Interview & Contest: Lisa Darling

Jen: Today we welcome Lisa Darling to Romancing the Book.  Lisa, will you please share a short bio with us?

Lisa: I’m 45, married 25 years to my talented husband, Roy, we have two adult daughters who don’t seem to want to leave home.

Jen: Tell us about the “OF WAR” series and where is can be purchased.

Lisa: The “OF WAR” series revolves around Ares God of War and Magdalena MacLeod a half-fey half-human woman with whom he falls in love. Although the series is set in modern day it involves a full array of the Greek Pantheon including Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Aphrodite and Eros as major players. Currently Book #1 “The Heart of War” is widely available on Amazon, Booksamillion, and Barnes and Noble in paperback, in ebook you can get it from Nook, Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, Diesel, All Romance e-books, Smashwords and others. Book #2 “Child of War-A God is Born” is currently available in limited edition signed hard cover through the publisher only. It’s also available in paperback through the above retailers and releases in mass e-book on November 25th. Books #3 and #4 will release in early 2012 and late 2012 respectively.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.
Lisa: I began writing in the 4th grade and never looked back. I knew from the moment I penned my first little story this was what I was going to do all of my life. Technically speaking, I was first published in “Driftwords” Magazine, our high school literary and art quarterly, for which I was the poetry editor for 3 years. After that, I did a long string of articles for our local newspaper on topics from local politics to paganism, to adoption, and gun control. For a long time I thought I’d like to be an investigative reporter—I’d still like to do that! I think I’d be good at it. I’d love to tell you some wonderful fairy tale story about how my first novel was picked up by a publishing house and how thrilled I was but the truth is I turned down 4 publishers for “The Heart of War” because they just weren’t right for me or my work. Keep in mind none of them were Simon & Schuster or Random House or Putnam or, you know, some place that would just make you faint dead away if they wanted to publish your stuff. If THAT happened I’d be dancing on the ceiling!

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

Lisa: No holds barred

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?

Lisa: I try to sit down and write from about 1:30pm (just after I get home from work, clean the house, do the dishes, figure out what’s for dinner, shove a load of laundry into the machine!) until about 4:30-5:00 when it’s time to make dinner and my hubby comes home. I try not to write after that or late into the night, if I’m really inspired then I’ll run back to the computer after dinner and bust out a few pages but, once hubby comes home it’s our time to be together. The weekends are a different story! Sometimes you can find me at the computer typing away until my fingers are sore and my arms ache.

Jen: Do you have a theme, object or person that appears in all of your stories?

Lisa: I guess that would be me. In every story there’s some small minor character who resembles me.

Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?

Lisa: I think love is the most important thing of all in life. You can have all of the money, fame, and fortune in the world but, to me anyway, if you don’t have someone special to share it with it then you ain’t got much of anything.

Jen: How much influence does the editor have over the story or characters?

Lisa: Almost none. A good editor doesn’t try to direct or take over your work. They fix your errors and your little bobbles and then they offer a bit of advice wherever they feel it’s warranted. From there it’s up to the author to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the ideas.

Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?

Lisa: Ares. That ‘character’ and I have been together for nearly 20 years so I think we know each other fairly well by now.

Jen: Who has inspired you as an author?

Lisa: Stephen King. Especially in his younger years when he was bolder and less mainstream. When he didn’t really care about what the mass audience thought about his work and was just writing for the sheer joy of it. His earlier stuff has a lot of ‘no holds barred’ moments and I always appreciate that in an author.

Jen: What has been the highlight of your career to this point?

Lisa: Over the course of my writing I have received two emails that stand out in my mind and will always qualify as the best thing that can happen to a writer in my book. One email informed me that my story ‘saved their marriage’ and another informed me that my story ‘saved their life’. They did not commit suicide because of a story I wrote! You can keep your million dollar paydays in the light of that because I don’t think anything can ever top it.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Lisa: I’ll be finishing up the “OF WAR” series with Book #3 “Child of War-Rising Son” and Book #4 “Spoils of War” but after that….it’s anyone’s guess.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Lisa: All over!
twitter: lb_darling
facebook: (that’s the new ‘fan page’)

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Lisa: What type of story do you prefer? Light & fluffy or dark & gritty?

Contest details:

  • The prize is a paperback copy of Child of War-A God is Born.
  • The contest is open to US and Canadian residents.
  • You must leave a meaningful comment for entry.  This means your comment needs to be more than “please enter me in the contest”.
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  • While following the blog isn’t required, it is appreciated.
  • The contest ends on Wednesday, November 9.

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