Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Lyn Miller-Lachmann is an author, educator, and editor. Her novels include Torch, winner of the 2023 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature, Gringolandia, Rogue, Moonwalking, and Eyes Open. She earned a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Masters in Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, Lyn enjoys traveling to new places. She lives in New York City and lived part-time in Lisbon, Portugal, for many years.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

A Night to Remember by Walter Lord

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged; Missing me one place, search another; I stop somewhere, waiting for you.” — Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Elana K. Arnold, Zetta Elliott, Margarita Engle

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I always liked making up stories as a way of understanding the world around me and having a sense of control over it, at least in my imagination. I also enjoy history, and by writing historical fiction, I can portray the stories of ordinary people who are often left out of the textbooks.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read. Read different kinds of books to know what you like best, and pay attention to the ways the authors develop their characters, build their stories, and create the worlds where the characters live and their stories take place.