IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO WELCOME TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE AUTHOR LISA DALE TODAY….
PLEASE MEET LISA DALE, AUTHOR OF “A PROMISE OF SAFEKEEPING”….
Good morning Lisa and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today:
Thanks for having me!
MBA: Tell our readers a little about yourself?
LD: Sure! I live inNew Jerseywith my husband (we were married last July) and our hedgehog, Cleopatra. I am a quintessential book nerd—always reading. I also like knitting and hanging out with friends.
LD: A Promise of Safekeeping was born from an interest in people who read body language. My heroine is a jury consultant, and she reads body language for a living. I got to thinking, what kind of person would you be if you knew how to read between people’s words because of inadvertent body language cues?
The story is that Lauren accidentally put an innocent many behind bars back when she was a younger woman. She was bent on success and couldn’t see the truth—that the man was innocent. Now, in order to offer an apology for what happened, Lauren must go though the man’s best friend, Will Farris.
Will is one of my favorite heroes so far, if not my fave. He’s a picker—an antiques dealer who rummages in people’s attics for a living. And he has a secret that surprised me and my heroine! I love what that happens. Readers will have to let me know if they can guess it as they read along.
MBA: How do you feel your writing has changed since writing your first novel?
LD: I’m a much better writer now—to be totally crass about it. I’m more confident than when I started. I have better control. Emotionally I’m in a better place in my life now, and that makes a difference too.
MBA: What is the weirdest advice about writing you have received that actually works?
LD: Great question! This is silly but…always keep a glass of water next to your desk. Now, that sounds simple, but it actually means, when you sit down to write, have everything ready so that you don’t have to get up 100 times while you’re writing. The temptation to stop writing to get a glass of water (or whatever else you decide you absolute can’t live without for another moment) can be huge and hugely distracting! So, prep first. Then write.
MBA: What where some of the challenges in writing A Promise of Safekeeping?
LD: A Promise of Safekeeping actually has two endings! The first ending I wrote felt great while I was writing it, but when I went back and looked hard at it, I thought…this isn’t right. So I reworked the ending a few different times before I felt like I found the natural, authentic ending. When you write, you have enormous power. Characters live or die. Readers cry or cheer. As a writer, you have to get it exactly right.
MBA: With the new year just in, what are some of your New Year wishes?
LD: This is corny! But I want a peaceful and joyful year for my family. Good health for loved ones. And I would also wish that NASA would develop calorie-free chocolate that tastes like the real thing…since we’re making wish lists! Seriously—if they can come up with Tang and Velcro we should be able to get calorie-free chocolate. Is that so much to ask?
MBA: Lisa, tell our readers where to find you and where your books are available?
LD: My books are available at your local indie books stores, as well as at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc. You can get them as e-books in any format (as far as I know) and also in print.
And you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and on my website (where I regularly host giveaways). There are some freebies on the site too. Writers will like my free e-book about blogging for novelists…no easy undertaking!
Thank you Lisa for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with My Book Addiction and More today….
Lisa, is there anything you would like to add?
Thank you for asking such great questions!
Publisher:Berkley Trade; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)
Book Description(from Amazon)
A beautiful new tale of redemption from the author of Slow Dancing on Price’s Pier
Nine years ago, Lauren Matthews prosecuted the case of a lifetime. But her error in judgment sent an innocent man to prison for a long time. Now Arlen Fieldstone has finally been released, and Lauren has only one thing on her mind: asking forgiveness. How can she make up for nine years of his life?
To get to Arlen, Lauren must first get through Arlen’s best friend, Will Farris. Will hasn’t forgotten Lauren from those days, and he hasn’t forgiven her for destroying his best friend’s life. He is Arlen’s keeper, protecting him from suspicious neighbors as well as from Lauren.
In the steaming summer streets of Richmond, Virginia, three people’s lives collide. Lauren needs forgiveness. Arlen needs hope. And Will? He needs something too, something that no one can know-especially not Lauren…
Readers go forth and purchase “A Promise of Safekeeping” by Lisa Dale,you won’t regret reading this wonderful second chances and redemption story…
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