Monday, March 21, 2011

Interview with Lisa Grace

Lisa Grace is an author to watch for. She snagged a major endorsement for her young-adult series, Angel in the Shadows: AOL picked her Angel series as the Christian alternative to the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyers for their Top Ten Most Challenged Book List of 2010.

Aside from her photo--a show stopper in itself (and yes, that is her real hair)--Lisa's other hit promo gimmick is her tag line, "The difference between angels and vampires? Angels are real."

And they're among us, both the good angels and the ones straight from hell. Lisa's characters are in for one supernatural battle.

Lisa and I met last year in Indianapolis at the ACFW conference. I was impressed with her. I hope you will be too:

What is the setting for your novel?

Angel in the Shadows:
Book 1 takes place in the present, starting at a summer camp in North Carolina, then back in Megan’s home town of Clearwater, Florida, in time for the new school year. Megan’s high school becomes a battle field in the fight between good and evil.


What prompted you to write this series?

I love books about the supernatural. There are so many about vampires, but hardly any of the books out there deal with the supernatural from a biblical point of view. Angels and demons are mentioned over four hundred times in the Bible. Other supernatural creatures are discussed too.
Few of supernatural books make it cool to be human. We have an immortal soul and a spiritual war going on whether we choose to “see” it or not. Our immortal soul is important. I think this is a frightening and awesome prospect. I wanted to write novels from these perspectives.

I also wanted to confront the issues teenagers are facing today--drugs, sex, teen pregnancy, abortion, etc. The Angel series characters are dealing with these problems head-on.

Why do you write?

Because I have stories to tell. Behind the story is a truth. I’m afraid not to write these stories. I don’t want to get to the end of my life and say, “What if…” Also, I honestly believe if I don’t write them, someone else will. When I write the story, the characters take on a life of their own. Many of my plot twists come to me as I’m writing and are not planned in advance.



When did you realize that you wanted to write a novel?

I’ve always considered myself a writer. At the age of five I asked for a typewriter so I could write down my
Star Trek scripts. This last year I finally got disciplined and set a goal of writing two thousand words a day, no matter what, day in day out. That advice came out of Stephen King’s book, On Writing.


What obstacles did you have to overcome to finish your novel?

My largest obstacle was time management. I am married and have a seven year-old. Also, I was still working on a major production of Cinderella for the dance academy and teaching Sunday School, all while writing my two thousand words a day.

Just for fun, tell us something unusual about yourself.

The best pet I ever had was an opossum. A full-size Virginian Opossum. He was paper-trained and we had him for almost four years before he passed away from old age. He would talk lovey talk, cuddle on our laps, and travel in a cat carrier. Opossum’s deserve more respect as America’s
only native marsupial.

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Angel in the Shadow: Book One

Short Synopsis
Megan Laughlin, a fifteen year old sophomore in high school, has the gift of seeing angels and demons. Megan attracts the attention of Judas, an evil angel, who wants to destroy her, her classmates, and loved ones. She must deal with being a target of Judas and still handle all the problems of a normal teenage girl--save teens from over-dosing at a rave, confront damaging gossip, and watch her best friend make a life-altering decision. Meanwhile, she feels helpless as Judas manages to destroy two classmates and sets out to seduce or destroy her in the process. Can Megan save others while being a target herself?

Contact the author at lisagracebooks@yahoo.com and http://www.lisagracebooks.com to read an excerpt from her second novel in the Angel series, Angel in the Storm.

Angel in the Shadows, Book One by Lisa Grace, is distributed through Ingram Books, and is available through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com
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