The first sentence of this bestselling author’s website Bio page reads:
“CJ Lyons has lived most of her life on the edge.”
TRUTH: That is an understatement! For, by reading on, you’ll discover that:
“Trained in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, she 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.”
And then there are CJ’s further adventures both in the US and abroad.
Her writing comes from being a story-teller and creating dramatic tales about “people discovering the courage to make a difference. This is what drove her into writing thrillers with strong relationships and led her to coin the term: Thrillers with Heart.”
CJ’s first medical suspense novel, Lifelines, debuted in March 2008 and became a national bestseller. The second in the Angels of Mercy series, Warning Signs, followed in January 2009 and her third book, Urgent Care, will be released next Tuesday, October 27, 2009.
Urgent Care will receive a full presentation here on The Divining Wand next week but, for now, it’s time to reveal CJ Lyons.
How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: Daring to dream by taking leaps of faith
What is your motto or maxim?
A: No rules, just write!
How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: Actually, my current life is pretty darn close–living the way I want, doing a job I love, friends and family to share successes with and who listen when I need a sympathetic ear, things to strive for but also content with what I have and who I am right here and now.
What’s your greatest fear?
A: Becoming bored or boring
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: Right here, right now
With whom in history do you most identify?
A: Katherine Hepburn
Which living person do you most admire?
A: The Dalai Lama
If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: Patience…..I have none, seem to be missing the gene for it!
What is your greatest achievement?
A: As a pediatrician, saving lives; as a writer becoming a National Bestseller
What’s your greatest flaw?
A: Lack of patience.
What’s your best quality?
A: Sheer stubbornness–I’m half Irish, half Italian, so it comes naturally.
What do you regret most?
A: Believing what others thought instead of believing in myself
If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: Gene Krantz–the man who brought Apollo 13 home
What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: Did I mention being a tiny bit stubborn?
Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: The Stainless Steel Rat
Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Francis Dolarhyde
If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: Jesse Owen–wouldn’t be able to say anything, I’d be awe-struck, but it would be a privilege to shake his hand.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: People wasting my time with meaningless blather.
What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Walking on the beach and watching the dolphins frolic
What’s your fantasy profession?
A: I’ve already lived it–being a pediatric ER doc. But for one I haven’t tried yet, it would be to become a film editor–I can name my favorite editors and I can often see exactly how/when a movie needs trimmed or cut differently.
What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Vision, Passion, and Commitment
If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Dark Chocolate
What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: Can’t narrow it down and it depends on my mood–I listen to everything from head-banging heavy metal to zydeco to Celtic ceili music.
What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: Ray Bradbury’s SOMETHING WICKED THIS
WAY COMES, Mark Helprin’s WINTER’S TALE, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s MISTS OF AVALON, Joseph Campbell’s MYTHS TO LIVE BY, Katherine Neville’s THE EIGHT