Monday, September 16, 2013

Author Interview: C.J. Lyons

Here's your next author interview to enjoy!  Join me tomorrow for the Pasta Bar post!

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Describe your book in 5 words:
CJ: Girl dying of broken heart (literally)

What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?
CJ: The first. I’ll often return to it over and over again until I’ve sliced and diced and fine-honed
it to that perfect combination of intrigue, visceral reaction, and emotional connection with the
reader.

What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?
CJ: Code Name Verity because it is so emotionally honest and inspiring, empowering, not to
mention gut-wrenching. Really brings the era to life as well as the sacrifices made in the name
of freedom.

Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
CJ: When I was a kid I worked summer stock theatre and was actually a theatre major
undergrad before switching to pre-med. I’ve had two hard landings in helicopters while working
as a flight doc. I survived rampaging Cape Horn Buffalo and a pack of wild baboons, not
to mention a leopard (he’s already eaten) while hiking in Hells Gate Park in Kenya. I’m a
Capricorn. I diagnosed my niece with the heart condition that’s at the center of my YA thriller,
BROKEN.

What are you working on now?
CJ: DAMAGED, my next YA thriller, due out in 2014. It deals with the really tough topic of abuse
and coercion and is the most difficult book I’ve ever tackled—there have been times while
writing when I was literally in tears as I typed.

What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
CJ: I created my own genre of Thrillers with Heart—I love writing fast paced stories with raising
stakes but centered on the emotional heart of an evolving relationship. As for reading, I read
almost every genre but especially love YA, magical realism, and thrillers. As long as a story
grabs me by the throat and won’t let me go because I’m too worried about what the characters
are going through, I’ll read it and love it.

Read more about CJ here:  New York Times Bestseller C.J. Lyons

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