About R.J. Lyons:
I am a retired research scientist in the area of materials, inorganic chemistry and ceramics. I am an inventor on 22 U.S.patents. I grew up reading the greats of science fiction, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, etc. I have written two novellas and have one novella and one novel in process. I have also written a nonfiction book on transparent ceramics which is one of my areas of expertise. I am a fan of Terry Goodkind and Patrick Rothfuss.
My hobbies are jade carving, jewelry making, telescope making and now writing.
What inspires you to write?
My goal is to write stories that are unique. So far I have done this by incorporating new or unusual science that sometimes seems like science fiction, but isn’t. I am also fascinated by unusual people and how they deal with being different. Writing doesn’t come easy to me yet. I am lucky to write a page a day.
Tell us about your writing process.
If I were writing a short story, I would be a seat of the pants writer. I write what I consider the core of the idea and key scenes first and build the rest of the story around it. As my stories have gotten longer I have had to outline, but if I get a good idea, I just write the scene and change the outline as needed.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I have just started at this, and so I try to put myself in their head. Sometimes I feel sorry for my characters since I have lived long enough to realize that every life has frustrations, challenges and often torment.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self publish because I am living on my pension and didn’t want to take the risk of sinking money into something I might not enjoy. I don’t believe I will make a lot of money writing. For me it is a way to keep my mind busy.
I am a caregiver so don’t have much social contact and this is a way of sharing with others.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The availability and minimal cost of e-books is great, but it is a lot easier to treasure a hard-cover book. What concerns me the most about the way book publishing is going is terrible archiving properties of electronic books. A hundred years from now they could all be lost due to an EMF Pulse, format changes, hardware failures or a computer virus. Considering there are writings like the Epic of Gilgamesh that are over 5000 years old, I don’t see current technology surviving more that a few hundred years.
What genres do you write?: Crime, Mystery, Technology
What formats are your books in?: eBook
Link To R.J. Lyons Page On Amazon
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