Thursday, November 17, 2011

Today we are so lucky to have the author of one of our all time favorite series, THE WING SLAYER HUNTER, Jennifer Lyons. She is going to answer a few of our questions, and tell us a bit about herself and some future works we need to keep our eyes open for. Ms. Lyons has also agreed to a super contest giveaway of a signed copy of NIGHT MAGIC, and SINFUL MAGIC. It’s easy to enter, all you have to do is be a follower of this blog and leave a comment or question for Ms. Lyons. Sorry, this contest is limited to US residents only. The two winners will be announced tomorrow morning so don’t forget to check back and see if you’re a winner!

1. Who or what inspired the WINGED SLAYER SERIES? Was the plot or the characters first?

My inspiration goes way back to the TV show BEWITCHED. Even though my series is nothing like that show, and in fact, is much darker, it was that that sparked my love of witches.  I knew that, someday, I really wanted to write about witches and the men who loved them.
That day came when I met Axel Locke, the hero of the first book. I was playing around, just writing, and the scene of Axel and Sutton talking in a nightclub materialized. I was hooked; I had to write their stories.

2. Which Winged Slayer is your favorite and which was the most difficult to write about?

That’s like asking me which of my kids is my favorite. I love them all. They exasperate me, amuse me and sometimes break my heart.  The two hardest to write were Phoenix and Key’s stories. They just ripped my heart out.
Weaving Dyfyr, the dragon, into Key’s story was a huge challenge. And speaking of love—I was, and still am, in love with Dyfyr.  But melding a timeless love story from the past into a new love story in the present was one of the most difficult things I’ve done yet. I hope I did the story justice.

3. Have you ever experience writers block, and if so, how did you handle it?

I refuse to call it writer’s block. That feels like an excuse. I have hit the wall where nothing works.  At first, I try to ignore it and keep going. Eventually, I have to admit that there’s a problem somewhere. I stop writing and begin analyzing to find where the problem is and fix it by rewriting. Almost always, the problem is with the character’s internal conflict which drives all the character’s decisions. But once in a while, it’s a plot problem. Whatever it is, it’s always extremely frustrating when it happens, and I’m often in a panic trying to “save the book.”

4. Tell us about Jennifer. What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

Think and talk about writing. Otherwise I like hanging out with my family, or going out with my sister and friends. I also work out a few mornings a week and try to stay consistent. I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, but my husband I have very simple tastes.  I love to bake, but rarely do it anymore. I just don’t have the metabolism to burn it off these days!
Of course, I love to read. I’m a very random reader, I just pickup whatever catches my attention.  I love my Kindle as I can download a book in seconds—so addictive!

5. What is something you would like your readers to know about yourself that you have never told before (we love secrets)?

I don’t know--are any readers officers of the law? I don’t want to get into trouble…LOL! Seriously, aside from protecting my family’s privacy, I’m a pretty open book.  Hmm, oh! I know! I find certain accents in men super sexy, particularly Scottish.  Maybe it’s the Scots blood in me rising to the surface there.

6. Wendy is about to bust, so we have to ask so she will stop stressing, LOL ..... When is the next WING SLAYER book coming out?

Oh I don’t think this is going to help Wendy’s stress level, but here it goes: As of right now, I don’t have a release date for any new books in the Wing Slayer Series. The publisher isn’t interested in going forward, and as of yet, I haven’t found a new publisher. I do have the next three books plotted, but I just don’t know. I’m so sorry to Wendy and all the readers who are disappointed.  I still love these characters and hope to write more of their stories! (Wendy breaking in for a minute- I WILL publish them myself- tell me what I have to do!! I NEED Linc's story, like yesterday.  Message to the publisher- WE NEED those two stories!!!)
Right now, I’ve just finished a new proposal that I’m excited (and terrified) about. It’s a new world with ancient, powerful Dragon Shifters and magical Faes descended from Otherworld. Here's a simple explanation of the story: The door to Otherworld has been closed by the Dragons and they need to keep it that way. The Fae are trapped on Earth and their magic is dying, so they need to get that door open. The first story begins with a Fae heroine whose beloved younger sister will go insane if she doesn’t get that door to Otherworld opened. That’s a very sketchy description. We’ll see if my agent likes the proposal. And I have some more ideas I’m anxious to develop.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!

Jennifer Lyon grew up under the shadow of the Matterhorn at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. She attended Walt Disney elementary school and her very first playmate was her beloved dog, Duke (an ugly but very good natured Boxer), who was cast in the role of hero in all their many adventures.
Imagination was never a problem for Jen! She discovered books at a very young age and read voraciously.
Many years later, Jen met her real life hero at the dog pound, married him and they had three sons. She went back to school to get her degree, and pursued her passion of writing. Eventually writing won out over a degree and she began to write full time.

Jen has penned the award winning Samantha Shaw Mystery Series and several other romantic mysteries under the name Jennifer Apodaca. Then she decided to unleash her inner witch, took the name Jennifer Lyon and created the Wing Slayer Hunter Series about tortured alpha males and the very special witches who love them.


  1. Ok, now I'm hooked Jenn. Have to read these! Wendy and I will have to cry on each other's shoulders if you don't find a publisher for more in the series though.

  2. my my my .. I cant win.. but darn if i dont want too...... tasty Dragons

  3. Awesome interview, Jen. Thanks to the blog for having her here. =o)

    And yeah, it totally blows that the publisher dropped the Wing Slayer Hunter series. I think all of Jen's fans need to get together and campaign to get the rest of her books published.

  4. One of my all time favorite series- I don't want to hear that there might not be more. We need to find a publisher and let these men continue their journey- I mean come on everyone needs to hear how Linc and I fall in love and live happily ever after- lol

  5. I think this is great!! I love these books!! You are a new author to me....I plan to read as much as I can as soon as I can!

  6. Ms. Lyon:

    I know you say that you don't have writer's block, but are there days when you don't want to write? If you do, what do you do to get out of the funk?

    Dawn Salisbury

  7. Lizzie, thank you! I don't want you to cry though. I'll keep trying :-)

    LT, sounds like your a dragon fan like me!

    Hey, B.E., thanks for coming by!

    Wendy, LOLOL!!! You so cracked me up! Linc and Wendy forever!

    Julie, thank you!

    Blowingfather, great question. The answer is yes, absolutely. If I'm on deadline, it doesn't matter what I want, I write. That's the job. But if I'm not on my deadline, I do one of two things; either I take the day off as we all need breaks, or I set a small goal, do the work, then I leave the computer. And some days--I try and fail. I chalk it up to a bad day and get back to work the next day.

  8. I just borrowed this series from my mom yesterday and started reading it last night. I didn’t want to put the book down. I cant wait to get home tonight so I can dive back into it.

  9. This is a new author for me and would love to win. I have heard greta things about this author and would love to check out this series. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. I love to read and always looking for new books and authors to check out.

  10. If I had a voodoo doll, it would wear a sign with the name of your publisher, Jen. And I know exactly where I'd stick those pins where they'd REALLY hurt! I hate it when readers get invested in a series and the promise of more stories about characters they love and then publisher pulls the plug. I'll be good, though, Jen, since we've had this conversation--often.

    And don't enter me in the contest. I have all of Jen's books and just dropped by to say hi to her because I'm all stalkerish like that. *bwahaha*

  11. April, I love hearing that! Hope you enjoy all the books!

    Christine, glad you stopped by!

    Silver, my favorite stalker, LOL! I love it when you do your voodoo :-)

  12. I was so intrigued to read this interview today and hear about the series. A co-worker has been raving on about how wonderful it is, but she looked ready to slap if I moved to pick up her book to check it out.
    That must have been surreal to live so close to Disneyland. (-;

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  13. LOL Wendy I enjoyed the wingslayer series a lot. I hope you are able to get a publisher. I thought the story lines were great.

  14. Jennifer, I am so looking forward to your upcoming books about Dragon Shifters and Faes. I hope you will keep us informed. Promise you will come back and visit us when it is released so we can share (all about it) with our followers.

  15. Thank you Jennifer and I agree with Shonna, keep us informed and please come back any time- we love having you stop by. And I do have voodoo dolls!!

  16. Thank you all for making me feel so welcome! And a shout out to Shonna and Wendy for having me on your blog!