TQ: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Lisa: I like to chew sugarless gum while I write... Usually Trident Bubble gum flavor! By the time I'm deep into a book my desk is drowning in gum wrappers! LOL
TQ: Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?
Lisa: Some of my favorites are: Stephen King, Anne Rice, Kelley Armstrong, Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Jeri Smith-Ready, Jackie Kessler, the list goes on... LOL
Anne Rice definitely influenced me because she made me want to write vampires. And Ray Bradbury impacted my craft by challenging me to write a new short story every week for a year. I achieved that goal and my writing is much stronger! So glad I did it. :)
TQ: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
TQ: Describe Night Walker in 140 characters or less.
Lisa: He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her...
TQ: What inspired you to write Night Walker?
Lisa: I wanted to write a vampire romance, but I wanted the vampires to be different and from the Americas instead of Europe. I started researching and came up with shape shifting Night Walkers.
TQ: What sort of research did you do for Night Walker?
Lisa: I did some research online, but because Night Walker is set in San Diego, I was able to go to the Mission de Alcala lots of times to walk around and take photos. I also interviewed some of the Kumeyaay historians from the local tribes here. I really enjoyed researching!
TQ: Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?
Lisa: Calisto was the easiest for me to write. I think I understood him and his motivations best from the very start of the book, so it was always easy when I was in his point of view. I think Betty was the toughest for me to write, because she's a tough as nails business woman and basically the opposite of me. I had to keep rewriting her tougher and colder each time I edited.
TQ: Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the novel?
Lisa: Tough not to give too much away... My favorite scene is when Calisto is forced to try to drive Kate's stick-shift car! I don't want to give too much away, but to see an all-powerful immortal stall a car definitely made him more human to me... :)
I love the scene at the middle of the book when Calisto plays Mozart for Kate. I can see the scene in my head, I can hear the song, and to me the scene is magic! LOL
TQ: Who should play Calisto Terana and Kate Bradley if Night Walker is made into a movie?
Lisa: Calisto would be younger Antonio Banderas from Mask of Zorro. (Remember that dance scene with Catherine Zeta-Jones??? Shew!) And Kate probably be someone like Katie Holmes.
TQ: How many books are planned for The Night series?
Lisa: There are 3 novels and 1 novella planned at this point.
TQ: What's next?
Lisa: In December the second book in the series, Night Demon, will be released, followed by the novella, Night Thief in January. I'm going to be very busy! LOL
TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.
Lisa: Thanks so much for having me! It's been really fun!
About Night Walker
Night WalkerNight 1
(Entangled Publishing, August 2, 2011)
Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.
She’s haunted by dreams of her own death…
After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she’s drawn to him in ways she doesn’t understand.
They’ve waited in the shadows for centuries…
Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he’s ever loved again.
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When she's not writing, Lisa is also a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in southern California. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two teens.
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