author photo by Dorothy Brinkerhoff

Genny Lynch grew up on the San Francisco Peninsula listening to her story telling relatives. She earned her B.S. in Fashion Design from the college of Tropical Agriculture at the University of Hawaii.

Like the Donner Party, Genny got some bad advice, took a wrong turn and ended up stuck in the Sierra Mountain town of Truckee, site of the Donner Party disaster. She survived by waitressing, numerous odd jobs, and designing wedding gowns, couch slipcovers, and a six-foot rabbit costume. She also survived being president of the Truckee-Donner Historical Society, various explosions, floods, fires, being made homeless by a vengeful squirrel, and snow, snow, snow!

In 2000 she retired her snow shovel, moved to the temperate Willamette Valley in Oregon, and discovered that she, like her relatives, is a storyteller.

While pruning her rhododendrons, Genny rescued a homeless pregnant teenage kitten (it was still teething) and five days later there were four kittens living in her office. The now grown kittens manage the office while she writes their story.

Genny won the Oregon Writer’s Colony Contest for nonfiction story: The New Yorker, a stand-alone-story excerpted from her Sierra adventures. Her essay Lifelong Learning Is published in the anthology The Spirit of Corvallis.

She is one of the Majestic Eight with her winning play The Bickerton Sisters Remember.