Kevin Lynch’s debut novel on Hypoluxo inspired by author dad, tabloid past
When he was in sixth grade, Kevin Lynch’s teacher got worried when she saw him read Stephen King’s “Pet Sematary” during recess.
His love for literature has never wavered and now the 45-year-old resident of Hypoluxo has recently published his first book.
“I grew up in a literary family surrounded by books,” Lynch said. “My father was a writer and I wanted to bring something into the world that will still be there when I am not.”
“Tabloid Baby,” published by Fulton Books in January, is a glimpse into the life of a journalist disappointed with the current state of print media. Lynch hopes readers have a laugh along the way and get a feel for how sensational tabloids are mainstream today.
The story begins when famous television producer and famous luminary Aspen Conrad Harvey dies in Florida, and the mission is abandoned in the lap of sardonic journalist Bernard “Mac” McCaffrey. McCaffrey meets a bizarre array of characters, including misfit reporters, crooked cops, private eyes, questionable sources, and a captivating heiress.
Much like the main character in his book, Lynch wrote for a small town Colorado newspaper before coming to Florida. The book is very loosely based on his own experiences, especially while working for the “National Enquirer”.
“The most rewarding thing for me was crossing something monumental off my bucket list,” Lynch said. “I also appreciated the comments and positive responses from readers. I think nurturing creativity and imagination is a great way to spend your time, especially during the pandemic. “
When not writing or reading, Lynch’s daily job is to run his private investigative agency which specializes in investigating suspicious insurance claims. The agency is called Top Shelf Investigations (www.TopShelfPI.com).
Lynch drew much of his inspiration from his father, author and journalist Dan Lynch, who interviewed presidents, hosted radio public affairs shows, created documentaries for the History Channel, and ran for office. public – in addition to writing 13 books.
“What I really got from my dad was a first appreciation of literature in general,” said Lynch, who grew up in Albany, New York. “He gave me books on Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Mark Twain while most kids my age were still reading Beverly Clearly and Judy Blume. “
His father gave him books to Stephen King when he was twelve and made him read the book before letting him watch the movie.
“My father’s influence was simply due to hard work and determination,” Kevin said. “He always did exactly what he said he would do, and I’ve tried to live my life the same.”
Who is your hero? My father, Dan Lynch.
What is your favorite movie? I’m a movie buff so it’s impossible for me. Off the top of my head, I’ll give you six: “The Big Lebowski”, “Fletch”, “Clerks”, “Dazed and Confused”, “Pulp Fiction”, “Goodfellas” and “The Shawshank Redemption”.
What are your hobbies? Read, write, garden, the beach, collect rare editions of my favorite books.
What do you do to get away from it all or take a break? The beach, Disney World or the Florida Keys.
What is your favorite book and why? I can’t pick one, but the writers who have influenced me the most are Gregory McDonald, Hunter S. Thompson, Elmore Leonard, and Raymond Chandler. I also think David Sedaris is hilarious. But filmmakers like Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino really influenced my way of writing dialogue.
If you could meet one person in the story, who would it be and why? Probably Jesus, to see if he really lived up to all the hype.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I ever received was “save your money”, but I didn’t follow it.
What is your favorite childhood memory? Family vacations because those years go by quickly.