Thursday, November 08, 2007

Ask Five with...LISA PLUMLEY!!!

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Lisa Plumley is our guest and she is truly a sweet, nice author. I'm honored to have her on the RRT Blog.

Lisa has written historicals and contemporaries, something for everyone. You can find out more about her books at http://www.lisaplumley.com/

See below for a book giveaway!

Meanwhile, meet Lisa Plumley:

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1. What is the title of your latest release and what's it about?

My latest book is Let's Misbehave, a contemporary romance about a fun-loving heiress who enters "shopaholic rehab" and as part of her therapy has to get a real job...as a anny/housekeeper for a macho single-dad NFL quarterback and his three rowdy kids. It was SO much fun to pair up Marisol and Cash, two total opposites who really need one another in the end. I'm psyched to say that this book was chosen as one of the Top Ten Romances of 2007 by Booklist magazine and earned my first 4-1/2 star Top Pick! rating from Romantic Times BOOKclub magazine too. I hope you'll drop by my Web site at ttp://www.lisaplumley.com/misbehave.html to read the first chapter.

Also, my publisher just reissued Santa Baby, a bestselling holiday anthology featuring stories by Lisa Jackson, Elaine Coffman, Kylie Adams, and me. It's a terrific collection! I feel really lucky to
be included. My story is called "Merry, Merry Mischief," and it's a contemporary romance about a diehard party girl and a hard-working architect who team up on an unexpected holiday babysitting mission...only to find themselves falling in love under the mistletoe.
There's a first-chapter excerpt at http://www.lisaplumley.com/santababy.html for that story too, so please check it out!

2. What is the hardest part of writing?

For me, the hardest part of writing happens immediately after the initial "light bulb" moment that inspires me to tell a particular story, when I realize (inevitably) that something...just...won't...fit...in! Usually I spend a few days playing "what if?" and adding/subtracting plot elements and muttering to myself. Eventually the whole thing clicks, and I'm off to the races. Whew! I'm not sure if it's faith or stubbornness that keeps me going, but whatever it is, I'm grateful, because I love the process of getting from chapter one to the end.

3. Which authors have influenced you over the years, whether for their
writing or for their friendship?


All writing is hugely inspirational to me. In the beginning, I really loved writers like Julie Garwood, Jill Barnett, and Judith McNaught for their touching, lighthearted stories. I branched out into contemporaries and also loved writers like Sophie Kinsella, Rachel Gibson, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. But I have to say that the most important writer to me is my good friend, Dawn Atkins, who writes terrifically sizzling, emotional, and funny stories for Harlequin Blaze. We met almost ten years ago, shortly after I sold my first book, and we hit it off instantly. Dawn is a warm, wonderful friend and an unfailing cheering section...and she never fails to crack me up. She's a hoot!

4. What's the most interesting thing about you that very few people
know?


I have a completely raunchy sense of humor and a terrible potty mouth. Those qualities don't find their way into my books (I hope!), but the nuns who taught me at St. Ann's elementary school would be appalled. I just can't help it.

5. What's coming up in the near future for you?

Next up for me will be a story in the Harlequin Historicals Halloween anthology for 2008...something spooky (a first for me!) but romantic, set in the Wild West. I'm excited about it because the collection will also include a medieval story by Denise Lynn and a Regency story by Chris Merrill. I haven't been back to the Old West since wrapping up my Morrow Creek Matchmakers series with The Rascal last November, so I'm looking forward to spending time with one of those rough-and-ready supermacho heroes again.

Also coming out next year will be Home For The Holidays, a new full-length contemporary romance about an exiled celebrity stylist and a former NFL football player who meet over Christmastime in a small Michigan town and make a bet as to whose Christmas is
better: L.A. style or Midwestern style? (Can you tell that I love a good opposites-attract story?) We'll have more info about both books posted on my Web site soon, so stay tuned!

Before I go, I want to invite everyone to visit me at my blog at http://lisaplumley.wordpress.com/ (I'm a newbie, but I'm having a good time!) or my MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/lisaplumley to find out the latest news...and of course to make friends! I'm brainstorming a couple of new books right now, so I'll definitely
be on the lookout for fun ways to procrastinate. Help me out, won't you?

Thank you, Lisa!

Lisa is generously giving away copies of her book Once Upon A Christmas to three lucky winners!

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Lisa will be checking the blog...so...post away and you'll be entered to win a copy of Once Upon A Christmas.

34 comments:

Stacy S said...

Your new books sound great! I had never read any of your books till this year. I love them. Your an auto buy now!

Jennifer Y. said...

Great interview! I love the historicals you wrote (I love books set in the west) and look forward to reading a contemporary.

The latest sounds really good as do the upcoming Harlequin Historicals Halloween anthology you mention and Home for the Holidays...love opposites-attract stories myself.

ellie said...

Your interview was very informative and entertaining. I would enjoy reading your books and especially the one featured tonight.

acdaisy95 said...

I enjoyed your interview. Love the book covers!

pearl said...

I would love the chance to read your books. Contemporary are my favorites. The new book looks great!

diane said...

Your books are all very appealing. Western ones are of great interest to me. Interesting interview. Thanks.

Lis said...

Great interview! Can't wait for HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, love athlete heroes :)

Dev said...

I'm starting to get into the mood for Christmas books now ~ sounds like a great story!

flchen1 said...

Thanks for the interview, Lisa! It's always a treat to hear more about favorite authors!

Jodi said...

Great interview. I like to learn about new (to me) authors from this blog.
Your books sound good and will be checking them out.

KimW said...

Hi, Lisa! Coming in a wee bit late after a very long work day. Enjoyed reading all your answers. Funny about the sense of humor and potty mouth.

littlelamblst said...

What a wonderfully comical setup with your heroine and the hero. Sounds like just the thing to sweep one away from holiday stress.

Lisa F. said...

I haven't read your books but I think I see a trend in these you've described - a spoiled sassy heroine and a cocky hero who find salvation in one another? Sounds like lots of fun. I see the NFL hero in some and wonder if they are related books?

I think I'll have to go find Let's Misbehave. Just the premise has me chuckling!

tetewa said...

A Christmas book just in time for the holidays. Enjoyed the interview today.

Laurie said...

Liked the interview! I've been a fan for years...definitely keep on writing!! Happy Holidays!

Brenda said...

LOVE Lisa's stuff...great interview! Can't wait to read her Christmas book!

Lisa Plumley said...

Hi everybody! Patti, thanks very much for having me here at the RRT blog. :)

You're all so nice! Stacy S., I'm totally honored to be an auto buy for you. Jennifer Y., it's nice to see you again! I like your blog. Lis, I love athlete heroes too! And my editor at Kensington is very supportive of me writing them too, which is extra nice.

Lisa F., you nailed it. That's a terrific thumbnail description of my contemporaries -- I guess that premise just appeals to me. The books with the football player heroes aren't really related, although both guys played for the same team (my imaginary Phoenix Scorpions). I'm a football fan, and I think it must take a certain kind of toughness and determination to succeed in the NFL...qualities that are pretty heroic in a man. :)

Happy Holidays to you too, Laurie! And Brenda, you're sweet. Thanks. It's so much fun coming here. :)

tam said...

Both, Let's Misbehave & Once Upon A Christmas sound like wonderful stories. I'd love to win a copy of Once Upon A Christmas.

CrystalGB said...

Great interview. Let's Misbehave and Once Upon A Christmas sound great. I love stories with sports figures.

Heather said...

Great interview! I can't wait to read more of your books! I'm not a Halloween or spook-fanatic, but I definately look forward to the Halloween anthology next year! Westerns are a favorite of mine, although I enjoy just about all kind of romances.

Maureen said...

Congratulations on your success with Let's Misbehave.

Karin said...

Hi Lisa! What a wonderful accomplishment and compliment for you to be featured here! I'm sitting at work and thought I'd check my MySpace page and saw that you had a blog on here. I love the wittiness that always jumps out in your writings/books and you will be one of my most favorite authors for years to come. I'm excited to hear about the Halloween Anthology! I'll be looking forward to both of your 2008 releases. Have a great day!

jenn said...

congrats on your success! i love your books!

ChristyJan said...

I haven't read any of your books - YET, but after reading about your "raunchy sense of humor and terrible potty mouth", I'm going to HAVE to. lol
I love holiday themed books and would love to be entered to with ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS.

Cherie J said...

Enjoyed the interview! I have Let's Misbehave on my TBB list. I am looking forward to trying your work.

Sue A. said...

Thank you for the interview! I love holiday themed books especially with the holidays just around the corner.

Annette said...

Nice interview. I can't wait to read the book.

Minna said...

Can't wait to read the book!

Laura K said...

What a great book and interview. Please enter me in your contest. Happy Holidays from Laura

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

Sounds interesting! I would love to win a copy.

Blogged ya: http://laurawilliamsmusings.blogspot.com/2007/11/sunday-edition-of-contests-galore_11.html

nor_lou said...

I can't wait to read one of your books! You found a new reader!

windycindy said...

Sounds like a fun and fascinating read to me. Please count me in your drawing. Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes@hotmail.com

Lesha said...

I'm in! :)

Jessica Mendenhall said...

Lisa~ You are such an inspiration!!! I am so happy that your are fulfilling your dreams.I am looking forward to reading Home for the Holidays and enjoying the amazing books you have out now!You have such a gift, I am able to follow you in writing as well:)
I would love to have a copy of your books as well!!!!
Love,
Your neice-
Jessica Mendenhall