Jennifer Lyon grew up under the shadow of the Matterhorn at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. She attended Walt Disney elementary school and her very first playmate was her beloved dog, Duke, who was cast in the role of hero in all their adventures.
Clearly Jen was born to daydream. But it took her years to figure out how to turn her imagination into a career as an author. After marrying and becoming a full time mom to three sons, Jen launched her career with the award winning Samantha Shaw Mystery Series and other romantic mysteries under the name Jennifer Apodaca. Later, she took the name Jennifer Lyon, combined her love of witches, alpha males and sizzling romance into another award winning series, the Wing Slayer Hunters.
Jennifer has several new releases coming out this year. THE PROPOSITION, the first book in her new Plus One Chronicles was just released on February 24 and following later in the year will be Book Two: POSSESSION - Coming 5/28/13 and Book Three: OBSESSION - Coming 9/24/13.
Writing under Jennifer Apodaca she will be releasing the first book in her Once A Marine series, titled THE BABY BARGAIN which will be out in March 2013 from Entangled Publishing in their Indulgence line.
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First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
I'm pretty ordinary. I found my husband at the dog pound…now I know what you're thinking. You got a man instead of a dog? Are you crazy? Well here's the thing, my husband puts gas in my car and washes it. A dog can't do that. So…Okay I'm kidding. I was working at the animal shelter, and my husband was sent there to do an audit. We fell in love, married and had three sons. I loved being a full time mom, but I also wanted to write. Eventually, my husband went back to school for his masters degree, and I realized it was time for me to start perusing my dream too. It took me eight long years, but I finally published.
A decade later, I'm writing under two names, Jennifer Lyon and Jennifer Apodaca. It can be confusing at times!
The one thing that never ever fails to make me smile, is my son's dog Bailey. He's a little Miniature Pincher and he owns my heart.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes and no. I always loved to read and write, but it took me a while to believe in myself enough to really try.
What kind of writer are you? Panster or Plotter?
Both. I start out by planning/plotting, determined that the next book will be easier to write than the last. That impossible dream amuses my characters. I'm pretty sure they have a FB page where they secretly get together and think up ways to throw me off my plan and force me to write by the seat of my pants about half way through the book. But I do try to start off with at least a premise and a general idea of where the story will go.
Where do your ideas come from?
Life. The Plus One Chronicles came from attending a series of family events, and someone there attended with their “plus one” who was a friend but not a date. They really were just friends, and when they weren't in relationships, the acted as each others' plus one. That intrigued me. However, being a writer, I built on that concept and changed it significantly. That's just one example of where ideas come from.
A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
Ex-Ultimate Fighter Sloane Michaels has a dark agenda. Kat Thayne just wants to hide behind the light, sweet creations at her bakery. When a dangerous, sexy proposition brings them together, will Sloane chose vengeance or passion?
What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
I like a variety, but romance is my main genre. For years I read (and wrote!) a lot of paranormal, but I'm reading more contemporary lately. I also like mystery, romantic suspense and thrillers. I'm not big on horror, although I've read a lot of Dean Koontz and Stephan King.
Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
I never have one all-time favorite. The last book I read that I loved was BEAUTY FROM PAIN by Georgia Cates. It's a self published e-book, the first in a connected series.
What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?
Description because it bores me But also, scenes that are going to emotionally tear my characters apart. I hat putting them through that pain. But I do it!
If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Stephan King because his mind if fascinating, EL James because I'd love to know how she is handling her incredible rise to fame with 50 Shades of Grey and Larissa Ione just because I love her books.
Last question, are you working on anything right now?
I'm writing the second book POSSESSION in The Plus One Chronicles. I also have a new series coming out March 4th under my Jennifer Apodaca name. The title is THE BABY BARGAIN and the Twitter style description is:
Former Marine, Adam Waters keeps his heart on ice, even with the one woman he can't forget; hometown girl, Megan Young. But when Adam learns the shocking truth that Megan's child is really his, will his heart thaw or turn to stone?
My heroine, Kat, owns her own bakery, and she wants to know: What is your favorite dessert?
Rich, sexy and volatile, Sloane Michaels has a dark agenda that keeps his heart on ice. His extreme wealth gives him the control he craves and his skills as an ex UFC fighter the tools he’ll need to extract his ultimate revenge. But when the woman he never believed he’d see again crosses his path, Sloane is caught between the vengeance he needs and a sexual conquest he craves.
Kat Thayne has been in survival mode for six years, hiding behind the sweet creations for her bakery. But when a random carjacking brings her face-to-face with her darkest fears and hottest fantasy, Kat is forced out of hiding and offered a dangerously passionate proposition. One she knows she isn’t strong enough to refuse.
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Blog Tour Schedule
02/27 - Ramblings From This Chick
02/28 - Pimpin' Reads
03/01 - Book Lovin' Mamas
03/02 - Books-n-Kisses
03/03 - Night Owl Reviews
03/03 - My Secret Romance
03/04 - United by Books
03/05 - Cocktails and Books
03/06 - The Reading Café
03/07 - Under the Covers
03/08 - Romance Junkies
03/10 - Over the Edge
03/11 - Paranormal Haven
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