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Feature Friday with Author of The Super Spies and The Cat Lady Killer, Lisa Orchard.

7 Sep

Feature Friday with Author of The Super Spies and The Cat Lady Killer

Lisa Orchard.

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What would you like everyone to know about you?

I would like everyone to know that I write awesome Young Adult Novels. My goal for my stories is to be entertaining while at the same time teach the young reader some valuable lessons.

 

What would you like for everyone to know about your book

 

I would like everyone to know that it’s a story of three teens that play an innocent game of Truth or Dare. The game turns dangerous when they find the dead body of the “Cat Lady”. It’s a suspenseful thriller filled with twists and turns. But it goes much deeper than the average thriller, it delves into the relationships of the three girls and there’s also life lessons embedded in the story.

 

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

 

From some of my own exploits as a teen. When I was younger I wanted to be a detective too, much like the main character Sarah. Of course, I never investigated a murder but my friends and I did investigate a case of vandalism in our neighborhood. We never solved the crime, but that summer was one of the best summers of my childhood.

 

How many cats do you have?

 

We have two cats, Mickey and Baby

 

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like (I write with music in the background or some kind of noise)?

 

I write most mornings. That’s when my sons are most active and play together. Since they’re occupied I’m able to get some writing done. The background noise is usually my kids playing Transformers or Toy Story.  Then in the afternoon I take the kids out for an activity, like the beach or the zoo, anything that’ll keep them away from the TV.

This will be the first year that both boys will be in school full time.  So, I plan on getting a lot of writing done. I’m working on the third Super Spies book and a coming of age Young Adult Novel.

 

On average, how many times do you reread your books, before sending it for publishing?

Oh…that’s a tough question. I would have to guess at least 5-10 times. And that’s just a guess it’s probably more. I’m always looking for ways to improve my stories, either by making scenes scarier or making my dialogue spicier, that kind of thing.

 

Which character from your book would you like to partner with as a detective and why?

That’s a tough question, because I like the main character Sarah because she’s so smart and confident in her beliefs but Jackie makes the adventure fun. She’s quite spontaneous. Hmmm…I guess I’ll have to pick Sarah because she is so determined and focused.

How do you think the conversations would go?

 

I think they would probably go with Sarah coming up with some crazy scheme to find the villain and me being older and wiser (wink) would find flaws with her ideas. J Then there would be a heated debate with her conceding to my point of view…but very reluctantly.   Jackie would be the peacemaker and Lacey would pick my side because she’s not as adventurous as Sarah.

 

So it is easy to say that if not writing you would like to be a detective?

 

LOL! Is it that obvious? I love fighting for the underdog, so yeah I guess I would love to be a detective.

What was the hardest part about writing this story?

 

Hmmm…I would have to say keeping the dialogue consistent. In real life teenagers have a tendency to copy each other. But in a book they can’t because their dialogue is part of their character development. So if Sarah has a favorite phrase, Jackie can’t use it even though in real life she would.

 

What motivates you to write a story?

 

Another good question! I would have to say when I come across a particular message that I want to communicate to readers I make up a story that illustrates that message. I try to be entertaining while at the same time, teach something.

 

Any tips to other authors on writing?

 

Yes, I would say keep writing and don’t let the rejection letters get you down. Everyone gets them. If I could be so bold as to offer advice to aspiring writers I would say don’t be afraid to ask an agent/publisher what they didn’t like about your manuscript. That’s what I did and I got that golden nugget that I needed to change the no to a yes. 

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Top 10 Tips for Writers

5 Sep

Do you need help? We have answers! Read below for the top 10 tips for writers.

1. Write what you love. If you love romance then write it. Don’t write about something that you think will sell. This will not sell books people will read your passion.

2. Read out loud. When writing after you have finished for the day read out loud the chapter or the words you have just finished you will find your errors easier.

3. Take breaks. If you feel you are struggling or finding it difficult to finish a paragraph take a break, get outside for some fresh air. Also take breaks from your work it will give you a new look, a new perspective on what you have written.

4. Write, write, write…Write till you can not write any longer then edit. We have found that the most successful writers have written their best selling novels by just writing and not editing themselves automatically. Just continue to write and let the words flow onto the page until you can no longer write.

5. Stay focused. Distractions these days are easy to find. Get rid of your distractions. If you feel your computer is your distraction kick it “old school” and write on paper. 

6. Do your research. Nothing is worse than reading a book about a person or an area and the book is wrong. Research, research and more research. If you don’t know it, don’t write it.

7. Do not listen to anyone. Many writers listen to the fodder of others. Write what is in your heart and write how you know how to write. Write with confidence and vigor. People want to read your voice not someone else.

8. Know your market. After you have finally finished your book and not before figure out who the market really is. There are a lot of great sites out there that can help you with marketing your book and of course Hotlit Books can always help you.

9. Connect with your readers. This is the most simplest form of marketing. They want to know you the person, not just the author. Tell them something about you personally. Be vulnerable. Make yourself available to your readers.

10. Plan. Plan your novel. Do you have a plan? After you have finished writing this novel have you thought about what is next for your characters, if so have you let your readers know?  What type of social media are you using to let readers in on the idea? How long is it going to take? If you are not continuing with the novel what is next? How are you going to let your readers know? Planning is essential for sales also for your sanity.

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