One of the great benefits of writing for a publishing company is getting to know other authors underneath its canopy. And The Wild Rose Press has such a wonderfully diverse list of authors and novels, finding something of interest shouldn’t be a problem for most people.
I was fortunate to attend one of their retreats back in 2011. From it, I took away many things, none more important than the friendships and connections developed while there. (If you get a chance to attend one, I’d highly recommend it.)
But if you can’t, I’ll try to bring some of my writing ‘friends’ to you — starting with today’s featured author, Lisa Rayns.
Renee: Lisa, I discovered the spark of writing presented itself to you when you were only ten years old and penning a poem for your family at Christmas. How did it develop from there?
Lisa: From there, I wrote journals, stories for school projects, and spent years reading and indulging in my love of books.
Renee: What was it about writing that made you want to explore it further and eventually turn it into a career?
Lisa: Two words – Romantic Suspense. I started reading romantic suspense, and I fell in love with the genre. Then, once I started writing in 2007, I realized writing suspense was a lot of fun. It became my dream job rather quickly.
Renee: As the mom of four boys, how on earth do you find time to write?
Lisa: My boys are older and self-sufficient. They are also very understanding when I tell them I need time to write.
Renee: That’s good. Do you still maintain another full-time job, or have you managed to find a way to focus entirely on writing as your career?
Lisa: I had the opportunity to focus entirely on my writing for the last two years, but I’m recently divorced so I’m working full time again.
Renee: When I vacationed out west, I was extremely taken with South Dakota. I see you call it your home state now. What do you like best about living there?
Lisa: I like everything but the winters. The air is fresh, and the cost of living is not as high as it is in other areas.
Renee: Curse of the Egyptian Goddess is a delightful read. I left a review on Amazon, but sometimes they don’t show up. We’ll see.
Where did your interest in Egyptian lore come from?
Lisa: Thank you! Reviews are so important.
I’ve always had an interest in the ancient Egyptian culture since I first learned about it in school. I’m also a huge fan of large cats.
Renee: Another of your novels, Wanted: Vampire — Free Blood, was nominated for Best Vampire Book. What was it like to receive that news about your work?
Lisa: That was amazing, the best I’ve ever felt.
Renee: When did you become interested in paranormal literature and what spurred you to write your own tales about the world beyond?
Lisa: I think it was the twelfth draft of my first romantic suspense book when the idea to turn it into a paranormal romance hit me. Everything that wasn’t working in the book then clicked into place, and I started to have a lot more fun writing.
Renee: Name the best and worst thing that has happened due to your publishing career.
Lisa: Having a fan and knowing at least one person is anxious for the next book is really the best thing that’s happened to me. I guess the worst thing would be a one star review, but I didn’t take that too badly. Everyone has different tastes, and no one will ever please everyone.
Renee: What are you currently working on?
Lisa: I’m currently working on the second book in my Egyptian Duet.
Renee: Well, I’m looking forward to that one! Yay! What is the one piece of advice you would give aspiring writers?
Lisa: Write for yourself. Write what you like because you can’t please everyone. Also, never give up on your dreams.
Renee: Thank you Lisa. That sounds like good advice. I know you are busy and I appreciate the time you have given us to get to know you a little better.
For those interested, links to purchase her books are listed below.