During a dual career in education and journalism, Lyn McKinnon taught English and communications at secondary and tertiary level. She was awarded a Woolf Fisher fellowship for teaching, has worked for a number of publications and also run a bookshop. After retiring from teaching, she wrote a Centennial history of Amuri Area School, then served as an editor for the New Zealand Rural Press and contributing editor for The Deer Farmer, receiving several national journalism awards in the process. After retiring (again) she worked as a freelancer. Following her husbands death in the Nurse Maude Hospice, Christchurch, she retired (for the last time!) and became a volunteer writer with the Nurse Maude Biography Service.