Lisa’s debut novel is the first of the County Clare mystery series. For a description, you can check out her deb author page here. Here’s a sampling of the good reviews and blurbs she’s received:
“Brooding, gothic overtones haunt Lisa Alber’s polished, atmospheric debut. Romance, mysticism, and the verdant Irish countryside all contribute to making KILMOON a marvelous, suspenseful read.”
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Through the Evil Days
“This first in Alber’s new County Clare Mystery series is utterly poetic … The author’s prose and lush descriptions of the Irish countryside nicely complement this dark, broody and very intricate mystery.”
—RT Book Reviews (four stars)
Since Lisa just wrote her regular Friday post yesterday, she elected to do an interview today. Each of the debs asked her a question. Welcome, Lisa!
LORI: Which part of publishing your first book is exactly how you pictured it would be? Which part has surprised you?
I had a feeling that asking for blurbs was going to be nerve-racking and indeed it was. The big, boring task of reading the final page proofs was just as boring as I’d imagined. (By then you’re thinking, Enough already! I can’t stand this book anymore!) Getting a good review was just as thrilling as I thought it would be too.
I was surprised by the editorial process in general—the changes that kept coming. And coming. Copyediting and proofreading were eye-openers. I think of myself as a pretty clean writer, but, eh-hem, I have issues with certain things like dashes. And then those dang page proofs. I thought for sure the proofs would be clean. No big deal. But I STILL found typos. Grrr.
NATALIA: How many books are planned in the County Clare Mystery series + what’s the most fun part about writing a series? What’s the most challenging?
I originally thought this might be a trilogy because there’s a natural end that could occur. In fact, I painted myself into a corner by the end of Kilmoon. A fact about one of my characters implies a natural end point to the series. However, I’ve been thinking hard, and I might have discovered a way to wiggle out of it.
I love knowing my series characters so well. They’re like family. Lisfenora village is a nice place to come back on the regular basis. There are multitudes of villagers I don’t know yet that could come into play in future books. I look forward to meeting them. On the other hand, knowing how much backstory from KILMOON to include in the second novel, my work-in-progress, is proving challenging.
SUSAN: What word of advice do you have for other authors about to launch their first book … Like me, next week??
Tag, you’re it next! OK, this is going to sound weird, but I recommend having a book on hand that you savor, a book that’s like going home every time you return to it. Launch week is one hell of a frazzly, wondrous, exhausting, joyous experience, so I say sink your head into a story to get away from it all for awhile. People have been telling me “to breath.” But I don’t find that helpful. Reading is the true restorative. (Can you guess what I’m reading? :-))
Oh, and don’t forget the Cheez-Its! (Readers, this is a debs insider joke. We’ve got a collective thing for them–another reason we get along so well!)
HEATHER: How has your life changed since you became a bonafide author?
Bwa-haa-hah-hah-hah-hah, oh my, <hiccup> … <snort> … I feel just as neurotic as usual, so I guess nothing much has changed. I still have all my usual doubts when it comes to the work-in-progress, for example.
But, let’s see. I can be serious even though I’m feeling punchy. I’m not a prideful person–my ego doesn’t roll that way–but I am honest-to-god proud of myself, and that’s a change at the soul level. Because I did it–I dared to go after a hugely difficult dream, to persevere, to make personal sacrifices for the sake of my writing goals, and to stretch my comfort zones in significant, sometimes terrifying, ways.
Do you, gentle readers, have any questions for me this week? Ask me anything!
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