Thursday, November 08, 2007
Ask Five with...LISA PLUMLEY!!!
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:
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
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!
Lisa will be checking the blog...so...post away and you'll be entered to win a copy of Once Upon A Christmas.