As part of our countdown to Readers & ‘ritas 2017, our Meet the
Author interview series helps you get to know the authors joining us in
Texas on November 10-12. Read on to get acquainted with USA Today bestselling author Kathy Lyons, and purchase your tickets to meet her in person at Readers &
What book made you fall in love with the genre you write?
This is a good question because paranormal romance is a large field. But if I had to go back to the beginning, it would be A Knight in Shining Armor. Time travel struck me as wonderful, mixing my Kathy Lyons paranormal love with my Jade Lee historical leaning. I even wrote a time travel, ALMOST AN ANGEL (writing as Jade Lee/Katherine Greyle), soon after reading it. But I’m so into shifters right now, I’m trying to think of one shifter book that really sparked the others. I can’t. I just love them all!
If a movie were made of your most recent book, who would you cast in
the lead and why?
I’d pick Benedict Cumberbatch to play Alan in FOR THE BEAR’S EYES ONLY because he’s lanky, a little bit creepy, and so hot I even watched the Star Trek outtake of him taking an evil shower a dozen times. The hero of this third book in my grizzly bear trilogy is Alan, a great guy who was tortured and changed into a half shifter by the villain. He’s angry, expects to die soon, and is bent on taking out the villainess before the end. Benedict has just enough creepy factor to play a guy who believes he’s a monster. And enough sex appeal that when our heroine redeems him, would be swoonworthy hot on the screen.
What was the first story you ever wrote?
All Gentlemen Gamble, a traditional regency with head hopping and scenes that read like a screenplay. Scene setting first, then all dialogue without tags. I was a bad screenwriter before I was a novelist, so all that lack of skill went into my first book. Thankfully, the manuscript is gone. Thrown out when our basement flooded. PHEW!
If you could change the ending to any famous book, TV show, or
movie, what would it be and how would you rewrite it? (Spoiler alert!)
I loved The Good Wife TV show until the end. OMG, that was a horrible ending, with Alicia becoming as bad as her husband. She betrayed her best friend for power and completely betrayed the audience who had stuck by her through the whole series. AWFUL! By contrast, the ending of Justified was PERFECT!
What is your favorite part of meeting your readers (and new
I love meeting people in general. There’s always something we can talk about, share, and enjoy. But if they’re readers, well then I love the book talk. Just love it! I always get something new to read or think about, and hopefully they enjoy hanging out with me, too!
You can meet Kathy Lyons and more fabulous authors at Readers & ‘ritas this November! Readers & ‘ritas is
a weekend getaway for book-loving ladies like you. Our guests of honor this
year are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Marie Bostwick, and Cathy Maxwell! Join us at the Hilton Garden Inn in Allen,
Texas, November 10-12 for:
- A private signing with all of our authors
- Raffle baskets benefiting Genesis Women’s Shelter
- Panels and discussions in the author lounge
- Signature bags stuffed with free books and swag
- The Annual Fresh Fiction Awards and after party with a gaming
- Delicious meals with an author host at every table!