If you were to write a non-fiction book, what would your topic be?
I've actually written and contributed to academic nonfiction books and articles. (Anyone with burning questions about intussusception, give me a holler)
Non-fiction is a very different beast than fiction. For starts, you can't...well...lie. Which is what we do in fiction--tell lies, convince our audience that they're real, make up stuff.
Kinda a no-no in non-fiction land. And people expect their truth, in addition to being based on facts, to be logical....not my forte.
Except for one kind of non-fiction. There you can do just about anything and people not only will believe you, they'll pay for the privilege of reading your whimsical, illogical, non-factual, too-good-to-be-true drivel.
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Thanks for reading!
As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge suspense novels. Her debut, LIFELINES (Berkley, March 2008), became a National Bestseller and Publishers Weekly proclaimed it a "breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller."
The second in the series, WARNING SIGNS, was released January, 2009 and the third, URGENT CARE, October, 2009. Contact her at http://www.cjlyons.net