About Me and My Work

Hello. I’m Mary Lynn Archibald, an author with over 30 years of copywriting, editing, and proofreading experience. I am the author of these three books:

I write memoir and I love the genre, but I’ve written in myriad of other styles for clients. I’m infinitely adaptable.

  • Need help? I do developmental editing.
  • Need a ghostwriter? I can be your ghost.
  • Need copy for your website? I’ll spin a web for you.
  • Need a proofreader? I’ll use my fine-tooth comb on your copy.
  • Need to promote your jazzy new product? I will make it sing.
  • Progressive Jazz!
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Briarhopper: A History

This is a memoir of a woman’s life from 1913 to 1945, centered on her journey from Kentucky coal country to California during the Great Depression.

Accidental Cowgirl: Six Cows, No Horse and No Clue

This lighthearted personal memoir and three-time award winner takes the reader through a greenhorn’s life on a small cattle ranch—think The Egg and I meets City Slickers.

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Sir, I'm Not That Kind of Girl! Goody Two-Shoes Goes to Town

My latest memoir chronicles my sheltered small-town youth in Soquel, CA, during World War II, my high school adventures in Suburbia, and finally, my life in the city as a salesclerk, switchboard operator, model, chorus girl, and Miss San Francisco finalist. Buckle up!

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