Lynn-Waddell_Fringe-Florida_authorLynn Waddell: Author, Journalist, Part-time Professor, Full-time Dog Lover, and Florida Specialist

Based in St. Petersburg, Fla, – sunshine capital of America – I’m an author, journalist, part-time professor, full-time dog lover, and expert on some of the strangest subcultures in the Sunshine State.

I’m working on my second book, a novel set in Las Vegas. My first book, Fringe Florida: Travels among Mud Boggers, Furries, Ufologists, Nudists, and Other Lovers of Unconventional Lifestyles, is an offbeat collection of essays that guides readers through eclectic and daring worlds. Released in 2013 by the University Press of Florida, Fringe Florida  is a national IndieFab award-winner. The Tampa Bay Times called it one of the best non-fiction books of 2013 and Creative Loafing awarded it the “Best Journey into the Underbelly of the Sunshine State. ”

My writing career has spanned many chapters and genres. I have a solid history in print and online news, I was a casino beat reporter at the Las Vegas SUN, a staff writer at Birmingham News., and a scribe for Tampa alternative newspaper Creative Loafing.  Over the past 12 years as a full-time freelancer, I’ve written for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Newsweek, the  Daily, and various other national and regional publications.

I’ve also penned and edited travel articles,  produced a 65-page  business magazine insert, acted as a field producer for Paris’ TV5Monde, and researched for the major motion picture, ‘Showgirls.”

I’ve been in front of the camera and entertained large audiences.  I’ve appeared on MSNBC, Oxygen Network’s  “Snapped,” and radio talk shows throughout the United States. I’m the Florida Humanities Council speaker’s bureau and continue to give public talks about the various subcultures of Florida.

Please check out some samples of my work and feel free to contact me whether for an assignment or interview about Florida’s rich tapestry of subcultures.