Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Interview with Lisa Jordan and giveaway
answer Lisa's question to be entered into a drawing for an amazing giveaway.
Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I’m an incurable romantic who wants to give promises of hope and happily ever after to her readers.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
The day I married my husband, twenty-two years ago at the end of this month.
How has being published changed your life?
It added more to my to-do list. My life hasn’t changed that much more, except trying to juggle deadlines, revisions, blog tours, and preparing for my upcoming book launch party. Internally, it has given me a sense of satisfaction that I succeeded in achieving a goal I set for myself many years ago—to become a published author.
What are you reading right now?
Susan May Warren’s Baby, It’s Cold Outside
What is your current work in progress?
I’m doing revisioins on my second novel, Lakeside Family that will be released in August 2012 by Love Inspired.
I’m plotting my third novel in preparation for NaNoWriMo.
What would be your dream vacation?
Any place with my family, preferably near a nice beach. Every other year, my family vacations on Sanibel Island, Florida, but Hubby and I are planning a cruise for our 25th anniversary.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
My current series is set in the same location—a fictional town named Shelby Lake that is set in Northwestern Pennsylvania. I love the area where I live, so I created a fictional town loosely based on the area to share with my readers.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Right now, probably my sweet agent Rachelle Gardner to just get to know her better, laugh over dinner, and do long-term career planning. And if my wonderful editor, Melissa Endlich, decided to show up, I’d definitely scoot over to make room and pull her in on the career-planning conversation.
What three things about you would surprise readers?
Hubby and I eloped 22 years ago, I’m older than I appear, I have an intense phobia of snakes—I can’t even see pictures of them.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Crafting—sewing, scrapbooking, knitting
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it
Plotting is hard for me. Thank God I’m partnered with an amazing critique partner who has a terrific talent for brainstorming and plotting. She helps me to flesh out my story ideas.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Find your voice—don’t try to emulate another author, constanly ask “why?” to get to your characters’ core motivations, and don’t give up when you get rejected.
Tell us about the book.
Bed-and-breakfast owner Lindsey Porter prays she won’t run into Stephen Chase when she returns to Shelby Lake. Five years ago, the cop jilted her to marry another woman, and Lindsey fled town. But no sooner does she hit city limits than Stephen pulls her over for a broken taillight. Despite the past, he’s still able to stir up Lindsey’s old feelings for him. Now a widower and single dad, Stephen recognizes a second chance when he sees one. And he’ll do anything to make Lindsey trust in God and take a risk for love—again. Read an excerpt of Lakeside Reunion
What one question would you like us to ask your readers?
My question for readers is what are your favorite breakfast foods?
Tell us about the giveaway you’re offering.
I am holding a scavenger hunt and lakeside photo contest to promote my Lakeside Reunion release. Visit my Lakeside Reunion Contest page for more information.
*Please note the Scavenger Hunt form has been updated to include more bloggers.
The token for this blog is a leg cast.
Bio: Heart, home and faith have always been important to Lisa Jordan, so writing stories that feature both comes naturally to her. She has been writing contemporary Christian romance for more than a decade. Her debut novel, Lakeside Reunion, will be released in November by Love Inspired. Her second novel, Lakeside Family, will be released in August 2012 by Love Inspired. Happily married for over twenty years, Lisa and her husband have two young adult sons. When she isn’t writing or caring for children in her in-home childcare business, Lisa enjoys family time, romantic comedies, good books, crafting with friends and feeding her NCIS addiction. Connect with Lisa on Twitter, Like her on Facebook and sign up for her newsletter on her Website.