About Lisa Grace:
I live along the Gulf Coast of Florida on the edge of Werner Boyce Salt Springs Park. To say I’m nutty about wildlife is an understatement. I love paddle boarding and snorkeling, reading and writing, and hanging out with family and friends. Readers are simply friends I haven’t met yet, which means I love hearing from you.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always told stories. It’s part of how I’m wired. When I was five I asked for a typewriter so I could write Star Trek scripts. I had no idea at the time it was already in re-runs! Looking out at the water inspires me. On my Goodreads author page, you can find a photo of where I spend most of my time writing, looking out over the water.
Publishing is what’s fairly new. I only started putting up my stories to be read as ebooks back in 2011.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start with an idea. I then contact my cover designer and give her/him the basic premise of what I want.
Something about having the cover ready, in front of me, drives me to finish the story. I think of a main plot, then try to incorporate incidents, people, or events in ways I’ve never seen them used before. I always have one or two subplots, think of a theme, then plot out approximately one scene for every eight hundred words. Each scene must drive the story forward or reveal something about the character, and almost all contain some element of surprise. It’s a weaving process.
My stories all have a touch of the supernatural in them, too.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’ve had characters that weren’t in my outline just show up and become an integral part of the story. So my stories do veer from the outline. It’s always fun to go back and see how different they wind up from what I originally had in mind.
What advice would you give other writers?
Get disciplined. Write every day, even if it’s only fifteen minutes at a time. I take a Neo (a battery run word processor that plugs into your computer to down load what you’ve written) with me so I can write when I’m out and about chauffeuring my daughter around.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have an agent, and an entertainment lawyer. The IP lawyer handled my movie options for the Angel Series, and the agent is shopping stuff around. Until I get a contract I can sign, I’ll continue to self publish and build up my reader base.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s hard work to make a living writing books. It can be done in two different ways. One, you have a few big hits and keep writing new ones. The other is to put so much quantity out there, that even if you have very modest sales, the quantity of modest sales will add up.
My prediction is it’s going to get harder. More books available that never go out of print, readers finding their few favorite prolific authors and sticking with them, will make it harder for new authors to be discovered. Mid-listers are seeing a decline already, and so are some of the biggies as the market fragments into huge best sellers followed by hundreds of small niche markets.
What’s happened in the music industry is now happening in the book industry.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Christian YA supernaturals, Christian endtimes dystopian, real-life history mysteries, Sci-FI Flash Fiction, Sweet Christmas Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print