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6 May 2018

Special Guest Interview with Author Daralyse Lyons

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Laura Cutty is in love with a murderer.  She knew when she married him that Thomas Cutty was a killer.  Twelve years of marriage and two beautiful babies later, and Laura and Thomas have learned to love the life they built together – a life that depends on Laura never asking the question: Who did Thomas kill last night?

I'm pleased to welcome prolific author Daralyse Lyons to The Writing Desk today:

Tell us about your latest book

My latest book, The Murderer's Wife, is a story about a loving, mutually-supportive marriage. In fact, the relationship has only one problem: The husband is a murderer.

What is your preferred writing routine?

Because I'm not a night person, I try to write in the morning or early afternoon. And I write every day. I think it's important to see writing as a discipline. Yes, it is great to feel inspired, but it's not a prerequisite for putting pen to page.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

I don't know that I believe in "aspiring" writers. I think, if you write, then you're a writer. My suggestion would be to just start writing. There's a wonderful exercise in Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way that advises writing each and every day without judgment, censorship, or an eye toward a specific "goal." I highly recommend that new writers start off forming a habit, then get more specific with writing goals and dreams after building a sense of creative routine.

What have you found to be the best way to raise awareness of your books?

I believe in really connecting with my readers. When a reader reads and enjoys one of my books, he or she will read another and tell a friend. I'm a huge fan of authentic engagement and a two-way reader-writer relationship.

What was the hardest scene you remember writing?

Oh gosh. For me, the challenge isn't in the writing. It's in the editing. I think my "hardest" scenes were some of the killings. Trying to figure out how much to describe and how much to leave to the imagination. I find it difficult to determine what should stay and what should go. I killed quite a lot of darlings.

What are you planning to write next?

I'm currently working on a memoir and it is fun, cathartic, painful, and exhausting. It's probably the hardest thing I've ever written.

Daralyse Lyons
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About the Author

In the second grade, Dara (or “Daralyse Lyons” as her angry teacher called her) was sent to the principal’s office for misbehaving. When she arrived, instead of going in to see the principal and accepting her punishment, Daralyse lied about having a stomach ache and needing to see the nurse. She’s been telling stories and putting on performances ever since. She wears many hats as an author, actress, yogi, and transformational coach/speaker, but the common thematic elements to all her endeavors is her love of stories and desire to help people find happiness. A summa cum laude graduate of New York University with a double-major in English Literature and Religious Studies and a minor in History, Daralyse brings intelligence, sensitivity, enthusiasm, creativity and business acumen to all of her endeavors. She lives in the quaint Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. Find out more at her website and find Daralyse on Facebook and Twitter @daralyselyons

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