Lisa Harris’s interview

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1. What made you start writing?

I actually started storytelling before I could even write. My mother tells me that she would transcribe stories for me when I was about four. Recently I found some Nancy Drew-type stories I’d started when I was still in elementary school and several other attempts at writing a novel, but it wasn’t until years later that I actually began the process of seriously learning how to write.

2. How long have you been writing? When did you sell your first book?

I started writing almost twelve years ago and sold my first novella three years later.

3. How do you handle rejections?

It’s tough. There’s no other way around it, but I try to look at rejection as a learning experience. No word written is in vein. Every paragraph, chapter, and novel I’ve written has been a growing experience. Most of the time, I can even say that I’ve agreed with the rejections. But it also forces me to work harder and keep learning and growing as an author.

4. Why do you write?

Because I have to. A bit of a cliché I suppose, but my mind is so full of ideas that I simply have to write them down. It’s freeing and fulfilling.

5. What would you be doing with your free time if you weren’t writing?

Right now? Probably catching up on my sleep. Beyond that, reading more and doing something creative. I don’t think I could get away from that.

6. What are you working on right now?

I have a historical coming out next summer that I’ve just started. I’ve found it a challenge to switch genres, so I’m trying to really spend time getting to know my characters and that time period.

7. Do you put yourself into your books/characters?

I’m sure there is always a bit of me in every story, but I also love studying people and trying to stretch myself beyond simply what I know and who I am.

8. Tell us about the book you have out right now.

I loved writing Final Deposit. Suspense is a favorite of mine, especially with an added romance thread. In this story, imagine finding out that your father has fallen victim to one of these long cons. After disposing of all his stocks, mortgaging his house, and maxing out his credit cards, George Taylor flies to Europe to meet with the man who promised him millions for his help in expediting funds out of West Africa. It’s a fortune he will never see.

When Lindsey Taylor tries to save her father from losing his life savings to the Internet scam, she discovers that losing everything you have isn’t the worst thing that can happen.

9. Do you have any advice for other writers?

The most important advice is simply to write. Learn all you can from other writers, critique groups, online sources and books, but read and write.

10. How important is faith in your books?

Extremely. If my books don’t reflex my faith, and my love for Jesus, then I’d rather not be writing. I don’t like to preach at my readers, simply help them to grow in an aspect of their faith.

11. What themes do you like to write about?

Normally it’s something that has impacted me. Like forgiveness, grace, and Christ’s love and sacrifice for us.

12. What is your favorite book you’ve written and why?

That’s so hard, because every book is a part of me. I suppose my recent favorite is an international suspense because it combines everything I love about writing– intrigue, romance, and the added African setting.

13. What is your writing schedule like?

I used to write while my three kids were at school, but we recently moved to Mozambique where I home school, so my schedule has completely changed. I write when I can. Catching snippets of time when the kids are happy and busy. It’s tough and I’ve had to become even more organized, but I also know that even a little bit everyday adds up quickly.

Two other books by Lisa Harris: