Mystery Writers of America Southwest Chapter



Name: Cathryn J. Lyons, MD
Location: State College, PA
Travel: To any state
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Bio: Award-winning author Cathryn J. Lyons is a physician trained in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She has assisted police and prosecutors with cases involving child abuse, rape, homicide and Munchausen by Proxy and has worked in several trauma centers, on the Navajo reservation, as a crisis counselor, victim's advocate, as well as a flight physician for Life Flight. She is a member of MWA, RWA, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. Her medical thriller, Blink Of An Eye, will be published by Forge Hardcover, May, 2006. The sequel, Sleight Of Hand, will be published by Forge in spring of 2007.
Possible topics: Trauma 101: Your character has been shot, stabbed, beat up—what happens now? Enter the world of Trauma 101 where award winning medical suspense author CJ Lyons will guide you through the world of trauma from initial injury to prehospital assessment to what really goes on inside a Trauma Center.
Chasing The Muse: What is this thing called voice? Wondering how to find yours? Join award winning author CJ Lyons as she reveals the four secrets of successful fiction writing and gives you a survival guide from the blank page to a finished work.
No Rules—Just Write!: What are the "rules" of successful fiction writing? Should you follow them? Or should you break them? Award-winning medical suspense author CJ Lyons will discuss the rules using examples from industry professionals. She will discuss head-hopping, genre-mixing, the toxic backstory dump, the hero and heroine's meet and greet and other "rules". CJ will give you the information you need to understand why the rules exist and when to ignore them and just write.
Thrillers With Heart: Thrillers are hot! And romance thrillers, Thrillers with Heart, are sizzling! What is the difference between mysteries and thrillers? How to add romance without slowing the pace? Explore the fascinating world of thriller fiction with award winning author CJ Lyons.
Fees: Negotiable

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