An Interview with Lisa Renee Jones
The Reading Cafe is happy to have the fantastic Lisa Renee Jones as our guest today.
Lisa Renee has just released her final book in her Stepping Up Trilogy. Our review of this wonderful series is just below this interview.
Lisa Renee is here to talk to us about her her latest book, as well as her other very hot new release, If I Were You.
Let’s meet Lisa Renee.
Hi Lisa and welcome to The Reading Café. We would like to start with some background information.
TRC: Please tell us something about yourself?
Lisa: I owned a staffing agency for 11 years and people thought I was crazy to leave to write but life is short and I wanted to chase the dream. Thankfully, though it took years to feel successful, it’s been a good decision.
TRC: Have you always been interested in writing?
Lisa: No. I was interested in acting and did some independent film in Austin, Texas and even hit film festivals with one of them I was the lead in. But I had kids and a company, and it just wasn’t possible to fully pursue it. Then one day I picked up a script and said — I love to read. Books are so a part of my life, maybe that creative side on me would feed into writing. So I tried and finished a book in about 3 months. It was horrible but it was a start.
TRC: Is there anything (in general) you find particularly challenging about writing?
Lisa: Those moments on deadline when I hit point where the words aren’t flowing. It always means something is off I need to go back and fix but I freak out every time. My fiancee always reminds me — this means something is wrong. Go back and read what has happened in the book so far.
TRC: What challenges have you faced getting your novels published?
Lisa: I got published fairly quickly but it’s hitting that sweet spot for exposure. Indie helped me overcome that and get to the point I’m at now.
TRC: You just released your 3rd book in your Stepping Up Trilogy….Winning Moves. Can you please give us a brief description of the book?
Lisa: I LOVE this story. It’s my favorite Blaze I’ve written and my last for a good while:( My schedule is just too tight. It’s about love rediscovered and I felt the characters so deeply I hope the readers do too. It’s about a Dance Show that becomes a Vegas show.
TRC: Next month you are starting a new Urban Fantasy series, Dark Angel. Can you please tell us the premise of this series?
Lisa: Actually it looks like I might have to put off this date. I’ll know next week but I hope not. But the premise is a woman who has a birthday on December 21 and discovers that something is awakened inside her that makes her be the key to causing the end of the world. Two sexy men will help her find a way to stop that from happening.
TRC: If I Were You is the first book in your Inside Out Trilogy, which has had a fantastic start. Can you give a brief description of this series? Also, when do you plan on releasing the 2nd and 3rd books of this series?
Lisa: The series is based on a real journal my fiancee found in a storage unit when we use to buy and sell storage units. It was inspired by that journal and I wrote it over a long period of time as I let the idea develop and take form.
Simon and Schuster releases the print of IF I WERE YOU in March, 2013, BEING ME is June 11, 2013 and REVEALING US is September 11, 2013
About IF I WERE YOU:
The steamy first installment in the Inside Out erotic romance trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones, in the bestselling tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey.
When Sara McMillan finds a stack of journals in a storage unit, she’s shocked and enthralled by the erotic life the writer led. Unable to stop reading, she vicariously lives out dark fantasies through Rebecca, the writer—until the terrifying final entry.
Certain something sinister has happened, Sara sets out to discover the facts, immersing herself in Rebecca’s life. Soon she’s working at the art gallery Rebecca worked at and meeting Rebecca’s friends. Finding herself drawn to two dangerously sexy men, the manager of the gallery and a famed artist, Sara realizes she’s going down the same path Rebecca took. But with the promise of her dark needs being met by a man with confident good looks and a desire for control, she’s not sure anything else matters. Just the burn for more.
TRC: You write many different genres, such as romance, erotic romance, paranormal, suspense, urban fantasy. Do you have a preference? Do you find it difficult to switch between these genres, when writing your stories?
Lisa: I love writing across genres because it keeps me fresh but first person has really grabbed me. I am enjoying it more than I have 3rd in the past.
TRC: Where do you get the energy or ideas to write so many books in one year? Also what is your writing process, such as where you like to write or do you have preferred times?
Lisa: I write 7 days a week because it keeps my head in the stories. I set word count goals and if it takes until 3am then I make that goal.
TRC: What are you working on now?
Lisa: I just finished Being Me and now I’m working on a special secret attached project.
TRC: Who is your favorite character (male and female) of your own books, and why?
Lisa: Well I’m writing Sara now and I enjoy writing her. She is my favorite for all kinds of reasons.
TRC: Many authors bounce ideas and information between each other and their family and spouses. With whom do you bounce ideas?
Lisa: My fiancee. He is the one who talked me into writing the INSIDE OUT trilogy and I released book 1 on his BDAY because of that and for luck.
TRC: Would you like to add anything else?
Lisa: BEING ME and REVEALING US is up for pre-order!
Favorite Food: Mac N Cheese
Favorite Dessert: Chocolate anything
Favorite TV show: I have many. We are TV fans at my house. We save things and watch them in marathons. I just started Sons of Anarchy and I’m loving it.
Favorite Movie: No favorite though I have to say I still love Pretty Woman.
Dark or Milk Chocolate: Milk for sure
Favorite Author: No favorite but Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series is a big favorite for me. I love Patricia Briggs Mercy series too. Shannon McKenna’s suspense. The list goes on.
Favorite Literary Character (male & female) not your own: Mac from the Fever series
Thank you, Lisa, for taking the time to answer our questions. The Reading Café wishes you good luck with your Stepping Up Trilogy, Inside Out Trilogy, and the new Dark Angel series.
Lisa has graciously offered to give a member of The Reading Café a chance to win one of her backlisted e-books.
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4. Contest runs from November 16th – November 19th.