Hello everyone welcome to another Author Interview! Today we have Lisa chatting to us about her book, sea glass and how to beat writers block… over to Lisa :0
Tell us a bit about your book
The Miner’s Return is a time travel romance that takes place in Pennsylvania. Tristan Davies, The Gavenstone Mine’s foreman, was killed in 1839 during a cave-in, yet he walks out of the mine in 2018. Kat Gavenstone is the present-day owner of the land that surrounds the mine and is there researching her newest book. She mistakes him for a mere trespasser. Over time she learns that not only is Tristan who he says he is but that all she thought she knew about the mine’s history might be a lie.
What would say is the genre for your book
Time Travel Romance
Where did the inspiration come from?
I was just sitting in the school pick up line waiting to get my son when I had an idea about a man stumbling to the surface covered in dirt and confused. From there I had to decide where he was coming from and what had happened to bring him there.
How did you come up with the title for your book?
It just fit the story, he’s a miner and he’s returning to life.
How long did it take you to finish writing the book before the first edit? How many drafts were there in total?
About 3 months. There were two drafts total.
Are there any characters in the book based on people you know?
In this one no. But I think we all know a troublesome, smartass like Kat’s brother Ben.
How did you celebrate being published? Did you have a launch party?
To be honest I gave myself a week off before jumping into my next project. No launch party.
Would you care to give us an extract?
It was starting to get dark and as they walked to the car, he hung back, his head turned up to the sky. Kat tipped her head up and saw the stars shining brightly down. “Beautiful night,” she commented, clicking the car on and unlocking the doors.
“Kat, you have no idea just how lovely this sight is.” His voice was low and hushed.
Looking back up at the night sky and the glowing stars she realized he was right, she couldn’t recall the last time she had stood and admired the stars’ beauty.
They stood, heads lifted, silent with their own thoughts for over five minutes before Tristan trudged over to the car, his head down and shoulders slumped. Kat didn’t have to guess to realize his new reality was hitting him hard. He had been so upbeat and accepting that sometimes she forgot the full magnitude of what he was dealing with. He was a strong man, no doubt about that.
How do you beat writers block? Any tips?
Music always seems to help. And when I truly do have writers block I just play the What if Game. You start with a character and then what if he did that? What happens then? How would someone react? That usually produces results.
Do you have any hobbies apart from writing?
I love walking on the beach and collecting sea glass. It’s amazing how our oceans take trash that people have dumped and over many years is able to turn it into a thing of beauty.
When you write, do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a combo of the two. I usually have a rough idea of how I want the book to go before I get started but I don’t outline it. Instead I have a notebook full of scenes and ideas that I go off of.
Do you have any advice for fellow writers?
Best advice that was given to me is to Just Do It. It really is as simple or as difficult as you make it. If you want it, then do it.
If your book became a film- who would you pick to play the main characters?
Jake Gyllenhaal and Christina Applegate
I see you have new work in progress- care to tell us about it?
Psychic Undercover follows the life of 24-year-old Teresa Ashford of Delaware who just wants to live her life despite having many psychic gifts. Her life is complicated by her long-time friend Victor, who happens to be a long-dead drug dealer from Greece, and her hot lawyer neighbor Lance. In addition to running her cat rescue Whisker Kisses she is bugged by spirits wanting her help.
Lastly, where can readers find you and your book on the internet?
Many thanks for popping over on my blog Lisa 🙂 xx
Lisa was born and raised in Pennsylvania before moving to Delaware to marry the nicest man she had ever met. A happy stay-at-home mom to 2 kids and 2 cats, she enjoys taking as many long walks on the various beaches of Delaware in search of sea glass as she possibly can.
From middle school on Lisa would sneak her mother’s romance books out of the house to share with her friends in covert operations that involved switching covers and secretive brown bag hand-offs in the halls. With such beginnings is it any wonder that the next step was writing and sharing those stories at the lunch table with her pals?
Lisa is a long-time fan of Fabio as his image is what drew her into the pages of various historical romance novels. She has yet to meet him, but that is a bucket list item.