Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Meet Lisa Swinton

Please welcome debut author Lisa Swinton here today. Her first book, Fallen Angel, was just released. Check it out if you like a good, clean romance. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end.

Hello. Thanks for being a guest on my blog today. Can I offer you a virtual cookie?

Chocolate Chip please!

Here you go. Pretend for a moment that your books are your children. Please introduce us. We’d like names, ages, quirks, birth story, any details you would like to share.
The oldest is Fallen Angel. She was 5 years in the making. She's the Italian fairytale. Next up is Ring on Her Finger, coming this fall. She's part baby/part middle child. I interrupted writing The Make-Out Artist to bring her into the world courtesy of NaNoWriMo 2012. Ring on Her Finger only took 3 months to write. She has the shortest birth. Amen to that. The Make-Out Artist took a year to write, but only because I interrupted her process with summer vacation and Ring. She's the black sheep of the family.

Sounds like a houseful! Your first born is just beautiful. Please give us a peek into your writing life. How much time each week do you spend writing? Is your desk messy or clean? Do you have a schedule or are you sporadic? What helps you stay motivated? We want to know what makes you tick as a writer.
With the decision to self publish my books and launching Fallen Angel. I haven't written in nearly a year. I'd thought with all my kids in school, I'd have lots of time to write. Somehow that hasn't been the case. I'd like to spend 1-2 hours a day writing. I work best in 45 min sprints and not one big chunk. My desk is clean. I can't work in messy conditions. Motivation comes from the characters in my head wanting to be put down on paper. Boy are they impatient and insistent. As a writer, I've found I need a balance between organization and writing between the seat of my pants. So, these days, I outline my book in one sentence summaries for each chapter and then go from there, keeping the book word count to around 85,000 words. This makes editing significantly easier. I also keep a Character Bible for each book.

Please tell us some of your favorites.
Favorite treat:I'm pretty much a chocolate girl, but don't going ruining it with fruit! I also prefer cookies and brownies to cake and ice cream, unless you've got some Phish food on hand or Girl Scout Thin Mint Chocolate ice cream.
Favorite stress reliever: movies, just no horror or war.
Favorite office supply:does my computer count? if not, then I love really pretty notepads.
Favorite punctuation mark:!
Favorite day of the week:Friday. I try to leave my calendar absolutely clear on that day.
Favorite movie:as a kid it was Goonies, as an adult it's Pride and Prejudice (either version)

You have good taste in movies! Describe for us what your surroundings would be if you walked into your favorite piece of art. Feel free to be as literal or figurative as you would like.
I don't really have a favorite piece of art. For artists I like Reubens and Rodin. So, I'd be happy as a curvy girl trapped in the Angel's Kiss I suppose.

Thank you so much for the interview and for bringing an awesome book into the world!

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