Well, I woke up to the first SNOW of the winter this morning in Ohio–a perfect time to cuddle up on my sofa and post my interview with Lisa Sanchez, author of paranormal romance Eve of Samhain (see my review below).
Jennifer Lane (JL): How did you start writing novels?
Lisa Sanchez (LS): I’ve always enjoyed telling stories. When I was younger, if I wasn’t playing outside, I was in my room at my desk imagining goofy stories. I enjoy a good laugh, and have always tried to incorporate humor in whatever I write, even at a young age.
JL: What’s been the most difficult part of your journey to publication?
LS: This question made me laugh. The answer is easy: patience. I’ve had to learn how to be patient, and it’s been quite difficult. I’m an instant gratification girl, and with publishing the motto is “hurry up and wait.” I’m not sure if there is anything easy about getting your manuscript published. The writing, the editing, submitting … all of that takes a lot of hard work and determination. Those things, though difficult at times, are what makes the journey as a whole rewarding.
JL: What led to your interest in paranormal romance?
LS: I’ve always had a fascination with vampires. Even before Edward Cullen, lol! However, when The Twilight saga hit the bookstores, I was a goner. I devoured the first three books in a week and waited very impatiently for the fourth. While waiting I discovered J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series and that was it for me. I was hopelessly addicted.
JL: I attended Notre Dame for grad school so I particularly enjoyed the Irish flavor of this novel. What led to your interest in Irish folklore?
LS: While I love vampires, I knew I wanted to write something different. I did a web search for mythical creatures and found the legend of The Gancanagh. The idea of a sexy male faerie with an addictive touch was too awesome not to explore. The fact that the legend is part of my Irish heritage was a bonus. And really, what woman doesn’t enjoy a sexy Irish accent? Woohoo!
JL: I was intrigued by the snarky tone of the novel. Does that represent your voice, or is it more specific to Ryann and Quinn?
LS: Hee hee, the snark is all me. Well, I should say a combination of me and my oldest daughter, Kendall. Quite a few of Ryann’s one liners are things that regularly run through my head on any given day. Scary!
JL: I understand that Eve of Samhain is the first novel in the Hanaford Park series. What’s the status on forthcoming novels in that series?
LS: Yes, EOS is the first in what I hope will be a four book series. Book two, tentatively titled Pleasures Untold is slated to release in February of 2011. Just around the corner! I’m a little over half way through with book three, and that’s really all I can say on that one. I don’t want to spoil anything!
JL: Any other projects you’re working on?
LS: Not at the moment. Between edits for Pleasures Untold, revisions I just completed for a romantic suspense that’s on submission, and book three, I’ve been pretty busy. I do have a few ideas popping around inside my head, but I’m holding onto them for a while. I’d like to finish book three before I start anything new.
Breaking News: Lisa just signed a contract for her romantic suspense novel! Check out her blog for details.
Thank you for spending some time with me, Lisa. I look forward to reading Pleasures Untold!