From the Author
BORROWED TIME was the first thriller novel I wrote. In it, a Pittsburgh police officer tracks a killer targeting cops. The only problem? He's already killed her once.
Good hook, great idea with lots of possibilities. But where's the passion? Is it the idea of a cop dying, laying down her life to protect and serve others? Is it about how our society breeds and creates serial killers? Is it about returning from the dead and how that changed everything?
I chose the first. I decided this story was about a cop raised in the tradition that the best, most honorable, greatest thing you can do in this world is to be a cop and protect and serve. That was her driving force, her motivation, her reason to live.
And on page three, that's her reason to die. That's right, she's killed in the first pages.
She's resuscitated by a handsome trauma surgeon and wakes to find that not only is she physically maimed by her encounter with the killer, but she's also psychologically damaged. When she wakes, she has terrifying visions of people's deaths and so begins to think she's crazy. A belief confirmed when she learns that she actually was dead for several minutes and that she might have brain damage.
Now I've taken a character whose default action is to take action, even if it means sacrificing her own life, and what have I done? I've immobilized her, stripped her of her power, made her helpless. Even more, I've made her fear for her physical recovery while also doubting her very sanity.
Then I make things worse for her...
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About the Author
As a pediatric ER doctor, New York Times Bestseller CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.
CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) with "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday).
Her newest project is as co-author of a new suspense series with Erin Brockovich. Learn more about CJ's Thrillers with Heart at cjlyons.net