Bullying 101

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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ROBIN LYONS, AUTHOR, WEBSITEAs National Bullying Awareness Month 2020 comes to a close, I thought I’d share a little about bullying in general rather than a summary of a specific true-crime case. Perhaps if we understand the bully, we may be better equipped to council our children and grandchildren so they don’t become a bullying victim. Read More

Restless Teen

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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Robin Lyons, Author True-Crime ResearchWhile schools have been closed due to COVID-19, state and federal judicial systems are continuing to deliver sentences for crimes related to schools.

BLOG POST #231: This week, I’m sharing research on a true-crime involving a bored teenager.

Small towns make restless teenagers, especially in the summer, when schools aren’t in session. I get it—I was a bored teen growing up in a small, rural town. But destructive acts are not the answer.

Male body parts, racial slurs, swastikas, ‘88’ (a Hitler reference), and obscene comments about a woman were painted on local schools. The racial slurs bumped the misdemeanor crimes to hate crimes—felonies. Read More

Location Inspiration

Location Inspiration FBAs with most writers, I guard my writing like a mother guards her child. With that said, I think the time is right to share a little of the inspiration used for the central location in my School Marshal series.

Although the primary town in the series, Brookfield, California, is fictional it’s based on the morphing of Napa County, California and El Dorado County, California. Those two areas are what I picture in my mind when I write about what’s happening in and around Brookfield. Because I live in El Dorado County I can easily tap into the hometown feeling. Why Napa County? Napa County has a rich history similarly to El Dorado County and much like where I live it’s a beautiful locale. Mostly I wanted Brookfield to be geographically located closer to where Napa County is located, northwest of Sacramento.

I flip-flopped on whether to use Placerville and businesses in and around Placerville in the scenes that take place in downtown, as well as street names and highways or create a fictional town using Placerville as inspiration. I opted fictional because businesses close and new streets are added.

If you’re familiar with El Dorado County you’ll probably recognize similarities in Brookfield. When the characters drive on the highway that divides residential Brookfield from commercial Brookfield, I hope it feels like traveling east or west on U.S. Highway 50. Two large residential developments in El Dorado County that I draw inspiration from are Serrano and Blackstone. The namesake for the primary affluent neighborhood and K-12 public school in “Unknown Threat”, book #1 is Blackstone, although the community feels more like the Serrano development to me.

Downtown Brookfield is similarly constructed to downtown Placerville. I’ve always loved maps, and I’ve created a rough drawing of downtown Brookfield that I’ll share once I’ve had it professionally drawn. As I write scenes taking place in downtown Brookfield I refer to my roughly drawn city map so that I know “where” I am. This may be the school bus route planner from many years ago coming out of me.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse of where I glean my location inspiration from. If you have questions or comments you’re always welcome to email me or post on the website.

Two Teachers Sent to Prison

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

BLOG POST #34: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving two school teachers. 

Project Safe Childhood continues to nab individuals who abuse and exploit children. 

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The Bullied 16-Year-Old

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

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More and more adolescents who are bullied and don’t know how to make it stop are taking matters into their own hands.

Some go after the bully and others commit suicide.

BLOG POST #30: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving high school students.

The teenage shooter said he was tormented by classmates. His friends said he was teased because he had red hair and was socially awkward.

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