Welcome to Author Heather Lyons
Heather Lyons has been putting stories to paper since she was a little girl. Her first “published” book was a humorous retelling of The Princess and the Pauper. After detours in archaeology and teaching, she is now writing and living in Southern California with her husband and three sons. She likes cupcakes, baseball, hockey, reading, and collecting far too many handbags.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Chloe and I are pretty different, but we do share a few similarities—mostly our love for hot chocolate and a tendency to over think things! I think any author who says there aren’t pieces of themselves in their characters is lying. There’ll always be tiny hints somewhere in the pages.
I’m OBSESSED with music—I ran a music blog for years but had to let it go by the wayside to focus more on my fiction writing. Currently, I’m truly digging the indie music scene coming out of Scotland (so. many. awesome. bands!). My favorite (both Scottish and in general) is Frightened Rabbit, who are beyond amazing. A lot of the Fate series is written to their tunes.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?
I always write to music, usually to a song that represents either the scene or a character on repeat (which drives my husband crazy. ha!). I build extensive playlists for my stories and then will listen to them constantly so I can keep the feel of the story for when I work.
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
This is tough, as the playlist for AMOF is so big, but . . . I’m going to actually pick a song I discovered AFTER I wrote A Matter of Fate. It’s called In Sleep by Lissie, and is practically spot on for Chloe and Jonah.
Something your readers would never guess about you?
I used to be an archaeologist! Of all the sites I’ve worked on, my favorite was a Roman Villa in England.
Favorite place you’ve been and/or would like to go?
I am dying to go to Paris. Dying. I keep threatening to set a book there so I can use “research” as an excuse.
People think I’m joking when I say I love cupcakes, but it’s so true. I love those little slices of tastiness! It’s a goal of mine to hit all of the best cupcakeries in the Los Angeles/Orange County region. Shockingly, I’ve yet to experience Sprinkles, so that’s the next big one for me.
If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
Persuasion by Jane Austen. I lovelovelove that book. It’s divine.
Do your characters really talk to you?
Oh, do they—usually while I’m driving or in the shower or running errands. I hear their voices quite clearly. That makes me sound crazy, doesn’t it?
Write a Haiku about your book
A girl, Magical,
confused and under pressure
finds herself (and boys).
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m currently working on the sequel to A Matter of Fate; hopefully, it’ll be released in the spring. AMOF is part of a four book series. Every so often, I cheat and work on a super secret modern day WIP with characters from Greek mythology. I love it, but need to get Chloe’s story done first!
A Matter of Fate
Chloe Lilywhite struggles with all the normal problems of a typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Only, Chloe isn’t a normal teenage girl. She’s a Magical, part of a secret race of beings who influence the universe. More importantly, she’s a Creator, which means Fate mapped out her destiny long ago, from her college choice, to where she will live, to even her job. While her friends and relatives relish their future roles, Chloe resents the lack of say in her life, especially when she learns she’s to be guarded against a vengeful group of beings bent on wiping out her kind. Their number one target? Chloe, of course.
That’s nothing compared to the boy trouble she’s gotten herself into. Because a guy she’s literally dreamed of and loved her entire life, one she never knew truly existed, shows up in her math class, and with him comes a twin brother she finds herself inexplicably drawn to.
Chloe’s once unyielding path now has a lot more choices than she ever thought possible.
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