Interview: Lisa Arrington

Lisa and I decided to ask each other the same questions.  So I’m over on her blog today, and she’s on mine.  Hope you enjoy both of our answers.


Do you ever wish that you had an entirely uncreative job, like data entry or working in a factory?

LOL, well I don’t wish to work in something entirely uncreative, I have the attention span of a gnat unfortunately. I like my (paying) job as a technical associate for an internet security firm. We look over and try to protect healthcare information from hospitals in just about every state of the US! There’s something new every day, just as I like it.

 Do you read all the reviews that come in for your book? How do they make you feel?

I do, of course I love the good ones. I got my first one star review and remember being pissed off that they didn’t leave WHY they gave it that rating! My family couldn’t believe that I was more upset that the reviewer did leave a reason why than over the rating itself. I get it. I write a hard genre to get into, but please tell me why! (Yes, I am one of those that need closure)

 What is the single most powerful challenge when it comes to writing novels set in the past?

Getting the language right. Luckily, I was a teenager in 90’s (when my series is set) and surprisingly the language hasn’t changed that much. I ran a lot of what my characters said against my own teenager and his friends. In the sequel I’ve had to ask a lot of military people how it was back in the 90’s because so many things have changed and I wanted to make sure I got it as accurate as possible. I guess I can say that is also the most amazing part as well, I got to learn some new stuff.

What inspired you to write you first book?

A crazy dream.

What is your favorite part about creating a story?  The least favorite?

My favorite part about creating the story is getting it on paper and bringing it to life. My least favorite is when the characters decide they want to go a different way then I imagined or decide to start arguments with each other in my head about who is getting more “paper” time than others. **coughCADENcough**

 Who would play you in movie about your life?

Oh lord, I have no idea. After several minutes of google searching, I think I would have to go with Tamala Jones (Lanie Parish/Castle). She is very strong, independent and hella funny. Everything I wish to be, lol. She actually inspired one of my character’s names and I probably used a bit of her personality as well.


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