Jenn Lyons


Jenn Lyons’ childhood was spent in the safe havens of local libraries and bookstores, where even as her artistic talents began to develop she continued to nurture her love of science-fiction, fantasy, and noir detective stories. Being pale, not a friend of sunlight, and not much of a morning person, she set her sights on a career that would allow her to stay indoors or work at night (her favorite career pick was ‘cat burglar’) but she was devastated when she discovered that she would not, in fact, ever be able to marry Batman. Older but wiser, she turned from the life of a jewel thief to tackle a career as a graphic artist and illustrator, spending the next 20 years working in print media and advertising. The girl with too many hobbies (a list that included video games, table-top RPGs, LARPing, comic books, and costume design.) Jenn was irresistibly drawn to storytelling.

After making a dramatic shift in careers from graphic artist to video game producer, Jenn Lyons began to seriously dedicate herself to writing. She has finished two novels, Blood Chimera and Marduk’s Rebellion, is working on sequels to both, and just published her first epic fantasy, The Culling Fields.

Jenn Lyons lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, Michael Lyons (who is also a writer — and may or may not be Batman,) three cats, and a whole lot of coffee.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it involved twins who are taken from another dimension and placed in this one, and it was sort of a cross between Star Wars and Dragonlance, if that makes any sense. I remember there was a period of time where I was a kid where dimensional crossover books where someone from Earth ends up in a fantasy dimension were very popular, and that probably fed into it.
What is your writing process?
I start out by making wish lists. Here's all the characters I want to feature. Here are the themes I want to highlight. Wouldn't it be great if there was a scene that happened here? It's all blue sky at first, and I spend a few days (or even a few weeks) just thinking about possibilities. I usually do most of my world-building around the same time, because if I think of some important snippet afterwards, it could blow everything I've done out of the water. Once I have that, I begin outlining the book. I don't want to be too granular, because then writing isn't fun for me. I block out the main milestones I want to hit, and then sit down to write, with the goal for each block being just to hit the main milestones. I really do write a book one chapter at a time, It's much easier when its broken into manageable chunks.
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