August 27, 2012

Getting to Know Author Lisa Jordan (and a Giveaway!)

I’m so thrilled to have my writer buddy Lisa Jordan on the blog today. Lisa amazes me: she works full time, is a wife, has grown kiddos—who I’m sure still need her and just a little of her attention—and has had two books published. Lakeside Family just released this month from Love Inspired; see the end of this post for your chance to win a copy.

This lady works hard and you can tell. Her books are wonderful and so is she!

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Married 23 years to her real life hero, Lisa Jordan knows a thing or two about romance. She and her husband have two college-aged sons and will be facing an empty nest soon. By day, Lisa is an early childhood educator, and by night, she is a contemporary romance novelist with Love Inspired. Lakeside Reunion, her debut novel, is a 2012 Carol Award Finalist. Lakeside Family, her second novel, releases in August 2012. She is represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Agency. In her free time (ha!), Lisa enjoys good books, chick flicks, crafting with friends and feeding her NCIS addiction. To learn more about Lisa, visit her website at www.lisajordanbooks.com.

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Because Lisa’s awesome, she agreed to answer a few questions about herself and her writing.



Tell me about the first story you ever wrote, no matter how old you were! How old were you, what was it about, and what was your inspiration for it?

When I was 16, I realized I wanted to be a writer. I had been hooked on teen romances from First Love by Silhouette. So, of course, my first story was a romance called The Boss’s Son. This girl falls in love with her father’s boss’s son. The only piece of riveting dialogue I remember is the girl’s father asking his wife, “Honey, have you seen my green tie?” Engaging, isn’t it??

Haha, let’s just say you’ve come a long way, Lisa!! Speaking of your writing, Lakeside Family is the beautiful story of a young girl fighting for her life. You seem to have a special place in your heart for children—especially since you work with them all day during your full-time job! Is there one child whose story has particularly inspired you?

My beautiful niece Lilly has special needs. Despite her physical and mental abilities, she has a gift of encouragement. She is a sweet, sweet person who is able to make others feel great about themselves. Lilly doesn’t realize she’s different from other kids. She doesn’t hate.

Those are attributes to be admired for sure. I simply loved the setting of your two books. Is Shelby Lake a real or imagined place? If it’s real, tell us about one of your own adventures there. If imagined, how did you dream it up?

Shelby Lake is a fictional town loosely based on my area of the world. I’m surrounded by God’s artistry with lakes, mountains, and watercolor backdrops every season. When I started this series, I wanted a small town setting to give readers a hometown feel. My friend Amy likens Shelby Lake to Stars Hollow from the Gilmore Girls. I played around with names until I found one I liked.

Wow, you’re so lucky. I just get brown and more brown colors here in Phoenix…year round. LOL. And I love Gilmore Girls! Moving on…I’ve often heard it said that, as writers, we add pieces of ourselves or people we know into our stories. So I’m curious: In what ways, if any, does your main character Josie resemble you?

Josie is much prettier than I am with a better figure. Her baking skills exceed mine. When I started Lakeside Family, Hubby had lost his job due to economic downsizing. My childcare business kept us going. Josie’s struggles with money and hope and faith mirrored mine. I had moments of shaky faith. Also I can be a bit of a control freak…if I’m in control of the situation, then I know the outcome. Surrendering control can be tough at times.

I hear ya, sister!! Okay, so let’s get to know the author behind the book a little more. Since you write romance, this is appropriate: What’s your perfect idea of a date night with your man?

For me, it’s spending time together. I don’t care if we’re eating out, fishing in the stream, or cuddling on the couch watching a movie. I just like the time together to talk, snuggle, and just be there for one another. A great day would be fishing with him on the stream, followed by a yummy dinner and ending the day with a good movie or two.

Ah, that sounds so romantic! Okay, we’ll end with a fun question: You’re locked in a room for a week and only allowed three items (no people allowed!). What are they?

My MacBook with Internet (Bible, WIPs, Kindle app, music, community all in one package), lip balm, and bottled water…I’m assuming food and necessities will be provided?

Okay, sure, I guess I’ll be nice and let you have something to eat! Hehe. What about the rest of you? What three items would you bring?

*Lisa has generously agreed to give away a copy of her book to one random commenter. Only U.S. residents are eligible to enter. 
 

The one man she never wanted to see again is the only who can save her daughter’s life.

In the space of a minute, Nick Brennan learns he has a nine-year-old daughter— and that she desperately needs his help. All this time, his high school sweetheart, single mother Josie Peretti, thought he knew about their child. And that he just didn’t care. About the ill little girl—or Josie, the woman he’s never forgotten. But Nick made a long-ago promise never to forsake his family the way his father did. A promise he vows to make good on now… if only Josie will bless him with a second chance.


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Site Celebration Contest: Lisa is celebrating the release of Lakeside Family with a month-long party of giveaways, including Coffee Lovers and Tea Lovers baskets. For more details and to enter the gift basket giveaways, leave a comment here.

37 comments:

  1. Fun interview, Lindsay and Lisa! The book looks great. I was laughing at Lisa's one piece of riveting dialogue she wrote when she was sixteen. I can so relate. :)

    If I were lucky enough to be locked away in a room for a week with no interruptions, I'd have to bring my laptop, my kindle, and my cell phone (gotta call and check on the kids at least a few times, right?) :)

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    1. I agree that the Kindle would be a must, since you would technically get more than one book but it would count as one. ;)

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    2. Heidi, there are days during my writing when that sixteen-year-old me wrote better. :P

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  2. Love Lisa! And I love that 23 years!!!
    ~ Wendy

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    1. Isn't that awesome? I love commitment!

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    2. Thanks, Wendy! Our marriage has had some dark moments, but God's Light shined through.

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  3. Yay for Lisa Jordan! And yay for two of my favorite writing friends in one place.

    If stuck in a room--my iPhone, my laptop, and an endless supply of Diet Coke with Lime. :)

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    1. Haha, how could I have guessed that?!

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    2. Melissa, you are the only person I know who drinks Diet Coke with Lime. I love your uniqueness.

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  4. I'm also assuming basic needs are provided when I say my Laptop with Internet, iPhone and Kindle!

    Loved hearing about your first book.

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    1. Good picks! My iPhone would be a must as well.

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  5. Lisa, you described Lilly so beautifully: "Lilly doesn’t realize she’s different from other kids. She doesn’t hate." WOW. It's so awesome that you knew you wanted to be a writer at age 16. I was still trying to figure out how to get rid of pimples. :) Congratulations on your new release!!

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    1. I love Lisa's heart for kids, especially those with special needs.

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    2. Donna, when we meet face to face in Dallas (Can't wait!!), I will show you a picture of my sweet Lilly. She is such a joy. She is the light of my heart. I'm a better person for having her in my life.

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  6. If I was stuck in a room for a week, I'd bring my laptop (with internet!), my pillow and comfy pants! I need some good R&R!

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    1. Ooo, your description makes me wanna cuddel up on the couch and read a good book...instead of working.

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    2. It's raining out, so comfy pajamas are just the ticket for a dreary evening! At first, I read your R & R as M & M and I was right there with you! :)

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  7. Great interview ladies! I'd have my laptop, cell, unlimited coffee with creamer. My choice. :)

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    1. Thanks, Jess! I simply can't imagine you without coffee!

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  8. Fun interview, ladies!

    Stuck in a room - laptop, some sort of caffeine, and my Bible.

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    1. Notice how most people have mentioned a laptop?? We are writers--we need our tools!

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  9. Great interview ladies- thanks so much.

    There's no way you look old enough to have been married 23 years and have grown kids! You age well :)

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    1. TC, you just made my day! Thanks for the compliment.

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  10. LindsAy, thanks so much for helping me celebrate the release of Lakeside Family. I'm so excited to meet you in person in less than a month!

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    1. You are so welcome, Lisa! Thanks for being my guest today. :) And I'm so excited for that too!!!

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  11. Such a good interview--arent interviews the best, Lindsay? And hmmm....stuck in a room for a week? Tough question! Definitely coffee (my Keurig w/K cups!) and maybe my elliptical machine to burn off energy. And a phone so I could text/call my husband. Actually, chuck it all, I would just want my husband! Sorry, I broke the rules, Lindsay!

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    1. LOL! Guess I can't fault a girl for loving her hubby so much. ;)

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  12. Fully loaded tablet/phone/music/movie player thingy.(Hey HDG, it would so obviously have LOTM on it)
    Hammock.
    Tea kettle.

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    1. Ooo, a hammock! Sounds heavenly.

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    2. For sure, JM. For sure. And I love that hammock idea.

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