Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A visit from author Jenn Lyons to discuss conspiracy

Today we have author Jenn Lyons in the house for a quick visit as she makes the rounds for her latest book, Blood Sin. Welcome to our little corner of the web, Jenn, and thanks for visiting. ~Anna

Oh Conspiracy! 

Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reptile Illuminati 

So let’s get this out of the way first thing: I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I personally tend to believe that most of the time, conspiracies are unnecessary to explain the general stupidity that humans are capable of achieving motivated solely by greed, ignorance, and superstition. I also think that, as humans, we’ve done a very good job of developing pattern recognition skills to such a fine degree that we can expertly pick out patterns where none exist. From shapes in the clouds to patterns of societal manipulation, we can pull meaning from the chaos of existence. 

That means we’re very good at assigning malice to acts of chance. 

Clearly there’s some comfort to be had to doing this. If some other force in the universe is hard at work mucking up our lives, keeping us down, manipulating events, then it’s very easy to shift to blame to that phantom. That means it’s not our fault, right? So yeah, I’m not a fan of doing that. 

However, when I sat down the write down the first Blood Chimera book, and later it’s sequel, Blood Sin, I realized that the world I created pretty much did require these things to exist. An ancient race of saurian brood parasites does not hide in the shadows of humanity since its earliest days without manipulating societies and secretly controlling governments. So regardless of how I felt of such things in the real world, in my book various secret societies and conspiracies most definitely exist and battle each other while they try to play puppet masters to humanity. 

I just didn’t expect that the real world had beaten me to the punch. 

I had just finished the first book in the series when a friend pointed me towards a conspiracy theorist named David Icke, who was filling theaters all over England to lecture about the shape-changing reptilian vampires who secretly control society. 

I honestly had a moment where I wondered if he’d somehow managed to read a copy of my book.

 Except he isn’t presenting this as fiction: he really seems to believe this is what’s going on, describing an ancient saurian race reaching back to Babylonian times. His global conspiracy isn’t exactly identical to mine (I don’t think I could have handled it if every detail had been the same) but I have to admit the similarities are a bit unsettling. 

 You see, his reptiles are alien blood-drinking saurian shape shifters from another dimension, whereas mine are blood-drinking saurian shape shifters who evolved here on Earth.

 Completely different. 

A part of me hoped that his theories would join the ranks of forgotten conspiracies (Stephen King shot John Lennon, anyone?) but it turns out that I’m not the only person out there who thinks the idea of a secret society of reptilian shape changers working at the highest levels of world government is inherently awesome. The reptile illuminati is now an official internet meme, with t-shirts, countless mentions on youtube, and long discussions on how they control every strata of government, but most especially the City of London. 

 (Which is true in my books too. I mean, obviously they would control the City of London. Have you seen that coat of arms? So obviously maran.) 

They’re marvelously the butt of a lot of jokes, and people quite logically dismiss the entire idea as so much delightful idiocy. (It makes for a great t-shirt.) Which is, naturally, exactly the way the reptile illuminati would want it.

Book description:

Everything is permitted… and everyone has their price. Zander Sin is the bad boy of rock-n-roll, known for his wealth, his temper tantrums, and his love of hedonism, but to K&R expert and newly born maran vampire Jackson Pastor, Zander Sin is something else: murderer, monster, and kidnapper. After Zander’s Whore of Babylon tour comes to Los Angeles, Jackson also learns that
Zander Sin has a grudge with Jackson’s family that goes way beyond money or power, and stretches all the way back to ancient Rome.

Zander may be on everyone’s hit list, human and supernatural alike, but when Jackson learns that Zander’s keeping his younger sister Monika prisoner, he finds himself face-to-face with the most objectionable of outcomes: being forced to help Zander Sin get what he wants. Even if it means Jackson may have to betray everyone he loves to do it.

 Blood Sin will be available in trade paperback and ebook via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, WorldWeaverPress, and other online retailers, and for wholesale through Ingram. You can also find more about book 1,  Blood Chimeraat the WorldWeaver page. 


Margaret Carter said...

Sounds fascinating. In case you haven't read them, you would probably love Jack Williamson's DARKER THAN YOU THINK, a classic pulp novel exposing an ancient, worldwide conspiracy of a vampire-sorcerer-werewolf-shapeshifter species, and S. M. Stirling's homage to it, A TAINT IN THE BLOOD and its two sequels, featuring a similar species updated to the early 21st century.

Jenn Lyons said...

I do love Jack Williamson! I'll be sure to look out for it. Thanks!