My guest today on Meet the Author is Lisa McManus. She writes sassy slice-of-life articles, as well as inspirational pieces for writers. Her work has been published in regional and national magazines, reference books and anthologies.
Lisa has an extensive list of accomplishments:
Just to name a few. Lisa also writes YA (young adult) novels. Her latest, Newbie Nick, is the story of a young man’s dream of buying his own guitar and his journey to succeed though he’s too young for a ‘real’ job.
I had the opportunity to ask Lisa a few fun questions;
- What do you write?
I write lots of stuff as I have two writing personalities. Under Lisa McManus Lange I write slice-of-life stories, inspirational and humorous (or so people say), and I have been published in many national magazines and anthologies, as well as six Chicken Soup for the Soul books! Under Lisa McManus I write fiction for kids and teens, my current release, ‘Newbie Nick’ is available in ebook through the publisher, Lycaon Press, and wherever ebooks are sold.
- What genre do you favor?
Depends on my mood! I love deep, heart-wrenching young adult novels, but then I also love a good humorous women’s contemporary (think Marian Keyes, or Sophie Kinsella!)
- When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?
When I was about 12-years-old and I wrote a weird ‘thriller’ about an acid-spewing spider. I wrote poetry in my teens, winning an award in grade eleven. But then didn’t write anything until my late twenties, although the curiosity was always there. I guess I had to spend years reading countless books before I could take pen to paper!
- Where can you be found on social media?
I can be found in quite a few places!
- Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lisa.mcmanuslange
- Twitter @LisaMcManusLang
- Website: www.lisamcmanuslange.blogspot.com
- Website: www.lisamcmanus.com
- Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lisamclange
- Email: email@example.com
- What do you think is the best way to publish these days?
Whatever is the best way for YOU, the writer AND your readers, IS the best way. There is no right or wrong these days. Everyone has their own goals, dreams and aspirations, just like everyone has their own way of….tying their shoelaces!
- Do your characters talk to you?
More like I talk TO my characters and…I answer back for them. I have a weird, twisted relationship with them, and my poor brain is always on overdrive. This is why, I suspect, I have a tendency to trip and fall.
- How do you approach starting a new book?
Usually a word, a title or just the tiniest nugget or germ of an idea will be enough of a springboard for a story. Then I think. And think. And think some more. And then, often out of the blue, an opening sentence will strike and then I’m off and running!
- What is your writing process?
I think. I make notes. I think some more. I sort of plot, but not really. I find plotting takes the freshness out of the story for me and I find my creativity gets smothered. Then I think some more. I have a zillion notebooks in my collection, but it’s little scraps of paper that often get used.
- What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?
I love reading anything and everything to do with writing! Currently I tote around a dog-eared copy of ‘Writing Great Books For Young Adults’ by Regina L. Brooks, and ‘Writing Irresistible Kidlit’ by Mary Kole. I love using a paperback copy of the thesaurus.
- What was your best date ever?
Taking my little sister to the aquarium with my then-boyfriend, now husband. She was eleven, I was 19, he was 25. He was a good sport for doing that, and she still fondly talks about it.
- Navy SEAL or cowboy?
- Chocolate or chips?
- Fancy restaurant or picnic?
Picnic (but as long as I don’t have to make it – if I did, then I would want a restaurant)
- Beer or wine?
TOO MANY TO LIST!
Thank you for sharing a little about yourself, Lisa, and congratulations on all your successes.