Hello and welcome Lisa Worrall to my site. She has so graciously agreed to be interviewed.
So lets begin…
1) First, tell us a little about yourself so the readers know who you are?
Well, I’m a mother of two and I live in a little seaside town in Essex, about forty miles outside of London, which boasts the longest pier in the world. I have to get that little titbit in because my only claim to fame.
2) What made you decide to write? Was it something you accidentally began? Or what you wanted to do? Or annoying character who refused to leave until their story was told?
I’ve always written in some form or another. In fact one of my most vivid memories is in the Head teacher’s office where I was sent to receive a gold star for a piece of composition. I wrote on and off for years but mostly for my own enjoyment, until my friend suggested I read some slash fanfic. I must admit that I was dubious, I mean, what did I want to read about two men for? But I was hooked from the first story. Then progressed to writing some from there and the rest, as they say, is history.
3) I love hearing about first acceptances as an aspiring writer and now that I am e-published, I still love hearing about them. So tell us about that first acceptance.
A friend of mine, RJ Scott, was in the throes of submitting her first pieces, and she told me about a submission call that Dreamspinners were having, for an anthology called A Midsummer’s Nightmare. I ummed and ahhed, but with her encouragement and from other friends who thought I should go for it, I wrote a short story called Halfway House. I never imagined they would accept it. In fact I didn’t even bother using a pseudonym, because I was convinced it would never see the light of day. But they did! Let’s just say I was bouncing quite a lot that day.
4) Tell us about your current release? Where can readers buy it from?
I have two current releases. A Nanny for Nate is available from Silver Publishing, and the British Anthology, Tea and Crumpet, is available today at JMS Books LLC. I’m very proud to be a part of the anthology. It’s a group of authors, who have come together to bring the readers a selection of stories centred around on what it is like to be gay in Britain and the characters are mainly British.
I also have an anthology coming out with Silver on the 17 September. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with four of the best writers out there. GA Hauser, Patricia Logan, Sue Brown and Sammy Jo Hunt. We’ve all written a short story of very differing sorts and it’s going to be fabulous.
Plus my second book Thirst is being published by Silver, although there is no release date yet – but I’ll keep you posted!
5) What are you currently writing?
I am in the midst of Laurel Heights. A story of two detectives who go undercover in an exclusive gated housing community, where all the residents are gay, after an apparent murder/suicide that doesn’t quite sit right.
6) What inspires you most when you write?
Music – all different kinds. I get a lot of my ideas from songs. Music is essential, especially when you get to a point that you just cannot get past – I slap on the earphones, turn up the dial and shut off, letting the music and the characters take me where they want to go. And of course, there are certain songs that inspire you towards the more, shall we say, sensual side of the characters – my favourite being I’d Come for You by Nickleback. (Although my friend Dawne Prochilo will no doubt tell you that I have a bit of a penchant for the Backstreet Boys while writing love scenes at the moment – I know – it’s wrong on so many levels, but it’s working!)
7) What experiences have you had working with your publisher/s?
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about both of my publishers. Everyone involved is always kind and giving of their time and encouraging in their criticism (well not criticism, but you know what I mean). In fact when I submitted my first piece to Torquere Press, the lovely Michelle Rode said to me, I love it, but your POV’s suck, so take it back…do it again and then resubmit. She gave me some guidelines and I did as I was told and she accepted it straight away. 🙂
8) What are you reading now?
I’m terrible, I have three, or is it four, on the go at the moment. Warrior Nights by Patricia Logan, Nothing Ever Happens by Sue Brown and Telling the Truth by Lee Brazil. I’m also working my way through GA Hauser.
9) What are your guilty pleasures?
Home make over shows and Supernanny (it makes me look at my own kids and think ‘Okay, maybe I’m not doing so bad.’
10) What would be your advice, if any, for other aspiring authors?
The only thing I can say is what a dear Livejournal friend, who sadly passed away last year, said to me when I told her I wasn’t sure whether to branch outside of fandom: “The only limitations on your dreams are those you set yourself.”
Just keep at it. Keep writing, keep putting your thoughts down on paper. Don’t be disheartened by rejection, just keep plugging away and take the rough with the smooth. Listen to constructive criticism, in fact court it, because it can only help to make you a better writer in the long run.
Here is a wonderful Excerpt from Tea and crumpet:
When he made his way around the side of the church, Joe’s breath caught in his throat. This was the one. He gazed at the angel before him.
Her eyes were closed, hands pressed together in prayer and her head slightly bent. He moved around her in a circle and marvelled at the slender arch of her neck, as smooth as silk with tendrils of hair curling at the nape. Whoever had sculpted this piece was a genius. The wings were a work of art in themselves. Each feather had been carefully crafted in minute detail to such an extent that Joe was sure if he touched them, he would feel the downy softness beneath his fingers. Angels were his forte. He had always been fascinated with them, even as a child, and when he discovered his talent for art, his fingers just naturally seemed to want to produce angels in all their beautiful forms.
Joe dropped his backpack onto the grass and slipped off his jacket, spreading it on the ground, before sitting down on it and toeing off his trainers. He picked up his sketch pad and rested it on his bent knees, curling his bare toes into the cool grass, sighing as the blades tickled his skin. The sun was warm on the back of his neck and he lifted his red-brown hair from his nape, feeling the slight summer breeze waft against his flesh. Then he picked up his pencil and put it to the paper.
He had no idea how long he had been sketching when a shadow fell across his pad and a deep voice said: “Wow.” Looking up, Joe’s breath hitched in his throat for the second time that morning. The blue eyes that met his were the same colour as the sky above him. Blue eyes that were surrounded by long pale lashes in a face so breathtakingly beautiful that, for a moment, he wasn’t sure if he’d been sitting in the sun for too long and was hallucinating.
“Um…thanks,” he said staring like a complete knob, when the vision shook his shoulder length blond hair and smiled brightly, revealing slightly crooked white teeth. Not that the slight imperfection made him any less of a vision. In Joe’s opinion they only amped up this man’s undeniable hotness.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t meant to make you jump,” the man said, holding his hand out palm up in a placating gesture. “I’ve been watching you for about half an hour. You were miles away.” At the widening of Joe’s green eyes, he shook his head quickly. “Shit! No, no, I didn’t mean it in a stalkery, axe murdery kind of way. I just like to watch – oh bollocks,” he huffed out a laugh when Joe’s lips twitched. “I’m not doing a very good job of convincing you I’m not a serial killer, am I?”
“Not really,” Joe said, unable to prevent his mouth from curving into a full smile. “Keep going though. I’m enjoying watching you put your foot in your mouth.” Taking a deep breath and in a move much bolder than he was used to making, he held out his hand. “I’m Joe Roberts.”
“Ryan,” Blue Eyes replied, shaking Joe’s hand firmly.
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You can find me over at the following:-
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I’m working on a website – but hopefully we’ll be there soon J
A huge thank you to Sam for having me on and allowing me to ramble on and get Tea and Crumpet and Nanny out there J