Author Spotlight

Rene Lyons


Recently, I had the privilege of doing a review on a wonderful book, Midnight Sun by Rene Lyons.  This was fabulous and I cannot say enough nice things about it, and Rene herself.  Rene has very kindly agreed to let me ask her a few questions to find out a little about her.  So without further adoÖhere is
Rene Lyons.


Tell us a little about what makes Rene Lyons tick.
Thereís not much to tell. Iím a full-time mom and wife who tries to sneak in some writing here and there throughout the day. I have a thing for the show Prison Break and a love for horror movies. Other than that, Iím actually a pretty boring person.

When did you begin writing?
I have to say Iíve been writing for as long as I can remember. Iíve always loved to create worlds and characters, even if I didnít take it all too seriously when I was younger. I know that you love history.

What draws you to it and did you ever consider a different career for yourself?
Since I never imagined ever getting published, this career was the furthest thing from my mind. Iíve always only written for myself. Iíve always wanted to be a historian until I worked as a dental assistant. If I would have known how much I enjoyed working with teeth when I was younger Iíd have probably ended up a dentist. Thatís about as far from writing and history as it gets!

How does your family feel about your writing?
Iím blessed with a family who are truly proud of me. It helps to keep me motivated on those days when all I want to do is play with my daughter and laze around the house. That and knowing that one day when my daughter is grown, through me sheíll see dreams are worth reaching for.

What is the perfect writing environment? Do you like quiet or do you need background noise?
I used to be able to write through a hurricane. Now, I like things nice and quiet. I also used to only write on my desktop computer until I discovered the freedom of a laptop. Now that Iím mobile I write anywhere and everywhere, although, the couch is my favorite place to sit and write.

How do your stories come to you? Do you start with just a character or does the whole story come at once? Is it different each time?
With the Templars, it came together all at once. The characters and the last book hit me like a brick. From there, each Templarís story played out in my head like a movie. Normally, however, my stories usually start with a character or only the first scene and I just work it from there. Iím not one of those blessed authors who can outline and plot out every last detail before they sit down to actually write their books. I write by the seat of my pants, so Iím learning my characters and their stories as I go (I think I just gave my editor a heart attack. lol).

I noticed that you have several series coming upÖdo you enjoy writing storylines that continue through several books?
Absolutely. I donít even think in single story ideas. I think I fall so in love with my characters and their worlds that I hate to say good-bye to them. Although, truth be know, now that Iíve finished Lucian of Penwickís book (his is the third installment of the Templar Vampire Novels), I need to take a short break from them. Their world is so dark and their struggles so profound that I began to walk around with their melancholy. Never a good thing when one must dance with a toddler to the Wiggles in between writing.

Can you tell us a little about what you have coming up?
Rene: Iíve recently started a series called The Seraphim. Those books will number three and will center around fallen angels. Iíve also still to write two more Templar Vampire novels. Then there is the Order of the Rose, a sisterhood of female vampires you meet in the Templar Vampire books. I simply must write them to counter the male world Iíve been living in for over a year now. They are some great women characters and I canít wait to begin getting their stories out.

Letís talk about those sexy Templar VampiresÖhow did these guys come to you and was it difficult finding the perfect woman for each of them?
The Templars came to me shortly after my brother died. Each of them represents a piece of my own personality. Sebastian is my logic and reason. Constantine is my rage and pain. Lucian is my honor and strength. Raphael is my sexuality and sense-of-humor. Tristan is my sense of responsibility. My sorrow, pain, and regret are mirrored in them, and because of that, they will always have a special place in my heart. As for finding the perfect women for them, that was actually easy! The women just sort of popped in my head as I was putting the finishing touches on each of the boyís personalities. Their names, appearances, and personalities meshed so well with the Templars that I knew I had some really great women to write.

If you could bring one character from a book to lifeÖwho would it be and why?
If I had to choose one of my own characters, it would be Constantine. Iíd love to get my hands on that man! As for another authorís, it would have to be Jamie from A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland. If you have to ask why, you really need to read the book (lol). Heís one hero no woman should pass up.

I know Midnight Sun is your first book, was it difficult to get it published?
Yes and no. All of my life I was afraid to take the chance out of fear of rejection. This just sort of fell into place about a year ago. I think it was a mix of learning through my brotherís death that I donít have ďforeverĒ and wanting to give my daughter a mother who wasnít afraid to take a chance on a dream. I submitted Midnight Sun right after Christmas of 2005. I received my contract the first week in January. Iím blessed to have such a wonderful editor who believes in me, and who has the patience to work with me to take my writing to a level I never thought it could go.

Do you have any advice for authors who are just now trying to get published?
Write. Write. Write. Take workshops to help hone your writing and get critique partners. Donít ever be afraid to take an idea to the next level. Keep pushing the boundaries of the worlds youíre creating and the characters youíre bringing to life. But most of all have fun. Enjoy every word you write. Trust me, it will show in the work.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Do you have a favorite genre?
I absolutely love paranormal romance. Time-travel and a good ghost romance are at the top of the list. Iíve eased off the vampire novels for obvious reasons, although the loss isnít a great one since I was always picky with which ones I would read anyway. If I told you some of the well-known vampire authors Iíve never read you wouldnít believe me! As for my favorite authors, Lynn Kurland, Julie Garwood, and Karen Marie Moning are my favorite authors. Every word they write is a treasure to me.

If you could travel to any place or time in historyÖwhere would you go and why?
Oh, this one is too easy! 1068 England so I can meet William the Conqueror. When other girls were crushing on the latest movie star, I was head over heels in love with William the First of England (his wife Matilda was four feet ten inches shortÖjust like me!). Moreover, Iíve always felt like a misplaced soul here in this modern world. Though I love modern conveniences, I belong in the medieval age. Itís where my heart is, and will always be.

What was the last movie you saw? What type of music do listen to and who is your favorite group?
The last movie I watched was Dark Water. I love that 90ís grunge rock music. Lately, though, Iíve been all about the band Staind. My favorite group has been Candle Box since the mid 90ís. Their song Far Behind is, and always will be, my favorite songÖalthough The Price by Twisted Sister is the one I listen to when I need to get into the Templarís minds.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Only that Iíve had a blast during this interview! Thank you so much for this opportunity. I also want to wish Joyfully Reviewed a Happy Birthday. You ladies have come a long way in a year and Iím extremely proud to share in the celebration with you all.


~~Rene loves to hear from readers, you can contact her at and don't forget to visit Rene's website for links to her blogs and reader groups.

~~Take a peek at Rene Lyon's Templar Vampires and The Seraphim.





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