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Tyrell Johnson | 20 Questions: THE LOST KINGS

The Lost Kings
Tyrell Johnson




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August 2022
On Sale: August 2, 2022
336 pages
ISBN: 0593466861
EAN: 9780593466865
Kindle: B09KXCKPZJ
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Also by Tyrell Johnson:
The Lost Kings, August 2022
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The Wolves of Winter, December 2018


1--What is the title of your latest release?


2--What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book?

Twenty years after the mysterious disappearance of her father and twin brother, a young woman hunts down her missing father through the help of a childhood friend.

3--How did you decide where your book was going to take place?

I went both familiar and somewhat exotic with this novel. I set it in Washington State, which is where I grew up, so I knew the landscape pretty well. I also set part of the novel in Oxford, UK, where my older brother taught at the university for a while. I was able to visit him a few times and absolutely loved the city.

4--Would you hang out with your protagonist in real life?

Yes! All my characters are buried somewhere inside me, so really, I hang out with her every day.

5--What are three words that describe your protagonist?

Stubborn. Humorous. Troubled.

6--What’s something you learned while writing this book?

That the system of education at Oxford University is way different than the universities I’m used to.

7--Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done?

I definitely edit as I go. I even send my book to my Kindle app on my phone, so if I have a free moment outside of my workday, I read through what I’ve recently written and take pictures of sentences I want to change later.

8--What’s your favorite foodie indulgence?

I don’t know if this is a good answer, but I grew up on my mom’s Yorkshire pudding, which is very difficult to make, but dangerously delicious.

9--Describe your writing space/office!

I’ve sort of been all over the place. I’ve written in a horse barn, a remote cabin, and an unfinished garage. I’m not too picky. Currently I work out of my home office.

10--Who is an author you admire?

David Mitchell. I love his ability to blend genres seamlessly into a work that feels so natural.

11--Is there a book that changed your life?

Station Eleven was a big inspiration for my first novel, so in a way, it essentially helped launch my career, which changed my life.

12--Tell us about when you got “the call.” (when you found out your book was going to be published)/Or, for indie authors, when you decided to self-publish.

I was in my living room. I knew the call was coming because my agent had been in touch that day, but I didn’t know that the whole publishing team would be a part of the call, all telling me how much they loved the book. It was absolutely surreal. I’ll never forget it.

13--What’s your favorite genre to read?

Honestly, some of my favorite books are ones that blend genres. Like David Mitchell, Margaret Atwood, Emily St. John Mandel, Haruki Murakami, and Jeff Vandermeer.

14--What’s your favorite movie?

I don’t know if I have a single favorite. But The Lord of The Rings has a deep, nerdy, place in my heart.

15--What is your favorite season?

Depends on where I am. As long as it’s not too too hot, summer is the best.

16--How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

Long hike with my dog. A good book, good food, family, and maybe a glass of scotch.

17--What’s a recent tv show/movie/book/podcast you highly recommend?

Mare of Easttown. It’s one of those thrillers that has such a wonderful, patient build. It makes you care deeply about the characters involved. Also, Normal People may be one of the best adaptations I’ve ever seen.

18--What’s your favorite type of cuisine?


19--What do you do when you have free time?

I have three young kids, so free time is an elusive, mythical creature.

20--What can readers expect from you next?

Good question! Maybe another character-driven thriller, maybe I’ll branch out and throw a little sci-fi or fantasy element in there, maybe I’ll compose a deeply personal bildungsroman. I read eclectically, so I’d love for my writing to reflect that someday.

THE LOST KINGS by Tyrell Johnson

The Lost Kings

A riveting psychological thriller with a killer twist about a woman forced to confront the darkest moment in her childhood in order to move on from her past and open her heart to love.

“The Lost Kings is a novel in disguise. You could easily (and happily) mistake it for a stellar psychological thriller, bristling with surprises and packed with secrets; but listen closely and you’ll hear the beat of a dark, full heart, strong and loud. This is deeply moving fiction, humane and affecting – the sort of book that few writers dare attempt, and fewer still manage to achieve.” —AJ Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

Twins Jeanie and Jamie King are inseparable. Stuck in a cabin in rural Washington with their alcoholic father, they cling to one another for safety and companionship. Until one night, when their father comes home covered in blood. The next day, he’s gone . . . and so is Jamie. Jeanie’s whole world is turned upside down. Not only has she lost her beloved brother, but with no family left in Washington, she is ripped from everything she knows, including Maddox, the boy she could be learning to love.

Twenty years later, Jeanie is in England. She keeps her demons at bay by drinking too much, sleeping with a married man, and speaking to a therapist she doesn’t respect. But her old life catches up to her when Maddox reappears, claiming to have tracked down her dad. Stunned, Jeanie must decide whether to continue running from her past or to confront her father and finally find out what really happened that night, where her brother is, and why she was the one left behind.

At once a propulsive, heart-pounding mystery and an affecting exploration of love and the familial ties that bind us, The Lost Kings will transport, move, and shock you.

Mystery Psychological [Anchor, On Sale: August 2, 2022, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9780593466865 / ]

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About Tyrell Johnson

Tyrell Johnson


Tyrell Johnson is a father, writer, and editor. His postapocalyptic novel The Wolves of Winter was an Indie Next pick and garnered praise from Entertainment Weekly, PopSugar, Vogue, and many others.





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