Jacki Lyon, a 2002 MEd alumnae who has taught writing and literature courses as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of English for the last 10 years, apparently practices what she teaches. Lyon just released her second novel, Salty Miss Tenderloin.
The novel features Starlight Nox, a young girl who lives on the streets of San Francisco’s Tenderloin district in the era of Jimi Hendrix and the Vietnam War. After her father dies and her mother disappears, Star moves to Cincinnati to live with her wealthy grandparents. But after escaping the mean streets, Star discovers evil takes many forms.
In this coming-of-age novel, Starlight Nox must grow up too early and face challenges that test her perseverance time and again.
Lyon’s first novel, The Marriage of Silence and Sin, won the Independent Publishers’ Book Award Silver Medal.
Lyon’s writing is influenced by people and experiences, she says, although her primary muses are classic writers like Mary Shelley, Thomas Hardy and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Marriage of Silence and Sin was a tribute to Shelley and the monster that hides in all of us. Salty Miss Tenderloin echoes Hardy and Hawthorne, for the protagonist learns at an early age that life isn’t about happiness but about survival in a world of perilous hypocrisy.