No photos of Cat as a child exist, but if one did, this is probably how she’d look…

Who is Cat Lyons?

I’m Cat Lyons and I’ve been a storyteller as long as I can remember. In fact, when I was a kid, I had dfficulty knowing the difference between fact and fiction, which stranded me in a ton of time outs.

Stories are my way of making sense of the chaos around me. Writing them down just seemed natural, so I wrote my first novel when I was fifteen and wrote two more while I was in medical school.

Some people might also know me as the award-winning, New York Times bestselling thriller author CJ Lyons. As “CJ” I’ve written over thirty novels…but I’ve always read YA fiction, especially magical realism, fantasy, and science fiction. As CJ I’ve written two contemporary YA thrillers (BROKEN and WATCHED) both which received critical acclaim, but I didn’t want to be confined to solely writing thrillers and thus, Cat Lyons was born.

Cat is the fun little sister to CJ’s serious big sister. Under Cat’s name you’ll find everything from Science Fiction to contemporary suspense…not as dark as CJ but just as edgy and filled with that “heart” that sets CJ’s “Thrillers with Heart” apart from other books.

Let me know what you think! You can reach me at

Happy reading!