Thursday, August 8, 2013

Lisa Kessler- MOONLIGHT

Today we have author Lisa Kessler joining us for a Q&A session. Thank you so much for stopping by today. 

1. How did the idea for MOONLIGHT begin? 
I was in the middle of a short story challenge from Ray Bradbury to write of 52 stories in 52 weeks. Lana popped in my head and I thought what if someone was a shifter and they didn't know it. And what if it didn't happen on a full moon... The story took off from there, but once I had the story finished I wanted to know what happened next. Six months later Moonlight was finished.

2. Without giving too much away, what is your favorite scene in this book? 
Oh it's tough to choose, but the most emotional scene for me was the big fight scene at Lake Tahoe. I cried when I wrote it and cried again when we edited it. I was really proud of how it turned out in the end.

3. Can you tell us how the 2nd book (Hunter's Moon) in the series is going and when it will be released? 
I just turned in my 1st round edits on Hunter's Moon and I'm hoping we'll have a cover soon!  *fingers crossed* It's already up for preorder on Amazon and B&N, and it'll be released Oct. 21st. Not too long to wait! :)

4. Do we find out who Lana's brother is in the second book? (Wendy here- I think I know and I hope I'm right lol unless we haven't met him yet then I am so wrong) 
Hee! I've been getting this question a lot and I don't want to give away too much... LOL I think I'll just say she has more than one brother and you've only met one so far...  How's that for cryptic.  (lol not the answer I wanted Lisa haha)

5. Will any of the twins ever have the same mate? 
Nope. Each wolf only has one mate for life and they never have to share... However in Blood Moon, two wolves think they've found their mate and it's the same woman.  Sadly for one of them she's not theirs.

6. Do you have all the books planned out? Can you give us a hint on who will be in book 3? (Yes I know book one just came out but I am ready for the next ones already!!) 
Yes I have all 8 books for the series planned out, and Book 3 is already under way. I'm hoping you'll get the first chapter of Book 3 as a teaser at the end of Hunter's Moon... :)  Book 3 is Blood Moon and it's Gareth's book. It will be out in July of 2014. (Yippee...Wendy)

7. Did you use any pictures for inspiration when you were writing about these hot wolves? 
I like to set up Pinterest board for each of my books that I can refer too when I need some inspiration... You can check them out here: Pinterest
(Oh Yum- follow the link to the yumminess that is "Adam"-------->)

8. Performing with the San Diego Opera, WOW that is awesome! Tell us about being a professional vocalist.  
Before I started writing full time, I used to sing in 3 to 4 shows and Operas a year. I also recorded a couple of music CDs as well. I've had to cut way back because the rehearsal time cuts into my writing time, but I still have one singing job left so I'm very blessed. I couldn't give up music completely! :)
9. Please tell our followers about your first trip to New Orleans and how it changed your life when you had your palm read. 
I was in New Orleans for a business convention and decided it would be fun to get a palm reading. After my reading (which was very accurate!) she was walking me to the door and asked "Are you a writer?" My initial answer was No. At that point I was writing every night for fun, but I'd never published anything. She smiled and said, "You're going to be a famous writer one day."

I went back to the hotel with my brain in a fog. I didn't think I could write anything long enough to be a novel, but I couldn't stop thinking about what she had said. By the time I got to the airport, I'd jotted down most of the plot for Night Walker and a few months later I had the first draft done.

Getting published is the toughest thing I've ever done, and I don't know if I ever would have tried it without her nudge. I'm super grateful... :)

10.Being a Disney fan. What are the top three things you like best when visiting the theme park? 
Only 3??? LOL Well of course the Haunted Mansion is my favorite... (And it opened to the public the same day I was born! How cool is that?) and I love Pirates of the Caribbean and all the story rides in Fantasyland.

11. Finish this sentence.     If I could have 48 hours to do whatever I wanted, I would....... go see an Opera at the Met, a show on Broadway and watch movies and read books.

12. What is a typical writing day for you? 
I wish I had a "typical" day. I guess it depends... If I'm writing a new book, I do my best writing after dark so I usually do my social media and promo stuff during the day and write at night. I'm a Night Owl... :)

13. When you write do you feel that sometimes you incorporate characteristics from people you love, or perhaps from you personally, to your characters personalities. Or do you consciously try to avoid it? 
I don't purposefully include anyone I know in my characters, but I'm sure some of their quirks probably sneak in there occasionally.

14. You are hosting a dinner party. If given the chance to invite characters from other series, who would you invite? 
Definitely Lestat and Marius from the vampire chronicles, and Karl and Paige and Lucas from the Women of the Otherworld Series and Charles and Anna from the Alpha & Omega series. What a crazy paranormal time we'd have! LOL

Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.
Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. You can learn more at Website  She loves hearing from readers - Email / Pinterest / Blog / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

Rancher Adam Sloan is more than meets the eye. As the heir to his Pack, the sexy werewolf’s biggest challenge is keeping his kin’s true nature under wraps. But a group of jaguar shifters threatens to reveal the pack, blasting into town killing humans in plain sight. And when he smells one at the local diner, his standing orders are to take her out.

Lana Turpin doesn’t realize she’s a moving target. Raised in the foster system, she only knows that she blacks out during the new moon and wakes up without remembering a thing. But now she’s being tracked by some strange organization that wants her back—even though she’s never stepped foot inside their compound. And the stranger across the diner is watching her like an enemy.

It should be a simple mission for Adam, but when he touches the frustratingly beautiful Lana, his inner wolf howls…mate. Now, the two must find and stop the people who hunt her…and Adam must keep his own family from killing the only woman he will ever love. 

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  1. Thanks for the fun interview!!!

    It was fun to visit your blog!

    Lisa :)

  2. Thanks for stopping by- Loved Moonlight and I can't wait to read what trouble Sasha gets herself into in Hunter's Moon.

  3. Great interview!! And I LOOOOVE the picture of Adam!!! YUMMY is right!!!! *wave* Hi, Lisa!!! ;)

    1. Hi Arial! *Waving*

      Thanks for coming by!!! :)