Please help me welcome one of my favorite folks to Preternatura today! Author Lisa Kessler is stopping by today as part of her virtual book celebrating the release of her latest book, Beg Me to Stay, which was published on December 30 by Entangled Covet. She also has a terrific paranormal romance series, The Night Series, which has a delicious mix of historical and contemporary paranormal. Native American lore, California history. I’m a fan!
Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. When she’s not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. You can learn more about Lisa by visiting her website, on facebook, by following her on twitter or by visiting her blog.
ABOUT BEG ME TO STAY: He’ll slay her demons, but it may cost her heart… Four years ago Tegan Ashton was attacked. Determined never to be a victim again, she devotes her life to martial arts and self-defense. When her assailant returns to finish what he started, only one person can help her. Gabe is a private investigator by day and demon slayer by night. After losing loved ones, he vows to defend people from a threat they don’t realize exists. The relationship is supposed to be strictly business, but fighting demons together stirs up emotions they never expected. Turns out demon slaying is a breeze compared to facing their scarred pasts and even worse – hearts.
And now, let’s hear from Lisa….
Hi everyone – I’m excited to be on Preternatura today!
My new novel, BEG ME TO SLAY, was inspired by a single random incident, but as a writer I could not get it out of my head. That one incident became the opening scene of the book and BAM the book wrote itself.
Let me start at the beginning. I’d just left my job after 26 years at our family business. It was a heart-wrenching time, I cried every day, and while I felt like I was free-falling, one night something happened. My husband and I share an office and he works nights producing and writing a morning radio show.
At about 1a.m., I turned around to find him watching a webcam of the ocean. We live in San Diego County and many of the beach hotels now have webcams pointed at the coast. My hubby was taking a mental health break for five minutes, watching this grainy webcam with a floodlight barely lighting the waves coming in.
I asked, “What would you do if the webcam popped up and someone was burying a body on the beach?”
He’s been married to me long enough not to run from the room when my mind jumps to a really dark assumption. He did give me an odd look though! J
From that moment I could not stop wondering about that, and Tegan, the heroine of Beg Me to Slay, came to me. I had to write it out and it bloomed into one of my favorite books I’ve written so far. Between the instant inspiration and the emotions already churning in my life, as Tegan and Gabe healed their wounds, I felt like I did too…
Have you ever experienced instant inspiration to draw, paint, write, etc?
Thanks for visiting! And I hope you enjoy BEG ME TO SLAY!
Leave a comment answering Lisa’s question and then enter below for your chance to win.
a Rafflecopter giveaway. I’ll also pick one commenter to win your choice of one of Lisa’s books (print or digital in the US; only print available for international). I usually get book inspiration sort of like Lisa–I’ll notice something, have a random thought, then somehow it percolates for a while and eventually becomes an idea for a story! What’s your creative outlet, and what inspires it? It might be art, cooking, writing, sewing or quilting, anything!