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A Jaw-Dropping, True Story

Lynn watched her dad deteriorate from Miami undercover narcotics agent to drug smuggler, from protective father to monster. By the time she was in high school, he was in prison for smuggling 12,000 pounds of marijuana. There, he made a connection with a powerful drug lord. Within months of being paroled, Lynn’s dad waltzed back into her life, dishing out Colombian cocaine to her. After a few years of abusing coke together, Lynn lost everything and was forced to choose—her father or her life.

Emotionally raw and heart-breaking, Midnight Calling: A Memoir of a Drug Smuggler’s Daughter is a story about family bonds, addiction and the price of holding on when it’s time to let go.

Life with (and without) Dad

     In the 1970's, I was the happy-go-lucky daughter of a Miami undercover narcotics agent. By the time I was in high school, Dad was in prison for smuggling 12,000 pounds of marijuana. By then, I was already filling the void he had left in my life with a massive drug habit of my own. It was the perfect set up for the only connection to Dad that remained when he was paroled from prison---cocaine. After a few years of abusing coke with Dad, I lost everything and everyone I cared about and was forced to choose between my life and my father.

     The problem was, I had no idea how I could walk away from him this time or if I would ever find my way back to him.

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Me, After Dad

For many years, I worked with teens whose parents were drug addicts. My work with those resilient teens compelled me to try reconnecting with my own father, and my memoir about life with Dad was born. I am completing a second book, the story of Dad’s infamous life based on several lengthy interviews with him. When not writing, I run a nonprofit environmental organization. I live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, two teenagers, two cats and a Lagotto therapy dog.

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