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writer , English language educator

Janet Nichols Lynch 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.


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.


Bachelor in Music, California State University, Sacramento, 1974. Master of Music in Piano, Arizona State University, 1976. Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, California State University, Fresno, 2002.


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. For the past thirteen years, Janet has read her fiction on Valley Public Radio’s Valley Writers Read (KVPR, Fresno and KVPX Bakersfield FM 893), hosted by Franz Weinschenk.

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. She competes in marathons and triathlons, and once rode her bike from Phoenix, AZ to Washington, D.C. They have two grown children, Caitlin and Sean.

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


  • 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.


Member of California Association Teachers English, National Guild Piano Teachers.


  • Other Interests

    Competing in triathlons and marathons, swimming, running, bicycling.


Married Timothy Edward Lynch, June 30, 1984. Children: Caitlin Grace, Sean Nichols.

William Rolland Nichols

Lena Donna (Graifemberg) Nichols

Timothy Edward Lynch

Caitlin Grace Lynch

Sean Nichols Lynch