How to Win on The Voice

I’m not much of a fan of reality TV, but my wife likes The Voice, so I usually end up watching it. Last night, I tweeted the following:

I know nothing about music, but let me say this: If you have the option to pick @Pharrell and DON’T, you’re an idiot. #TheVoice

— Barry Lyga (@barrylyga) September 30, 2014

Here’s what I meant by that: ostensibly, the point of The Voiceis to seduce one of the…

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QuestionIn all my years I have never been more satisfied with an epilogue. Thanks for making the ending so perfect! Answer

Thanks! I carried that ending in my head for a long, long time. I’m glad it’s out in the world now!

Guest Blog: The Page 69 Test

At the request of the Campaign for the American Reader, I’ve subjected Blood of My Blood to the Page 69 Test, wherein authors check out page 69 of their books and discuss how that page mirrors/contributes to the book as a whole.

For Blood of My Blood? Well…

page 69 is in no way representative of the book as a whole, unless you count “creepy sense of ickiness” as representative.

Spoilers follow. C…

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Super-hero TV So Far: 2014 Edition

On the off-chance you’re interested in my opinion of this year in Super-Hero TV, I figured I would blog about it a little bit.

I have only minimal interest in Green Arrow as a character, so I don’t watch Arrow. If you’re looking for an opinion on that show, sorry.

Constantine and Flash have yet to debut, but I watched the season opener for Agents of SHIELD and the series premiere of Gothamand…

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QuestionI just finished Blood of my Blood and I'm SO EMOTIONALLY WRECKED. Thank you for creating such an amazing series - Billy is the most interesting and complex villain I've ever encountered, and I love how you chose to deal with him. Sad it's over! Answer

Glad you liked it! :)

"you owe it to yourself to get caught up on this series—possibly in a well lit room"


Celebrate your intellectual freedom. Read a banned book.

Learn more about each book here: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Looking for Alaska, I Hunt Killers, Eleanor & Park, Gossip Girl, The Hunger Games, TTYL, 13 Reasons Why, The Giver, Speak, Hold Still, Whale Talk, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Twenty Boy Summer, Boy Meets Boy, Living Dead Girl, Fallen Angels, Vampire Academy, The Supernaturalist, A Wrinkle In Time.

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I’m surprised when any book is banned or challenged, but the continual obsession with challenging The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian absolutely stupefies me. That book has the tamest sexual content I’ve ever seen. I’m stunned people can find anything to object to.

"Well life ain’t nothin’ but a cold hard ride
I ain’t leavin’ ‘til I’m satisfied"

Bruce Springsteen, “Cross My Heart”

That’s pretty much all the philosophy I need, right there.

(You can listen here, if you want.)


Happy National Comic Book Day!

Interview (& Giveaway!): Blood Rose Books

It’s a busy day here at Lyga Central! The reveal of the After the Red Rain cover, a guest-blog over at Scholastic, and now this interview at Blood Rose Books, in which I say, among other things:

The first step to eliminating darkness is turning on a light; understanding is a light.

Go check out the interview and enter to win a signed copy of Blood of My Blood!

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