Mary Lynn Archibald is a freelance copywriter, editor and author of two memoirs: Briarhopper, (a woman’s odyssey from Kentucky’s coal country to California in 1945 at the end of World War II); and Accidental Cowgirl: Six Cows, No Horse and No Clue, a cautionary tale about the rigors of country living and cattle ranching. “With one stroke of the pen, we became the proud owners of six cows, two cats and a flock of wild turkeys.” Her online credits include: What To Do When Your Computer Bites the Hand That Feeds It, Staging Your Home for Quick Sale, the SoMa Literary Review and My Life As A Ghost. She has also been published both nationally and internationally, in Chicken Soup for the Single Parent’s Soul, and in magazines such as Birds and Blooms, NorthBay Biz (“A Rookie’s First Taste of Winemaking”), Today’s Home Magazine and ACRES Magazine, where her articles have appeared on such subjects as interior design, growing lavender, antique roses and wildflower meadows, and producing your own olive oil. Mary Lynn has been a regular contributor to New York Times affiliate, The Press Democrat, where her articles have appeared in ABODE magazines, Homebuilders and Simply Real Estate. Her writing includes business communications in the fields of building, real estate, gardening, and interior design, and small-scale commercial gardening, farming and ranching. A Native Californian, she is a prolific writer, entertaining speaker, and mother of two grown children, and her varied background includes such exotic professions as switchboard operator; Art and English teacher; ballerina; interior designer; sales clerk; herb grower, fashion model, and chorus girl (not necessarily in that order). Mary Lynn and husband, Carl, and dog, Fizzbo, now make their home in the country, near San Francisco.