Dead Body on a Beach? Get Inspired with Lisa Kessler (and Win a Book!)

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….

Getting Inspired

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!

Thanks, Lisa!

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!

35 thoughts on “Dead Body on a Beach? Get Inspired with Lisa Kessler (and Win a Book!)

  1. My creative outlet is my pen and ink drawings, Zentangles. Although I describe these as organized doodling. I started doing these last February and just finished #682 so maybe it’s more an obsession. For Christmas the kids gave the family T-shirts with some of my drawings put on them. The letter S on the front and nine of the drawings on the back. What a nice surprise. I gave everybody framed sets of six Zentangles.

  2. i do get sometimessudden isnpiration like that sadly i don’t always pursue them …;it’s often more for my writing ( letter or poem) and for a creative outled i love crafted thread,pearl etc it depend on the moment ^^ like before i got sick i started knitting stuffed animal^^ i will finish that as soon as my hands are perfectly fine and i will perhaps try new creative outled as i discover them^^

    i offered some handmade jewellery for christmas ^^


  3. My creativity is in the kitchen. Inspiration depends on what smell or taste is floating around in my head. I go from there and sometimes it works and sometimes it needs “editing” lol

  4. My inspiration often comes in the form of party planning. I enjoy planning birthday parties, holiday celebration, etc. I also enjoy turning those celebrations into memory keepsakes in the form of scrapbooking.

  5. Sadly to say, I got nothin! I am though a huge fan of Lisa’s books. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway and I can’t wait to read the new one! Happy New Year!!!

  6. Hi Lisa!! I am not much of a creative person but I do know how much a beautiful sunset or a flower inspires me to make my world beautiful.

    I read Beg Me To Slay on the weekend & when I read your comment in the book about how healing Gabe & Tegan healed you as you were”going through a very rough time”. I am very glad you are feeling better & that you shared Gabe & Tegan!!

    • Aww thank you Heather! Writing Tegan and Gabe’s story was a welcome escape from life at the time and I am definitely feeling better these days… 🙂

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the book!

      Happy New Year!

      Lisa 🙂

  7. My creative outlet is quilting. I love fabrics and colors and enjoy putting them together to create different patterns. I am inspired by the many beautiful quilts I see in magazines and at quilt shows.

  8. what an interesting story to the start of a book 🙂 so glad your husband didn’t freak & that the story then came easier fo you so we can enjoy it 😉 congrats on the release

    • Yeah he knows me well enough to know I’m harmless, but my mind goes to crazy places sometimes! LOL

      Thanks for coming by! Hope you enjoy Beg Me to Slay!

      Lisa 🙂

  9. I’m afraid I stay too busy to allow creative juices room to flow. As a paralegal for a super-busy litigation attorney, my energies are used during my working hours. I escape the daily routine by reading so I’m super glad otgers are inspired with ideas!

  10. Can’t wait to read your series, Lisa! Sounds like inspiration hit you hard on this one.

    I was shopping with my family one day and we looked at Fairy Doors – you know, tiny little doors folks set out for fairies to come and go as they please.

    Well, honestly, that totally freaked me out. What if something horrible came through those doors? I mean, hey, watch what you invite into your home, right?

    Well, my mind chewed on the idea for about a month, and came up with a solution. I had a Hero come through my Fairy Door, and my first published short story, THREE WISHES, literally leapt out of that visceral experience in two weeks.

    I’m glad I’m in good company.

    Happy New Year, Suzanne and Lisa! Hope 2014 brings you all the story ideas you can manage.

  11. I do have creative bursts at times. I like painting, scrapbooking and making cards and other crafts. It is great when I have an awesome idea for a project and I am able to go right to my crafting desk and create!

  12. I love scrap booking and for the last 5 years I have made photo books for all my family with different themes for Christmas. They all seem to like them very much. Will definitely be adding this book to my TBR pile.

    Happy New Year Suzanne and Lisa!

  13. I get inspiration out of nowhere sometimes for the book I’m writing. I tend to always have a notebook nearby for that reason. Now if I could just finish putting it all together to finish it.. 🙂
    Just finished Beg Me To Slay and loved it.

  14. Fun to find you here too Lisa! International entree. I have no creative outlet at all, I just love to read (okay, am addicted to reading) and struggle to write a review about what I read. I don’t like cooking though I am not a bad cook, I don’t needlework at all or something like that and cannot even draw a straight line with a ruler.

    • Hey Aurian! *waving* Great to see you! 🙂

      And there’s nothing wrong with being just a reader… 🙂 Hope you enjoy Beg Me to Slay!

      Lisa 🙂

  15. Most of my books have come from a single idea that captures me. For one, I was daydreaming and pictured a woman dressed in black Gothwear, sitting backstage and all nervous before a show with her band. For the book I’m currently working on, I saw a picture that moved me so much I just had to tell the guy’s story. It’s funny how just one little thing will set me off.
    Your new book looks awesome, Lisa. All the best with it!

  16. That Welsh dragon brings back memories! My daughter lived in Wales for a semester. She had a great time. My creative outlet is card making and knitting. I can’t wait to read your book. Sounds great!

  17. That sounds like something I would think. 🙂 I’m always saying stuff like that to my mom. I’m not very artistic so I cant really say that I get inspired to create stuff. I used to write poetry a lot when I was younger but not so much now.