Lost Souls – Author Interview

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Join Lisa Jackson author of Lost Souls a romantic lost souls novel as she continues on her virtual book tour.

Lost Souls Synopsis:

Jackson takes readers to Baton Rouge and All Saints College, where Kristi Bentz has returned to finish her degree. At least that’s partly true. She’s not lying, but she also has no intention of telling her father, homicide detective Rick Bentz, his second wife, Olivia, or anyone else—including Bentz’s irreverent partner Reuben Montoya—her deeper motive. She’s determined to write an important true crime book, and doesn’t care if it ends up being dangerous. And that’s despite the fact that she’s lucky to be alive, having come close to death at the hands of one of her father’s suspects.

Fascinated by the minds of killers, certain she can reach her goal, Kristi doesn’t understand why her own father won’t bend to help her with leads and access. She’s tired of everyone acting as if she can’t take care of herself. She’ll do it on her own, starting by investigating a trail of missing women with two things in common: all were troubled and vulnerable lost souls with no real family ties or anyone who would look for them if they disappeared—and each is connected to All Saints.

Hi Lisa,

Welcome to Paperback Writer!

Thanks for having me.

Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?

Sure. Believe it or not LOST SOULS kind of evolved. I was playing around with doing a vampire novel, but I’m not really into the whole vampire-erotica thing, so it had to be a different take on it, yet I was intrigued with a paranormal twist. So I gave the heroine a “gift”. She can see that a person is about to die as, in her eyes, they leech to black and white. I also wanted to do a story with Kristi Bentz as the heroine as she’s such a popular character. So the ideas kind of blended. It took years.

Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?

I always write from a detailed synopsis. It’s usually fifty to seventy double spaced pages, a real skeleton of the story which I have approved by my editor before I sit down to write the entire book.

Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?

Absolutely! I work hard on the ending during the writing of the synopsis, though sometimes it changes a bit.

Do you have a process for developing your characters?

No real process. They come naturally as I write. I don’t really understand them until about page 138-150 and then I “get” them. Until I do, I kind of flounder. Once I understand them, see the action through their eyes, I’m off to the races with the plot, but until then I always struggle.

It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?

Oh, God no! I’m a chicken from way back when. The only thing my characters have in common with me, I think, is my sense of humor.

What is your favorite part about this book?

I love the cult angle of LOST SOULS because cults have always been intriguing to me and kind of frightening to me.

When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?

The book was sold to the publisher before I wrote it.

What struggles have you had on the road to being published?

That was a long, long time ago. The usual stuff. Rejections, no money, wondering if it would ever happen, if I would ever receive “the call.”

What has been the best part about being published?

Everything. I’ve been able to raise my kids and do something I love.

What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?

That they had a fun ride. I’m not out to make a statement, only entertain. I hope they love my characters as much as I do.

Do you have plans to write another book?

Many more books, hopefully. I have LEFT TO DIE coming out as an original mass market paperback in August and I’m already working on a joint novel with my sister, WICKED GAME which will be available in February 09. My sequel to LOST SOULS is MALICE and it’s already plotted out and approved.

Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?

It’s been a blast. I’m getting in touch with a lot more readers and fans.

Where can readers find a copy of your book?

Everywhere, I hope. All major booksellers should have LOST SOULS.

Do you have a website for readers to go to?

Yes, I’ve got lisajackson.com of course and I have a myspace page. Even more, the heroine of the book, Kristi Bentz has her own myspace page as well!

Thank you, Lisa for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.

Thank you.

LOST SOULS VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially begin on April 1, 2008 and continue all month. If you would like to follow Lisa’s complete tour, visit http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in April. Leave a comment on her blog stops and become eligible to win a free copy at the end of her tour! One lucky winner will be announced on this blog on April 30!

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