Hello Friends! This day is huge for me because THE LAWS OF LOVE released today!!! As my fellow Crimson Romance Authors have done in the past, I am introducing myself on our group blog by answering the standard questions posed to all our authors. It may sound fun to most, but this shy girl from Virginia does not like to talk about herself so the task is a little daunting – but here goes:
1. Introduce yourself, please (name you write under). Is this a pen or personal name? Why did you make the choice to write under that name? I write under my real name – Lisa White. I used my real name for two reasons. First, it is easier to market to friends and family with my real name. They don’t have to remember anything special and can look me up and, hopefully, buy the book without doing too much research. And since I have a very, very big family spread all over the country, they will help boost sales! Second, for me it was important to use my real name to keep my writing true to me personally. When writing a scene or developing a character, I have to ask myself: Would I want my name associated with this scene/character? Is it good enough or would it embarrass me to have my name associated with it? My grandfather Crockett always told me that all we really have in life is our good name. By using my real name, I am making sure I am only giving my readers the best I have.
2. Let’s get the details out-of-the-way:
Single, married, divorced, widowed? Married to a wonderful man who makes me laugh every day.
Parent? We are blessed with two children who totally understand when mommy hides with her computer to “play with her characters”.
Living where? Southwest Virginia
Doing what, other than writing? Lawyer
One—just one—physical characteristic: Eyes?
3. What’s your secret passion? I would say writing but I guess the cat is out of the bag now!
4. Tell us one thing about yourself you’d never change. This is a tough one because I cannot think of anything. I believe everything happens for a reason and God has a plan for each of us. If I were to change something, I would not be the same person I am now – and I am pretty happy most of the time. Optimism is a powerful tool.
5. If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why? Another tough one. Southwest Virginia is beautiful – mountains, rivers, lakes – and the people are fantastic. I like to travel and experience new things, but coming home is always the best part of an adventure.
6. Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live? I write about where I live. For me, small towns have the best stories and characters. My hope is that readers can relate to at least one of my characters – or at least see a similarity to someone they know from their own hometown.
7. What’s the first creative writing you remember doing outside a class? Writing poetry in elementary school. One Christmas I even wrote a book of poems for my grandparents – do you know how many words rhyme with “cat”?
8. Why do you write romance novels? Because I love happy endings. When I first joined Romance Writers of America, I remember being told that, in order to be classified as a romance, my novel had to have an “emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending”. For me, with all the heartache in the world, why would I want to write anything else? I want readers to escape with my writing – to get away from everything going on around them – even if just for ten minutes or one page at a time.
9. What else do you write? So far, just poetry and romance – but I love a good suspense so if I can come up with a good storyline, I might try that. But of course, the suspense must have a happy ending!
10. What one thing from your book did you take from personal experience? In THE LAWS OF LOVE, the protagonist, Livi Miller is a corporate attorney who has a hard time balancing her love life with her career. I can totally relate to that aspect of Livi’s life. Being single and trying to have a career was not easy. Maybe that is why I did not get married until I was thirty-four years old.
11. What did you cut from your book that felt like severing a body part? I had what I thought was a great line: “She excelled professionally thanks to this work ethic but her personal life became collateral damage”. I loved the “collateral damage” phrase – but my editor thought the idea had already been established and the line was unnecessary. She was exactly right – but I still hated cutting it.
12. Do you identify closely with one particular character? How? See answer to 10 above. This idea has already been established so this question is unnecessary (see Jennifer, I did learn something!).
13. The best part about my writing life is: Taking the stories in my head and heart and putting them to paper (or computer screen as the case may be). I just finished my second novel, have started my third and have outlines for three more. I can’t wait to flesh out all the scenes and see where the characters take me.
14. The worst part about my writing life is: Not enough time to write. My writing time typically starts after 9:00 p.m when everyone else’s day is ending. But sitting at my computer is one of the best parts of my day.
Okay – so I answered all the questions. But if you want to know more, or simply just want to say “Hi”, you can find me on the web as noted below. Thanks for your time and I hope you enjoy THE LAWS OF LOVE.
Best Wishes, Lisa White