About Lisa Rector:
Lisa Rector is a Maryland native and could never imagine living anywhere else. She married her high school sweetheart for time and all eternity in the Washington D.C. Temple after she fell in love with his endless sense of humor. Lisa enjoyed a short stint as a labor and delivery nurse before becoming a stay-at-home mom for her two beautiful daughters. In addition to her new-found love of writing, her passions are: her faith in Jesus Christ, gardening, and yoga. Her favorite delights are decadent homemade cakes, cookies, or brownies—never store-bought.
What inspires you to write?
Anything and everything inspires me. I take inspiration from the scriptures, from TV shows, books I’ve read, and dreams I’ve had. When I first started my books, I was on a LOTR marathon and received most of my inspiration from those movies. Many of my characters are based off of LOTR.
Now that I have been writing for two years, the ideas keep coming and I cannot write fast enough. I hope that as my writing improves the process goes faster.
Tell us about your writing process.
It usually doesn’t take long for me to work out a problem. Basic ideas come pretty quickly. Plot holes a little longer to resolve. Usually I sleep on it. Seriously. I just think about my book and a specific scene, lay back and close my eyes as I analyze the material. Sometimes I wake in the night and the idea has come to me, sometimes I dream it. But it always finds its way to me. I’m not an outliner. I am a write-as-it-comes to me person.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I become my characters. I put myself into the scene and live it.
What advice would you give other writers?
Get a support group. Join a critique group. Free write without stopping until the book is done. Forget the grammar at first. Just get it down. Find people to critique, beta-read, and proofread. But have fun. And don’t let anyone tell you how to write your book. Take the advice and use what works for you.
And remember, only write the parts people want to read!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wanted control. And truthfully, approaching an agent or traditional publisher and writing that synopsis just scares me. I’m such an introvert!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Self-published eBooks all the way. Better royalties. Ease of publishing. Just make sure you have a fantastic editor!
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print