Author Interview: Lisa Grace, supernatural mystery thriller writer.
Introducing Author Lisa Grace!
Hi Adele. Thank you for inviting me today to speak to your readers. I write young adult supernaturals and adult history-mystery thrillers from a Christian world view. I just signed a movie deal with Motion Picture Pro Studios for Angel in the Shadows, Book 1 and Angel in the Storm, Book 2 to be released as one film. The film is already in preproduction. It will have a nationwide (US) distribution deal. Exciting stuff. I can’t say anything else as I signed a confidentiality clause on the updates. I believe I’m the first eBook self-publisher to secure a movie deal without an agent or a publishing deal already in place.
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What is your current project?
I’m editing Angel in the Ice, Book 3 which is with my beta readers. I plan to release it in the next week or so. Then I’ll be revising Angel in the Shadows, Book 1 to make it more mainstream. I’m also editing my adult history-mystery The 15th Star, which is a fictional account of who I believe has the 15th star from the Star Spangled Banner that flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.First readers compare it to 1776 meets National Treasure.
What are you planning to write next?
Through doing genealogy, I found out my husband and daughter are related to one of the first Barbary Coast pirates. My next book in the history-mystery line will be based on their ancestor. It’s a great true-life story.
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How did you begin taking your writing seriously? What triggered your interest?
I’ve been writing stories since I was five. Publication is something I’d always meant to pursue and I realized I wasn’t getting any younger. My daughter was getting ready to start school, so I thought I’d rather stay home and write instead of joining the workforce. I’d never pursued publishing until 2009. I’m glad I did.
AOL named my series the alternative to Twilight back in May 2010, then came the movie deal, so for being out less than a year, the first two books have been doing well. I’m pleased. By the end of my first year publishing eBooks, I’ll have three available in the Angel Series, and I have two more eBooks in edits, plus I have my name as a contributing author in two other books this year, Outlining Your Novel Map Your Way To Success by K. M. Weiland, and Novel Morsels by Nicole O’Dell which is a cook book with recipes the characters in the authors’ books would have eaten. It’s been a great year.
How do you think the publishing industry will have changed in ten years time?
The traditional slush pile will be history. Agents, editors, and publishing houses will be picking up their new talent from those already self-publishing eBooks. Movie and TV producers already are.
Mid-list traditional authors will get more aggressive about getting rights back to their existing backlist, and will put those up for sale as eBooks. More authors will be making a living from their writing.
Traditional houses will hire internet savvy employees and work on putting their author’s backlists up for sale, and only put in print their best-sellers.
Do you have a daily word-count, an allocated time-slot for writing, or an established writing routine of some kind?
Yes, I aim for two thousand words a day when I’m in my writing mode. I’d like to put out three to four titles a year.
Are you a member of a writers group? Have you attended writing courses or seminars? How have these been helpful to you?
I belong to the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers Association), I’m an alumni of the Writers in Paradise Conference and I love to attend both when I can. Conferences are great for learning the craft of novel writing. I also like to see all my fellow writer friends I’ve made over the last few years. If the movie production moves fast, I’ll be attending some comic book and science - fantasy conventions and possibly the Romantic Times Convention over the next two years.
Do you have a personal philosophy, and is this reflected in your work?
Yes, all my work is Christian world view, there won’t be any cussing, sex, or anything offensive. However, I do recommend only age twelve on up read my books as the topics I write about are real world adult issues and are inappropriate for young children.
Have you other interests outside of writing? What do you do with your spare time?
I’m a wife, and a mom, I volunteer at my daughter’s school and at church, and I rehab wildlife. We enjoy boating out to some nearby islands. I have a very full life filled with wonderful friends and family.
Is there a particular novel which you've re-read again and again?
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, everything by C. S. Lewis, (I love all of his works), and Shakespeare’s complete works. I follow along with his manuscripts the productions on the TV and see how the actors interpret his words and what parts the directors’ choose to leave out. I’ve also read Stephen King’s The Stand, Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Ivanhoe, The Wind in the Willows, etc…many times. I have dozens of favorites I’ve re-read over the years.
Picture an apocalyptic scenario. If you're going to survive, you've got to leave behind everything but what you can carry. What do you put in your backpack?
I don’t think I’d leave. I live on the Gulf of Mexico and have plenty of fish right off the dock. But if I was forced, I’d take coffee, a fishing pole, rope, tent, a knife, a lighter, matches, a candle, jacket, sunscreen, toothbrush, nuts, salt, and a Bible. Plus, more food. I’m not sure leaving without a plan would do anything more than get you killed. After all, the have-nots will attack the haves, and the only ones who will survive are those in the right place at the right time.
Name a favourite place, a favourite piece of music, and a favourite film.
The north woods of Wisconsin in August, Handel’s Messiah and Yes’ Tempest Fugit Album (depending on my mood), and Blade Runner.
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