Interview with Kevin A. Lyons

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in suburban New Jersey, not far from New York City. But in the 50s and 60s my little suburban town still had a few farms and horses. I loved going into the woods to hunt for turtles or catching fish in a stream with a spool of thread and a bent pin. That town is completely different, today.

As to how it influenced my writing -- that's more difficult. The most obvious influence would be the locations I build for my stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My favorite ereader is the JetBook Lite. I love it for the same reasons that most people hated it, I suppose. The one facet that I like most is that it uses ordinary AA batteries. We had extended power outages (longer than a week) in 2011, following the Halloween blizzard, and in 2012, after Hurricane Sandy. I keep plenty of fully charged batteries on hand, but I like knowing that I can buy a set of batteries for it any time I need them.

Also, the "battery bulge" on the back makes a convenient finger hold while I'm reading and I can do page advances with my thumb. No "touch screen" means no smudges to read through -- something that really annoys me on my Android tablets!
What are you working on next?
Right now I have a couple of longer short stories in progress -- they're both science fiction. And ideas for shorter stories fly through my consciousness at random intervals!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the feeling of finding a new idea, and I love finishing the final edit. Everything else seems a lot like work.
Describe your desk
I would be happy to describe my desk ... if I could find it! I know it's under there somewhere!

Actually, I guess I could describe my desk as "strong."
Published 2014-04-18.
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Books by This Author

Living in the Golden Age
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,950. Language: American English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In your dreams you can be the hero. You can travel to the stars. You can save the galaxy. In your dreams.
Green, Green, Blue
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A young father, his six-year-old son, and the problem of communication -- complicated by autism. (This short story was first published in Something to Take on the Trip: A Charity Anthology (Something To Read Book 3), in 2014.)
The Poet and the Crock
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A poet of questionable talent meets a leprechaun of dubious character in an out of the way field. Unpleasant truths are revealed. Difficult concessions are made. Profits and losses are balanced. And, hopefully, everyone smiles at the end.
Remembering Emmy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,960. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Emmy was a happy four year old girl.But she was lonely, sometimes, growing up on an isolated farm. Most days there was no else around, except for mom and dad. And, sometimes, a hiker on the trail across the field. Fortunately, she had Jack, her dog, a huge black and tan Rottweiler. He was the best friend a little girl could ever have. Jack would never let anything happen to Emmy. No matter what.
The First Galactic Princess – A Bedtime Story
Price: Free! Words: 2,100. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
The first galactic princess is a little girl growing up in a wonderful place. She faces an ordinary problem with the help of a friend and the support of an understanding father. There are no spaceships, ancient prophecies or threatening aliens. There is, however, a hover car -- kids need to dream about hover cars!
Billy Wolfe's Riding Spirit
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,370. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Under the full moon a motorcycle races west along the Interstate. The police can't catch it, and it disappears before it reaches the toll bridge. Narrated by the guy who drives the road-killed deer pick-up truck for Fish and Game. Originally published in 1979, in Easyriders magazine, and reprinted in The Year's Best Horror Stories, Series VIII, in 1980.
The Star Creature
Price: Free! Words: 1,010. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.71 from 14 reviews)
A story of the first encounter between two intelligent species, with an assumption that "intelligence" is just one of many attributes that may be just as important. Today this would be called Flash Fiction. In 1979 it was a "short-short" story. It was first published in the Winter, 1979, issue of Unearth Magazine (Volume 2, Number 4).