Jon Lymon writes thrillers for adults and cute animal stories for kids, though one day he might swap that around. He lives in south London and likes cheese, and biscuits. But not cheese and biscuits.
Tell us about yourself and the books you've written...
Jon Lymon toyed with an extra long hair in his eyebrow, one of the joys of being the wrong side of forty. He was troubled by the question he’d just been asked. ‘Tell us about yourself.’ What was there to tell? What order to tell it in? What did his audience need to know right now? What kind of information did he need to keep from them in order to maintain interest and suspense for as long as possible?
He figured it was OK to tell them he was from south London in England. And that he had two young daughters. He figured revealing that he’d written three novels was none too controversial either. That was why he was here, right, to tell people about his books, so maybe, just maybe, one or maybe even three of them clicked download on Amazon.
So yeah, three books, all thrillers, the last two a little more horrifying than the first.
Being British, he was a little reluctant to namecheck the books here. Seemed a bit salesy, a bit too in your face for him, surely.
The Diamond Rush. Last Night At The Stairways. The Wronged.
He clearly wasn’t as British as he thought.
Now Lymon began to worry that his answer to the question was getting a bit too long. He’d lose his audience. He had to do something, and fast. Before it was too late.
What's the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Lymon’s latest book, The Wronged, was a horror thriller that he’d originally written as a screenplay in the early Noughties. The screenplay had picked up some positive reviews, but he knew there were faults with it. He fixed those faults and repackaged it as a novel.
A lot of the new stuff in it was inspired by him being a father and how that was changing him as a person, but how he knew he couldn’t let those changes take over his life. He had to retain some of the free will, the passion and the danger that had been in his life up until then. But what if someone totally changed and completely denied the person they were for the sake of their child. Surely, there’d be a backlash. Surely, the animal inside would want to get out…
A chemical spillage. An alien landing. A zombie pirate sighting. Is it a conspiracy or coincidence that all three happen on the same day in the same tiny Cornish village?
PC Jake Rodwell has a bad feeling he’s responsible. He knows he must stand alongside the villagers to discover the real reason why Bluff Cove has been chosen as the venue of a horrific zombie uprising and a brutal alien invasion
The end of Christmas is hard to take, especially for kids who have been getting excited about it for months. IS IT CHRISTMAS YET? will soften the blow, showing that there’s plenty of Christmas-style fun to be had every month of the year. It makes IS IT CHRISTMAS YET? the only Christmas book it's OK to read all year round.
Five-year-old Murray really, really wants to be six. But his birthday is a long, long way away. While he waits for what seems like forever, he decides not to go to any more of his friend’s parties, because he just knows they won’t be as good as his. But when Murray’s birthday finally comes around, he’s in for a nasty surprise…
Bedge, a young hedgehog, wakes up from his hibernation and wonders if it’s spring yet. A fox convinces him it is, but is he leading Bedge into a trap? 'Is It Spring Yet?' is a fun, rhyming adventure that teaches young readers to think for themselves and to not be fooled by strangers.
Magician Dino Camballi staggers from his apartment with five daggers sticking out of his torso. As medics battle to save him, PC Rodwell is assigned the task of guarding Camballi's hospital bed. But is the magician victim or suspect? And what is the secret he's keeping hidden? Rodwell must find out before the magician pulls the whole hospital under his spell and makes his escape.
Cheeky young grizzly bear, Wesley, wants nothing more than to get out of his cage at the zoo.
But when he gets his chance, he realises that the outside world is a lot more dangerous and not quite as much fun as he expected.
Exactly 200 years after The Gold Rush, the discovery of an asteroid brimming with diamond deposits sparks a worldwide frenzy. The race to reach the shimmering satellite is joined by Simon Remnant. The unemployed Londoner soon finds himself up against the might of NASA in a quest for glory that takes him from the recession-hit streets of the UK's capital into the solar system.