Interview with Lisa Brisse

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been a writer ever since I was 12 (I'm 45 now) and I've always had many thoughts about life. The Michael Jackson story of my life began in the mid '80s when I was a teenager and it really is a story about magic and miracles. It has taught me so much about the deeper meaning of life and my heart called me to share it with the world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is the pure act of expression. Writing gets me into a focused and creative stream of consciousness and when I'm in that place I feel nothing but incredible peace and contentment.
What do your fans mean to you?
Because I'm a very "new" author, my fan base has just been my family and friends, but their love and support means EVERYTHING to me. I am so grateful to them... all of them.
What are you working on next?
A book called, "The Ride of My Life: What I've Learned about Myself and Life from a Special Little Horse." It's the story of what I have learned from my dear Little Miss, my horse and companion of 33 years!
Who are your favorite authors?
Richard Bach! One of my all-time faves, but also Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsh, Caroline Myss, and Paul Ferrini to name a few others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life itself. Life gives me great joy because I recognize that there is always a gift out there no matter what happens. It all depends on our outlook and how we choose to see ourselves in relation to what is happening in the world around us. When we recognize that there is always an opportunity to learn and grow and become a better person, every day can be exciting -- an adventure of the spirit!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being outside in nature. Being with my beloved horse and companion of 33 years, Little Miss. Teaching spinning classes and being with friends. Listening to music.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is just to sit down and write. Sometimes it feels like I have nothing to write but if I just start writing -- anything, whatever comes to mind -- the thoughts eventually come, but I have learned for that to happen, I have to be out of my head and in my heart because that's where all of creativity resides.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Of course. I read all of the Walter Farley books of The Black Stallion. Loved, loved, LOVED those books.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1.) A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson -- because that's what it is about... returning to the love in ourselves. Without it, nothing else really matters.
2.) Conversations with God (all books) by Neale Donald Walsch -- because it's one of the highest perspectives of the human condition I've ever read; it made so much sense to me.
3.) Silence of the Heart by Paul Ferrini -- again, it talks about transformation of ourselves... finding peace in the silence of our heart. Simple.
4.) Jonathan Livingston-Seagull by Richard Bach - because it is an incredible metaphor for all of us souls on the planet... to strive for the greatest version of ourselves, to step out of limited beliefs and thinking... to "fly the 'perfect' speed."
5.) Illusions by Richard Bach - because even though it's an allegory, i believe it's all true. We all have the power to see the illusions before us and to consciously walk through them and choose the greater Truth of who we all are!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in the Midwest -- Richmond, Minnesota. Actually i grew up in the country on a lake with horses and animals. It was the BEST upbringing. Living with animals and the harsh elements, particularly in the winters of Minnesota, it gave me incredible perspective about life and what is really meaningful. There is something about raw survival that puts everything in perspective and is incredibly grounding.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a LONG one. It started back in the mid '80s when I was a teenager. It was then that I started to get these strong feelings/impressions that Michael Jackson (at the peak of his career at the time) would come into our family's life one day. As outlandish as that sounds (and I felt that too back in the day), five years later and after several unexplainable "coincidences" (what I now refer to as the Michael Miracles), my mom ended up working for him at Neverland Valley Ranch in the mid '90s. It's an incredible story of how that all came to be. I lived it but I still can't believe it sometimes. But this book is also about how I saw Michael as a soul living on this planet and what, I believe, he came to reflect to all of us -- the man in OUR mirror.
Published 2014-12-31.
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Books by This Author

Michael Jackson: The Man in Our Mirror, A Reflection of Our Collective Soul
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 92,890. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
In this book, Lisa Brisse shares her story of how a series of synchronistic events beginning in 1987 revealed an improbable connection between her and Michael Jackson, and eventually led to her mother working for the King of Pop at his Neverland Ranch. Lisa also shares powerful insights into Michael’s life and his ultimate message: We heal the world when we heal our hearts through love.