Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Q&A with Lisa A. Adams!




1.  Tell us about your newest release.

"Fire on Ice" is a LGBT short story that is being released with Breathless Press under their Flirts Line. It features two male characters. The lead, Marcus, is a hockey player and is forced to "come out" within the first page of the story. His world is turning upside down. In a sport known for its manly men, how will the world accept his sexuality? 


2.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?

The story all started percolating when I went to go see my first live hockey game. The drive and the stamina was amazing and the players were hot. When Marcus first came to mind, I didn't know he was gay. I had him pictured with a sultry business minded brunette. It was very surprising to me that he was more interested in the men. But, the more of his story he told me, the more I knew that I had to write it.

3.  Do you have any interesting or quirks or rituals?

I cannot, absolutely cannot, write without a fresh cup of coffee when I sit down. Maybe not that strange for some, but it's bad. Even if I have half of a cup left, I have to finish it, and make a fresh cup before I start writing. I also force myself to write the first line of the next scene or the next chapter before I log off for the night. Somehow, just reading that first sentence the next day helps me remember where I was going. I start very quickly.

4.  What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

My father was a huge influence. He was addicted to reading and passed his love on to me. When I told him I wanted to write, he was excited and I remember spending nights with him hashing out the perfect sentence. My only regret is that he passed before I became published. My first book released was dedicated to him.

5.  What does your family think about your career as a published author?

All of my family members are extremely supportive. My mother, 83 year old grandmother, my husband, and my all of my children. My youngest are ten and tell their friends and teachers that I am a writer, my teenagers have read some of my books and even passed them on to their friends. I couldn't be more ecstatic about the amount I get from my family.

6.  Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

Well, they tell you when you start writing, "Write what you know." I've taken this very literally. My heroines have taken part in my hobbies from quilting to camping. I love sports and watch football, soccer, and hockey regularly. These sports very often appear either as a side blurb or a main portion of my story line. I love watching the history channel and have written several historical short stories. Then there is the music I listen to. Often, you'll find song titles in my novellas based off of some of my favorites.

7.  Can you tell us what is coming up next for you?

I'm spreading my wings once again. I'm trying self-publishing and am working with a professional editor and cover artist to make sure I am ready to fight the good fight. My goal is to self-pub at least one short a year. Do I think I'll go there permanently? No. I enjoy working with the people at my publishing companies. Some of my editors have become my best friends. I can't give that up.

8.  How can readers connect with you online?

I absolutely love hearing from readers and aspiring or current authors! I do hope that would like to chat with me as well. If they're interested in keeping up with what's going on in my crazy writing life, they can always find me on Facebook, Twitter, or on my blog. I also have a great Pinterest account, but I don't use it to communicate much, but I do love to post boards that revolve around my books!  Catch me here!

-       Twitter: @LisaAdamsWriter
-       Blog: www.pen-the-dream.blogspot.com

Blurb:

Marcus Zankoriewicz is a leader in the National Hockey League… and has just announced he's gay.

Facing a firing squad of reporters accusing him of adultery with another player's wife, Marcus Zankoriewicz sees there's only one way out. He must make the announcement he knew would come one day.
But, this is hockey. Well known for its rough and manly men, Marcus must prepare himself for an onslaught of changes that threaten his career and love life.



Excerpt:

Marcus chuckled. "After all this time I ignored the questioning looks and there were still people who figured it out. I should have guessed."
"Don't get me wrong. You're definitely not flaming. In fact I bet my ass you're the hitter in the game."
Marcus grinned. "Really? You bet your ass?"
Justin rolled to his knees and stood in front of him. "Of course, you'll have to catch me first."
 


Bio:

Lisa A. Adams writes from a little plot of country, tucked away in the North Carolina Sandhills. When she's not writing, Lisa can be found in her sewing room, in a classroom, or at a local soccer field. When asked about her family, Lisa will be the first to tell you that they have been the backbone of not only her writing career, but anything she chooses to pursue as well. She has been married to her husband for over ten years, has five wonderful children, and two very spoiled cats.


 

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