Lisa T. Cresswell lives in the wilds of Idaho where few souls dare to tread, with her family and a collection of critters that includes way too many llamas. In her day job, she's an archaeologist; by night, she writes fanciful stories for children and young adults. Come visit the blog www.lisatcresswell.blogspot.com
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in North Carolina, which is a beautiful, diverse state. It has lots of history, which is great for inspiration. In fact, my latest novel Hush Puppy from Featherweight Press, is set there. I also have another work in progress set on the NC coast. I guess it's a big part of who I am now, even though I haven't lived there for a long time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Hush Puppy, is an alternate Romeo & Juliet story about a black girl who falls in love with a white boy. When she takes the blame for him after he's involved in the accidental death of another girl, she's left wondering if he ever cared about her at all. It might be a story about race, but ultimately it's a story about forgiveness and the power of friendship. You can read more about it on my web site www.lisatcresswell.com
Your best friend is really your guardian.
Your grandmother is really a fairy.
Your birthday present holds a magical power.
And you think your nemesis is just a 13 year old girl.
That was before you encountered The Morrow, a creature from another world sent to stop you from fulfilling your destiny.