If you read my review of Eve of Samhain yesterday (you SO should, it's awesome. The book, not my review. Ok...my review too ;) ) Then you know i LOVED it so im so happy to welcome Author Lisa Sanchez to Bears' talk corner today to chat with me.
Hi Lisa, thank you much for stopping by Sparkly's, It's great to have you..
Can tell us a little about you, and how you began writing, where you write, how your characters come to you etc?
You bet! Okay, so believe it or not, I’m pretty shy. Yep (nods head)…put me in a room full of strangers and my palms sweat, I clam up, and I immediately go to work devising a quick getaway. Not good.
I think this is why I love writing so much. Along with allowing me to foster my creative flair, it allows me to be an extrovert of sorts. I’m a quiet girl, but my characters are anything but!
I wrote creatively all throughout my childhood and up into my early twenties. When my girls came along, I put my writing on hold to focus on my family (They’re only young once!) Now that they’re older, though, I’m happy to be able to dive back in and do what I love, and that’s share my characters with all of you!
I do most of my writing in my ugly, brown easy- chair with my Chihuahua sprawled across my feet. And my characters? Well… I’m inspired by the people surrounding me. I have three daughters, an awesome hubby and great friends. I pull from what I know.
Your debut book was released in May, called Eve of Samhain; can you tell us a bit about it?
Sure thing! Eve Of Samhain is a humorous paranormal romance with a snarky female lead and a devastatingly handsome hero who you’ll want to both slap and lick at the same time.
The story is based on the Irish legend of The Gancanagh (a love faerie with an addictive touch.) I love paranormal and though I love vampires, I knew I wanted to write something different. Our hero, Quinn, is saddled with a deadly curse that renders him unable to touch the woman he loves. EOS is the story of how he and Ryann overcome that huge obstacle.
What came to you first, characters or story? And did you have to research the Celtic mythology?
I did a ton of research! The idea for EOS came from a short story contest I entered. The writing prompt was something like “Girls, Ghouls and Gorgeous Guys.” I knew I wanted something different, so I hopped on Wikipedia and did a search for mythological creatures. I was immediately drawn to the legend of The Gancanagh, and Quinn was born.
I thought Ryann was a wonderful heroine, not at all typical of the usual kickass bimbo types. Her dialogue had me LOL'ing many times, can you tell us something about her and where she came from, and was she easy to write for?
Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed her! I’ve got three daughters, all who participate in All-star cheerleading. I’m surrounded by snarky teenagers, and I’m a huge fan of slang. Ryann’s character is VERY loosely based on my daughter Kendall. The sass and attitude you see throughout the book? Yeah, that’s all my baby. The kissing and the sexy times? Nope! My girl won’t be dating until she’s thirty. Sorry boys!
Ryann loved shoes and handbags (she's already my BFF!) were you writing that from personal experience?
Okay, I’m totally laughing. Yes! I’m a total bag whore. My husband bought me my first Coach purse a few years ago and boy-oh-boy did that ever start an addiction. Ryann’s bags and shoes are all me.
I'm happy to say Quinn is firmly in my harem of book boyfriends now, I loved him right away, as I say in my review 'he had me at a ghra' what can you tell us about him *cough something smexi cough* and did you have any inspiration for him? (I kept seeing Colin Farrel cause he's yum and Irish =P )
I’ve written three books now, along with a few short stories, and I have to say that while I love ALL my characters, Quinn holds a very special place in my heart.
Accents and attitude have always turned me on. I’m sure this will make me sound crazy, but I heard Quinn’s sexy accent in my head from the very beginning. And as far as attitude goes, boyfriend has it in spades. I didn’t model him after anyone in particular, I just saw him clear as day in my mind. I will say, though, that if I had to pick an actor to portray him, I’d totally go with Kellan Lutz. He’s almost dead on with the Quinn I picture in my head.
Big, muscular and beautiful. Swoon!
And as far as something sexy, well…Quinn might have acquired another tattoo
Edit: Sweet Gods YES!! i love Kellan Lutz as Quinn, fits him perfectly! and Tattoo you say? NOM!!
Will there be a sequel to 'Eve of Samhain’? Characters this awesome are too good for just a once only deal...right..?
Heh, heh…Yes! I’ve already written the sequel to EOS. Martha’s story will take you on a wild ride for sure!
Edit: *Pumps Fist* YES YES WOO HOO!!!
Along with Ryann and Quinn, I loved the secondary characters of Jessica and Martha Stewart, one friend who can't even use curse words she's so straight-laced and the other a gothic witch and yet the friends fit well together, will we see them again?
(Can you tell im hoping hoping hoping for more from them all =P )
You bet! My goal is to write a story for each of the four friends. You’ve met three of the friends in EOS. The fourth and final protagonist is introduced in book two. Now, I just need to find more hours in the day and learn how to survive on little to no sleep so I can get all this writing done!
When you have time to relax, which books and authors do you like to devour?
I’m a HUGE J.R. Ward fan. Butch is my boy! Along with J.R. and her wonderful Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I love Karen Marie Moning, Larissa Ione, Gena Showalter, and Diana Gabaldon. I’ve recently come across some new to me authors who are on the rise, J.A. Saare and Cari Quinn. Both are amazing and sport wonderful voices.
What do you like/dislike in a Heroine?
I’m not a huge fan of damsels in distress.
Would you like to write in any other romance Genre besides paranormal?
Yes! I’m actually polishing a romantic suspense right now. The hero is raw, wounded and gritty and I think I’m in love.
Can you tell us what you're working on now? (And there's a chocolate bar with your name on it if you say something regarding Quinn and the gang =D )
Better get yourself to a store and pick me up a fat bar of chocolate because I’m plotting Jessica’s story right now. Woohoo! I can’t give you any deets because it would reveal too much. I will, however, say this: Our girl is coming out of her shell, woohoo!
Thanks so much for stopping by Sparklys to talk with me, Lisa, it was much fun! && a bigger thank YOU for writing a wonderful, humorous, romantic book and giving me a new book boyfriend =)
Thank you for having me! I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I’m beyond excited you enjoyed Ryann and Quinn so much.
You can find Lisa:
| Eve of Samhain Website | Twitter | Goodreads |