Today I'd like to welcome Lisa White, author of the book, The Laws of Love.
Galen: Welcome Lisa, tell is about your book.
Lisa: THE LAWS OF LOVE is set in a small, Virginia town where fly-fishing is the favorite pastime, Hampton Steel is essentially the only employer and Associate General Counsel Livi Miller believes she has reached the top rung of Hampton Steel’s corporate ladder. With her alcoholic boss retiring soon, Livi is the presumptive heir to Hampton Steel's general counsel position. However, in the midst of proving herself promotion-worthy, Livi's high school sweetheart, Jake Cooper, returns from Iraq and causes long-lost butterflies to alight in Livi’s emotionally charged stomach. The resulting loss of her promotion to slimy newcomer Edward Winston combines with her rekindled feelings for Jake to place Livi on track to choose between her career and her heart. If she chooses Hampton Steel, she saves her hometown. If she chooses Jake, she saves her butterflies as well as herself.
Galen: Do you remember the first romance book you read? If so, who was the author? What made it stick with you?
Lisa: I don’t remember the exact book, but I know it was by Danielle Steel. I devoured her books when I was younger – I thought her happily-ever-afters were so real.
Galen: Where would you like to travel to if you had to research an area?
Lisa: No question or hesitation – Europe. I traveled there with a tour group in high school and was an Italian Language and Literature major in college. I love the history that can be found in each city and the stories that are so unbelievably true. There is more mystery and intrigue in Europe’s past than can be found in any library today – well, almost…
Galen: What started you on the road to writing romance?
Lisa: The happily-ever-afters, of course. I love a happy ending and still believe in true love so I never even considered writing anything else.
Galen: Describe your workspace.
Lisa: My husband and I share an office so the only word to describe it is MESSY. I never throw any paper away and we have almost run out of filing room. Each pile of papers means something and is somewhat organized – there is just a lot of them. The rest of the house stays pretty clean – even with two kids – but if the Hoarders reality show ever gets wind of our study, we could become their next featured guests!
Galen: Did you sell the first book you wrote?
Lisa: Yes. THE LAWS OF LOVE is my first novel. Of course, it had the requisite number of rejections and sat in a drawer for quite a while before it sold – but it sold – eventually. While it sat in the drawer I was able to finish my second novel, a young adult romance, and start my third, another adult romance – so letting my first novel “age” so to speak was a good thing.
Galen: Best and worst part of being a writer.
Lisa: The best part of being a writer is bringing the characters in my head to life. I have all these story ideas scattered in my brain and I love seeing where the characters in my stories take me – it is never where I expect.
The worst part of being a writer is the inevitable lack of time. There is never enough time in the day to write the way I want to. My writing time is at night, when everyone else is asleep. If I don’t watch the clock, I stay up way too late playing with my fictional characters and then my real life suffers the next day – so I really have to watch the clock.
Galen: What are the three books you’d have if you were stranded on a deserted isle?
Lisa: THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald, THE TWILIGHT SERIES by Stephanie Meyer (can that count as one?), THE HARRY POTTER SERIES by J.K Rowling (okay, so three books is not nearly enough!)
Galen: Name two blogs you read everyday.
Lisa: The Ladies in Red, Crimson Romance (and now yours and Beth Yarnell’s of course!)
Galen: Are you a pantzer or plotter?
Lisa: Definitely a plotter – but with some pantzer tendencies. I try to be very organized with everything (yes, even in my messy study) and especially with my writing. With my stories, I try to draft my character sketches first – to see how each character interplays with the others. Then I do a brief summary of the story and divide it into chapters. But even with all that, I still stray from my chapter maps all the time with new characters popping in and new scenes jumping onto the page – I can’t help it! In the end, I usually finish the story where I thought I would – but the path is often very curvy and never exactly as I plotted it out.
Galen: What do you do when you are not writing?
Lisa: Lawyer – but contracts are not nearly as fun as fiction – too many rules to follow.
Galen: What was the best piece of advice given to you?
Lisa: Don’t give up. Ever. A speaker at the RWA Annual Conference said that three years ago – and she was right.
Galen: Thank you so much Lisa, for stopping by. You can find Lisa at the following sites: