I was lucky enough to pose 5 questions to the fabulous Lisa Renee Jones recently and be a part of her blog tour for her new release If I Were You. Below are the questions with her answers. Enjoy! Giveaway info at the bottom of this post.
He is rich and famous, and dark in ways I shouldn’t find intriguing, but I do. I so do. I don’t understand why his dark side appeals to me, but the attraction between us is rich with velvety promises of satisfaction. Chris is dark, and so are his desires, but I cannot turn away. He is damaged beneath his confident good looks and need for control, and in some way, I feel he needs me. I need him.
1. What genre's do you write currently and what is one genre you would like to try your hand at that you haven't yet?
I pretty much write all genres but historical and I enjoy them all. I do very much enjoy suspense and IF I WERE YOU is first person. I liked writing first person far more than I thought I would. My December Urban Fantasy series THE AMBER BROWN CHRONICLES is also first person.
2. Self publishing has been gaining ground with aspiring and established authors. Have you tried this yet and how has it worked out for you? Any quick advice for anyone wanting to try this?
I am enjoying self publishing and feel its a great way for authors to spread their wings. It also allows us to see what readers are hungering for and response now rather than in 18 months as traditional publishing does. My advice is to get your work edited and get a good cover artists but make sure you do your research and don't spend a fortune. There are affordable quality services and there are plenty of sharks taking advantage of authors as well.
3. How do you make your characters real? For me if i feel like i could know the character it really enhancing the story. How do you flesh them out?
I do character arcs for my characters and draft out their history, their family, the past experiences, likes, and dislikes. I need to know these things because they make the person who they are.
4. What do you like to read when you have time? What TV shows do you enjoy? Freetime activities??
I'm a gym rat so I spend lots of time at the gym where I ironically love to watch the food network!:) I love the movies and DH and I have shows we really love. Supernatural is a favorite. We loved Entourage and I hated to see it end. I hope there will be a movie.
5 Lastly what's coming up for you? Books? Appearances??
IF I WERE YOU is out August 24th and it's a very special book to me. This is the book that I feel really defines me as an author.
You can read about it and enter one of many contests HERE www.lisareneejones.com
Booklist says: Jones’ suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann. Alpha, military, and paranormal romance readers will want Jones’ entire series. (About the Zodius Series — Storm that is Sterling)
In 2003, award winning author Lisa Renee Jones sold her Austin, Texas based multi-state staffing agency and has since published over thirty novels and novellas across several genres. Her staffing agency LRJ Staffing was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.
Her debuts with Blaze and Nocturne hit Bookscan’s Top 100 list and her Blaze Hotzone trilogy made a showing on the list in 2011 also. With a new Blaze trilogy, a short story for Spice, the third book in her Zodius series published with Sourcebooks, as well as an rapidly growing indie following, 2012 will bring many new stories to her readers. Booklist says about Jones’ suspense: “…truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann. Alpha, military, and paranormal romance readers will want Jones’ entire series.” Lisa is active on Facebook and Twitter, and you can find her at www.lisareneejones.com.You can find Lisa on twitter, facebook, and her blog for regular updates. Lisa now has a Fan Page at facebook.
GIVEAWAY!!!! One lucky commenter will win a journal and Yankee candle that goes along with the story. Please leave your comment for Lisa and your email address to be entered. Good luck! Ends Friday August 24th.