Here is my author interview with the talented Lisa B. Kamps for The Mega Author Book Bash Event. She currently has several books out including her upcoming release Once Burned (Firehouse Fourteen Book 1) which is available for Pre-Order so grab your copy today!
How many books do you currently have available on the market with titles and genres?
I currently have 7 titles, with the eight being released on 3/21. The first 6 are part of my contemporary hockey series, The Baltimore Banners. The seventh is a stand-alone, and the upcoming release is the launch title of a new firefighter series, Firehouse Fourteen.
Time To Heal
Once Burned, Book 1 (available 3/21)
What is one of the biggest misconceptions that you think people have about authors in general?
Based on my own experience, I think there’s a conception that we have all this free time, that we’re either just sitting around or traveling or living this wonderful glamorous life. That isn’t the case at all. I put in more hours working now than I did with my previous job–and I was working 50-60 hours a week then! I also get out of the house a lot less than before!
What is one book written by another author that you feel a connection with and often find yourself rereading it?
This is a tough one for me, because I’m an avid reader and there are a lot of books out there that I’ve felt a connection to. I think I’d have to say Death Angel by Linda Howard. There were some situations in that book, and with how the main character dealt with them, that really spoke to me at that time in my life.
Do you have any special type of writing process in order to ensure things go smoothly?
No, not really. I just sit down and do it. Move forward, tsake notes as I’m doing the first draft to make sure I don’t forget anything when I do the second draft and edits.
What is one thing that readers can expect to find when reading your books?
My characters are real, and go through real-life things, with the same kibds of struggles and hopes that everyone has. Some of the stories are more emotional, some a little more light-hearted, but still something everyone can relate to.
What is one realization that most authors typically start out not knowing but find out later once they have been an author long enough?
It’s not as easy as you hope, and there are definitely ups-and-downs. You just need to learn as you go and move on.
What is your favorite season and why?
Definitely fall. I love the changing leaves, the crisp weather…everything seems more vibrant, more alive to me at that time of year.
What is one of your favorite things about being an author?
Sharing my stories and meeting new people. It’s really great to connect with readers!
If you could change one thing within author/reader community what would it be and why?
Tough question. I don’t know if I’d actually change this, but maybe create more awareness about the fact that it takes time to write the stories. I think it’s absolutely great that readers get so exicted they can’t wait for the next book! But writing those books takes time, and as much as we’d love to, we can’t put them out as fast as the readers would like :)!
Do you belong to any specific writing groups that help to push you even when you don’t feel like continuing?
Yes, two of them. The first isn’t so much a group as it is a supportive writing pal, Michelle Monkou. She has been absolutely great with support and advice and I owe so much to her!
The second is Hockey With Heart. They are a GREAT bunch of ladies, always ready for advice and a virtual shoulder to lean on. And they kow their hockey, which rocks :).