Interview with Lisa Watson

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was in Elementary School. It was entitled, "Alone, and On the Run."
What is your writing process?
First I brainstorm the gist of my story. Then I create an outline that details what my story is about from start-to-finish. I don't like outlines, but there are a necessity because editors what to know everything that happens in your story. From there, I use the outline as a go-to point of reference, and then let my Muse guide me for the bulk of the writing. If I stray off course, I consult my outline again, and then off I go.
How do you approach cover design?
If my book is being published through traditional publishers, I submit their AFS (Art Fact Sheet) and try to be as detailed as possible about what my characters look like, their personalities, how they dress, etc...to assist them with creating a cover for my novel. Sometimes, authors see the cover after it's finished, and sometimes it's too late to make any changes, so if you don't like it...there's not much you can do. I much prefer self-publishing when dealing with book covers because I provide input, and stock photos, and then turn them over to the woman that designs my book covers. I'm also amazed, and happy at her results. I definitely like being in the loop on the decision-making process about my cover designs.
What do you read for pleasure?
I grew up reading my sister's Historical romances, so that's pretty much what I read as far as romance. I also enjoy reading books that help me grow spiritually, as well as autobiographies, and the Harvard Classics that are chocked full of Greek and Roman mythology.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Kindle Fire.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
It's a combination of several things. Social media posts, Blog Talk Radio and print interviews, and working with other people to help with promotions, and marketing. I'm also the Co-Publicist for the RT Booklover's Convention, which definitely allows me to reach a larger demographic, as does being the radio host for Reader's Entertainment Radio Show.
Describe your desk
My desk has my laptop on it, speakers, a large, flat-screen monitor, a notepad and pens (I find that I still love to write things down), a water bottle, my cell phone, container of homemade trail mix, and leftover fortune cookie papers with sayings that have stuck with me. My husband shares my office, so the biggest thing is removing all the stuff that he tries to put on my desk when I'm not in here. Coming in, and removing things that don't belong on my desk is starting to become a morning ritual. I think I'll start repaying him in kind. ;)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Washington, D.C, the Nations Capital. Living in a city that was very diverse, as well as a historical, and political backdrop fed my imagination. I also grew up in a family of very intelligent, hard-working professionals that valued education, family ties, and reading. In my soul, I've always known that writing was what I wanted to do. I have a very active imagination, and a romantic heart. It was the perfect place to grow up. Even when I come home to visit (I live in NC), just driving through downtown DC near the monuments, the Capitol, and other old haunts, fills me with a deep-rooted love and pride at my upbringing. I guess it can't help but spill over into my novels.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book,A Fiancé for Christmas, centers on Alyssa Bailey. She's suffered through the untimely death of her beloved father. They were best friends, and she was closest to her dad. When he died, it tainted how she viewed things that centered around family, like holidays. To her, they are painful reminders what she's lost. Especially Christmas. It's no longer her favorite time of year, which is ironic considering that she works at Hawthorne & Ray, an upscale holiday decorations company whose business is Christmas. There she meets Niles Hawthorne, one of the owners of the company. She's seen him in passing, but doesn't know him. That all changes when she runs into him...literally. Their paths are entwined from that moment, and Alyssa soon finds herself not only working with Niles, but truly enjoying his company and who he is as a person. She finds out that Niles also holds a deep-rooted pain that she can identify with, and that brings them closer together. But their path to happiness has a few bumps along the road that they must deal with in order to find a lasting love.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love the flexibility of it. After my manuscripts are professionally edited, I'm able to publish books in a matter of minutes. I also enjoy the freedom of choosing my book cover designs, and not having to be worry about publisher's acquisition and publishing schedules. When my book is ready for publication, I can upload them easily. Self-publishing is very convenient, and gives authors much more input and governance over the publication process.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's another venue that's been established to allow indie authors, and readers to come together. This platform allows readers to discover new authors, and genres that they may not have considered, and it gives authors control of their works, and publication schedule. It's win-win.
Published 2014-12-28.
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