Writer Wednesday Interview - Lisa Hannah Wells
Today's interview is with multi-talented author Lisa Hannah Wells. Welcome, Lisa.
You write in a long list of genres, including paranormal and contemporary romance. Do you have plans to focus on one, or do you enjoy the variety?
I truly enjoy the variety. I am never certain “who” will pop up next demanding their story told. Often, the genres are so totally different from one another. Then there is the fun I have of mixing genres. I rarely do things the same.
I love the cover for ‘Be Still My Lover’s Heart.’ It reminds me of ‘Avatar’. What books and films do you think have influenced you as a writer?
I have always loved movies that had a paranormal theme, yet romantic. I’m not a horror fan. My favorite books are the “Outlander” series, most things by Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon. I also love great YA. Harry Potter, Cassandra Clare, James Patterson. Tolkien is another great favorite. Furthermore, if I left out Science Fiction and Fantasy I’d not be honest.
Do you have a favourite hero and heroine from your books, and who would you like to see them played by in a film of the book?
In ‘Be Still My Lover’s Heart’, I loved Tempest and Shea. He is such a noble character befitting a King and his love can’t be denied. I see Ian Somerhalder as Tempest and Erin Sanders as Shea. My all-time favorite Hero is a character you will all get to meet someday soon. He is the most wonderful guy and funny. He’s also a vampire. I could spend hours just talking about him, but that will have to wait for another day.
Is it possible to research for paranormal and sci-fi stories, or do you just have to use your imagination?
There’s actually very little research I do regarding those two categories, but should I use some sort of technology, I do have a friend, also an inventor, who helps with what’s realistic. Most everything is imagination. It never ends.
Is there a philosophy, or message, behind your books, and if so, how would you sum it up?
Behind most of my stories there is a bit of a moral story, but with the romance in particular, it is to never give up on love no matter how long it takes to find. I also tend to believe in the soul-mate concept that runs strongly through my stories.
What is the working title of your next book (or books)?
‘His Christmas Angel’ is a contemporary romance being considered for this Holiday Season with The Wild Rose Press, & ‘Into the Heart of Paradox’ is a time travel romance involving a bounty hunting witch and a ghost whose murderer is the very person she is trying to bring down.
What aspect of writing do you find the hardest?
That would have to be the editing and revision process. I’m not very adept at catching my own mistakes. The second hardest would be realistic dialogue, but I am improving with that one.
What have you found most useful in learning your craft, and what would you recommend for new writers?
Reading! The more you read the better writer you become. I can’t stress how important that is. I also, recommend an exceptional Thesaurus. Having a wonderful network of other writers to help support you is invaluable as are having a personal relationship with a good Critique Partner or group. Those would be the top of my toolbox.
Is there a book you’ve read that you wish you had written?
Oh, yeah. ‘Magic Kingdom For Sale—Sold!’ by Terry Brooks. That was in 1986. That went on to become a 6 book smash series ending in 2009, a great fantasy series.
Actually, I do read in as many genres as I write in. I confess a love for Historical Romance, though I’ve never written it. Maybe, one day I’ll try my hand at it.
Where should we go to find out more about you and your books?
I don’t have a website as such, currently, but can be found at the following sites:
Thank you very much for having me as a guest, Stephanie! I have really enjoyed myself and look forward to having you visit me.
Thanks! I've enjoyed hearing about your writing, and I'm looking forward to my visit to your blog too. See you on Friday!