Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Interview with author Lisa Cach & giveaway!

I'd like to welcome author Lisa Cach today to the blog--she has kindly taken some time out of her busy scheduele to answer some questions I had about her young adult debut, Wake Unto Me. Stick around to read the interview and for the giveaway at the end of this post!

Bio: Lisa Cach is the award-winning author of more than twenty romantic novels and novellas, ranging across sub-genres from Paranormal, Historical, Contemporary, and Chick Lit, to Young Adult. Her novel “Dating Without Novocaine” was named one of Waldenbooks’ “Best Books of 2002,” and she is a two-time finalist for the prestigious RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America.

Describe your journey to publication in five words or less.

Hope, disappointment, self-doubt, perseverance, success.

 You’ve written numerous adult novels before you wrote Wake Unto Me—what prompted you to write a YA novel?

I wanted a change of pace, and my agent suggested that I had a writing voice that suited YA. It wouldn’t have occurred to me, if not for her. Sometimes other people can see you better than you can see yourself.
Tarot cards play a large role in Caitlyn’s story—did you plan on it being so symbolic?

Yes and no. They became progressively more important as I wrote, and then rewrote the story.

Was there anything different you did when you were writing Wake Unto Me? Any change in writing habits and whatnot?

I had to tone the sensuality way down from what I usually write in my adult novels, but that’s the only real change.

From reading the book, it’s obvious that there was a lot of research involved. How long did it take you exactly before you decided to stop researching and start writing?

I couldn’t start writing the book until I went to France and saw the Perigord Noir region and the Dordogne River for myself. After that I could start writing. Any further research I needed, I could do along the way.

What do you like to do when you need a break from writing?

Walk, garden, eat with friends, paint. Read.

Now that you’ve tried your hand at YA, do you think you’ll try writing in any other genre?

I’ve learned better than to try to predict my future! Who knows what I might try.

I know that there’s going to be a sequel to Wake Unto Me—can we get a little info on it? ;)

The heroine is from Nova Scotia, Canada, and there’s a hint of “Beauty & the Beast” to the story. But that’s all I’ll say, not least because a book changes during the writing of it.

Are there any other YA projects in the works?

My main YA focus right now is the sequel, Foxfire. I also have an adventure romance set in the Central American jungle I’d like to write, but first things first.

I hope everyone enjoyed the interview! And if you want to read Lisa's young adult debut, well, you have a chance to win it right now! To enter the giveaway for an arc of Wake Unto Me, please fill out this form here. The giveaway will run from today until August 30th. I'll announce the winner the following day. This giveaway is US only (sorry international peeps!) and you do not need to follow me in order to enter. Good luck to everyone!

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