In cooperation with Waldorf Publishing, we are pleased to continue our Author Profiles series. The next author in the series is S.P. Joseph Lyons.
How did you get your start in the literary world? When I was three years old, I was taken from my family and put into foster care. As it was such a terrifying place, I began creating a universe in my mind that I could escape to. Though I was adopted at five, the universe I had created never ceased to grow. I always knew that one day I would write about it. In adulthood, I decided I had enough material to begin writing my first novel. Once complete, I embarked on a six-book series to really capture everything my creativity had built over the years. After submitting my work to publishers, I was lucky enough to land a contract with Waldorf Publishing. What began as a safe place for a child to hide became a rich universe for anyone to journey through.
Can you tell us a little more about what you do? I am a fantasy romance author. Lord of the Rings meets Romeo and Juliet is the easiest way for me to sum up my books. I love the idea of taking a reader through the journey as if they are the main character(s) and having them experience the trials and triumphs along side those characters.
What is your favorite part about being an author? I love the freedom to create and express as I choose. I love the ability to take my heart, soul, and passion and put them on paper. I love that each moment of each day might spark a new direction, chapter, or character. I absolutely love every part of being an author because it means I get to live out my dream.
How do you get your inspiration? My inspiration has been the long and powerful journey of my life, woven in a fantastical setting with no limits.
Of all the characters you’ve created, which one would you like to see come alive on the silver screen? Although I’d love to see each of my characters come to life, I’d have to say that Orion, the hero of book three of the DRUX series, would be my favorite to watch on the screen. His love and loyalty always shine through the fierce warrior he must unleash to protect his home and the ones he cares about. His is a rich tale of tragedy and triumph that I think would resonate well with viewers.
What is the funniest thing to happen to you in your career? I once had a friend that thought since I had written a book and gotten published, that it must be a simple task. With the idea that if I could do it, he could too, he penned a novel in short order and began promoting it with reckless abandon and seemingly deep pockets. Though I encouraged him in his pursuit of publication, it just didn’t happen for him. In short order, he gave up. He said to me, “I don’t understand! You’re nothing special and you got published. I’m really smart and I didn’t. I don’t get it!”
Can you tell us a bit about your book? Book two in the DRUX series, ‘Dembrek of the DRUX’, due to be released this July 15th, follows the half god-like, half mortal warrior Dembrek. Although born of a DRUX, he’s never told who his father is. Torn between heroism and rebellion, he carries a fierce anger that often overtakes him. As a great tyrant rises with a monstrous slave army, Dembrek has the chance to prove his might. A hero after defeating the sorcerer and his great army, he falls deeply in love with a mage girl, and the power of that love changes him forever.
When a new terrifying warlord attacks, and steals his true love for slavery, Dembrek must again unsheathe his magical blade. But will his half-DRUX might be enough to stop this menacing foe?
What is your next big project? Although book two is scheduled to release this year, book three and four are complete. I am now working my way through the second last book in the series. After completing the final book, I plan to write ‘The NEXUS Series’, a six-book series that picks up where ‘The DRUX Series’ leaves off.
Anything else you’d like to add? I’ve been told many things about how one should write, when they should write, and what steps one must take to be successful in the literary world. Truthfully, despite the good advice along the way, I’ve found that being true to your voice and your style is more important than anything anyone else can tell you. Although it can be a tough road, never give up on your work. And sometimes, being a little obsessed with your craft, may be the edge you need to stand out from the crowd.
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