Interview and Giveaway with Lisa Shearin!

 Please welcome Lisa Shearin to the blog! Lisa is the author of the Raine Benares fantasy series, and in addition to her interview, she has also offered to give away a signed and personalized copy of Con & Conjur (Raine Benares #5) to one lucky winner (please read giveaway details at the bottom of this post)!

Lisa, you’ve been a magazine editor, advertising copywriter, and a writer of corporate marketing materials! Have you always wanted to write novels?
I’ve always loved to read, and I started writing poems and little stories as soon as I learned to write. But it wasn’t until college that I got the urge to write a book. Originally, I wanted to be a newspaper reporter. Fortunately, I got a summer internship at my hometown paper my junior year in college—“fortunately” in that I found out that I don’t like interviewing people who don’t want to talk to me. And when your editor puts you on the courthouse beat, there are a lot of people who don’t want to talk to the press. So, change of career choice. Out of college, I ended up in corporate marketing, but continued working on the book that would eventually become Magic Lost, Trouble Found.

What were some of your favorite novels or authors as a child?
As a kid, I adored and devoured every fairy tale I could get my hands on.

Do you have any contemporary favorites?
The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher and the Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben.

When you started your series, did you have an idea or how many you wanted to write, or did you just decide to see where Raine would take you?
I originally thought that I would do two, maybe three Raine books. But the Saghred storyline won’t be concluded until my sixth book, All Spell Breaks Loose, which I’m writing now. And more than a few of the characters in the Raine books are now clamoring for their own books.

I love the covers for your novels! Do you have any say in the cover art?
I have a little say in the cover art, but not that much. This is normal in the publishing industry. But at the same time, my editor wants me to be happy with my covers, so before the cover development process begins, she asks me for any input I might have as to clothing, weapons, scene, etc.

When you’re writing, is there anything that helps you get “in the zone”?
I’m writing my next book in an unusual place—a pair of 130-year-old mahogany chairs. I was antiquing with a friend and when I saw these chairs I knew I had to have them. I’m not an impulsive buyer, but I bought these on the spot. It was like my muse knew I would be seriously productive in those chairs—and I have been. I later found out they belonged to a university professor.

Your newest Raine Benares novel, Con & Conjure, just came out at the end of March! Is there any news on upcoming projects you’d like to share with us?

As I said, the Saghred storyline concludes with the next (and sixth) book in the series All Spell Breaks Loose. I have some really fun ideas beyond that, but I can’t talk about it. First I have to finish writing All Spell Breaks Loose, then write a proposal for my ideas, and present them to my publisher. If they like it, they’ll offer me a contract. Once I’ve signed on the dotted line, then I can talk about it.
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*Giveaway Details* 
please read carefully 
*Giveaway is for a signed and personalized copy of Con & Conjure (Raine Benares #5) by Lisa Shearin
*Giveaway is open to US/Canada 
*Please leave a comment or question for Lisa along with your email address 
*If you choose to spread the word (Twitter, Blog, Facebook etc), please leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for ONE extra entry (for a total of TWO ENTRIES) 
*Must be at least 13 to enter 
*Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 21st


  1. Great interview! Did you ever find out what the professor taught?

  2. Hey great interview. It's a shame us Irish lassies cant enter *pouts* I wouldn't mind winning a copy of these great books.

    love the blog btw… Im your newest follower 😉

  3. Thank you so much for the invite, Kristin!

    Unfortunately, Meggerfly, I haven't found out anything more about the chairs. I think I'll do a blog in the next week or so, post photos, and see if there are any antique lovers who can tell me more about when/where they were made.


  4. Hi Lisa!
    In ASBL will Piaras and Talon appear a lot (especially Talon)? Yeah Raine adventures!

  5. Lisa, I just recently found a copy of Magic Lost, Trouble Found while I was at the used bookstore. I hadn't heard of your series before, but it sounds fantastic. I'm planning on reading it after I finish up my current read. 🙂

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  6. I shared this on facebook!

  7. That was a great interview. Some how I have missed this series on the shelf, but it looks fantastic. Do you have input on the cover art because I think it was amazing. I love the main character is positioned on the cover. Thank you.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  8. nice interview, thanks for sharing.


  9. Thank you, everyone! The first three chapters of all of my books are posted on my website to give you a try-before-you-buy taste.

    Simone, I GUARANTEE that as a Piaras and Talon fan (and especially Talon) that you will be thrilled with ASBL. ; )


  10. Though it'd help if I gave you the link to my website — DUH!


  11. Hi Lisa!
    Can't wait to read Con and Conjure 🙂

    I'm sure you get asked this a lot but I haven't seen the answer anywhere (at least places that i've looked haha) How did you come up with the idea for the Raine Benares series?

    In the interview you said that the Saghred storyline concludes with the next book, so does that mean that's the last book for raine (as a first person narrator)?

  12. tweeted about the interview & giveaway: Saghred storyline concludes


  13. Hi Van Pham!

    I was asked in another recent interview where I came up with my idea for the Raine books. The idea started forming itself back in my college days — and that was a LONG time ago. ; ) So my honest answer is that I don't remember.

    As to what happens after the next book, I have some great ideas, but since I haven't pitched them to my publisher, but most importantly, since I'm not under contract for them, I can't talk about it. However, I can assure all of my Raine fans that they will love it.


  14. opps sorry, it seems that my tweet didn't post in my last message!

    tweeted about giveaway:!/vanpham88/status/58605861404295168

  15. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Oh I haven't heard of these books but now I am so interested. I need to start getting into them.

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  16. Gerat interview Lisa is a new to me author I am looking forward to getting my hands on her books they look awesome.The covers are just fantastic.

  17. Lisa R/alterlisa

    Was wondering if we would see any YA from Shearin?

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  18. I'm interested to know more about these other characters' stories….

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  19. I have the first two books here, and am planning to get the third and fourth. They sound very interesting, and I've been wanting to read them. Now I'm horrible at thinking up questions…but here goes…

    I love the covers of your books – and I think it's great that you get at least a little bit of say in them. Which of the covers is your favorite so far?


  20. I posted about your interview in two spots, the main one here –

  21. Lisa your book sounds very good. I can't wait to read it. What other books have you wrote? Please enter me in contest.

  22. melissasmeanderings

    How old were you when you knew that writing was you passion?

    mk261274 at gmail dot com

  23. Wow. This looks like a great series…and 6, wow!


  24. I tweeted about the contest here!/aliciacald/status/58942287618650112


  25. I haven't had a chance to start the Raine Benares series yet, but it sounds fantastic. These books are going on my wish list right away.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  26. Offbeat Vagabond

    Great interview hon. I haven't read this series yet. But I would love this, sounds amazing. I am so with you there, the covers are pretty incredible. Thank you both for this, really great read.

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  27. Offbeat Vagabond

    Extra entry:


    (on right hand sidebar)

    Thanks again guys.

  28. I haven't read any of these books but the more I hear about them, the more I want to read them. The covers are gorgeous and the book sound interesting and unique.

    whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com

  29. Twitter:!/whitewolfreads/status/59275394028806144

    whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com

  30. I first discovered Lisa on the Rob Thurman Blog. These books sound so great.
    linda (at) gordonvalley (dot) com

  31. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Great interview. If your books were made into a film, who do you see playing the main characters?

  33. Tweeted.!/mbreakfield/status/59705432461164544

  34. Great giveaway, thanks.
    katklaw777 at yahoo dot com

  35. Nice to see a series of fantasy books geared around women!

  36. I tweeted the giveaway –!/lemonslippers/status/60711528927735809

  37. I love Lisa! She's an amazing writer with a funny bone made of gold! 🙂 I'm a little sad that all the fun for Raine will end in Book 6 – I've had such an amazing time so far!

    Great interview – really neat story about the "inspiration chairs" that belonged to a university professor! How coincidental and lucky! 🙂

    Please do not enter me in the contest! Good luck to everyone else! So far, as I savor reading the latest installment, Con & Conjure has been quite a treat to read! 🙂

  38. Nice interview! I had never heard of this series, but look forward to checking it out.

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