Interview with Lisa Grace

Lisa Grace, your Angel Series has been optioned for a major movie, how exciting! Can you tell us something about that?
Yes, the first two books with first right of refusal on the third, have been optioned for a major movie(s) by a producer that has been involved with five academy award nominated films including "Shakespeare in Love," "Fargo," The Usual Suspects," and "Life is Beautiful." The option was exercised, and It's currently in development through Motion Picture Pro Studios.
For a self pubished author, this is one more door we've successfully cracked open.
You offer "Angel in the Shadows, Book 1" free as an ebook, why?
Well, if you like paranormal books or books about the struggle between good and evil, you might enjoy the Angel Series, but if it's not your cup of tea, that's okay too. As a kid, I was introduced to many of my favorite authors by checking the book out free from the library. If I was hooked, I would go on to buy those books so I could re-read them.
The library is filled with thousands of books, well-written, but just not appealing to me. I only enjoy maybe ten genres and not everything within those genres. So it's not an insult to me if someone doesn't like my book, it's just not for them.
My philosophy is, if they read "Angel in the Shadows, Book 1" for free, and enjoy it, they'll buy the rest in the series and possibly go on to read my other books.
You chose to self publish. With a movie in development, do you see yourself going with a publisher in the future?
Yes. I currently have a prestigious agency shopping the Angel Series to major publishers so we can have paperbacks out in the stores to coincide with the movie. It's all very exciting.
What are you working on next?
I have "Angel in the Fire, Book 4" going through its first round of edits, plus I'm working on "Angel in the Light, Book 5" which finishes the current story arc for the Angel Series.
I have four other projects in various stages of development and writing. "FEUDAL Land", which is another young YA dystopian supernatural, "Society of the D.E.A.D.", another supernatural which features a a twenty something protag, "The Devonshire Treasure" which is the second book in my adult history mystery line taking up where "The 15th Star" left off, and "The Judas Chronicles" a series of shorter stories which will follow the life and times of the evil angel Judas.
You currently are a co-host on a video show called Indie Author Chat. Tell us about it.
When an author wants to self publish, it's very hard to find out exactly where to begin. Lots of unscrupulous people are willing to sell you services for thousands of dollars that you could do for free, if an author only knew where to go.
Author Samantha Fury and I came up with the idea to do short 15 minute video spots (which you can find on Youtube or at http://www.IndieAuthorChat.com) that will answer the questions of how to begin, and where to go for free information in more detail. The shows are filled with links and suggested sites so you can teach yourself the business of self-publishing for free. We also plug great resources that are inexpensive like Jason Matthew's book "How to Make, Market, and Sell Ebooks All for Free." I think it's like six dollars for his ebook, which is well worht the cost.
You don't blog, but do write a regular column for Eye on the Paranormal. Why?
I'm a novelist. What am I going to blog? Oh, I only wrote one thousand, eight hundred and seventeen words today because I can't decide how character X should bite the dust. Or my daughter jammed her finger on the monkey bars so I spent half the night comforting her, and feeding her ibuprofen when she woke up in pain. Blah, blah, blah. Readers don't care about that kind of stuff. They have lives. I've never received teen reader fan mail asking how I'm doing, but they do ask about my characters, and to find that out, they have to wait for the next book.

I do contribute twice a month to EyeOnTheParanormal.blogspot.com (every other Thursday) because I can discuss how science is proving the supernatural world exists. These articles take research on my part, so two a month is plenty. I also use the column to dispel some of the myths about the supernatural world.
Here's one of my favorite 4 part series I did:
Plasma, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Other Dimensions, and How They May Help Explain The Supernatural (Part One)
http://eyeontheparanormal.blogspot.com/2013/01/plasma-dark-matter-dark-energy-other.html
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I live on the Gulf of Mexico and I love watching the wildlife, boating, swimming off the dock, etc. I love answering reader emails.
We have a pet dog, bunny, and turtle. I'm a mom, wife, friend, daughter, daughter-in-law, aunt, volunteer, so I do what everyone else does that fills any of those rolls. I'm blessed in that I have a great life and the best, best, best readers—EVER.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read ebooks written by my author friends. Like Hugh Howey's WOOL series. I just picked up his Molly Fyde at Tampa Bay Comic Con 2013 (for my daughter) so I'm going to read those next.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I asked for a typewriter when I was five. I started writing Star Trek scripts then. I had no idea it was already in re-runs.
What is your writing process?
I do a ten point plot and subplot outline, then I break it out into a rough outline of seventy scenes. I make sure each scene reveals a little something about a character, drives the action forward, or creates a conflict. Then I start to write. It seems my "scenes" natural happen to be around eight hundred words each.
How do you approach cover design?
I have two different cover artists I work with at the moment. I plan on hiring a specific one for The Devonshire Treasure. Titles should be short, fonts big, and readers should be able to tell what genre it is instantly from looking at your cover. This is also your opportunty to "brand" your name as an author by making it similar on all your covers.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Well, I love Shakespeare's plays. I re-read them. I also love Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings." I've re-read Stephen King's "The Stand" and "Needful Things." I love them for how he brought the good vs. evil and the supernatural element into his books. I love how in "Needful Things" seemingly minor "naughty" actions blow up into life or death situations, which is something I do in my books.
Published 2013-09-13.
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Books by This Author

Angel in the Ice, Book 3 by Lisa Grace (Angel Series)
Series: Angel, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,500. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Megan Laughlin has a gift, or what seems like a curse at times—to see angels. Judas, an evil angel enrolled in her high school, tags along with her youth group on their winter-break ski trip. While in the mountains, an approaching blizzard provides Judas the perfect cover—to up the death count and gather more souls. Meanwhile, Sam fights his drug addiction as Seth discovers his gift.
Angel in the Storm, Book 2 by Lisa Grace (Angel Series)
Series: Angel, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,540. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Fifteen-year-old Megan's younger brother Max has been kidnapped by Judas, an evil angel, who has sold him to a human trafficking ring working out of New Orleans. Judas is determined to destroy Max’s soul. Framed for Max's murder, Megan, along with the help of Johnny who is a good angel, and her friends, must stay one step ahead of the police and an approaching hurricane in an attempt to save Max.
Angel in the Shadows, Book 1 by Lisa Grace (Angel Series)
Series: Angel, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 62,120. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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Optioned and in development for a major movie through Motion Picture Pro Studios. Angel in the Shadows, Book 1 Fifteen-year-old Megan Laughlin has a gift; or what seems like a curse at times. Megan sees angels and demons. Megan knows her destiny is to protect her friends against dark angels who try to sway them into situations that can destroy their souls, their lives, and their eternity.