Please welcome fellow Entangled Publishing author
Welcome, Lisa! And congratulations on being one of the ten launch authors for Entangled Publishing! Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
Hi Laura! Thanks for having me on your blog! I’m currently writing dark paranormal romance and urban fantasy. My background is horror writing, and I’ve published scary short stories in magazines and anthologies. When I’m not writing, I also sing professionally and have two CDs out.
Wow, the creative juices run strong in you they do! *scratches head* Not sure why I just channeled Yoda! Okay, annnnyway, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
NIGHT WALKER is the first book in the Night Series. Night Walkers are similar to vampires. They’re immortal and also drink blood, but they also have a spirit animal that they can shift into at will and they originated from the Mayans, not from Europe, so the color of my world is a little more tribal.
Ooh, that’s a cool twist on vampires! Which character is your favorite and why?
Calisto is my favorite character. He’s strong loyal and passionate, with a touch of dangerous mixed in. When I wrote him I was picturing Antonio Banderas from the Mask of Zorro movie. That accent and passion inspired me.
That’s some good inspiration! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?
Yes! NIGHT DEMON is the second book and it will be released in December, with a novella to follow in January and the final book to release next June.
Awesome! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?
Hurting Calisto. The villain in this book was really fun to write because he’s incredibly intelligent, but also cold, calculating and more and more psychotic as the book goes on. There is a point when he has Calisto backed into a corner with no good choices left. He’s forced to make a choice that wounds him to his core. So that scene was heartbreaking for me to write.
Aw, black moments can hurt so good! What are you working on right now?
I’m editing NIGHT DEMON and finishing writing the novella, NIGHT THIEF.
What happened to the first book you ever wrote?
NIGHT WALKER was my first book. And it’s been rewritten several times, then edited thoroughly by my publisher. Shew! But I’m really proud of how it turned out.
Wow! That’s huge to sell your first book—big, big congrats! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?
I find writing villains to be the easiest for me to write. (What’s that say about me? LOL) Seriously though, I grew up reading horror and writing horror, and my voice tends to be dark anyway, so it’s fun for me to tap into it. A good villain can really drive the story forward and keep the hero and heroine on their toes.
I also love writing dialogue!
The hardest thing for me to write are the details. I tend to rush from one action scene to the next and gloss over things like setting, or the fact that they got their food in the restaurant but never were seated or ordered! LOL Luckily my first readers know this and usually help me slow down and fill in the blanks… J
So interesting to get a window into authors’ process! Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?
Not people, but I have incorporated actual unexplained historical events, and added my own paranormal explanation. I’ve also traveled to the places in my books. It really helps me with setting and characterization if I can go there and experience the weather and watch how people interact there. If it’s a historical site I also like to research the history as much as I can.
Very cool. So, what would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
Although I write very dark paranormals, I’m a huge Disney lover and a total chicken at horror movies! LOL
*Grins* That’s awesome! Which books or series do you wish you had written?
Wow! I wish I wrote Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles! J (It’s not romance, but it’s vampires so I hope that counts…)
Totally counts! That would be on my list, too! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
I can’t pick a favorite! LOL That’s like choosing one kid over another… *shudder*
LOL, all right, then! So, let’s have some fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Milk chocolate
Salty or sweet? Sweet!
Bed or kitchen table? Bed
Beach or mountains? Mountains
Give or receive? Give
Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.
After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she’s drawn to him in ways she doesn’t understand.
Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he’s ever loved again.
About Lisa:Lisa Kessler is an avid reader and writer of dark fiction. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
Lisa recently signed a 4 book deal with Entangled Publishing to release her Night Series. The first book, Night Walker, is scheduled to be released August 5th.
When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.
Thanks for being coming on the blog! Where can we find you on the web?
- Website: http://Lisa-Kessler.com
- Blog: http://LisaKessler.wordpress.com
- Facebook: http://facebook.com/LisaKesslerWriter
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/LdyDisney
- MySpace: http://myspace.com/Lisas_Lair
- Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/LisaKessler
- Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Kessler/e/B003V5RYVO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
- Publisher’s Author Page: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/category/lisa-kessler/
- Other: http://LisaKessler.tumblr.com
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING MY GUEST, LISA! Folks, leave Lisa some comment love!
Thanks for reading,
Laura & Lisa