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Today we’re getting a little introduction to a new author in the paranormal world. Lisa Kessler has been writing for many years, has had stories nominated for, and win, many awards for new/unpublished works, and published her first short story, Across The Veil earlier this year. Lisa’s full length novel, Night Walker, is the first book in her Night series, and was just released on Tuesday!! She was kind enough to take a few minutes to tell us a little more about herself.
1) When you write, do you prefer quiet, or do you listen to music? If you like music playing, what is your preferred genre? Do certain characters have their own personal “soundtrack”?
I always write with headphones on, and each book has a soundtrack. It helps me stay focused and keep the tone and mood of the book. Most of my main characters have a “theme song”. For Night Walker, Calisto and Kate’s theme song was “I Want to Spend my Lifetime Loving You.” From the movie The Mask of Zorro.
2) Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffeeshop? Do you prefer to write alone or with a group? If you write with a group, do you also read/critique each other’s work?
I write in the corner of my office at home. I do have an online crit group, and my hubby and my Mom are also my first readers.
3) How do you prepare for release day? Are you calm and focused, or do you get stressed? Do you like to make promotional appearances or stay at home to watch lists and numbers?
This is my first real release day, so I’m still learning the ropes. I was SUPER nervous when the book went out into the world, but I’ve been over-whelmed with the reader response so far! I’m so glad people are enjoying the book! Shew! J
I’ll be doing my first booksigning at RomCon in Denver so I’m really excited about meeting readers in person…
4) What was your favorite Halloween costume (or other costume party costume)?
5) If you could go anywhere on vacation (and not interfere with your deadlines), where would you go, and what 3 items (besides food and clothes) would you bring with you?
Ireland! It’s my next dream spot I’d like to visit. I’d bring my hubby, my camera, and my netbook! J (Gotta have email… Yikes! LOL)
6) What song best describes your life? If you can’t think of one, who would you want to write/perform a song just for you?
Wow that’s a tough question! I’m going to pick two… Gonna Fly Now from Rocky. There aren’t many lyrics, but it’s how I feel about my writing career. It’s been the toughest goal I’ve ever reached for in my life. And as far as a song about my personal life, I think I’d choose “Someone Like You” from Jekyll & Hyde.
7) If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would be it and what would you do all day?
Hmmm…. I’d love to spend a day with Calisto. He’d play piano for me and I could sing. We’d walk on the beach in the moonlight and he could just talk with his accent while I tried not to make a dork out of myself by giggling.
8 ) What world record would you love to set for the Guinness Book of World Records? (Remember, they take ALL KINDS of interesting talents into account. Some world records include *fastest 100m sprint, barefoot, on ice = 17.35 secs… *fastest pumpkin carving of a face = 24.03 secs… *longest distance pogo stick jumping = 23.11 miles)
Ha! I have no idea! LOL Fastest nostril flaring? (That’s my only mutant super power! LOL)
9) If you could have one word removed from the English language, from all dictionaries and out of everyone’s vocabulary, what would it be, and why? If you could ADD one word, what would it be?
I would remove secrete… Blick! I just think that’s a gross word. And if I could add one it would be “frosted” as in so mad you’re ice cold. “It frosted me that the auto repair shop didn’t apologize for leaving a wrench in my engine!” or “It takes a lot, but that neighbor’s note frosted me.”
10) What is one thing about you that your friends know and you would love your readers to know as well. Or… if you’re in a giving mood… what is one story that your friends LOVE to talk you into telling that you don’t generally volunteer?
Well although most of my stories are very dark, I’m actually an eternal optimist in real-life. In fact, my friends and family claim I live in “LisaLand” where all people are nice and good things happen to all those good people. Just don’t tell my poor characters that! LOL I’m very mean to them… J
I’d like to thank Lisa for taking time during exciting, crazy, busy release week to chat with us a bit. I can’t wait for you all to read NIGHT WALKER!!! You can hear her reading the first chapter of Night Walker, and a few other snippets recently on Linda Mooney’s BlogTalk Radio by clicking HERE. You can also check out some of the fantastic information she researched and places she explored while learning about the Mayan culture that creates the setting for this amazing story on her blog by clicking HERE.
Now, we have a special treat… Lisa has agreed to give a digital copy of her short story, Across The Veil to one of YOU… and a second person will win some beautiful, autographed romance trading cards featuring characters from Night Walker! All you have to do is comment or ask a question below to be entered into the random drawing. Lisa will be stopping by during the day today to read comments and answer your questions. Have fun, and good luck!!