Welcome to another Writer Wednesday feature! Today I introduce you to Lisa Orchard, who writes mystery novels for young adults.
What inspired you to write?
I was an avid reader when I was a youngster, I loved Nancy Drew! By the time I was in fifth grade I was writing my own mysteries and playing detective too. J I guess you could say those early mysteries are my inspiration for writing today, but I also feel that I have a message in each of my stories for the young people who are reading them.
What genre do you write? Did you choose it, or did it choose you?
I write Upper Middle Grade/Young Adult Mystery/Thrillers. I chose this genre because I’ve always loved mysteries and they come naturally to me. That being said, I’m also right in the middle of a coming of age novel that I’m really excited about.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I don’t have a schedule. I write whenever I have the opportunity. Life gets pretty busy with two active boys, so I try to fit it in around their activities.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
When I get stuck I first try chocolate and if that doesn’t work I go for a walk or a run. It seems that exercise stimulates me when chocolate doesn’t. But I always go the chocolate route first; after all, I’ve been told it’s an Anti-Oxidant! I tell people I eat it for health reasons.
MJ: LOL! Good one! I’m going to use that! 🙂
Are you a pantser or plotter?
I’m a total Pantser. It’s seems that outlining has a negative effect on my creative process.
Are your stories based on experiences based on someone you know, or are events in your own life reflected in the characters/stories you write? Can you share and example?
The stories are based on some of my own experiences. I wanted to be a detective when I was younger; however, they’re greatly embellished to make the stories more interesting.
Do you have any suggestions to help new authors become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Keep writing! I’ve noticed that my writing improves with each story that I write.
Are you self-pubbed, indie pubbed, or traditionally pubbed?
I would say that I’m “indie pubbed”. I’m published through Astraea Press, an awesome publisher by the way. 🙂
What are your current projects?
I just finished the third Super Spies novel and it’s scheduled for release in early August. It’s titled, “The Super Spies and the Pied Piper.” I’m excited about this one! I’m also working on a Coming of Age Young Adult Novel and it’s off to a great start.
Thanks M.J. for interviewing me today! It was fun!
About the Author:
Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. She was hooked on mysteries by the fifth grade and even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then. “The Super Spies and the High School Bomber” is the second book in the “Super Spies” series. Her first book was published in March of 2012 and it has received rave reviews.
After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Marketing Degree she spent many years in the insurance industry, pining to express her creative side. The decision to stay home with her children gave her the opportunity to follow her dream and become a writer. She currently resides in Rockford Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she’s working on the third novel that stars the same quirky teens. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.
Thank you for stopping by! I love to make new friends. Got questions or comments? Leave a comment, or connect with me online!
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