Interview with Lisa Marbly-Warir

What's the story behind your latest book?
It is a follow up to my first published work. When I first wrote Destinee Romance Novella some 15 years ago, that was going to be it, but when readers read it, they wanted more. One of my coworkers who was the first to buy my ebook, suggested I do a sequel and I have gotten requests time and again for an update, so that is what I am doing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been writing for at least 15+ years. Originally my plan was to go the traditional publishing route, but as time passed and I saw how easy it was to just self publish I opted for that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the escapism of writing. You get to live vicariously through your characters.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't read like I used to but my go to authors were

VC Andrews
Anne Rice
Barbara Cartland

and any other author whose book stirred my soul
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend time with my husband. Be it watching a good TV show or movie. We spend a lot of time outside too during the summer months.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really, actually. I'm sure it was fan fiction of whatever actor interested me at the time.
What is your writing process?
I usually try to have some paper by my bed so if I wake up in the middle of the night I can jot whatever I'm thinking down. I usually need complete silence, or I can write if music is playing. I can't write/think effectively if the TV is going.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the very first story, but Jane Eyre is my all time favorite novel. I read that when I was about 15. The first book I remember being read to me was probably Charlotte's web when I was in the 2nd grade. My brothers and I also had children's bibles as kids.
How do you approach cover design?
I have found designing a cover to be a thorn in my side. I don't like the fact that I have to rely on someone else to bring my vision to life, it's costly and time consuming. When I think of my covers, it's whatever I want my readers to feel when they see it-I want them to relate to the people of the cover. As I write, the idea for a cover is usually already in my mind.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte she was an orphan and treated badly by her own relatives. I felt bad for her, but she was strong because of her trials.

Flowers in the attic-by VC Andrews
Petals on the wind-by VC Andrews

I read those two books as a young teen, and I don't know, loved them.

The other books I mention aren't my favorites per se, but they were very good reads.

Wuthering Heights
Interview with a Vampire
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't read like I used to. But I used to love a good spicy romance novel. I also like to read biographies of people I find interesting.
Published 2015-05-13.
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Books by This Author

His Soul, Her Heart
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,350. Language: American English. Published: August 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
After being estranged from his family for years, Damian Sheppard is surprised to learn after his father’s death that he is next in line to pastor his family’s mega church. The life he’s lived has been less than stellar. Years of drug dealing and messing with women’s hearts and minds comes to a head when a woman from his past challenges him to be the man he was destined to be.
A Kiss at Christmas—A Holiday Romance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,910. Language: American English. Published: October 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
On what would have been Vanessa McIntosh’s wedding day—one month before Christmas, her fiancé calls off the wedding. Love and the magic of Christmas no longer held a special place for her. The love she didn’t think was for her shows up in the most unexpected way. Will the bitterness of being left at the altar ruin her chance at succumbing to a love that is right under her nose?
The Millionaire—Diamonds are Forever
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,280. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Handsome millionaire, Chadwick "Chad" Allencourt, wants to avoid marriage at all costs. When he meets a stripper named, Quisha Jackson—he asks her to pretend to be his fiancée for the sake of appearances—and to get his mother off of his back about settling down. His savvy brother has misgivings about his choice and Chad’s stubbornness ends up getting him more than he bargained for.
Under the Irish Moon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,060. Language: American English. Published: September 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Evermore Turner is about to turn 30-she's accomplished a lot in life but falls into the same old routine. A book club trip to Ireland is just what her mundane life needs. A chance meeting with a handsome Irish, motorcycle riding doctor takes her on an unexpected adventure. As their relationship blossom's everyone is happy for her except her best friend Grant and he's not the only one.
Sisters, Can We Talk?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,800. Language: American English. Published: August 8, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dating, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Marriage
This book delves into relationships and information that a lot of young ladies are not getting in regards to men, sex, dating and marriage. Why are some women left to raise children alone? or why does it take some men so long to put a ring on it? I hope to shed some light on why some of this is happening and what you can do to protect your heart from getting broken.
A Johnson Family Saga-Love That Transcends All
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 82,850. Language: American English. Published: August 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
Every family has its ups and downs-love, jealousy and secrets that are never meant to see-the-light-of-day. And the Johnson family is no exception. Destinee fell in love with one of Langston’s most sought-after, rich and handsome bachelors-Edward Johnson Jr. No one could have known that their love for each other would be the catalyst for bringing about a long-buried Johnson family secret.
Born Out of Lust a Destinee Romance series Book 3
Series: Destinee Romance Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,810. Language: American English. Published: March 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
**Heat level-3 out of 5 flames** Jazzlyn Hart is a young and determined woman on the quest for a rich husband at any cost. She captures the eye of her married boss, Attorney Edward Johnson, Sr. and a fast and passionate love affair happens. When he wants to end it, she has a surprise of her own and threatens to tell his wife every sordid detail and ruin everything he has worked so hard for.
Jewel—A Chance at Love
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,290. Language: American English. Published: November 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
**Heat level-3 out of 5 flames** Jewel Davis is an accomplished, attractive, single forty something Black entrepreneur. She is the owner of En-Naptured; a natural hair care line for black women. She has all the money she will ever need or want; but one thing escapes her: Love from a man who is worthy of her.
Two Become One: A Destinee Romance series Book 2
Series: Destinee Romance Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,300. Language: American English. Published: July 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » African American fiction » General
**Heat level-3 out of 5 flames-sex between married couple** Destinee used to be that fiercely independent, shy and unworldly young woman; once on the outside looking in on the perfect charmed lives of the inhabitants of Langston. Never could the women of Langston imagine she would end up marrying one of their most eligible bachelors.
A Love Worth Waiting For-Destinee's Story a Novella Book 1
Series: Destinee Romance Series. Price: Free! Words: 23,950. Language: American English. Published: May 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
DESTINEE, is a small town girl, with big city dreams; shy and unworldly about life and love. Old fashioned in her beliefs, she wants to fall in love for the right reasons, without past relationship baggage and being played.