Interview with Lisa Lewis Moon

What motivated you to become an indie author?
My mother had pancreatic cancer, the kind that took Steve Jobs life, and she wasn't expected to pull through from that. I wanted her to actually hold my book in her hands and be able to see it at least or better yet read it before she died. As amazing as it seems my mother is still fighting the fight and we are happy to have her around for the next book to come out soon.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Flexibility. I like that Smashwords includes all types of e-book readers and even the PDF and rich text for people who don't own e-readers. The coupon code is also a huge sale point for me. I like to be able to give books to soldiers via project e-book for soldiers and to make my book free every now and then.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling tales. I have been telling tales since elementary school on the playground when I would tell the other students the dream I had the night before. Kids would gather around and listen to me. That just turned into writing stuff down. I share everything. I am not one of those that sits on a manuscript. If you are within reach, I am sending you a copy and asking your thoughts. I am always looking for beta readers and ARC readers. They are the staple of my writing life. I love them all!
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. There is so much joy in hearing from people who have read my books. I love to hear comments good and bad. The bad comments help me improve my writing. The good ones make me feel good all over. I want to make my readers laugh, cry and sigh. These are all the things I want from an author. Lady Gaga has her monsters. I have my fans. I am happy.
What are you working on next?
Pirates Cove. It is the second book in the Butcher Harbor series as it has come to be called. I never planed on House on Butcher Harbor to become a series. I wrote it as a stand alone book. Readers liked it so much and wanted to hear more about the people of Butcher Harbor that I decided to write a second book. But this book has been fighting me from the start. I just realized about a week ago what the fatal flaw is. This means the book might actually get done sooner than later. There is no doubt it will be done. Not completing the book is not an option. It is the matter of how soon that is up in the air.

I did write two children's stories when my son Michael was five. I was working on a script for Project Greenlight and it took a lot of time away from him. One night he crawled up in my lap and I opened a blank page. Then I started to write a story about Michael and the monster in his room. My son helped me decide what to write. It is only available in e-book tight now because I do not have an illustrator.
Who are your favorite authors?
The first author I sought out on my own, not a school assignment, was John Steinbeck. My favorite book of his was Travels with Charlie. I wanted to travel so badly and loved animals. I read it often. Somewhere along the line I read a Stephen King book. I have read almost every book he has written. Later I read T.M. Wright and Dean Koontz. In my adult life I found Anne Rice and Nicholas Sparks. My newest author is Eve Paludan. I am enjoying her stuff.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I travel a lot for work and I love to take photographs. Every day I try to find something unique about my day and post it on facebook. It could be about a place we went, some crazy car or building we passed, awesome people we meet. There is a story in everything around us and I am always asking:
What is that? Why is that happening? How does that work? Who is that amazing person?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly from facebook. People like a book enough to let me know, if it is my kind of book I will go for it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I transitioned from telling stories to writing them down so I don't remember the first one. I do remember the first story that sticks in my head was about a mouse that keeps bringing food to a homeless man who is sick. The man dies the day the mouse had to travel the farthest away to bring him back food. He was so proud of the chunk of food he had to offer the sick man, but when he gets back the man has already passed away. The mouse curls up on the coat of the old man and sleeps, unable to bring himself to leave him alone.
What is your writing process?
The actual writing: I used to write in pencil then put it on a computer. Now I have no patience for that. My favorite keys are back space and delete. I can change an entire train of thought in seconds. That saves time. So I like to sit at my computer, with a cup of coffee, and just start writing. I leave underscore marks for names I have not decided on, or items I do not know the right name for. Later I find/replace those with the real thing. I wrote House on Butcher Harbor (HOBH) in five months. But it took a lot of brainstorming to get there.

The brainstorming: I can pull a story idea out of nothing. I will know the beginning and the end in minutes. Finding all that middle bogs me down. It took two years for me to be able to start the actual writing of HOBH. Book two -Pirates Cove- is still in the brainstorming stage since 2010.

Meanwhile I have been sitting on a story I knew would be a short story but I suck at them so I never wrote it. I have trouble limiting my words. Then I saw a journal accepting submissions of short horror and I wrote the first draft (4000 K limit) tonight in an hour or so. Go figure.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover is everything to me. I want the most amazing cover possible. Lately covers are not awesome like they used to be. Just a guy and a girl on a book. Blah. I plan to purchase my next cover art from George Grie. It is amazing and will wrap around the book. It is a pirate ship that looks like it has just risen from the ocean floor. The boat is dripping water and the moon is huge in the background. And I prefer to get the art work and do the rest myself. I enjoy creating things, so my next novel will be done by me. The last one I had to fight for and I still didn't like it. It only remains unchanged because my readers like it and have protested loudly against changing it. It is not the cover I had in mind. The cover I wanted was the house with a girl running out the front door onto the porch with a ghost hand reaching for her and ghosts in every window of the house.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Travels with Charlie- loved the travel stories and the dog
Andromeda Strain- love the whole town perishes except for a man and a baby. The whole hole under ground
The Stand- loved all the characters and reading from their view point. I used this in my first novel.
The Painted House- love stories told from a kids perspective
To Kill a Mocking Bird- almost never read it because I thought it was some kind of hack and slash thing.
What do you read for pleasure?
I used to read horror. King and Koontz, Rice. But now I will read almost anything. I have found Nicholas Sparks and Eve Paludan, Darlene Quinn. There are so many people I have never heard of that write amazing books. I have a lot of catching up to do.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
When the Kindle Fire HD 7 inch came out I had to have one and it just happened to be my birthday so my amazing husband drove around until we found a store that had one. Someone on facebook taught me how to change the font so I can read on my android phone. But I also use my computer sometimes, although I prefer to just do research reading on it.
Describe your desk
At present it is my lap. When I wrote House on Butcher Harbor I had a tiny desk in my room by the window. I loved it. My dog curled up around my feet keeping me warm. Watching the squirrels in the yard. But the desk has been replaced with a cedar chest under the window. It rarely gets used. Not sure why I made the change but I gave the desk to my son. He uses it to create all kinds of projects. He is MIT material so I would never dare take it back. Also I travel for work now so most of the time I have my laptop on my lap. Not by choice, but by circumstance. Next to me is usually a print copy of my first book since this is a sequel, but I have learned how to use the kindle to search for the information I need much faster. My ideal office is a big desk. Lots of book shelves. Lots of leather covered books. A huge window with a view of the water- pool, pond, it doesn't matter. Oh and a big COMFORTABLE chair. My last chair sucked.
Published 2013-09-04.
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Books by This Author

Michael The Monster And The Messy Room
Price: Free! Words: 1,340. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Book Two in the Michael And The Monster series. Michael gets in trouble for having a messy room. The monster gets in trouble for having a clean room. Then they finally meet each other. They have to figure out how to work this out so they both can stay out of trouble.
Michael and the Monster
Price: Free! Words: 1,300. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(5.00)
Micheal moves into a new house and discovers there is a monster in his room. His family does not believe him. Meanwhile the monster tries to get his family to understand that a boy has moved into his room. His family doesn't believe him either.
House On Butcher Harbor
Price: Free! Words: 105,660. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.75)
Claire Templeton escaped the horror of life on Butcher Harbor after graduation from high school. Now a fashion designer in New York City, Claire has to put her future on hold to return to Butcher Harbor when her mother attempts suicide. Thrust back into the world she grew up in, her past catches up with her quicker than she hoped.The ghost of Templeton House are waiting for her.They want her back!