About the Author:
Lisa lives in Southern Arizona with her two sons and is currently working on AfterShock, the next installment of the Quake series. When not writing, she can be found curled up on her favorite chair with Kindle in hand, chauffeuring one (or both) of the boys to basketball practice/games or playing some mind-numbing game on her phone. She loves the color blue, can’t get enough of butter pecan ice cream and will forever be in a power-struggle over the remote with her youngest.
MF: Share a little about Lisa the person and Lisa the writer.
LA: Lisa the person is a scatterbrained, too forgiving, bit neurotic, always busy, very loving, mother, daughter, sister, cousin, and friend. Lisa the writer is the same as Lisa the person, only with a laptop!
MF: Your first novel, Quake, is a result of “the craziest dream…EVER!” Tell us about the dream and the book.
LA: Last October, I had a dream where I went back in time to my high school years. My friends and I were at a basketball game, having a great time when there was an earthquake. We rushed outside and saw this thick black sludge coming out of the earth and whatever it touched it turned into some crazy and wild creature. During the dream we had to run for our lives and hide from these creatures who wanted to turn us too.
In Quake I kept the some premise of what teenagers normally do; go to basketball games, hanging out at make out spots and the earthquake. I changed a few things like cutting down the number of characters, changing the relationships between characters and changing the villain.
MF: Quake is a young adult/sci-fi novel. Are you interested in writing other genres?
LA: I am! I have a romantic comedy on the back burner right now while I write the sequel to Quake. I’m not sure if this will be a two or three book series, but once it’s done I’m going to move on to that project.
MF: You began writing at a young age. Setting aside the technical aspects of writing, how do the stories of your youth differ from those you write now? Are there themes from earlier works that still make their way into your current projects?
LA: Oh my. Thinking about it, I guess that my writing from then is still similar to my writings now. I’ve always loved to write dialogue, while my schoolmates where happy to tell the story, I wanted the story to tell itself. My 8th grade teacher praised me for being ‘progressive’ in my writing.
MF: You have a day job and a family. How do you balance those aspects of your life with writing?
LA: I am working on that one…constantly! There are times when I get a really great idea, but I’m working or out and about with the kids. I have started to use my smartphone to jot down notes (I can use that voice recorder like nobody’s business now!) and carry around a notebook for when I’m at a practice or game or some other noisy place. My boys are learning that sometimes the house it just going to be messy and dinner is going to be late (or something frozen). But they also know that I will drop everything if they need me, especially my youngest, who still needs that extra cuddle time.
MF: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as a writer? What has been the best compliment?
LA: My toughest criticism was my first three star review, in which the reviewer called my work mediocre. I understood why they wrote it and even agreed with some of it, but it still didn’t stop it from hurting. I have my book out to a freelance writer that I know is going to rip it to shreds, so I am not looking forward to THAT, but I know it needs to be done to make me a stronger writer.
My best compliment came from a beta reader that told me Quake reminded him of his teen years, hanging out with his friends, falling in love. That made me feel really good.
MF: What do you read? What do you re-read?
LA: I read EVERYTHING, lol. I love to read, my sons do not understand my fascination with reading and unfortunately, I have not been able to pass it on. I have re-read the Harry Potter series, the Twilight series, Talk Nerdy To Me, just about everything from Linda Howard…oh! Mr. Perfect?? Fav! I could go on and on.
MF: What is your favorite writing tip or quote?
LA: “First drafts don’t have to be perfect. They just have to be written.”
MF: Do you have any advice for other writers?
LA: Just go for it. You may turn out to be the next J.K Rowling or you may type ‘The End’ on your story and stuff in a drawer, never to see light again, but you have a story, write it.
MF: If you could jump into a book, and live in that world … which would it be?
LA: Hands down, Harry Potter’s. A world of magic, dragons, goblins, good vs bad…I would love to live in that.
During a camping trip all of that changes when an earthquake ushers in an Alien invasion on their small desert hometown.
Lives are lost and friendships are tested as Ali and Caden, along with their best friends, begin running for their lives. However, nothing can prepare them for the secrets they discover when they begin learning more about themselves then they ever thought possible.