Today I have the honor of bringing to you author Lisa Sanchez. Lisa’s lifelong love of writing, coupled with her ability to weave together and intricate and compelling story has led to the release of her first published novel, Eve Of Samhain. In her role as a busy stay-at-home and self-proclaimed “cheer mom,” Lisa wears a number of different hats. From taxi driver to chef, nurse to seamstress, laundry woman to enforcer, and, of course, writer, Lisa manages to keep everything together while caring for her husband and three children. The few spare moments left in her day are usually spent reading or writing, and if she’s really lucky, possibly even catching up on some much needed sleep. Lisa and her family currently reside in Tracy, California. Please help me welcome Lisa to That’s What I’m Talking About.
Twimom: Lisa, welcome and thank you for stopping by.
Lisa: Thank you for inviting me.
Twimom: This is your debut novel, congratulations… How long have you been writing? Is Eve of Samhain your first book or have you written any unpublished works?
Lisa: Thank you! I’ve been writing since I was a child. Most of my free time was spent dreaming up stories and sharing them with anyone who would listen. My mother had the patience of a saint!
Eve Of Samhain is my first novel. I have a few short stories floating around, but EOS was the first full-length manuscript I wrote with the intent to publish.
Twimom: Wow, that’s great! What were your inspirations for creating a story based on Irish mythology? How much research did you need to complete for this story?
Lisa: I’ve always been fascinated by Irish and Scottish culture. Both are rich with legends and scary folk-tales. I’d also be lying if I didn’t admit I have a “thing” for Irish and Scottish accents. Swoon!
I did quite a bit of research before starting EOS. Most of my days early on were spent looking up Irish slang, and searching for any information I could find online with regard to The Gancanagh (Irish Love Talker), my inspiration for Quinn.
Twimom: Hmmm… Irish and Scottish accents… Sorry, my mind wandered off there! Are you planning a sequel for my favorite Irish Faery?
Lisa: Hee hee. Yes! Book two is Martha’s story, and it’s already written. I’m polishing it right now before I sent it out into the cold, scary world.
Twimom: Oh, I am SO glad to hear this! I can’t wait to read the next story. Are you working on anything else at this time?
Lisa: I’m also finishing up a romantic suspense that I’m extremely proud of. The hero is raw, gritty and sports some major ink across the top half of his body. Swoon!
Twimom: Inked male…yummy! You are doing it to me again… Besides writing, what else keeps you busy? What are your hobbies and interests?
Lisa: This question made me smile. When I’m not writing, I’m usually driving my three daughters to school or cheer practice. Go AP! Woot! I try to be as involved in their lives as I can, as time flies by so quickly.
As far as hobbies go, I LOVE to read. I’ve got my nose in a book (lately my Kindle) any spare chance I get. I love movies, though, I don’t get to watch them as often as I’d like, and my DVR is my best friend.
Twimom: Don’t you love your Kindle? I have to admit, my DVR is getting a bit full. What is the best book you’ve read in 2010? What upcoming 2010 book release are you most looking forward to reading?
Lisa: Tough question! The best book I’ve read so far in 2010 huh? There have been quite a few books I’ve really loved this year, so I’m gonna be a stinker and choose more than one. I really enjoyed Lover Mine by J.R.Ward. The Warden is my favorite author, and John Matthew is one of my favorite brothers. I read the book as slowly as possible to draw out the experience, and cried when it was over. I also really enjoyed The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting, and Crimson Moon by J.A. Saare.
The release I’m most looking forward to was just pushed back until January of 2011, and that’s Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning. I’ve gone back and re-read the first four books in the series in eager anticipation, and probably will do so again before the year is out. I love me some Barrons! Meeeow!
Twimom: I hear you on Lover Mine and John Matthew. So good! What are your favorite genres for reading?
Lisa: Paranormal romance is my favorite genre. I also enjoy YA, contemporary, romantic suspense and some historical (I love a man in a kilt.)
Twimom: Lisa, once again thank you so much for taking the time to tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your writing. It was wonderful chatting with you.
Lisa: Thank you, Twimom.
Readers… Be sure to stop back tomorrow when I have a review of Lisa’s debut novel: Eve of Samhain.
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