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Five Fun Facts About LJ

  • I was engaged to my husband after 3 months of dating. 

And... we were married 10 months after that first, rain filled day together. Our friends took not-so-secret bets on how long we'd last. More than 25 years later, we beat all the odds.

  • I wanted to work inside the White House.

That was one of my early dreams. Instead I've worked as a crisis counselor, international relocation manager, benefits manager, and a teacher. Teaching kids is the BEST job I've ever had because....hello...I get to teach them to READ and WRITE which are things I love.

  • My first complete novel had me marrying John Schneider from the Dukes of Hazard. 

That was fan fiction before fan fiction was actually a thing and before my anti-racism learning.

  • My sister and I once wrote & performed an entire soap opera on a cassette recorder... all the voices. 

I understand this ages me beyond belief and puts me in line for multiple personality disorder. Still true. 

  • I'm currently obsessed with the National Days. 

I'm often chuckling or gaping in surprise at the National Days that have been approved in the U.S. Like "National Clean Your Room Day" which is great for parents, but hard to enforce. LOL. Come chat about them with me in my Facebook Group: LJ's Music & Stories

Award-winning author, LJ Evans, lives in the Central Valley of California with her husband, daughter, and the terrors called cats. She's been writing, almost as a compulsion, since she was a little girl and will often pull the car over to write when a song lyric strikes her. A former 1st-grade teacher, she now spends her free time reading and writing, as well as binge-watching original shows like The Crown, A Discovery of Witches, Veronica Mars, and Stranger Things.

 

If you ask her the one thing she won’t do, it’s pretty much anything that involves dirt—sports, gardening, or otherwise. But she loves to write about all of those things, and her first published heroine was pretty much involved with dirt on a daily basis. Which is exactly why LJ loves fiction novels—the characters can be everything you’re not and still make their way into your heart.

  • MY LIFE AS A COUNTRY ALBUM, her debut novel, was awarded The Independent Author Network's 2017 Young Adult Book of the Year & was a Finalist in the National Indie  Excellence Awards. 

  • MY LIFE AS A POP ALBUM was the 2020 Romance Audiobook of the Year in the Independent Audiobook Awards as well as a quarter-finalist in the 2018 BookLife Prize by Publisher's Weekly. 

  • MY LIFE AS A ROCK ALBUM was a finalist in the 2018 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards for women's fiction.

  • My LIFE AS A MIXTAPE released November 2018 and has reviewers saying, "Ms. Evans has outdone herself." "I don't want to let these characters go."

  • MY LIFE AS A HOLIDAY ALBUM released in December 2020 and reviewers say it's "the best holiday read of the year." With all the charm of the original series and a bright new cast.

  • GUARDED DREAMS was a finalist in the 2020 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards for women's fiction & romance. Reviewers call it "Captivating," "Mind Blowing," and "Best Books of 2019."

  • FORGED BY SACRIFICE is a standalone, political, military romance that reviewers say is a "Sweeping Romance" that is "Masterfully Written." What would you sacrifice for love? Mac and Georgie find out in a novel inspired by Lewis Capaldi's "Bruises."

  • AVENGED BY LOVE was a finalist in the 2020 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards in romance. It's a slow-burn, military romance that proves "Love is the only real superpower" in a novel inspired by Lady A's "Ocean." It

  • DAMAGED DESIRES is a standalone, frenemy, military romance about the triumphant healing power of love inspired by Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."

  • BRANDED BY A SONG is a standalone, small-town, rock-star romance about how hearts can learn to sing more than one love song inspired by Chris Janson's "Done."

  • UNMASKED DREAMS is a daring and decadent standalone, romantic suspense inspired by Daughtry's "What About Now."

  • CHARMING AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM is a standalone, contemporary romance with hints of magical realism and a fairy-tale vibe inspired by Taylor Swift's "Today Was A Fairytale." Coming July 2021

 

LJ has already been inspired by music once more and is working on another book set in the Anchor Novel world, a magical realism romance, a historical fiction book, and an urban fantasy novel. Plus, she may have recently been inspired by the World Series of Dart's latest competition. Yes, you read that right. Darts. There's a long list of stories running around in her head that will see the light of day in some future world.

 

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