Jim Lynch

After my first two rural novels, I wanted to write a very urban book. And I wanted to write a novel that captured Seattle, at least my version of the city. So I started researching the transformative 1962 World's Fair, and the characters and premise emerged.

This novel grew out of my reporting up along the U.S.-Canadian border at the top of Washington state after 9-11. I couldn't resist the idea of setting an offbeat novel along a border where the two countries are often divided by nothing more than a drainage ditch.

TIDE is not an autobiographical novel. I wasn't a marine biology buff growing up, nor was I anywhere near as observant as Miles. But bits of my life and the people I've known are sprinkled throughout the story. When I invented Miles I expected to be entertained by him, but I came to admire him.


Jim on beach near his Puget Sound home with Theo

The New York Times has called Jim Lynch "a gifted and original novelist." He is the author of three novels set in Western Washington. His most recent offering is Truth Like the Sun (April, 2012), which New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin picked as one of her 10 favorite books of 2012. The novel is also a finalist for the Dashiell Hammett Prize, given to the best literary crime fiction in North America. Lynch's first novel, The Highest Tide (2005), won the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award, was performed on stage in Seattle and became an international bestseller after it was featured on England's Richard and Judy television show. His second novel, Border Songs (2009), was also adapted to the stage and won the Washington State Book Award as well as the Indie's Choice Honor Book Award. The film rights have been sold for The Highest Tide and TV rights for Border Songs.

Lynch grew up in the Seattle area and graduated from the University of Washington before bouncing around the country as a reporter for newspapers in Alaska, Virginia and for columnist Jack Anderson in Washington, D.C. Returning to the Northwest, he wrote for the Spokane Spokesman-Review, the Portland Oregonian and the Seattle Times. His national honors along the way included the George Polk Award, the H.L. Mencken Award and Livingston Young Journalist Award for National Reporting. He now lives in Olympia, Washington with his wife, Denise, and daughter, Grace.

Jim and his family sail a lot on Puget Sound and north into Canada


"Addictive" -- The Seattle Times
"Splendid, funny, remarkable novel" -- Providence Journal
"Irresistible" -- The Los Angeles Times