Today, please welcome my friend and critique partner, Lisa Kessler! Yay! I'm glad to have you back here.
I'm loyal, hardworking, and I'm very maturity-challenged.
2. What’s your favorite part of being an author?
Writing fiction! You'd be surprised how much I write these days that has nothing to do with fiction! LOL I'm learning that the business-side of being an author really cuts into your fiction writing time... Shew!
A very close second is hearing readers talking about my characters!!! It's surreal and super fun to see people posting about how much they love Calisto! :)
3. What’s the most important thing you’ve learned on your publishing journey?
That there's no magic recipe to follow to make you a better writer. You have to practice. A lot! :)
4. You originally wrote horror. What made you decide to delve into writing paranormal romance?
My original version of Night Walker was a horror novel with romantic elements. When Christine Feehan started publishing her Dark Carpathian series, and more books started to have the "Paranormal Romance" label on the spines, I realized if I rewrote Night Walker and enhanced the love story, it could fall into this category. That was the first step. Although the romance takes center stage, my books still tend to be very dark with horror elements in them.
5. Tell us about your newest release, NIGHT WALKER.
The tagline on the book really captures the heart of the story "He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her." He's waited over 200 ears for his one true love's spirit to be reborn, but when he finds her again, her destiny seems to be repeating itself and he'll do anything to keep it from ending in tragedy again.
6. What inspired NIGHT WALKER?
I wanted to write a vampire novel, but I didn't want the immortals to be from Europe. I started researching the Maya because they were one of the most ancient civilizations in the Americas. Then I stumbled over an unsolved historical mystery surrounding the Mission De Alcala here in San Diego, and Calisto's story came to life. I had the 1st draft of Night Walker finished less than 6 months later.
7. What do you have in the works next?
I'm editing Night Demon, book 2 in the Night Series now, and I'm also editing my short story anthology that I'll be self-publishing soon.
8. What’s one thing you’d tell an aspiring author?
Keep practicing your craft and writing as often as you can.
Night Walker - Available now! http://is.gd/QETE1E
Across the Veil - Available now! http://amzn.to/e98xZo