By Karen Harper
Recently I sat down with CJ Lyons to talk about her newest medical thriller, Critical Condition.
Without giving away the plot’s twists and turns, please let your readers know what CRITICAL CONDITION is about.
CRITICAL CONDITION is the finale of the Angels of Mercy series, so it wraps up all four characters’ storylines in a whiz-bang of a thriller ride…think Die Hard in a hospital. The action takes place in real time, everything happens in less than five hours, which made it so tightly plotted (with four main characters and stories to tell) that I literally wrote the book backwards, starting with who was left alive at the end.
Followers of the series will be amply rewarded but newcomers should also enjoy the thrills and twists…can you tell, I had a great time writing this one?
Writing a mystery was much harder for me than the thriller/suspense novels–I had to pay so much more attention to the plot rather than simply letting the characters drive everything. My new series, co-written with Erin Brockovich, also has a touch of mystery in it, but it’s really more of a women’s fiction/thriller–hmmm….is that even a genre? Now you can see why I invented the label “Thriller with Heart.”
Your two very high-profile careers, first as a medical doctor and then as a multi-published author, are occupations ripe for stress. How did and do you cope with this? Can you use the pressure to your advantage?