Lynn Hall was born November 9, 1937, in Lombard, Illinois, to Raymond Edwin Hall and Alice (nee Seeds) Hall. Her father worked for Standard Oil; her mother was a high school teacher of English and Spanish. While she was still a child, her family moved near Des Moines, Iowa. Hall remembers being a loner, not for a particular reason, since her family life was a happy one; she simply preferred being alone. She developed a fondness for animals, especially horses. When fourteen years old, she used money she had earned to buy herself a horse. She rode everyday; her knowledge of horses provides backgrounds for several of her books.
After graduating from high school, Hall held a wide variety of jobs in Colorado, Texas, Indiana, Kentucky, and Wisconsin, and Iowa. On May 1, 1960, she married Dean W. Green; they were divorced in September 1961. From 1955 to 1966, she seems to have been dissatisfied with her life, moving as she did from one unfulfilling job to another, and having what appears to have been an unfulfilling second marriage. She remembers being inspired to write by seeing a badly written, inaccurate horse book in a book store; she believed she could do better. She sold her chinchilla herd to pay for her living expenses while writing her first book, The Shy Ones, about a dog. Horse stories soon followed, and by the end of 1968, Hall had established herself as a full-time writer.
In the early 1970s, Hall moved to the country, living in a farmhouse. In the late 1970s, she built a stone cottage she calls Touchstone. There, she lives with Cocker Spaniels, horses, and other animals. Her love of country life and animals continues to inform her writings.
In 1972, her book Sticks and Stones was selected a "best book" for young adults by the American Library Association, as were The Leaving in 1980 and Uphill All the Way in 1984. In 1981, The Leaving received the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.
Lynn Hall is an astonishingly prolific author of books for young adults, and her books have been well received by both her preteen and teenage audiences and by critics. She was born in the Chicago suburb of Lombard on November 9, 1937, but her family moved soon after to a small town near Des Moines, Iowa. As with many other writers, Hall was a loner as a child, perceiving herself as radically different from her parents and her younger and elder sisters in her intense love for animals. She daydreamed about escaping from her family and living by herself in some rural spot, surrounded by dogs and horses.
Hall's childhood dream eventually came true, but only after many years of false starts and hard work. She left home immediately after graduating from high school and traveled all over the country, laboring at a number of essentially menial jobs, several of them involving the care of animals. After returning to Des Moines in the early 1960s, Hall went through a brief and unhappy marriage and then set out on the road again, filled with a new determination to achieve the goals she had established for herself years before. She drifted into writing after reading a book about horses and deciding that she could have done the job better than the book's author. Supporting herself with a series of day jobs and writing feverishly by night, Hall soon found publishers for her books and was finally able to break into full-time writing.
Hall now lives in her "dream" house, Touchwood, in the hilly countryside of northeastern Iowa on a bluff overlooking the Volga River valley. Ever faithful to her childhood dream, Hall shares the house with two English cocker spaniels,currently her favorite breed, while Tazo a Paso Fino buckskin horse, frolics on the acreage outside.
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