Welcome, Lisa! Thanks for stopping by to answer some questions today.
Hi Michelle! *waving* I love visiting your blog!
M: I have been friends with you online for going on five years now. Back in my MySpace days, I remember reading your weekly short stories and loving them. I also loved hearing about the progress on your novel(s). After all of your hard work over the years, can you tell us how it feels to finally become a published author?
It feels AMAZING to finally have my books out in the world. Getting published is definitely the toughest goal I have ever achieved. And hearing about my characters through readers’ eyes is magic. It inspires me to write the next book!
M: I am not big on paranormal romance normally, but I really like your books. The way you incorporate historical elements reminds me of Anne Rice and she is my favorite author. Is having history present in your novels important to you?
Anne Rice is definitely one of my favorites! But when I set out to write vampires, I felt like she really covered European vampires and I wanted to bring something new to the table… That’s when I decided to research ancient civilizations in the Americas. The Mayan connection felt perfect, and my Night Walker world came to life.
M: You're currently working on Moonlight. Can you tell us anything about it? This is a different series from the Night series, correct?
Yes. Moonlight is Book 1 in my new Moon Series. Moonlight was a finalist in the RT Book Reviews Magazine’s Writing with the Stars contest. While it was in the contest, I sold Night Walker and put the Moon series on the back burner. I’m SUPER excited that my werewolf pack from Reno, NV will finally be jumping into the world. It’s a VERY different series from my Night Walkers. It’s more contemporary and gritty, more like urban fantasy with the happily ever after of paranormal romance. Can’t wait for you to read it!
It’s also up for pre-order now with the blurb if you want to take a peek!
M: Tell us more about yourself. I know you're also a singer and you're married to a fabulous guy named Ken Kessler. What are your other loves and passions in life...besides writing, of course?
Besides writing, music is a huge passion for me. I also love to read, but reading time has been super scarce lately. And you know Disney is another major love in my life. I go to Disneyland as often as possible, and my Disney pin trading collection is almost embarrassing it’s so big! LOL
M: What authors do you credit with inspiring you to become an author?
There are so many!!! LOL Anne Rice, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Kelley Armstrong, Christine Feehan, and many more…
M: I know you probably don't have much time for reading, but are you currently reading anything right now? What are some of your favorite books of all time?
Favorite books of all-time: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman, Tale of the Body Thief and The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice, The Stand and The Shining from Stephen King and The Door to December by Dean Koontz
Right now I’m really enjoying reading The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens and Let it Bleed by Jeri Smith-Ready.
M: Any advice for those of us who aspire to follow in your writing footsteps?
Don’t ever give up and keep writing. Because story-telling is a craft, you get better the more you do it, so keep writing new material and keep reading authors you love. It’ll help you grow and strengthen your craft as a writer!
Lisa, thanks again for stopping by today. I wish you much success with your new release, Night Demon.
Thanks for the great questions Michelle!!!