Lorretta Lynde, Author of The Magpie Odyssey Series

 The Magpie Odyssey: An Irish Journey

 Mountain Medicine: The Magpie Odyssey II

 Magpie Genesis: The Magpie Odyssey III

 Magpie Warrior: The Magpie Odyssey IV

 Willow: The Magpie Odyssey V

 Magpie Spirits:  The Magpie Odyssey VI

 Magpie Secrets: The Magpie Odyssey VII


Lorretta Lynde is a fourth-generation Montanan, raised on the Crow Indian Reservation where her Irish great-grandparents arrived as they followed the railroads west. The ranch where she grew up is nestled in a rich valley at the foot of the soaring BigHorn Mountains, summer range for the ranch's big bands of sheep.  Her life was enriched by the family's long friendships with many members of the Crow Tribe, and by the many events, celebrations and ceremonies she attended with her parents.


Hers is a family of storytellers.  Her father was a skilled oral storyteller, and her brother, Stan Lynde, was a well-known Western writer and international western cartoonist. Before her death in 2007, her mother, Eleanor Lynde, authored her memoir, titled Daylight in the Canyon.

After a career in the newspaper business, Lorretta and her husband travel frequently to Ireland, where they visit the numerous stone circles and megalithic tombs in the countryside.