Janet Nichols Lynch is the author of thirteen books including American Music Makers: An Introduction to American Composers, Women Music Makers: An Introduction to Women Composers, Racing California, a Society of School Librarians International Honor Book, and Messed Up, an ALA Quick-Pick for Reluctant Readers and a VOYA (Voices of Youth Advocates) Top of the Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Seventeen, and Highlights for Children.
Janet was born and raised in Sacramento. She graduated with a BA in Music from California State University, Sacramento; an MM in Piano from Arizona State; and an MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno. She has taught music, English, and history at the middle school, high school, and college levels. She lives with her husband in Visalia, California, and they have two grown children. She enjoys competing in runs and triathlons, and has the goal of cycling in every state.