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.
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.
Learn about Greyhound adoption, a cause very close to Lisa’s heart HERE
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