Lynn-Steven Johanson has made a habit of reinventing himself over the years: teacher, professor, director, playwright, and now, novelist. He sees himself as continually evolving, both personally and professionally.

Lynn’s mother wrote occasional articles for area newspapers as well as a column for the local paper during World War II. His sister is also writer, so writing appears to be a family trait.

Rose’s Thorn, Lynn’s mystery novel, is based on a screenplay he wrote numerous years ago. Taking his wife’s suggestion, he fleshed out the story into a novel.

The main character’s name, Joe Erickson, was the name of Lynn’s maternal grandfather who died years before Lynn was born.

Lynn featured Marathon, Iowa, in Rose’s Thorn because he wanted to pay homage to his hometown.

To date, Lynn has completed work on his second novel, a prequel to Rose’s Thorn, the second in a series of Joe Erickson mysteries. Look for it in March 2021.

The last thing homicide detective Joe Erickson needs is to get involved in murder investigation. On a medical leave from Chicago PD after developing acute stress disorder, he has returned to his hometown in Iowa to settle his father’s estate. When two teenage girls in neighboring towns are abducted, he joins the hunt to track down a sadistic serial killer.

Rose’s Thorn is published by Level Best Books


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