Welcome Ms. Lyon. Please tell us about your current book.
The ‘Pprentice, the Puppets, and the Pirates is the second book in the Alexander Legacy series. The genre is Steampunk Literary Tribute. This series combines Victorian classic characters from Alcott, Dickens, Stevenson and other authors with Sci-fi and fantasy elements in a mystery involving human trafficking. Oliver Twist as a 20-something eccentric inventor narrates this story and fights against those who would make man immortal, godlike, and seek to destroy morality and overthrow the British Empire. Pinocchio, Long John Silver, and Spring-Heeled Jack make appearances in the story.
That sounds very intriguing. Do you read a lot of sci-fi?
I enjoy reading historical fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy. Right now I am reading Land of Flames by Cynthia P. Willow, a fantasy, first in a series called The Karini and Lamek Chronicles.
I would assume since Oliver Twist in a character in your story that Dickens is an author who has given you inspiration. Are there others?
Charles Dickens and Jane Austen are both writers who have inspired me. They have great characters and stories of overcoming hardships.
Are you working on any other books? Tell us about them.
The Alexander Legacy series will continue, probably with Sluefoot Sue from the Pecos Bill American tall tales as the next narrator. My publisher, Mary C. Findley of Findley Family Video Publications, and hubby Michael J. Findley, are co-writing a Homeschool Curriculum series integrating World History with the hard sciences and Literature called The Conflict of the Ages. It begins at Creation and promotes Biblical Authority. Two books in the series, The Scientific History of Origins, and The Origin of Evil in the World that Was, are already available. She also writes historical fiction.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love my characters. I love how they get into trouble trying very hard to do what’s right, and how God gets them out.
Your books sound fascinating, Ms. Lyon. Now will you tell us a bit more about yourself? What fact about your life would you like to share with your readers?
Tea and crumpets really are the best balm for a troubled soul. My self-adjusting corset gets entirely too tight at times. Oh, dear. That was two facts. I beg your pardon.
If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be, and why?
India, a land of amazing ancient culture, is a place I would love to visit. Mowgli and Bagheera, from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Books, are from there, and appear in my series.
Do you have any hobbies (other than writing)?
I make puppets and perform with them, and I create wall hangings incorporating Native American-inspired designs and Scripture verses.
And just for fun:
Sweet or salty? Give me dark chocolate, nuts, and fruit, and I am yours to command. I know that’s no kind of proper answer, but it’s the best I can do.
Mountains or beach? I would have to say mountain, since I grew up in the Catskill mountains of upstate New York, and also love the red rocks of the west, neither of which are anywhere near a beach.
Favorite movie quote? Buzz Light year: “Procedure is what separates us from the dark forces of chaos.”
Warp Darkmatter “If it means less paperwork, I’ll take chaos.”
What cd is in your player right now? “Sounds of Nature”, which is just that – rainstorms, thunder, running streams, twittering birds, but I love Russian classical, especially Tchaikovsky.
Thanks again for sharing yourself and your books with us today. Do you have a link where we can purchase your books or read more about you?
Here are the two Alexander Legacy Books
And here is a link to Findley Family Video’s (my publisher) blog, Elk Jerky for the Soul http://elkjerkyforthesoul.wordpress.com