Robert Lopez Flynn

Photo Credit: Colin Bass

Title: Writer
Location: Shavano Park, Texas, United States

Robert Lopez Flynn, Writer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in novel writing.

Inspired by his father James Emmett Flynn, a young Mr. Flynn yearned to emulate his father’s penchant for writing. James Emmett Flynn served in World War I in 1918 and kept a journal of his experiences. When a young Mr. Flynn enlisted in the Marines in 1950, his father encouraged him to keep a journal so that he, too, may have a record of his life experiences. Mr. Flynn found he enjoyed writing and decided to pursue his passion professionally. Following his service in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1950 to 1952, Mr. Flynn matriculated at Baylor University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and an MA in 1954 and 1956, respectively.

Following graduating from Baylor University, Mr. Flynn taught as a professor at Gardner-Webb College in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. He held this role from 1957 to 1959 before taking his talents to his alma mater from 1959 to 1963. Following this tenure, Mr. Flynn secured a novelist in residence role with Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and maintained affiliation with the institution from 1963 to 2001. It was during this time that Mr. Flynn penned his numerous creative works.

In 1967, Mr. Flynn wrote “North to Yesterday,” which earned him a Wrangler Award, and “In the House of the Lord” in 1969. His additional novels include “Sounds of Rescue, Signs of Hope” in 1970, “Wanderer Springs” in 1987, and “Echoes of Glory” in 2009 which both earned Spur Awards, and “The Last Klick” in 1994. Mr. Flynn’s story collections include the Southwest Booksellers Award-winning “Seasonal Rain” in 1984, “Living with the Hyenas” in 1996, which also won a Wrangler Award, and the memoir “Personal War” in 1989, which is about the CUPP Marines .

Due to his literary success, Mr. Flynn has been inducted to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame as well as the Texas Literary Hall of Fame. He holds membership with PEN, is an associate of the Marine Combat Correspondents, and remains a fellow of the Texas Institute Letters, previously serving as the organization’s president from 1990 to 1992. Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Flynn considers the greatest highlight to be able to travel the world to see all seven continents as well as 70 countries. He advises other writers to understand that though it is possible to write for pay and have a good life, that does not mean a writer is writing what they truly want to write and that it takes a long time to become noticed.

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