Annette Lyon is the Whitney Award-winner author of Band of Sisters and a three-time recipient of Utah’s Best of State Medal for fiction, twice for novels and a third time for her novellas. She has received many publication awards from the League of Utah Writers, including the Silver Quill for her first book in the Newport Ladies Book Club series, Paige. She’s published more than a dozen novels, even more novellas, several nonfiction books, and over 120 magazine articles, and she has a cum laude BA in English from BYU. When she’s not writing, knitting, or eating chocolate, she can be found mothering and avoiding the spots on the kitchen floor.
Q and A with the Author:
writing each work is different from writing every other, so the challenges and
joys will be different too. Often, the biggest thrill is the moment a great
idea or character appears for the first time on the stage of my mind. Sometimes
writing the initial draft transports me into what feels like another dimension
(but then, other times, writing every word is torture). Other days, revision is
a pure delight; I get to take the lump of clay that is the messy first draft
and form it into something wonderful. Yet sometimes revision can feel like
drudgery too—particularly during the fifth or sixth or seventh revision . . .).
Before I begin a new project, I never know what my favorite part will be.
readers to grasp?
anyway. Yet a dear friend recently pointed out that a common thread in my
romance novellas is finding love where you don’t expect it—often right in front
family with one boy followed by three girls; I have one boy followed by three
are redheads. (They’re also smart and gorgeous. I’m not biased or anything.)
16, I have 6 tiny screws permanently in my jaw, 3 on each side.
cook, but I make killer brownies and chocolate chip cookies.
ever finished was a nonfiction kids’ self-help book. I was 12.
which is ADD with the hyperactive component.
Montgomery fan. I own every book she ever wrote, collections of her hundreds of
short stories, and even all five volumes of her published journals.
my adolescence living in Helsinki, Finland, where I attended public school,
learned the language, fell in love with the country, and became a chocolate
snob. (Nothing compares with Fazer brand chocolate!)
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