About Lisa Orban:
I was born in Galesburg, IL in 1969. I was moved by my parents (without even asking!) to Quincy as a small child. Bouncing from parent to parent, and house to house until at 16 I was given a broader tour of the state courtesy of foster care. At 18, I voluntarily left for Phoenix with a high school friend where I lived for three years.
After returning to Quincy, I went to college and earned an Associates of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Art. Over the years I have held many jobs, but never quite found the right one. I have written poetry and short stories on a variety of subjects from raising children to finance for online publication. Finally in 2013, after much urging from my friends for years, I sat down one day and started writing about my life.
I am the mother of five children, all grown and gone, except my youngest. Which I am sure is trying to drive me mad (as all teenagers do) and I have plans to write another book in the future about their childhood, much to their anticipated dismay.
I currently live in my hometown, in the house I love, and at the center of the chaos I enjoy so much. I’m often surrounded by my children, my loves, friends and the strays (both two legged and four) I take in. I continue to seek out new adventures, misadventures and new mistakes to fill the pages of my next book, laughing as I go.
What inspires you to write?
I have always been a storyteller, with a flair for making people laugh at the comedy of errors that is my life. After many years of encouragement by friends and family, I sat down and wrote my first book.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start off thinking about my favorite stories, the one’s that I have shared the most and have gotten the best reaction. Those then remind me of other stories, and if I think they’re good enough or move the story line along in the way I am looking for, I add those as well. I may add and delete a story a dozen times or more before I ultimately decide to keep or reject it.
What advice would you give other writers?
As a brand new Indie author, so new the shiny hasn’t even worn off yet, I’m not sure what advice I can give other than write if it makes you happy.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After looking over the publishing world and seeing how difficult it was to gain the attention of either a publishing house or publisher, and how few take unsolicited manuscripts, I decided to self-publish with Amazon. It is not the easy route, as you try to negotiate through not only writing, but publishing and marketing in a field that few have outside of the publishing world have any expertise in. But, if you have the stamina, and a little insanity to make the whole process more palatable, it can be worth all the effort to take your words and turn it into a reality.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Honestly, I’m too busy trying to figure out this current book publishing world to speculate about a future one.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: memoir, autobiography, Young Adult, New Adult
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
Link To Lisa Orban Page On Amazon
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