Monday, 24 September 2012

Interview with Lisa Orchard PLUS Giveaway

Happy Monday, everyone! Today we're talking with author Lisa Orchard about her series THE SUPER SPIES.

Welcome to We Do Write, Lisa. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a stay at home Mom who LOVES TO WRITE.  I also love to hike in the woods especially in the fall when all the leaves are changing color. I love to read mysteries and human drama stories. Before I was a Mom, I used to stay up late on the weekends reading and sleeping in late. Sigh… that’s changed since the kids have come into the picture, but it’s a change for the better! I love being a Mom and being involved in my kids’ lives.

And you like to use a lot of smilies, lol. How long have you been writing?

I have been writing on and off since the fifth grade. I always knew that I wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t pursue this dream until after I decided to stay home with my kids. Now, I’m so excited about my writing that I have a hard time stepping away from it. It’s my passion!

Tell us about The Super Spies series. What’s the story about?

“The Super Spies and the High School Bomber” is the second book in the Super Spies series. In this story Sarah and Lacey’s parents have not returned home from their cruise. The girls have moved in with their Aunt June and Uncle Walt and are starting the school year in Harrisburg when a bomb destroys the school. Uncle Walt was in the school when the bomb exploded, so the Super Spies take it upon themselves to look for him. During their search they become suspicious of a lone fireman and the story twists and turns from there. The reader won’t be able to put down the book.

How did the idea of the story come to you?

I got the idea for the story from actual events. Do you remember the Columbine incident in Colorado? Well that’s where I got the idea. I was very upset by that event and I happened to come across some information about it when I was doing some research for another story and I thought… I’ll use that event as a catalyst in my second story. That’s how it all started.

Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?

I have a critique group that I work with and I also have beta readers and I also self-edit. There’s a lot of work that goes into writing a novel. And I want to put my best work out there for my readers. So my stories go through a lot before I even submit them for publication. But it’s all good because once I get through my process I feel pretty darn good about my story.

Are you a planner or a pantser?

I’m definitely a Pantser! Outlining just bogs down my creativity! That being said, there’s an awful lot of editing to do when you’re a pantser.

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

It really depends on the story. In the first Super Spies novel, the hardest part was keeping the dialogue consistent. In the second story I would have to say making the bombing incident realistic. I had to do a lot of research about bombs in order to provide an accurate description of the bombing.  

What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?

LOL! Chocolate! Whenever I get stuck in a scene I reach for the chocolate. If that doesn’t work then I get up and go for a run or a walk to get those creative juices flowing again.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

I would love to be able to read people’s minds. Then I would know what the criminals were planning on doing before they did it. Then I’d be able to stop them!

What's the weirdest thing you've googled?

I had to google the decomposition rate of the human body. Yuck.

Ew, yeah. Quick writing test! Use the following words in a sentence: binoculars, redundant, and pituitary.

I use binoculars when I look at the stars at night.
Sometimes dialogue can become redundant in a story and you have to change it up every once in a while.
The pituitary gland is the gland responsible for hormone regulation in the human body.

Or, you know, three sentences. Okay, I'll let you get away with it since it's Monday. Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ... 

…doing something with my family. My boys love to play miniature golf so you’ll probably find me on one of those courses on the weekends.

Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.

I would have to give a shout out to my hubby Steve for allowing me to pursue my passion. I’d also have to give a shout out to my boys who love to hear about my stories and always offer title suggestions.  

Of course a huge shout out to Astraea Press for their wonderful editorial staff and for believing in my books! 

Another one to my critique group who helped me mold each story.
I’d also like to thank all the authors who helped me with promoting my books. They offered guest posts, suggestions, and were willing to be a guest on my blog too. I love the camaraderie of the publishing industry. It’s a unique environment and I’m humbled and proud to be able to say I’m part of that community.

And finally where can people find you and your books online?


Barnes and Noble:

Astraea Press:


Thanks so much for chatting with us today, Lisa!

And for our readers: Leave a comment (and an email address) for your chance to win an ebook copy of THE SUPER SPIES AND THE HIGH SCHOOL BOMBER. You must be a follower of this blog to win.

About the book:

This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?


Francine Howarth said...


Lovely Interview!

Just popped over from Facebook.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by Francine. I appreciate the support! :) And if you're so inclined check out my books I'd love to hear what you think! :)

Anonymous said...

I'd also like to take a moment and thank Dorothy for allowing me to visit today! I appreciate it Dorothy, and I hope you have a great day! :) (I know...I know...again with the smiles!) LOL!

Dorothy Dreyer said...

Thank you, Lisa! Here's a smiley for you. ;)

Sherry Gloag said...

Enjoyed the interview Lisa, thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by Sherry! I appreciate the support! :)

Unknown said...

I loved the interview, Lisa. I enjoyed your candidness and look forward to adding you to my "To Read" list. Stop on by and say hi sometime.

Isn't Dorothy awesome? She does such wonderful interviews.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy! Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your positive comments! Yes Dororthy is awesome! She asks very intriguing questions! I will definitely stop by your site and say hi! :) I hope you're having a great day!

Kim (Koda) Emerson said...

A great interview by a great author. I enjoyed getting to know more about you.

Kim (KD Emerson)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by Kim! I appreciate the support! :)