Saturday, May 18, 2013
Finally back in the warm embrace of his family, Travis McCoy relishes every moment he gets to spend with his wife and son. After almost losing them due to his own selfishness, he makes the decision to never let go of his family again. With his plan set in motion, Travis, Penelope, and Max start a new journey, one that leads them to forever.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Today I am blessed and honored to have my good friend, K.I. Lynn on my blog! She's about to release her novel Breach, which is amazing. She and I sat down and had a chat about her book.
Me--What inspired you to write Breach?
K.I.--It started out to write a sexy, pushing the envelope, fantasy story with some plot. It turned out much deeper than I ever thought possible.
Me--How do you handle writers block?
K.I.--I go on Amazon and spend hours going through music. I love music, and it is what inspires my imagination and ideas running through my mind. It may take a couple days, but if I just listen and don’t think, it eventually breaks.
Me--Is it hard to balance your writing with your personal life?
K.I.--Not too bad. We don’t have children yet, so I have the time. My husband is supportive, which is huge.
Me--Who is your favorite author and why?
K.I.--If you asked me this twenty years ago I would have said R.L. Stein. I loved horror like stories. Since I became an adult I can’t really answer that. There are series from authors I love, but other things they do that don’t interest me at all.
Me--When did you know you wanted to be an author?
K.I.--I’d been writing for years, nothing anyone ever saw. It was about a year ago I decided to give it a try. I didn’t know my passion was writing until about three years ago when I began posting things online.
Me--Who is your favorite character from your book? Why?
K.I.--That’s a hard one, because I love them all and for different reasons. In this book of the trilogy I’d have to say… Nathan. He is such a complex person, but he gets Lila, he sees her. His struggle and his mystery are compelling.
Me--If they made a movie out of Breach, who do you see at the main characters?
Me--Breach was once a Twilight based fan fiction. What was your experience like when transforming it from the fan fiction version to being original? Was it worth it?
K.I.--It was very much worth it. It was a very long process to transform it. The writing needed a lot of work, and aspects of the story were changed, some things taken out. Overall it took a few months, but the final product is so much better than I could have imagined when I started out.
Me--What can we expect next from you? Any more books in progress?
K.I.--I have a short story called Whispers in the Dark due out in May, a novella titled Obsession for late summer, and the second book in the Breach trilogy later this year.
Thank you, K.I. Lynn, and the best of luck on your new release! You can find Breach on Goodreads!
Monday, April 1, 2013
I'm honored to have Jan Moran on my blog today. Her new release, Scent of Triumph, looks amazing and I can't wait to buy my own copy and read it! Make sure you check out the giveaway at the bottom for the three signed paperbacks and leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win an ebook copy!
Guest Blog Post by Jan Moran
It’s great to be here today with Lisa. I love to chat with readers, and am often asked where authors get their ideas. Aside from the usual place (in the bathtub surrounded by bubbles), I began to think: What inspires creativity?
We’ve all read romances that stole our hearts, or thrillers that grabbed us by the throat. The keep-you-up-all-night books that you can’t get out of your mind. Every one of these stories began with the seed of an idea.
And every writer has her own method of nurturing creativity. Mine always begin with a question: “What if….”
So today I thought I’d share how I channel my muse. Here are a few ways I conjure creativity:
2. Communing with Nature – When I’m really stumped, I turn to Mother Nature by taking a walk, listening to birds, or watching the rhythm of the ocean. Gardening is another passion; ideas often rise to the surface when I’m elbow deep in dirt or pruning roses. The warmth of the sun and the aromas from flowers and plants often leads to inspiration, too.
When writing Scent of Triumph, I tried to recreate the period of time covered the book, which is 1939 to 1947. I have a professional background in the fragrance business, so I immersed myself in vintage perfume history, surrounding myself with fragrances that were available during the time period—all from my personal collection. From Shalimar to Mitsouko, Joy to Chanel No. 5, Normandie to Narcisse Noir, these perfumes reflect the artistry of the period, and helped me conjure the mood.
Other period research included wartime history, video and audio recordings, fashion, music, and female entrepreneurs. I spoke to people who had lived through the time period. My mother shared memories of daily details of life, such as rationing. Not every fact made it into the book, of course, but the immersion provided inspiration, helping to create an authentic world.
What inspires you? What do you do to engage your creativity?
About Scent of Triumph by Jan Moran
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