Writing

Bang in the New York Times!

Bang coverThe New York Times Book Review has posted its review of Bang. Needless to say, I’m stoked:

Lyga captures the heartbreak of Sebastian’s situation with sensitivity and compassion, exploring how a life can be unfairly defined by just one action, how it’s tragically easy to ignore humanity in favor of a headline, and just what communication, love and sharing the truth can do, especially when it comes to forgiving oneself.

You can read the complete review at the Times website.

April ACLU Fundraiser: Four Minutes

Thus far, the stories I’ve published in my series of ACLU fundraisers have been previously-written pieces that I’ve polished up before sending them out into the world.

This month, the story is brand-new. I finished it about a week ago.

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS STORY GO TO THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION!Four Minutes cover

The place: The suburbs.

The time: Tomorrow, maybe.

The situation: Ray is just trying to get by in the newer, greater America. With a wife and a new baby, he can’t afford to get mixed up in politics or the fight for civil liberties. But as the world shrinks and darkens around him, Ray finds that the safe harbor he’s crafted for himself and his family may not be big enough or strong enough to stand.

And then one night, there’s a knock at the door. Now there’s nowhere to hide, and soon Ray will have to make the hardest decision of his life.

With cold, relentless precision, Barry Lyga explores a future that is too close for comfort in what might be his darkest, most disturbing work to date.

“Four Minutes” may, indeed, be the most brutal thing I’ve ever written. And that’s saying something.

Give this story a chance. Buy it. Read it. Spread the word. Let’s put some more cash in the ACLU’s pocket.

You can find “Four Minutes” here:

Interview: Professional Book Nerds Podcast

I am a guest on this week’s episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Topics of conversation include: Bang, when and why I do research, my awesome Wonder Woman idea, pizza, and more!

You can subscribe or download the episode in your favorite podcast player or listen to the embedded episode here.

Interview: Insecure Writers Support Group

Over at the IWSG, I can be seen blathering answers to questions ranging from my most prized comic book to my top piece of advice for writers. And I say stuff like this:

When I get to the end of the story and feel a sense of satisfaction, I know it’s done. It’s baked. Time to take it out of the oven and put it on a serving platter.

And this:

I just write what interests me and then cross my fingers and hope that it will interest others as well!

Go check out the entire interview!

Amazon Picks Bang!

Hey, some more good news for Bang has come my way: the book has been included in the “Spring’s Best YA Fiction” list on Amazon’s Spring Reading Preview!

Amazon Spring Preview list BangBang joins nineteen other titles, including The Hate U Give and Strange the Dreamer. Check it out at this link (you’ll need to scroll down past the younger ages to the YA books).