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
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
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
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
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.
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