Monday, August 30, 2010
Guest Author: Lisa Phillips
I am pleased to welcome lovely guest author Lisa Phillips, here to discuss her most recent vampire romance release, Knight Everlasting.
1. What inspired you to begin writing?
Most significantly, a love of reading. I was also encouraged by my family and teachers in school while I was growing up. But, it was being a full-time mom looking for something of my own to assure my sanity that made me consider writing as more than just my own entertainment.
2. What was the inspiration behind the characters in your most recent release, Knight Everlasting?
My most recent release, Knight Everlasting, is the second novel in my Everlasting Trilogy. The trilogy follows a faction of vampires living in the sultry shadows of Savannah, GA. Tristan was a thirteenth century knight before being brought into the Eternal Realm. Katie is his fledgling, a young vampire determined to avenge the deaths of her family at the hands of a dark faction. The biggest inspiration for this entire series was the city of Savannah. I'm originally from Georgia, and Savannah is one of my favorite places. The mixture of cultures, history, and the sheer beauty of it inspired me to create another world just beyond the one we know.
3. Which character did you have the most fun writing in this story?
I always say this is like being asked which one of my sons I love best. I love all the characters, because they each have their own part of the story to tell. But, I will say the character of Adams, an ancient British vampire who sees to it supper will be served promptly and all will be dressed appropriately to dine at Willow Bend, was a lot of fun for me. I'm a bit compulsive, so I appreciated that about him.
4. What originally drew you to the paranormal/ dark fantasy genre?
Dark Shadows more years ago than I'd like to recall! I remember watching it with my grandmother when I was four, or five. Then I read Interview with the Vampire in high school, along with every title Stephen King ever wrote. I'm also a Celtic history and lore buff, which a lot of the magical and fantasy genre is often rooted in.
5. Do you have any favorite paranormal-themed films or TV shows?
Two kids and writing doesn't leave me much time to watch either. Due to social pressure to do so, I have planned a True Blood marathon because I am weary of people looking at me like I've lost my mind when I say I've never seen it. I don't know if it counts, but I have seen all the Harry Potter movies with my boys.
6. What literary projects can we expect from you in the future?
I just recently finished the third novel in the Everlasting Trilogy, and I'm tossing around a few ideas for my next project. I do know it will take place in a small town in East Tennessee, strangely similar to the one where I live. I'm thinking mountains, moonlight, and magic...
Visit Lisa online at: www.lisa-phillips.com