Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy Spring!

Hi, it's been a while since I have written, but I have not been sitting idle. In fact, I have completed the first book in my fantasy story, Mystic Mist, Book One in the New Breed Series.It is with my publisher and editor as we speak.
I have finished the first draft of Book Two in the New Breed series, titled, Hellavey. It still needs some polishing from me before I hand it off to my publisher/editor, but I'm excited about where the story is going.
The next book in the series will be titled, Blood Wars, the Battle For Earth. I have no cover for it as of yet, but my publisher and I are working diligently together to come up with the perfect cover, and I'll be glad to reveal it as soon as I have it.
In the meantime, I am published with DeadlyReads, so why not drop by there and see if you find something that might catch your eye. I now have both my romance books, Where She Belongs and Josie's Thorn in print as well, which is very exciting. I am also working with my publisher to get them into Audio as soon as possible.I will let you know when that shall be.
Thanks to all of you who have stood by me and cheered for me throughout this adventurous trip I'm having as an entertainer. I hope to bring you much more in the future. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tag! I'm it!

Hi, I first want to say thanks to Shaun Allan,
for tagging me in this wonderful game. It's always fun to play with my friends;) and especially my writing friends. They are a unique group of people who work hard and deserve to have some fun . So, thanks, Shaun for asking me to play a game of tag! 

What are you working on right now?
I'm working on a lot of WIP's at once, but on the front burner at the moment is, The Mystic Mist, Book One of the New Breed Series. 
How does it differ from other works in its genre?
I believe that it is unique because though it's a story about vampires, it tells the story of vampires in a whole new way. I combined the history of vampires with what the voices in my head are saying and it's quite interesting to see how far I can carry my imagination with these 'unique' vampires. It's got all the things people will love about vampire stories, frightening, heart-pounding, and startling, but also I'd like to think it offers something more than these things, I'd like to think it's the beginning of a saga that will last through at least two books and then carry on to a whole new series of books adapted from this story.

Why do you write what you do?
 I enjoy it! I love to write what I enjoy reading. Stories from wonderful storytellers such as Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K. Rowling have been big influences in my life as a writer. Their imaginations have created such wonderful stories that will be around for many generations to come. They have left a mark. I want to leave an entertaining mark as well.

How does your writing process work?
Hmm, not sure if I really have a process. I've tried a lot of processes, some worked, some failed, but I suppose that the best process for me is to just sit in front of the laptop, look at pictures, think of subjects that come into my mind, or hear something that catches my attention and think, 'That would make a great story'. Once I get a subject, I come up with a title, and then the hard work begins, the first paragraph! The first chapter! Once I suffer through a first chapter, I can pretty much guarantee the first draft will be written rather quickly. For me, it helps to have a mock cover of my story sitting in front of me to sort of motivate me and get my muses roused, and my juices flowing.

Thanks to Shaun Allan for tagging me. Now it's time for me to tag some folks. Have fun!
Jake Drake

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

One Dream Reached~More To Reach

Hi, everyone! I hope this post finds you all doing well. I know it's been a while since I've posted any personal updates, but today, I wanted to do just that. I've been fortunate enough to reach one of my dreams since I began my writing career in 2005. I've signed with a publisher! This has been a dream for me from the start and now that it's been reached, I'm a happy girl today. See my big smile :)
Today I want to announce that I've signed with Deadly Reads Publishing. You can find out more about them at this official website or you can take a look at their blog.
What does this mean for Author Lisa Vandiver? Well, I'm hoping that it means that some of my burdens will be taken from my shoulders so that I can concentrate more on what I really want to do~write.There will always be work in the areas of publicity, editing, designs, and other areas for me to work on, but having a publisher now means that I'll actually be able to concentrate on MORE writing! YES! Love It!
I have several WIP's in progress as well as three editing jobs to complete, but I promise you, I do have NEW stories in the press, so hang in there with me, and hopefully by Spring 2014, at least one of my works in progress will be completed.
I want to say thanks to all my loyal followers and readers. Without you, there really wouldn't be any use of doing what I do if nobody read my stories. So, from the bottom of my heart~ THANK YOU!
One very important goal for me has been reached, but there are many more for me to reach. Many more mountains for this author to climb, but, now as I climb my mountains, it's invigorating to know-I don't have to climb them alone! Thank you, DEADLY READS!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Revisions and Edits

Revising a story is much like putting a puzzle together. I've got all the pieces, I just have to get them in the right order-Lisa 

I'm not sure if that's true for everyone when they write, but it is for me with the particular story I'm working on now. It is my first horror/sci-fi story I've written and it's been challenging, fun, and interesting. I've been writing professionally for a number of years and the thing I dislike most about the writing process is the editing and revising part. That is until I recently discovered something- the above statement from me-which came to me while I've been working on rewrites and edits for my new story, The Mystic Mist;Book One in the New Breed series. Yes, I know, there are those of you out there that have already discovered this profound thought regarding revisions and edits, but hey, some of us aren't as far along as those of you who have reached the prize; that is to say to those of you who think you are at the top of your game and don't have anything else to learn. So, this particular post is for those of you who are still in my boat-still willing to admit that we  still have a lot to learn-no matter how long we've been in this field. So with that said, shall we get started?

I began to write this story, Mystic Mist as a single book. One book was all that I had planned to do. It was going to be about unearthly vampires attacking earth and causing all kinds of hell. Then, the characters began to speak to me. In my original story, the main character was going to be Erich, the young earthling who would encounter these beasts in some New England woods while attending college. I wrote an entire ten chapters on Erich and his adventure, but then as I begun the eleventh chapter, it was as if Erich whispered to me, "I don't want to be alone in these woods."
So, I created the lead female, Iseabail. And I wrote another ten chapters...And then Iseabail whispered to me, "What of my history on Carasylia?"
 And Erich chimed in, "Yes, and what of my history?"
Well, I must say that was where the fun began! Their histories began to jump out at me as if they had already lived them! Yes, I know it sounds insane, but hey,if you're a writer then you understand me I'm sure-and if you're a reader; well, think of all the wonderful adventure stories you've read.  The stories wouldn't be nearly as exciting if those writers and authors didn't allow their characters to 'speak' to them.
So, back to the story. I completed the story of Iseabail and Erich, but it just wasn't complete. As I stared at the story, thinking it was good. And believe me, it is a good story,(Coming from an unbiased author of course:)) but it needed more. I kept getting the thought, "There is so much more to this story".   I took a deep breath, walked away from it for about six months and then came back and oh boy, am I glad that I did just that! 
I've now finished Book One. The words came out of my mind faster than my fingers could move! And now the 'good' story is a 'better' story. I was so proud of myself! (patting self on back)But...As I re-read the story, some of it seemed to be out of sequence so I decided to just go with my thought and began 'rearranging the sequence of events'.  As I did this, that's when it hit me, telling a story really is like putting together a puzzle-you have to find all the pieces of the story and fit them into their rightful places!" Wow! Light bulb moment! ;) If I look at it like that then perhaps the editing/revising process won't be so painful or ignored. And guess what; it worked for me! I'm not finished by any stretch of the imagination with this story, but I am getting there! And I am so happy now to realize that revising doesn't have to be an arduous task. Dare I even say that it is actually 'fun', 'interesting', and a valuable learning experience that will help me to grow even more with each new piece that I revise and edit. And besides, I've always loved putting puzzles together. 
 I'm still working on my puzzle, but I think I'll know when I'm done with it. And then it will go to the Beta Readers, the real editor(s), and then to the real, real people that matter-you the reader. And I hope when you get Mystic Mist: Book One in your hands, you'll love Erich, Iseabail, Stevlana, and Lorna every bit as much as I do! 
Good luck to all my fellow writers out there-be you a screenplay writer or an author; I wish each and everyone of you the best of luck in your writing careers! Until next time~Lisa

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Closer Look at Linda L. Burton

 Please help me welcome Linda L. Burton to Lisa's Place today. The following addresses are locations where you can purchase her book.
LV: Please tell us about all your books that are in print and ebook.

1)      Next Move, You’re Dead
 2)      Next Move, You’re Dead – A New Game
3)      Pure Justice
All are available in ebook and paperback

LV: Where can these sites be found?

  Linda: Ebooks are available on, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and all outlets through Smashwords Premium Catalog.  Paperbacks are available on and Createspace.  

 I just completed my first attempt at one for Pure Justice that’s on my website and Youtube.

Social networks, twitter - @LindaLBarton
Book description - Someone you cared for is murdered and those guilty beat the system...what would you do? Ted Braxton decided to make sure those who were guilty and escaped payment for their crimes by corrupting the legal system, pay their debt in full with their own blood. Ted was trained in the art of killing. He was good at it and he enjoyed it.

This is the story of one man's mission to assure justice is paid for victims who have yet to receive theirs and the Detective who must try and stop him before he is able to achieve his goal of imparting... Pure Justice.

*Warning: This book contains graphic violence.

LV: When did you first start enjoy reading? 
 Linda: I started to read for enjoyment at a very young age.  I loved to escape into the exciting worlds in them and one of my favorites was Island of the Blue Dolphins.

LV: When did you start writing? 

 Linda: I started to write in the 4th grade.  I had written a little play for my class and my teacher entered it into a local writing contest, and I won for my age group as well as best play. That planted the writing bug in me.  After that I started writing poems, short stories and I took every creative writing class I could.  

LV: When did you publish your first work? Screenplays or books.

 Linda:  My first published book was in 2011. 

LV: Any special awards or recognition for your writing accomplishments?

Linda: Only the one I received in the 4th grade and I’ve only entered one contest since I’ve been published.

LV: What do you do to relax?

Linda:  I enjoy spending time with my family and puttering around the house.

LV: How do you handle stress or writers block

   Linda:  I walk away from the project for a while. This may sound silly, but if the “voices in my head” aren’t ready to work, then nothing gets written.

LV: Do  you have  a blog?

   Linda:  No, but I have a website –

LV: Do you have a favorite character in your books?
   Linda: I have to admit that I did develop a bit of a crush on Ted from Pure Justice, but I had a blast with Lucinda from Next Move, You’re Dead – A New Game.

LV: Favorite food?
 Linda: Just food in general except for liver...just can’t handle liver. LOL

LV: Favorite color?

  Linda:  I love all colors, but I would say I lean toward the purples.

LV: Favorite charity?

 Linda:        Wounded Warrior Project
LV: How do people contact/donate the charity?

LV: Any advice for new authors?

 Linda: Never rush a project and start promoting it well before it’s complete.  Also, have it edited by someone who knows what they’re doing.  Another thing is to enjoy the ride and realize it takes time to be discovered by the readers, so do interviews, make friends with as many bloggers as you can and interact with the readers all you can.

LV: Please tell me anything you’d like for your readers to know about you, your books, or screenplay.

 Linda:  I live a simple life with my husband and partner in this Indie Writing adventure.  Bob is an over-the-road truck driver and he’s the one who comes up with the wonderful ideas for our books.  He amazes me every day with his creative mind and I joke with him that he could keep several writes busy writing the books that come from his imagination.   I have a part-time job at the local lumberyard as a cashier and the rest of the time I spend writing our books.  You couldn’t ask for a better way to do it. 
 Our first book was born while I was still driving truck with Bob. We were on a run to Fort Irwin in southern California when Bob turned to me and said, “I have an idea for a book” and after about 5 hours of tossing ideas back and forth, Next Move, You’re Dead was born.   I have such a long list of books yet to write and there are a few I can’t wait to get to, but each one will happen in its time because the “voices” always choose the next book written. LOL 

 Thanks, Linda. It has been a pleasure conducting this interview, and I enjoyed your video. Come back soon and let us know about any future works.

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Closer Look at Sandra Russell Farris

 Hello, and welcome to Lisa's Place, please help me welcome Sandra Russell Farris today. Welcome Sandra.

LV: When did you first start enjoy reading?

S.F.: In middle School

LV:When did you start writing? Include all history, books, screenplays, poems, etc..

S.F.I started writing when I was 15. I had a built in audience. At the time I had 3 younger sisters and I would make up stories for them. Then I started writing them down. I always had an active imagination. My eighth grade teacher was my cheerleader, she really encouraged me to write.

LV: When did you publish your first work? Screenplays or books

S.F. I didn’t publish my book until much later,2002, after marriage and raising my family. I still wrote occasionally. My ebooks are: Wind Dancers, Can You Hear the Music?, Lady Ace, and Obituary Column. All available in print and e-books. Also short story e-books: Hobo, Memory of a Murder, and In Search of Alan Hawk.

LV:Where can your books be found? (Hobo and Memory of a Murder) iTunes and Kobo.

LV: Where can readers find you?


LV: Any special awards or recognition for your writing accomplishments?

S.F. Don’t know if this counts, but my book trailer, Can You Hear the Music? won best book trailer award for March, 2012.

LV: What do you do to relax? 

S.F. Read, Work crossword puzzles

L V: How do you handle stress or writers block

 S.F. I usually have more than one project going and I will work on something else for a while. When I go back to the original one I can see it with a fresh eye. I find that when I have a writer’s block it is usually caused by the fact I don’t like what I have written. For stress, I read and get lost in someone else’s work. That usually helps me, too.

LV: Do you have a blog?

S.F. I stated one on my website but have fallen way behind. I’m not confident in writing blogs right now.

LV: Do you have a Youtube video trailer for your works?

S.F.  Yes. The link is:

LV: Do you have a favorite character in your books?

S.F. Yes. It is Andy, the hobo, in Can You Hear the Music?

LV: Favorite food? 

S.F. A good Southern meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and biscuits. Of course I can’t eat that very often and that is probably why it is still my favorite food.

LV: Favorite color?

S.F. Pink

LV: Favorite charity?

S.F.  St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Salvation Army.

LV: How do people contact/donate the charity?

262 Danny Thomas Place  Memphis, TN 38105
(901) 495-3300

LV:Any advice for new authors?

S.F. Read, read, read. If your only motivation is money don’t get into the field.
Once you have written the book the really hard work begins; Promoting your book. Research will become your friend.

LV: Advice for new screenwriters?
Answer: I don’t write scripts, although I took a short course in it. I think the most difficult is trying to convert your book to a script.

LV: Please tell me anything you’d like for your readers to know about you, your books.

S.F. I sold the movie rights to my book Obituary Column. It has been made into a movie under a different name, “The Treasure Within”, starring Robert Loggia, Sam Hennings and Melissa McGinnis. I’m not sure when it will be released. The trailer can be seen at this link:
I write mostly mystery books, although I have been experimenting with ghost stories. I have two short stories in that genre I am working on.
My Book covers:

Thank you very much for your time, Sandra! And congratulations on selling your book rights for a movie, that is a big dream of mine. I hope it does well. I'll definitely see that movie now! Good luck in your future endeavors.
To my readers: Sandra's book trailer is wonderful. Please go and take a look at it on youtube.