John Lynch, Ghost Writer and Author
John Lynch will be speaking at the Oakwood Literature Festival for the second time. Last year, John was a panellist for a talk around historical fiction. This year he will be running a workshop on Ghost Writing. Tickets are FREE but spaces are limited, to book your place, click HERE.
“I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. When I was 10, I stood on stage at my Newcastle primary school and read to a parents’ evening a story I had written. My breakthrough year was 1989 when I sold my first book to a publisher (it was calledManaging the High Tech Salesforce because that’s what I was doing at the time), my first short story to BBC Radio 4 and my first article to a magazine.
Since then, I’ve published a number of books in my own name including fiction and non-fiction; the most recent was Poor Law, the second in my James Blakiston Series of historical fiction set in the north-east of England in the 1760s. I’m currently working on the third book in that series, The First Greeners in America, which I expect to publish in June 2019.
Apart from that, though, I’m very busy as a ghost writer for publishers and film companies. I write books that are published in the names of other people. I’ve written more than 60 including non-fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, dystopian fiction, romance (yes, really, and I’m very good at it) and detective fiction. I’m currently writing a series of police procedurals set in the nineteen sixties; I can’t name any of these because, when you start a ghost writing project, you sign a nondisclosure agreement undertaking never, ever, to say that you wrote the book.
At the Oakwood Literature Festival, as well as having my own books with me, I’ll be running a workshop on ghost writing. We only have fifty minutes for the workshop, so if you put your name down to attend you won’t be the finished ghost writing article at the end of the session – but I hope you’ll have learned enough to take the first steps.”
John has spent a lifetime writing and continues to do so now. He has written over sixty full length books as a ghostwriter and has also published some works in his own name.