John Lynch writes historical and contemporary fiction and is also a writer for hire

John and Suzie Hopkins were the two founder members of the Mandrill Press co-operative in 2012.

John was brought up in the north-east of England and spent more than forty years in international sales, a career in which he lived and worked on every continent except Antarctica. During all of this, he has been a writer.

In nineteen fifty-three, at the age of ten, he stood on stage at Benton Park Primary School in Newcastle and read to the assembled pupils and their parents a story he had written called The Garden. It was set in Shropshire, a county he could not at that time have found on a map but, oddly enough, the one in which he now lives. He says he chose it because he liked the way it sounded. Other memories of his early writing career include:

  • selling an article to Good Housekeeping magazine (he says he had no idea how lucky he was, or that he was starting at the top with a long way to fall)
  • the day, more than 25 years ago now, when his first short story was read on BBC Radio Four (you can listen to it here on his blog). He says that his mother was most impressed that her son had a story on the radio, but not as impressed as she was by the fact that it was read by Clarrie Grundy from The Archers.

For John’s work as a Writer For Hire, look here. Apart from that, he writes contemporary fiction under his own name and historical romance and crime novels (the James Blakiston Series) as R J Lynch.

 

Zappa's Mam's a Slapper

A bittersweet coming of age story of love and loss seen through the eyes of a young man born into unpromising circumstances who makes his way in the world through his natural talent and with the aid of others.

If you choose the paperback format and would like the book signed, email rjl@mandrillpress.com saying exactly what you would like the dedication to say.

Sharon Wright: Butterfly

No one gives Sharon a chance. Except Sharon.
When John Lynch started to write Sharon Wright: Butterfly, he had in mind a sort of counterpoint to Zappa’s Mam’s a Slapper; where Billy in Zappa’s Mam had been a young man who emerged victorious from an unpromising background, Sharon would be a girl who did the same thing. It didn’t work out like that, and only partly because John hates the idea of writing the same book twice. What he found was that the weapons Billy used to create a successful future were not available to Sharon, simply because she was female. However, Sharon had weapons of her own.
John says that he fell in love with Sharon while he was writing her story, but falling in love with Sharon would be a foolish thing to do. When Sharon woos – as she woos Jackie Gough – she does so as a female Mantis might, knowing that when she has had what she wants, the male may have to die.

A Just & Upright Man

A Just and Upright Man is the first book in the James Blakiston series of romance and crime novels set in the north-east of England in the seventeen sixties (the second, Poor Law, should be published before the end of 2015). John Lynch says of this book: ‘Most historical fiction seems to deal with the rich and powerful – the rulers, aristocrats and owners of great estates. I wanted to write about people at the bottom of the heap: the agricultural labourers, coalminers and domestic servants from whom most of us are descended.’

If you choose the paperback format and would like the book signed, email rjl@mandrillpress.com saying exactly what you would like the dedication to say.

The International Sales Handbook

And now for something completely different. John Lynch’s first published book was Managing the High Tech Salesforce, which he wrote in 1989. In The International Sales Handbook he returns to those non-fiction roots and distils into a single book everything he learned in more than forty years of international sales during which he lived and worked on every continent except Antarctica. This is not a “how to sell” book, but a practical guide telling anyone wanting to build or boost an export sales business:

  • what to do
  • how to do it
  • what can happen if you don’t

If you choose the paperback format and would like the book signed, email rjl@mandrillpress.com saying exactly what you would like the dedication to say.

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