Lady Reader's Blog Tours presents another exciting week long tour! Just in time to read in front of the fire with a cup of cocoa or your favorite hot beverage, J. J. Lyon's fun private investigator mystery, with a twist, TRUTH is REALTIVE; the first in the A Truth Inducer Mystery series is here. A giveaway, great posts, reviews and best of all? Fun!
About the book:
TRUTH IS RELATIVEBy: J.J. Lyon
Publisher: Gem Cache Publishing
Genre: Who Dunit-Mystery PI - (Fiction/Mystery)
Publisher: Gem Cache Publishing
Genre: Who Dunit-Mystery PI - (Fiction/Mystery)
Anthony Blackwell’s “gift” compels people to confess their deepest secrets.It corrupts his relationships, derails his career and drives him toward eviction—until he becomes Anthony Bishop, private investigator.His first case drops him into a deadly family drama that will save him financially, if it doesn't kill him first.Who can resist a great first line: "The Monday before Thanksgiving, my car disappeared...
▪ Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer?
No. I can’t remember ever wanting to be anything else, except maybe a princess. Oh, and in high school I wanted to be a diplomat.
▪ Beyond your own work (of course), what is your all-time favorite book and why? And what is your favorite book outside of your genre?
I am afraid of sounding like a snob, but this is the truth: Anna Karenina. I loved how Tolstoy developed so many characters with so much depth. In another life he would have been a critically-acclaimed miniseries creator.
Here’s a favorite from my genre: Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry. I loved how it was a mystery within a mystery—William Monk didn't just have to solve a case, he also had to figure out who he was before he lost his memory. Years later, that's the part of the story that haunts me. How would be if I could only learn about myself from the clues I pick up from other people?
▪ What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
In a presentation I heard last year, Anne Perry said that someday, people might reach for a writer’s work in the middle of a hard, sleepless night. It was a powerful image, particularly because I’d just passed a couple of nights like that. If somebody looks to my book to help them get through a rough moment, I don't want to let them down.
▪ Truth is Relative: A Truth Inducer Mystery … can you tell my community and readers a little about it?
It’s about Anthony, a man whose very presence compels people to confess to him. It pretty much ruins his life until he becomes a detective. His gift is unbeatable, but if he's going use it to catch a killer, he has to get close enough to become the next victim.
▪ For those who are unfamiliar with Anthony, how would you introduce him?
He is adrift in his life when you first meet him. He's a little whiny at first, but I promise, he does grow up—at least a little.
▪ What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
I'm working on the next Truth Inducer Mystery. I'm also brushing up some short stories set in the real world, but with one element that's a little off, like a zombie pigeon or a cat who's a spy.
▪ If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I'd like Anthony to meet Sherlock Holmes, and just watch what happens. Sherlock would go on deducing everything from clues and expecting Anthony to be impressed. Anthony would just walk up to the witnesses and get the truth from them on the first try--but once he heard something incriminating, he'd have to run for his life.
▪ What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Danelle?
It's really fun to write about a nice person who suddenly stops caring what others think of her. I kept listening to Garbage's Stupid Girl, trying to channel some of that angry redhead energy, but eventually I realized Danelle was turning out too mean. I had to go back and revise--without the music.
▪ When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
I can't think of a single thing.
▪ What’s the best advice you can give writers to help them develop their own unique voice and style?
Don't write for other people's approval. Be true to your characters and plot.
▪ What's the most memorable summer job you've ever had?
I was a gas station/convenience store clerk for a few months. I learned that some people did almost all their food shopping there, and they didn’t look healthy. I also discovered that hot dogs don’t even pass as survival food, and that a lot of construction workers are really nice people.
▪ Tell me about your first kiss.
There was this kid in my first grade reading group named Ricky. One day I kissed him twice on the cheek. It wasn't that exciting, but I enjoyed the scandal it kicked up.
▪ What would be harder for you, to tell someone you love them or to tell them that you do not love them back?
Oh, the latter. Hands down.
▪ When was the last time you cried?
When I was getting ready for my oldest daughter to leave home for a summer job and then college. I'd walk around humming "You Are My Sunshine" and get all teary-eyed.
▪ What is your greatest adventure?
From the readers:
"I love the premise of this book, it's like PI Morrow meets Liar Liar."
“This book reminded me of the stone movies Tom Selleck was in. It has the rough feeling of the west but is written smoothly so that it's hard to stop reading. I'm hoping there is/will be more.” Stefanie Andersen - Logan, UT
“A very interesting and innovative plot.” Billie H - Lamesa, TX
From the author:
From other authors:
"What a fun, great read! I loved the characters and the concept was one I'd never heard of. Reading was an absolute pleasure."
--Rebecca Belliston, author of Sadie and Augustina
"Even though Anthony’s "gift" makes him an effective detective, it is almost impossible for him to establish meaningful relationships. Anthony finds himself in situations fraught with danger, but tinged with humor. His charm and good looks draw people to him, but they quickly regret revealing their darkest secrets. I found myself laughing out loud and reading to find out what happens next. It’s easy to get caught up in the fresh and intriguing story. Lyon has so much imagination and skillful writing, I look forward to reading whatever she comes up with next."
--Carole Warburton, author of A Question of Trust and Poaching Daisies
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About the author:
J.J. Lyon is a wife, mom, public relations professional and recovering journalist.Her passion for prose and love of the American West are so intertwined; she doesn’t think she can separate them. When J.J. runs out of words, she reaches for her camera, takes off on a back road and returns home with a bucketful of inspiration.She lives in a mountain valley with her husband, three children, some cats, two goats, a bird and a basset hound.
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