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Now let's meet novelist Lisa Jordan, author of Lakeside Reunion (Love Inspired, November 2011).
Heart, home and faith have always been important to Lisa Jordan, so writing stories that feature both comes naturally to her. She has been writing contemporary Christian romance for more than a decade. Lakeside Reunion is her debut novel. Her second novel, Lakeside Family, will be released in August 2012 by Love Inspired.
Happily married for over twenty years, Lisa and her husband have two young adult sons. When she isn’t writing or caring for children in her in-home childcare business, Lisa enjoys family time, romantic comedies, good books, crafting with friends and feeding her NCIS addiction.
Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
--Hubby and I eloped 22 years ago.
--I’m older than I appear.
--I hate coffee, but love the smell—I’m an avid tea drinker.
--I’ll take caramel over chocolate, but the combo is even better.
--I’m hopelessly addicted to peanut butter.
Oh, great. Pardon me, please, while I take a coffee/chocolate/peanut butter break. I'm so easily influenced these days!
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Lakeside Reunion.
Bed-and-breakfast owner Lindsey Porter prays she won’t run into Stephen Chase when she returns to Shelby Lake. Five years ago, the cop jilted her to marry another woman, and Lindsey fled town. But no sooner does she hit city limits than Stephen pulls her over for a broken taillight. Despite the past, he's still able to stir up Lindsey’s old feelings for him.
Now a widower and single dad, Stephen recognizes a second chance when he sees one. And he’ll do anything to make Lindsey trust in God and take a risk for love—again.
What is it about Lindsey and Stephen that will make your readers care about them?
Everyone has gone through heartbreak, whether it’s the end of a relationship or losing a loved one. My characters’ heartbreaks transformed their lives, reshaping who they are today. I believe readers will be able to identify with the myriad of emotions my characters have experienced. I think we’ve all been there at one time or another.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?
This is totally going off looks, but Charlize Theron is how I picture Lindsey.
And Australian model Ian Lawless for Stephen.
Here’s a hint for your well-to-do fans and loved ones: If you could have any one writing-related gift for Christmas this year, what would it be? The sky is the limit!
A week long writers retreat for my writing team—my mentors, my writing support group, my agent, and my editor. They have shaped me into the writer I am today. Without them, Lakeside Reunion would not be debuting this year.
What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
One of my all-time favorite novels is Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren, which won a Carol award at ACFW this year. Sons of Thunder is a story that takes the reader’s heart on an adventure with vivid characters that leap off the page and an incredible storyworld that pulls the reader into the setting. I laughed and cried while reading this book, but by the time I reached The End, I learned more about the craft of writing than reading a how-to book. Susie is a fabulous story teller.
What are you working on now?
I just signed the contract for my second novel, Lakeside Family that will be released in August 2012 by Love Inspired, so I’m finishing up the revisions on that. Then I will begin plotting my third novel so I can write the rough draft during NaNoWriMo.
Where else can readers find you online?
My website, Twitter, My Author’s Page on Facebook, My Book Therapy (forum coordinator, e-zine editor).
And here's an excerpt from the novel.
The book is available at fine bookstores and for online purchase through these buttons:
Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
Have you taken a risk for a second chance at love? What did you learn about yourself in the process?
I'm holding a scavenger hunt and lakeside photo contest to promote my Lakeside Reunion release. Visit my Lakeside Reunion Contest page for more information. The token for this blog is a picture frame.
Thank you, Lisa, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lisa has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, December 1. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lisa's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.
Be sure to check out my interview with Sandra Robbins, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for signed copy of her book.
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