Janet Nichols Lynch

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Janet Nichols Lynch (born October 3, 1952) is the author of nine books, including a novel, a short story collection, four young adult novels, one juvenile novel, and two nonfiction books about music.[1] Janet was born and raised in Sacramento, California.

Her father was William Nichols, a refrigeration engineer, and her mother was Lena Graifenberg Nichols, a homemaker. She has one older sister, Joyce. In 1984 Janet’s first published short story appeared in The New Yorker, and since then her fiction has been included in Seventeen, The San Joaquin Review, The Baltimore Review, Confrontation, Writers' Forum, and the anthology of California writers Highway 99: a Literary Journey through California’s Great Central Valley. [2]

For the past thirteen years, Janet has read her fiction on Valley Public Radio’s Valley Writers Read (KVPR, Fresno and KVPX Bakersfield FM 89.3), hosted by Franz Weinschenk.[3]

Lynch received a B.A. in Music from California State University, Sacramento, a Master of Music Degree in Piano from Arizona State University, and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno, where she was the 2003 Outstanding Thesis Award Nominee for the College of Arts and Humanities. [4] She has taught music at De Anza College, Cupertino, and Skyline College, San Bruno, and music and English at College of the Sequoias, Visalia; currently she teaches English at El Diamante High school. [5] She competes in marathons and triathlons, and once rode her bike from Phoenix, AZ to Washington, D.C. She lives in Visalia with her husband, Timothy Lynch. They have two grown children, Caitlin and Sean. [6]

Lynch has credited her classical music training for her discipline in writing. [7]


My Beautiful Hippie young adult novel (Holiday House, 2013)

Racing California young adult novel (Holiday House, 2012)

Addicted to Her young adult novel (Holiday House, 2010)

Chest Pains novel (Bridge Works, 2009)

Messed Up young adult novel (Holiday House, 2009) ALA 2010 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2009 VOYA Top of the Top Shelf for Middle School Readers

Peace is a Four Letter Word young adult novel (Heyday Books, 2005)

Where Words Leave off Music Begins stories (2004)

Casey Wooster's Pet Care Service juvenile novel (Atheneum, 1993)

Women Music Makers nonfiction (Walker, 1992)

American Music Makers nonfiction (Walker, 1990)

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  1. ^ Her personal website, retrieved 14 December 2010 
  2. ^ Morales, Melinda. ""Faces of Success"" Tulare County Magazine. June 2009.
  3. ^ Reviews on "Goodreads", retrieved 14 December 2010 
  4. ^ Matlosz, Felicia Cousart. ""Author Janet Nichols Lynch Steers her Rich Life into Passion for Stories"" Fresno Bee. 3 March 2009.
  5. ^ Ward, James. ""Visalia Teacher's YA Novel Explores Teen Relationships"" Visalia Times-Delta. 19 March 2010.
  6. ^ Yogi, Stan. Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California's Great Central Valley. Berkeley, California: Heyday Books, 2007. 516. ISBN 978-1-59714-067-6
  7. ^ Slocum, Diane. ""Bach, Bicycles, & Books"" Lifestyle Magazine. September 2009, 56-59.