Totally delighted to have the lovely Tara Lyons as my next Get To Know author on my blog today.
In 2015 I turned 30 and with the help of a few very special friends, I decided to bite the bullet and start writing my first book. It’s been a whirlwind experience since then – self publishing my debut solo novel, co-authoring with the formidable M.A. Comley, signing a book deal with the awesome Bloodhound Books and having two short stories published in anthologies – Dark Minds and Ghosts Electric.
From a young age I loved books and magazines, and would always be making up a story of some kind. My poor mum was giving so many of my “stories” for birthday and Christmas gifts. When it was time to choose my university degree, I was stumped – what do I want to study for the next three years? What if I change my mind mid-degree? So, I decided to study English Literature because it was something I enjoyed and I knew I wouldn’t get bored. Luckily, my degree did lead to a job, and I worked for John Lewis on one of their in-house magazines for eight years.
I always worry I don’t have any interesting facts to share about myself. But, here’s a few things you may not already know…
– I went to all-girls convent secondary school, which prided itself on being called a language college… And, though I wish it wasn’t, languages was my worst subject!
– I was a Corporal in the London Irish Army Cadets and left when I was 18. – I skydived from 14,000ft to raise money for a teenager’s cancer charity.
– I have 7 tattoos (and yes, I want another one).
– I gave birth to my son on 12/12/12; he weighed 6.6 and I was in labour for 6 hours – we have a thing about numbers!
You can keep up to date with Tara Lyons and her books on the following sites:
Facebook – www.facebook.com/taralyonsauthor
Twitter and Instagram handle – @tara lyons
Favourite book as a child?
Any Roald Dahl book, I don’t think it’s possible to choose a favourite as I read them all. I’ve actually just finished The BFG with my son, and it’s lovely to go back and read them now. Sharing these stories with my him, and all the funny words and gruesome descriptions, feels really special.
Favourite book as a teenager?
I moved on to the Point Horror and Goosebumps books in my early teens. My mum and I would go to the library every week and these were my go-to books. My later teens were filled with reading lists for college and university, but two that have stayed with me are Jane Eyre and The Kite Runner.
I think this is the hardest question because I’ve read so many different books in so many different genres. Right now, my answer is Dumbledore from the Harry Potter books. I love an inspirational and influential character and some of his one-liners and advice throughout the books have stayed with me since I first read them. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live…” ~ Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is just one of many!
Favourite book to movie adaption?
Although I always prefer the book, there are a few films that I think have got it right… The Green Mile, Carrie, The Shawshank Redemption and The Twilight Saga (yes I cheated and yes my tastes range from Stephen King to Stephanie Meyer)
Favourite drink or snack while reading?
I have to pick at something when I’m reading. So, it’s either tea and chocolate peanuts or a diet coke and a packet of crisps (how healthy do I sound… we’re all allowed a few treats!).
Favourite highlight of your writing career?
This is hard because I’ve had some amazing highlights in the last year. If I had to pick one, it would be people that I have met since beginning my writing career. The relationships that I’ve made has been immense – people who have supported and encouraged me, given me feedback and continually had faith in me, worked with me and taken a chance on my work. I’m thankful for the friendships that have blossomed.