gorman

It’s my goal to share what I’ve learned and provide resources and inspiration for writers. 


What readers say

TAMMY RUGGLES / Readers’ Favorite

Hesse has crafted a well-paced suspense novel [in Well of Rage] … Her experience as a former officer lends to the authenticity.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

PIKASHO DEKA / Readers’ Favorite

[Well of Rage] captures both the essence of racism and misogyny as well as the willpower of honest, hard-working people driven by their desire to pursue justice. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.


[Another Kind of Hero is] just a delightful read with enough intrigue, action and flirtation to keep you turning the pages. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Where to find my books

Find my books on Amazon or at scribblersweb.com.

Contact me

  • lynnhesse@aol.com

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