Here’s an excerpt from Robin’s chat with Lisette Brodey on her Writers’ Chateau:

Is your recent book part of a series?

The most recently published book is Mac, a prequel novella in the School Marshal Series. Mac takes the reader back in time, providing a glimpse of the main character’s roots (Cole ‘Mac’ MacKenna) and helps readers better understand the leading man in the series.

What are the special challenges in writing a series?

It’s important to keep the characters’ information and stories straight as they move from book to book. Equally important is keeping the places and settings consistent. In case I need to refresh my memory about someone or something, I keep a few books open and readily accessible while I’m working on a new book.

One aspect I love about writing a series is it’s pretty easy to pick out something mentioned in an earlier book and then twist it into a plot or subplot down the road.

How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?

One time, as I wrote a plotted scene with a character I had planned to also use in a future book, I felt the character needed to go another direction. I remember telling my husband about how it felt like the character made the scene turn differently from what I had intended.

You can read the full chat here: Writer’s Chateau


Here’s an excerpt from Robin’s interview with Silver Beans Café the Ultimate Book Club:

Hi Jacks here! Today SBC welcomes the extremely talented and wonderfully warm Mystery and Thriller author Robin Lyons!


Mystery/Thriller. My writing fits somewhere between a Janet Evanovich mystery and a Stephen King thriller.
When I began writing, I floundered a bit deciding what genre and storyline worked best for me. Mystery/Thriller is what I read, so I went with writing what I’d like to read.

When did you say, I JUST HAVE TO WRITE?

I’ve dreamed of writing books for more than twenty years. I didn’t get serious about writing fiction until 2010, after I retired.


I worked in public education for twenty-nine years. It was a great career, but schools do have issues, crime and violence.

Before retirement, I ran for and was elected to the school board in my hometown. Six years into the school board position a beloved school principal and colleague was gunned down in his office. The loss felt by the school district and community was tremendous.

I’d like to think if there had been a security guard or a school resource officer on the campus the day of the shooting, maybe the outcome would have been better. And thus the School Marshal series was created.

Robin, can you please share with us, what is the TITLE OF YOUR BOOK?

I published my debut novel, UNKNOWN THREAT, book 1 in the School Marshal series in December 2016.

Okay,so let’s talk ABOUT THE BOOKS. What should someone EXPECT WHEN READING YOUR NOVEL?

If a reader lives in a large urban environment they’ll escape to a small town life where everybody is in your business, and everyone has secrets. The secrets are often illegal or immoral.

If a reader lives in a small town, they know everybody is in your business. Gossip circulates fast, and wrongdoing often runs the gauntlet to the people’s court before the judicial system can ‘come to order.’

The parents in my novels send their kids off to school with a kiss on their forehead and are comforted by the thought they’ll be safe, much like in real life. But are they safe? In real life, school crime and school violence occur too often.

In my fictional world, there’s a school marshal watching over the school. He doesn’t always succeed, but after twenty years in the air force, most in special operations, he takes his job quite serious and gives it his all.

You can read the full interview here: Silver Beans


Here’s an excerpt from Robin’s interview with Lorna Suzuki’s, All Kinds of Writing:

If it’s an action packed thriller you’re looking to read to help pass these chilly winter nights, then you’ll want to meet Robin Lyons, author of Unknown Threat, book 1 of the School Marshall series!

I’d like to begin by having you share a little information about yourself with our readers, Robin. What do you enjoy doing when you are notwriting?

RL: Hello, Lorna. Thank you for choosing to showcase my novel. I’m obsessed. If not physically writing, then I’m thinking about how this chapter will go, or what that character will do. I spend a lot of time learning how to be a better writer and authorpreneur; you could call it homework since my books are about schools. When I do step away from books and my computer, I enjoy spending time with my family, yoga, movies, reading for pleasure, and my husband and I like to travel as well. 

You’ve retired from the educational institution not too long ago. Did this magically coincide with time to finally write this novel, or has writing stories always been a part of your life?

You can read the full interview here: All Kinds of Writing

Stories full of tension, intrigue, and a military veteran on a mission.

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This fast-paced story steps back in time to reveal the agonizingly troubled youth of ‘Mac’ MacKenna before he joined the U.S. Air Force Special Operations and before he became the School Marshal at Blackstone Academy.




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