Interview with Lisa Vandiver

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Savannah, Tennessee. It is approximately 100 miles east of Memphis, Tennessee. When I was a child, it was a small town and didn't have much to do, so I read lots of books and wrote poems to occupy my time. My mother was a huge fan of Harlequin romances and that was a huge influence on me as well. I watched a lot of television shows, movies, and listened to music and as a result, I fell in love with the arts and the idea of being an entertainer some day.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first piece as a child around the age of seven. It was about Santa Claus, and was actually my very first piece ever published! It was published in the local newspaper. It was exciting to have my little story in the paper!
What is your latest story about?
Josie's Thorn- Josephina McCrea returns to her Utah family ranch after her parents are killed in a plane crash. She plans to only be there for the services and then to leave, but after her brother is severely injured in a mountain climbing accident, she's forced to stay on at the ranch and assume full responsibility for the business. However, there are those who don't want her there and will stop at nothing to make sure she either fails with the business, or die.
She finds an unlikely ally in Jacob Rainthorn, her former teenage lover and as the mystery develops, so does their passion for one another. Secrets they each hold from the other threaten their lover's reunion as does sabotage and ambushes. There are lovable characters in this story, including some adorable, loyal fury friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first story I wrote on for others to see was a play. It was called, "I Will Boast in Knowing You". It was a Christian poem about being proud to be called a Christ Follower.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a young adult, I read The Thorn Birds. It was a magnificent story and it touched me, right down to my core. I cried, laughed, and screamed at the characters and at the situations they were put in. I hoped that one day I could write such a novel as this one. I still have that dream...
How do you approach cover design?
I always hire cover designers for my covers. I usually swing by Romance Novel Covers, and purchase stock images there. I then hire Richard K. Green to design the covers for me. I also buy pre-made covers from the RNC site. When I purchase pre-made covers, RNC has experienced designers that will add the title, my author's name, and any alterations the cover might need. Both these sites have reasonable prices that I can afford, and it takes the hassle from me so I can focus my attention where I want to be focused- on writing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like the old fashioned print books the best. I love displaying books on the bookshelf in my home and they make for good conversations. I have to admit, though, that I like my Kindle as well and see the benefits of an electronic book. I am also starting to like the idea of Audio books, too.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Quite honestly, the difficulty in getting my foot in the door at traditional publishers was the biggest motivator.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gave me the opportunity to present my stories to the world and for that, I'll always be grateful. They work very hard to present useful information to the new author as well as the seasoned author. They attempt to educate the author and to assist the author. I've met some wonderful people because of Smashwords, people I wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Putting the story together. For me, it's like putting together a puzzle, and I love puzzles. It's fun to sit down in front of my laptop and start typing whatever comes to my mind and then going back and arrange the story in the correct sequences. It's always amazing to me that when I'm in my 'writing zone', the characters truly come alive and tell me the story. I'm just the outlet they use to get their story told.
What do your fans mean to you?
The fans are EVERYTHING to me. Without them, there would be no reason to write. I love to entertain people and when people come to me and tell me how much they loved my story, it thrills me beyond words. It motivates me to continue to write more stories. I would probably write stories even if no one read them, because I love to write, but the fans are the ones who keep me motivated, keep me thinking that I just might have some talent after all. Thanks to all my fans for staying with me and believing in me. I love you guys!
What are you working on next?
I'm working a horror/sci-fi story, called Mystic Mist. It's about a mysterious mist that appears on earth and drops frightening vampire creatures from another world onto earth. These creatures are so horrid and so frightening that even the earth's vampires are concerned. They first appear in a small New England town and begin their slaughter, but two young people may just be the salvation the small town needs. This is going to be a series.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tolkien of course,, but most of my favorite authors are Indie Authors. Shaun Allan, Jacob Drake, Linda L. Barton, Denise K. Rago, RJ Smith, Sandra G. Farris, Brian S. Pratt, Brian Moreland,
What do you read for pleasure?
Sci-fi, Fantasy, Romance, Horror, and Thrillers
Published 2013-08-31.
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Books by This Author

Disturbing the Dead
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Five boys decide to explore an abandoned old church and graveyard on Halloween night. When you come to visit the home of the dead, it's best not to disturb them, or you may just pay the ultimate price. And what you may think is wind whistling in your ear, may just be a warning not to Disturb the Dead.
The Moon People
Price: Free! Words: 42,140. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Jarrett and Garrett are twins, living a happy life with their parents until they are separated by a tragic accident. As they experience new adventures and meet unearthly beings, they can't help but wonder if their paths will ever cross again.
Hellavey(New Breed Book 2)
Series: New Breed. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 49,630. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Book 2 is the continuation story of a pending war between Earth's creatures and those who have arrived through the mist.
Justina's Love Revealed: Where She Belongs, The Saga-Book 2
Series: Where She Belongs Saga. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,440. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Book 2 is the continuation of the Saga, Where She Belongs. We will find out who is stalking Justina and the identity of the Shadow Man. Secrets will come to light about Justina's past that even she never knew. Discover the deep, dangerous connections Justina has with three families in Dallas.
Justina's Awakening: Where She Belongs, The Saga-Book 1
Series: Where She Belongs Saga. Price: Free! Words: 62,690. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Justina Lindsey must find her way alone after the woman who took her in is murdered. She soon finds herself involved with a bad boy who has ties to the mafia, but when a handsome attorney enters her life, she is challenged on matters of her heart. The secrets she has weighs heavily upon her. This is Book One in a two-part series. Book Two is now available..
Mystic Mist(The New Breed Book 1
Series: New Breed. You set the price! Words: 71,010. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A mysterious mist descends upon the earth, bringing with it deadly creatures from another world.Two teenagers become the first line of defense against them.
Out Of My Head
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,050. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Poetry
This is my first book of poems. I wrote most of these poems when I was a teenager. These poems came from, well, Out of my Head. I hope that you will enjoy this book.
Josie's Thorn
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,320. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Josephina McCrea plans to come to Utah for her parent's memorial service, and then return to New York; but her plans are about to be changed, she just doesn't know it yet...