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YALLFest Interview with C.J. Lyons

Hey everyone!  Here's another exciting YALLFest interview to share with you! 

If you didn't know (and you really should because it is an awesome event) YALLFest is a great YA Author Festival held in Charleston, South Carolina hosted by Blue Bicycle Books. Still a baby, with 2013 being it's third year, YALLFest brings some of the BIGGEST names in YA books together for one day of ridiculous amazing fun.  To get people excited, they have picked bloggers across the internet to host interviews with the authors attending the festival.  I am one such lucky blogger!  

Check out the rockstar author that will be gracing us with her presence at the festival down below and keep checking back as the countdown to YALLFest keeps going!

The Interview

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

What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?
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?
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.
(1) When I was a kid I worked summer stock theatre and was actually a theatre major undergrad before switching to pre-med.  (2) I’ve had two hard landings in helicopters while working as a flight doc.  (3) I survived rampaging Cape Horn Buffalo and a pack of wild baboons, not to mention a leopard (he’d already eaten) while hiking in Hells Gate Park in Kenya.  (4) I’m a Capricorn.  (5) I diagnosed my niece with the heart condition that’s at the center of my YA thriller, BROKEN.

What are you working on now?
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?
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.

Books by C.J. Lyons
Young Adult
Coming Nov. 5th
 All Published


C.J. Lyons
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eighteen novels, former pediatric ER doctor C.J. Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.  CJ has assisted police and prosecutors with cases involving child abuse, rape, homicide and Munchausen by Proxy. She has worked in numerous trauma centers, on the Navajo reservation, as a crisis counselor, victim advocate, as well as a flight physician for Life Flight and Stat Medevac.  CJ has been a story-teller all her life, always creating stories about people discovering the courage to make a difference. This drove her into writing thrillers centering on strong relationships and led her to coin the term: Thrillers with Heart.

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