CJ Lyons has lived most of her life on the edge.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eighteen novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.
CJ has been called a “master within the genre” (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as “breathtakingly fast-paced” and “riveting” (Publishers Weekly) with “characters with beating hearts and three dimensions” (Newsday).
CJ has assisted police and prosecutors with cases involving child abuse, rape, homicide and Munchausen by Proxy. She has worked in numerous trauma centers, on the Navajo reservation, as a crisis counselor, victim advocate, as well as a flight physician for Life Flight and Stat Medevac.
These skills have proved useful during CJ’s adventures both in the US and abroad.
She participated in an archeological expedition in the Outback of Australia sponsored by the Kuku Djugan tribe and was one of few people allowed access to explore the Hell’s Gate Wilderness Preserve in Kenya on foot during an environmental impact survey of the Lake Navisha region.
She has also traveled extensively in the US, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the Caribbean. She holds an orange belt in Kempo and enjoys hiking, white water rafting, and outdoor photography when she is not writing or teaching.
CJ has been a story-teller all her life, always creating stories about people discovering the courage to make a difference. This drove her into writing thrillers centering on strong relationships and led her to coin the term: Thrillers with Heart.
A member of Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Novelists Inc, CJ has taught numerous live and online workshops as well as given keynote speeches to audiences around the world, including: The Frankfurt Book Fair, MWA, RWA, Romantic Times, Oklahoma Writer Federation, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and PennWriters among others. She was also the conference chairperson for the highly successful inaugural ITW ThrillerFest.
A finalist for RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart and winner of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, Golden Gateway, Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier awards, CJ has received numerous accolades for her writing.
CJ has also received acclaim for her independently published novels and has sold a million copies in less than a year, hitting numerous bestseller lists including the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists, and at one time, her books held five of the top ten slots on Amazon.
One of her indy books, BLIND FAITH, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list at #2, while her Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers have sold almost half a million copies with fans still begging for “More Lucy, Please!”
To learn more about CJ and her writing, check out these interviews with her.