Author Lisa Owens is here today! She’s answering a few of my burning questions, and giving us a glimpse of her time travel romance, If Only. Reviewers are calling her book a “sweetly emotional” read that pulls off “the seemingly impossible.” I’m excited to check this one out!
1) Do you believe in Happily Ever Afters in real life? Why or why not?
I believe that Happily Ever Afters are possible but I also believe that they are somewhat rare. There is so much temptation that can lead a relationship astray. Nowadays, when people get married, it seems as though most of those people are only committed to those sacred vows until something better comes along.
I suppose in some way, that is why I write what I write. That way, they could stay in love forever.
2) How would you describe your writing style/tone of your stories to someone who hasn’t read you yet?
I write stories about everyday women in emotionally charged situations.
Full of love, red-hot sex and overflowing with emotion.
(How can an author write about love without expressing any emotion? I try to write stories about women that you will cheer for when they’re up and cry along with them with they are down.)
3) Let’s say you were abducted by aliens. Why did they choose you and why did they consequently let you go?
Why would they choose me: Probably because of my wild imagination.
Why would they let me go: Same reason. They would probably get sick and tired of me following them all around the spaceship, carrying my notebook and pencil, asking them all sorts of questions. (How fast does your ship go? What do you eat? How do you mate? What do you need humans for?)
Eventually, they would run away screaming and open the portal door, booting me out on my ass.
4) While you’re writing/planning—music or no music? If music, what kind?
It just kind of varies. Some days, I work better with music. On other days, I work better without.
The type of music I listen to mainly depends on what kind of a scene I am writing. When I am writing a sex scene, for example, I listen to Mariah Carey or Celine Dion. If I am working on an angry scene, like the confrontational scene between Bree and her ex-husband, I listen to more female empowered songs. For example: Pink, Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson.
5) Do you have only one WIP, or do you bounce around between projects?
I like to have a couple of different projects to work on. That way, if I get stuck on one storyline, I can switch to the other. I limit myself to only having two works in progress at a time. That way, I always know my story line and I have a less chance of getting confused that I would if I had four or five projects that I was working on concurrently.
6) Tell us a little about your current WIP.
I am currently working on two manuscripts.
One is the continuation of my If Only series. It is about a woman who married for love instead of for money. Fourteen years later, she wonders how her life would have been different if she had married for money instead.
The other is the story of a Marine who returns home from fighting in Afghanistan to discover that things aren’t the same as they were when he left.
7) Please give us a two-hundred word teaser from your latest release, as well as the tag line for your book.
What would you do if you had the opportunity to go back and relive your greatest mistake?
Five years ago, Bree Sexton walked out on her fiancé and into the arms of a charming and handsome stranger. She has regretted her decision ever since. Instead of a fairy-tale marriage, her “prince” shattered her dreams and her spirit with physical violence and emotional cruelty she barely escaped.
She then mysteriously wakes up in bed with the fiancé she loved and left, the life she’d dreamed of now a reality, until her cruel ex-husband reappears to destroy her new life. But what is real, and what is make-believe? Is she really getting the chance she has always dreamed of? And when it is all said and done, will she finally end up with the man she has always regretted leaving? Or will she wake up to discover herself alone?
8) Do you have any manuscripts collecting cyber dust on your hard drive? What and why?
None collecting dust on my hard drive, but I do have a file cabinet filled with plays and stories from my teenage years. I recently went through them and I found several that although they were written poorly, the storylines were good ideas for teen novels. I am thinking that someday, I might dust them off and try writing a few books for teenagers. Until then, they will stay locked in my file cabinet, away from prying eyes, collecting dust bunnies.
9) What’s the meanest thing you ever did to one of your characters?
The meanest thing I have ever done to one of my characters has to be the trials that I put Bree Sexton through in If Only. Although it is first and foremost a romance novel, it goes into some detail as to the physical and emotional abuse that her ex-husband put her through.
10) Where can we find more information about you and your books?
Buy If Only:
from Liquid Silver Books
from Barnes & Noble
Thanks so much for stopping over to chat! I look forward to checking out your work!
Thank you for having me, Kimber!