October 24, 2012

Made It Moment: Chris Lynch

Filed under: Made It Moments — jenny @ 12:08 pm

One Eyed Jack

I dare you to read Chris Lynch’s Moment and not get chills. Go on–I dare you. What Chris says is just so true. And yet I never would’ve thought of it myself, at least not in these words. And if that, plus the meaty facts in Chris’ bio–hint: mountains are summited–weren’t enough, here’s a link to an amazing book trailer.  This one’s like watching a super, super short movie–it needs a new Oscar category. Thank you, as always, dear blog readers for coming by. Here’s to all of our linked Moments, every day.

Chris Lynch

I wrote for twenty years before I really discovered writing. By that, I mean that I was so focused on “making it” by getting a sale and being published, that I left my passion for what I was writing about on the shelf. It was a huge mistake that costs me two decades of work.

It was only after I realized that I needed to write about what I was truly interested in, that I finally made that first sale. And then, it was another sale, and then another one. A year later, I had racked up five sales, all because I finally understood that selling was not what I should be focused on – loving what I wrote was.

Along the way, there were many firsts that could be considered an easy fit in the “Made it Moment” category. But I felt then, as I still do today, that writing is a journey that never really ends. The best book a writer ever wrote is the one that they are going to write.

But there were some high points along the way, such as:

  • My first “By” line. To see one’s name in print for the first time is definitely a rush.
  • The first check or royalty payment. Now we’re talking validation! You mean I even get paid for this?
  • The first time I held my novel in my hand. Yep, that was very special.
  • Praise from a peer, author Kathy Bennet. She was crazy busy trying to get ready for two writer’s conferences as well as her own daughter’s wedding. She told me that she should have never picked up my novel, because when she did, she was hooked from the first three sentences, and could not put it down until she was finished.

While these were all obviously memorable moments, one really stands out. A woman that I met at a party had heard that I published my first novel. She asked me if there was any way I could talk to her son, an aspiring writer. I said that I would, and she called him up and he raced over to the party.

We sat talking for close to an hour, with me telling him about my journey and how a person needed to love writing in order to really be a writer. He hung on every word, and at the end of the day thanked me profusely, pumping my hand. That was when I realized that if I could help someone else achieve his or her own “Made it Moment,” then I had actually made it myself.

Christopher Lynch is a Southern California native and a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Besides fiction, he enjoys writing on a variety of subjects and has written screenplays, magazine and newspaper articles, a Mystery Dinner Play, and will soon publish a children’s picture book, “Wally the Water Drop in: I am also a Cloud and a Snowflake.”

He is also an avid cyclist and a mountain climber with successful summits of Mount Whitney, Mount Shasta, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Kalapatar in Nepal, and has recently completed a trek to Mount Everest Base Camp.


  1. That is one spookyb trailer! Now I have to buy me abook!

    Comment by Connie J Jasperson — October 24, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

  2. Very interesting! I think we can all learn something from Mr. Lynch. I recently did some self-evaluation and came to many of the same conclusions. I’m looking forward to an infused future in my writing. Thanks, Jenny, for this interesting blog.

    Comment by Joe Perrone Jr. — October 24, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

  3. Wonderful and important realizations! I think if you write what you love someone else out there is bound to fall in love with it too.

    Comment by Johanna — October 24, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

  4. Chris, this is one of the best trailers I’ve seen in a long time. I agree 100% that writing what you love is the way to go and I will check out One Eyed Jack; if its half as good as this trailer, I’ll be hooked.

    Comment by Eloise Hill — October 24, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

  5. Awesome trailer! Great Made it Moment too! Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Kellie — October 24, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  6. Fun trailer! Nice moment. From a fellow L.A. writer! xo,

    Comment by Pamela DuMond — October 24, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

  7. Great story, Chris. When I get all caught up in myself as a writer, I have to step back and remind myself that it isn’t all about me.

    Comment by Kathleen Kaska — October 24, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

  8. That is just beautiful. It means so much when you discover something, yourself after a long time (write what you love; you’re a storyteller – tell your stories and enthrall someone; entertain them) and are able to somehow touch another who is now what you were, and give the encouragement, or the ‘a-HA!!’ moment that validates and inspires. Truly wonderful!

    Comment by Diana Wilder — October 24, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

  9. Outstanding post and outstanding trailer! I’m so glad I stopped in today. Can’t wait to read the book.

    Comment by Marja McGraw — October 24, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

  10. Feeling passionate about our writing is the key to good writing. You’re right. It keeps us going through rejection and dogged rewrites. Congrats on your success!

    Comment by Jacqueline Seewald — October 24, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

  11. Very good trailer, and a great “moment.” You sound like an interesting man. Off to check on your book

    Comment by Lil Gluckstern — October 25, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

  12. That is a very endearing made it moment and you hit it right on. After glancing at your mountaineering history, I’d say you have many made it moments in your life. That definitely is the best book trailer I’ve ever seen. Well done!

    Comment by Cindy Sample — October 25, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

  13. Nice blog post, Chris, and terrific trailer. Very professional. Your book sounded like it would be right up my reading alley, so I bought it. Thanks, Jenny, for an interesting Made It Moment.

    Comment by Polly Iyer — October 25, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

  14. Wow, what an amazing trailer. Chris, I’ve got to read your book to find out what happens to One Eyed Jack.
    Another great post, Jenny.

    Comment by Kathleen Kaska — November 17, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

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