Behind-the-Scene: What’s in a Name?

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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Robin Lyons, Author websiteBLOG POST #228: This week, I’m sharing some behind-the-scene scoop on research and name selection.

Whether you’re writing a series or a solo novel, regardless of the genre, you must build a world in which the characters live.

For the School Marshal series, I knew I wanted the city to geographically be in the region where I live but have fictitious names. Read More

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Double Trouble

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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Robin Lyons, author, websiteBLOG POST #227: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving two high school students, both 18-years-old.

Someone notified the high school about alarming posts on social media. The boys had posted photographs of them with guns and one with them wearing their ‘murderous coveralls.’ They wanted to re-enact the Columbine Massacre at their school.

The school reported the concerning posts to the local authorities who took the threats seriously and investigated. Officers arrested both boys after a thorough search of the teens’ homes. Read More

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Beware of Athletic Performance Programs

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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Robin Lyons, author websiteSocial distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19 will be one for the history books. The staggering number of deaths to school closures to the postponement of the Summer Olympics—it’s a crazy time.

When school resumes, parents, students, and staff will need to also resume their vigilance in identifying behavior that is illegal, inappropriate, or potentially dangerous.

BLOG POST #226: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a high school athletic trainer. Read More

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The Boy Who Didn’t Fit In

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Robin Lyons, author websiteBLOG POST #224: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving the death of 17-year-old special needs, high school student.

Like many children his age, the high school junior worked after school at a local franchised, fast-food restaurant.

Nothing justifies harassment or bullying. This teen endured both at school and at his job. After the boy took his own life, the coroner called for a special inquest to determine if the constant ridicule played a role in his death. Read More

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The Teen Who Wanted Retribution

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Robin Lyons, author websiteBLOG POST #223: This week, I’m sharing research on a true-crime involving a recent high school graduate.

The 19-year-old was in a bad place, mentally. He’d overdosed on prescription drugs and was receiving treatment when he talked about his desire to “shoot up” his high school.

During his treatment, he shared he’d been bullied and wanted retribution.  Read More

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