Thursday, December 5, 2013

Guest Post by CJ Lyons

Please welcome CJ Lyons, author of Broken to the blog. Her new book is about a young girl named Scarlet who has a heart condition called Long QT. 

"The long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a rare inherited heart condition in which delayed repolarization of the heart following a heartbeat increases the risk of episodes of torsades de pointes (TDP, a form of irregular heartbeatthat originates from the ventricles)." Wikipedia

Scarlet is loosely based on CJ's niece, Abby, who has Long QT.

MariReads: How is Abby coping w/ Long QT?

 CJ: Abby’s great, thanks for asking! She’s totally opposite of Scarlet, fiercely independent and refuses to let her heart condition hold her back from anything she wants. She rides horses, raises Rottweilers, is a straight A student, and a budding fashionista.

You can see for yourself in this video my publisher produced:  
Abby has never allowed her heart condition to define her life. I think a large part of the credit for that goes to her parents—they were always open and up front with Abby about her Long QT. By the age of three she could explain what Long QT was (including a short summary of the genetics!) to anyone who asked about her MedAlert bracelet.

Since then, she’s grown into a smart, independent young woman who is the first to jump in to defend a friend (or tell them they’re making a mistake), confront a bully, or lead a cause she’s passionate about.

If I sound like a proud aunt, it’s because I am!

About CJ:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-one novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.
Winner of the International Thriller Writers’ coveted Thriller Award, 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).
Learn more about CJ's Thrillers with Heart at

You can find my Review of Broken here.

Happy Reading!

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  1. It sounds as though Abby is one tough girl. That's awesome that she's positive about life. It goes a long way to making you able to handle it better. All the best to her!

  2. Great interview. Broken sounds great, I like that it's inspired by the authors niece. Best wishes to both of them!


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