Last month I was at the Frankfurt Book Fair speaking to several audiences. Which meant being filmed and having my photograph taken. A lot.
(Did I mention? I hate, hate, hate having my picture taken. I’ll bet I’m the only one, right?)
When I saw myself on film, it was weird. I mean—that’s not really how I look, is it? Do I really bob my head like that? And my voice, it’s not really all breathy like a schoolgirl’s?
Made me think. There’s the way I see me. The way others see me. And then there’s reality.
And who’s to say which is the real me?
This was an ah-hah moment for the new book I’m writing.
What if everyone sees you as a nice, good-hearted person, but you know different? You know the reason behind your choices, the way you live, is because of a secret buried in your past, a secret you seek redemption for, making the life you live everyday a lie….
And what if this secret was exposed?
Hmmm….gave me a whole new take on both my protagonist and the antagonist. I realized they’re basically the same: living a lie, hiding a secret.
The fact that they share the same secret should really liven things up as well!
What do you think? Do we all live secret lives, hide our real selves?
Or is what you see in the mirror what you get?
Thanks for reading!
As a pediatric ER doctor, New York TimesBestseller 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).
Her latest book, FACE TO FACE, is the third in the Hart and Drake romantic suspense series and for a limited time you can buy Book #1, NERVES OF STEEL, for 0.99 at Amazon or BN.com Learn more about CJ’s Thrillers with Heart at www.cjlyons.net
In honor of her new release, FACE TO FACE (Hart and Drake, Book #3), CJ is giving away FREE e-books! If you buy Hart and Drake, Book #1, NERVES OF STEEL, now at a Special, Limited Time Sale price of 0.99 from either BN or Amazon and forward a copy of your receipt to CJLyons@CJLyons.net, CJ will email you a copy of SLEIGHT OF HAND (Hart and Drake, Book #2).
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