Gather round everyone – let’s meet Lisa!!
Hi Lisa! :)
I live in North Alabama with my husband, stepsons, and 7 cats. My book Sam the Night Person, first book in the series, is available for free on Smashwords (link is below in post) and 99 cents on Amazon Kindle. I've worked lots of different jobs, including waitressing, musician, live sound tech, programmer, freelance content writer and editor. I just can't quite settle down when it comes to trying to find a career. My favorite thing to do is read, and I love to sleep.
Goodreads blurb of Sam, the Night Person:
What is a night person? They thrive by moonlight, spreading lightening bolts and freezing the earth. They hide their powers from society.
Sam stays up all night, drinks coffee without pause, chain smokes cigarettes and secretly talks to the moon. Azzy knows it, but doesn-t know why or how.
Azzy has been having a series of obsessive daydreams about a young man named Sam. He seems to be a magician of sorts. All she knows is that she can-t eat, sleep, drive or work. All she can do is think of Sam. She is in love, and she must find him.
She follows a daydream to a Colorado lodge where she has seen Sam in her mind. To her astonishment, he appears there the very next day. He doesn-t believe her, but who would? Is she crazy?
Sam and Azzy have a connection. Where did it come from? And who is behind it all? Of course, there-s always a reason for everything. Azzy-s daydreams were no accident.
Will they be able to withstand the man behind the torment? After years being apart, they find themselves facing the most destructive man of water magic they have ever known. He threatens their love. Together in heart and apart by necessity, they must find a way to stop him.
And now, let’s get to the interview.
Tell, us Lisa - when did you start writing?
I was 24 when I wrote my first book, The Message, a time travel story to be published in October. Sam the Night Person came soon after. I'm 36 now.
How long does it usually take you to write a book?
It can take anywhere from a week to five years. Depends on if I get stuck and how long it takes me to get unstuck! I tend to write off-the-cuff with a general idea as to where I want the story to go.
Getting stuck is the worst feeling in the world . . . happens to us all! What inspired you to write this book?
I love urban fantasy and wanted to create my own world of "gifted" people. After a lot of late night daydreaming, I came up with the day and night people and developed Sam and Azzy's characters.
What kind of research did you have to do?
I researched moon cycles and tried to synch them up in the timeline of the story.
Who designed cover?
My husband, artist Mikie Hazard painted the cover on canvas and we scanned it for the book.
Oh, you have your own personal artist! Lucky girl! What is your next project?
I have a few things I'm working on. One is a thriller, another is the third book of the night person series, and a third is a sci-fi novel.
A typical day in your life.
Well, it's never the same. I try to wake up at a decent hour and get to work editing. I have my own editing company editing novels and books for indie writers called Hazard Editing. When it's our time to have the stepsons, I pick them up from school and entertain them until my husband gets home from work. Usually we watch movies or TV and end up in bed around 8 or 9 and read for a few hours. All during this, there is massive cat herding as we have 7 cats. Lots of messes to clean and cuddling to be had.
Oh but a hug by a four legged baby is the best, huh? What is the hardest thing about being an author?
For me, it's been two things. Finding inspiration to write when I have so many other things I need to be doing and finding my audience, people who might like my books.
Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?
Occasionally I do! And it's great. Nobody writes to say they hate your book. That's a good thing! (lol)
Who are some of the authors that inspire you?
John Steinbeck, JK Rowling, Stephen King, I could go on and on.
What is in your own TBR pile?
I have a book on self-promoting your own indie novels and a novel my friend wrote as a second in her series that I'm reading right now. I want to finish the Sookie Stackhouse books, too.
** Free Download **
Sam, the Night Person is available as a free download from Smashwords – just click here. Please let us know in the comments if you decide to download :)
Thank you so much for joining us today, Lisa – it was so much fun getting to know you a bit better and good luck with future publications!