21 April, 2015

#Interview with Lisa Oliver, #Author of The Biker's Omega

About the Author:
Lisa Oliver had been writing non-fiction books for years when visions of half dressed, buff men started invading her dreams. Unable to resist the lure of her stories, Lisa decided to switch to fiction books, and now stories about her men clamor to get out from under her fingertips. 
When Lisa is not writing, she is usually reading with a cup of tea always at hand. Her grown children and grandchildren sometimes try and pry her away from the computer and have found that the best way to do it, is to promise her chocolate. Lisa will do anything for chocolate.

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Interview with the Author:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
Hello and thank you for hosting me on your blog today.  I think I always wanted to tell stories, but I never had the confidence to actually write one.  I wrote non-fiction for years while I was raising my children but it wasn’t until after they had grown up and left home, that I gave into the urge and wrote Book One of the Cloverleah Pack series (The Reluctant Wolf).  I haven’t stopped writing them since. 

What inspires you to write?
Love. Not the love of writing as much as love in a relationship sense.  All of my books are based on the mating trope, which many writers presume means insta-love.  My books are based more on insta-lust and then the two men concerned finding their way to loving each other.  It’s not always easy as some of my men are positively hard-headed, but I write love stories, and I get it out of them in the end. 

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
I’m not sure to be honest.  I never plan my books, they just happen.  I have an idea for characters, based on pictures of hunky men of course, and then I picture how I want them to meet.  The rest of the stories flow from there and often surprise me. 

Is there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day?
Strangely enough, no.  Every story I have ever written I have published, good or bad.  I don’t stop working on any story until I know it is something I can be proud of. 

Tell us about your writing process.
The most important thing in my books are my characters, so I have to have them set in my head before I can start writing.  I usually look for pictures of hunky and pretty men that inspire me.  It’s as if when I can see their face, then I can imagine their personalities better.  Then I think of how I might like the two men to meet.  I like them to meet up fairly early in the book because it is their drama that the book is about.  Once I have an idea for the first scene in the book, then I start writing.  I don’t do any other planning – just keep writing until the guys get their HEA – sometimes it takes longer than others. 

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
In this book I think it was when Marly gets at Trent for being a lousy mate.  It is quite a way through the book, but I when I was writing the scene it was as though I was almost channeling Marly’s anger and upset, which flowed on the paper really well.  He is such a feisty character and one of my favorites.  Poor Trent didn’t know what hit him, but I think he handled things really well. 

Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
I don’t think they so much inherit my quirks, as inherit the qualities I wish I had.  I am such a quiet and shy person, so when I write fiery characters with strong personalities, it is as though I am writing about an alter ego lol.  There are some things that pop up in my books that are me to a T.  My love of bacon for example, art, motorbikes and things like that – they are all me.

What is your most interesting writing quirk?
OMG, I am not sure I have one.  What might sound strange is that I wear acrylic nails and I keep the length of them quite long.  So when I am typing I am actually using my nails instead of the pads of my fingers to type.  It works if I stick to about 3000 words per day but when I was doing the NaNoWriMo challenge last year, and decided to write two books in the month (Including The Biker’s Omega), by the last few days the joints in my fingers were aching so much because of the shock waves from my nails hitting the keyboard.  I had to take the first week of the next month off because my fingers were so sore. 

What is your usual writing routine?
I am a creature of routine, lol.  I spend every morning I can reading for about two hours.  I love shifter books and devour them at a huge rate (Amazon loves my spending habits).  Then I go through all of my emails and clear them out of the way and by then it is usually around lunchtime.  I write all afternoon and try to do a minimum of 3000 words although some of that time is spent editing the work I have written the day before. 

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
I am not being evasive, but honestly I hate this question.  I have a heap of favorite authors, usually for different reasons.  If I want to read shifter stories then Sandrine Gasq Dion, Stormy Glenn, Charlie Richards or Olivia Black are always good bets.  For BDSM and sheer novelty and ideas I adore Sean Michael. Andrew Grey, Jessie G, Kari Gregg…honestly the list is endless.  I read two to three books every day, so as you can imagine I am always looking for new authors. I can’t say any of them have influenced my writing beyond the fact that I want my readers to feel as good as I do when I have finished a good book.  

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
Finish the book and write every day.  You can be a writer without being published.  As long as you write, then you are a writer and can claim that.  But you won’t make money as a writer unless you finish your book, and for many of us, that is the hardest part. 

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Exactly as above.  If you think you can’t do it, then you are right.  If you think you can, then you are right.  But writing is actually something you have to love enough to do every day.  I enjoy my work.  I wake up every day thinking about the next scene in my books and I get positively giddy when the book is going well.  If you want to be a writer, you don’t need fancy programs, or equipment, courses or anything else – that’s what editors are for.  What you do need to do is write every day (even if it is just 100 words), and finish the book. 

What would be the Dream Cast for you book if it was to be turned into a movie?
I would need a whole host of big hunky men to make this work, and unfortunately I don’t think there is anybody living who is as pretty as Marly.  That’s the problem with writing shifter books, most human men don’t compare. 

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
A huge notebook and pencils, the makings for a cup of tea and some nicotine patches – I imagine if there are no shops nearby I would have to give up smoking lol. 

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
It might sound a bit sad, but my office is where I unwind.  It not only houses my computer and books, it also has a couple of lazy-boy recliners and a television.  I have my art supplies, my camera and my books around me and it is my favorite space.  When the walls do close in on me I take my little dog down the beach for a run – I love being by the sea. 

Can you share with us something off your bucket list?
I want to own some land to call my own – doesn’t have to be big, but it has to be mine.  I also want to learn how to ride a motorcycle and I plan on going on a cruise within the next year. 

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
- I love the old television shows like Bewitched.
- I have a secret obsession with magic and witchcraft – only good magic obviously.
- My little dog is so spoiled that she has been known to kick me out of bed, and I own a king sized bed. 

What do you have in store next for your readers?
Lots more books, lol.  Book 6 of the Cloverleah Pack will be out within the next three weeks (Fae For All).  No Mate of Mine (Book 5 of the Bound and Bonded Series) and Copping a Lot of Sin (Book 2 of Stockton Wolves) will be coming out after that (probably May/June).  I have another book in the Alpha and Omega series that I want to work on as well, and I am part of the MMReaders Goodreads Anthology again this year, so I will be writing that at some point soon as well. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
I am blessed with some of the most caring and supportive readers I could ever hope to imagine. When I am having trouble, a note in my inbox or on Facebook makes me smile and I just want to say thank you.  You guys are amazing. 

About the Book:
Marly Miles has been happy in his life as a lone Omega wolf, living and working among the humans of Orlando, Florida. When an attack on him and his friend brings Marly to the notice of the Sergeant of Arms of the Epitaph's Motorcycle Club, he realizes immediately that the man carries the same scent as his attackers. Not a very good start when the same man is also his mate. 
Alpha wolf, Trent Beaumont has spent a lot of years living as a human when he walked away from his home pack. Forced to live as a straight man, because of the Epitaph's club culture, he walks away from Marly after checking the man is safe. But no wolf, not even an Alpha, can refuse the mating call from the Fates. But with his club President looking over his shoulder, and a woman panting after him to share his bed, Trent isn't sure it will ever be the right time to claim his own Omega. 
Fights, misunderstandings and a lack of communication aren't the only problems Trent and Marly face. Trent has a history that has clouded his judgment and when Marly gets attacked again, Trent realizes he could lose his mate permanently, if he doesn't get his head out of the sand. 

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