Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Interview and Contest: Lisa Anne Vance

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing author, Lisa Anne Vance. She has a great new book coming out from Devine Destinies, and her site, Having a Great Time, Wish I Were Here, is so funny and engaging that it stole several evenings of my writing time because I couldn't tear myself away. Check it out, but clear your schedule in advance. ;-)

So Let's give Lisa a warm welcome! Thanks...

Tell us a little bit about your new book:

Lisa: ‘Passing Whispers’ is a paranormal romance being released by Devine Destinies on December 1, 2010. I have written one other short, sensual story, but this is my first novel. When Detective Endel Sorra is killed during a robbery, the lives of his loved ones are shattered. One year later, his wife Kate, is still filled with anger and bitterness. In a feeble attempt to move on with her life, she decides to give away all their beloved Christmas decorations. She comes across the snow globe Endel had given her on their first Christmas. Before she can smash it against the wall, he finds a way to come back to her. Over a two week period, he helps her to understand the tragedy and other misconceptions that are ruining her life. It’s a tear-jerker, but it has a happy ending.

What genres do you write in and what is it about them that you find
the most attractive?

Lisa: Since my divorce eleven years ago, my primary interest is writing murder mysteries. ;-) I’m fascinated by forensic science, but I guess the story for ‘Passing Whispers’ caught me in a weak, romantic moment.

Are there any genres you would like to try but haven't?

Lisa: I’d like to try writing romance for more mature women. Those who thought it was too late for them to find love.

What was the most challenging part of writing this particular story?

Lisa: I used a few names in my story for which I had to get permission. ‘Desperate Housewives’ (you wouldn’t believe how particular Disney is!), and The Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower and the song ‘I’ll be Home For Christmas’. It took months to get final permission.

Where did the idea for the story come from? Do you have a muse?

Lisa: To tell you the truth, it came to me one day while I was napping on the couch. I haven’t met the man of my dreams yet.

What was the most surprising part of the publishing process for you so far?

Lisa: I had no idea how long it took to get published after a contract was signed.

Do you know what your next project will be? Share a sneak peek with us?

Lisa: My next project will be a romantic mystery. It’s about a nursing supervisor who believes that one of the patients who died in her hospital was actually murdered by her husband.

Do you have a favorite wine? Chocolate? Dangerous man?

Lisa: I am happily addicted to chocolate.

Thanks so much for having me, Frances! I am running a contest to celebrate my book release. Simply sign on to ( or sign up for an account if you don’t have one (it’s simple, easy and free). Make a comment under my book trailer ( between December 1 and December 7. You get one entry for every comment you make (no limit). On December 8th one lucky winner will receive a free Kindle and a copy of ‘Passing Whispers’ to start off your E-Book collection.
Thanks for stopping by! Please let us know where we can find you and
your writing online:
Devine Destines (my publisher where you can purchase ‘Passing Whispers’ and ‘Trick or Treat”.
My Blog:
My Web Page:


Anonymous said...

If you could give one piece of advice to someone young or old...what would that be?

onmiownnow2 said...

The years fly by and before you know it, you're reflecting back on the memories you've left behind. So make them count. Savor every moment. Never rush through an experience.

Jeanne said...

I'm blow away that someone I know has written a published book. I read a new book every other day & look forward to reading yours. I've always wondered if I could write a book ... You've inspired me!