Interview with Lisa Ann Gallagher

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Fire that I bought about 2 years ago. It's taken an adjustment to get used to an e-reader at all for me as I'm a very tactile reader who decorates her home with books.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Detroit, Michigan. There's a wonderful DIY spirit about the Motor City. A real hard-working ethic to people from Detroit and it's not surprising that I choose to self-publish. I have also always tended to root for the underdog, going back to my youth, and in my writing I focus on the strengths and dichotomies of my characters.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"The Gatherers" is the novel I am currently working on. It's an idea that first began to foment when my grandfather died, about 19 years ago. I spent the last 7 months of my grandfather's life with him, taking care of him through his battle with terminal liver cancer. But two years before my grandmother died suddenly following complications after surgery. There was so much that my grandfather and I were able to share during those months with him, time where he got to see the adult that I had become and I got to learn more about the young man he had been before I came along. I missed that with my grandmother, and there are secrets to her I'll never unlock. The experience made me think about family legacies and what gets passed down, good and bad.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Storytelling. I'm fascinated by the characters I create and truly long to know what's going to become of them.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1 - "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" - Those character live with me forever and I love that it's an adult story told through the perspective of an observant child.
2 - "The Grapes of Wrath" - As American a story as they come. Nobody can read this without identifying with the Joad family and their struggles.
3 - "The Stand" - Every author longs to tear the world apart and recreate it and nobody has done that better than King.
4 - "Geek Love" - Imagine making the most unusual characters relatable! Dunn is a master.
5 - "Poisonwood Bible" - There is nothing better than a story that literally brings you to tears as you finish it, because you do not want it to end.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything! I love American literature but I also enjoy a lot of non-fiction, particularly biographies of artistic and colorful women.
How long did it take to write your first book?
Seven LONG years. Truly, though, I didn't get serious until the 4th year when I discovered NaNoWriMo.org. Nano has been a godsend to me and not just in writing. I've learned to prioritize and set goals in a way I didn't know to do before.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dogs and their tiny bladders.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Daydreaming.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I won the Young Author award in 4th grade at Jackson Elementary in Oak Park, Michigan for a short story I wrote about a kite who gets separated from his family and goes off on an adventure.
What is your writing process?
50,000 words in November for Nano. Put the book down for 1 year. Start the work of researching, adding, editing, revising, etc the following January (14 months later).
Published 2014-02-26.
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Books by This Author

The Gatherers
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,100. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
The Gatherers is the story of a multi-generational Detroit family and the deep love between them that overcomes the darkest of legacies.
The Laws of Gravity
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 49,990. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Punk
Author Lisa Ann Gallagher recounts her early adulthood in the Detroit Punk Rock scene of the 1980's-1990's.
Flower of Fire
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 117,970. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
KOTA-TV selected this book for April 2015's KOTAReads book club. This modern-day Typhoid Mary story blends adventure, suspense and spirituality. A wild and satisfying ride!