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. 

  • 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. While she currently spends her days teaching 1st grade in a local public school, she spends her free time reading and writing, as well as binge-watching original shows like The Crown, Victoria, 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 a finalist in the 2018 BookLife Prize by Publisher's Weekly, was nominated for Contemporary Book of the Year in the 7th Annual UTOPiA Awards, and was a Romance Finalist in the 2020 Independent Audiobook Awards. 

  • 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."

  • GUARDED DREAMS was the first standalone, contemporary romance in the Anchor novels. Reviewers call it "Captivating," "Mind Blowing," and "Best Books of 2019." It's about what happens when the dreams you thought you wanted come apart at the seams.

  • 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 is a standalone, slow burn military romance that is about sibling sacrifice and unexpected HEAs? Truck and Jersey find out just why "Love is the only real superpower" in a novel inspired by Lady Antebellum's "Ocean."

 

LJ has already been inspired by music once more and is working on 3 more books set in the Anchor Novel world, a book of romance, holiday shorts for the album series, 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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