Lisa Darling Interview

Today I'd like to welcome author Lisa Darling to Fallen Angel Reviews. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today Lisa.

To start, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
The basic rundown; I'm 44, married 25 years to my wonderful husband, we have two grown daughters. I live in my hometown here in Connecticut.

Could you tell readers a little bit about your current release, The Heart of War?
The Heart of War is a dark saga of lust, rage, revenge, and redemption. The story is built around the (arguable) premise that deep within every man (or woman for that matter) is the desire and the ability to be a hero. In The Heart of War that premises holds even when you're Ares Greek God of War.

What was the most challenging part of writing The Heart of War? The most rewarding?
The answer to both questions would have to be the character of Ares. I've always felt that, of all the Greek Pantheon, Ares was probably the most reviled and misunderstood of all the Olympian Gods. I tried to stay true to what Readers would probably have in mind when they think of Ares God of War, at least at first. In The Heart of War, he's drop dead-gorgeous (being a Greek God what else would one expect? : ), delightfully moody, grumpy and just a brooding bugger when we first meet him. He's living in exile on a secluded Greek Isle with a harem of women and a small troop of guards. Turning him into a hero without making it contrived was difficult. It had to be a natural progression, the heroin, Alena, couldn't make him into a better man-or God in this case-he had to want to be better because of her. Don't get me wrong, he doesn't turn into a big ball of mush by the end, he's still Ares but a better, stronger, Ares.

How long have you been writing?
I've been writing since I was in the fourth grade. That was when I had my very first creative writing assignment. We were supposed to write about the first flight of a baby bird. All of the others kids' stories were very happy and sweet but my little tale was not. In my story, the baby bird flew too high on his first flight, crashed into an airplane and died, the momma bird cried and so did the sky. While my teacher found the story 'disturbing' for a 4th grader, she commended me on my imagination. I've been writing ever since. This got me into a lot of trouble in Jr. High (7th-9th grade) when my writing turned to dark romance and became very explicit for someone of that age. My classmates loved my tales…oh they mimeographed them in secret and passed them around the school like a 2.00 whore! Again, my teachers and guidance counselors were 'disturbed' but, because the stories showed such a great scale of imagination and, well, talent, they were torn over what to do. They called my parents in for conferences. My mother was upset but my father said I wasn't hurting anyone and to just leave me alone and let me write. That's advice I followed years later when it was my turn to get called into the counselor's office over the writings of my own daughters. Thanks, Dad!

What is your favorite type of genre to read?
I love Dark Romance, the darker the better. I don't like Sweet Romance-stories that guarantee a happy ever after bore me. Growing up my favorite authors were Jacqueline Susann, Harold Robbins, Judith Rossner, and VC Andrews. One day, again in Jr. High, a masterful writer by the name of Stephen King came along with a little book called Salem's Lot and stole my heart away. We've been involved in a love affair ever since. :)

Have you ever went back and read your own books for pleasure?
I go back and read them for editing purposes and sometimes I find myself immersed in the storyline totally forgetting that I'm looking for errors and just getting swept away. On rare occasions, as I'm reading, I'll actually say to myself; I wrote that? Really? I did? Damn that's pretty good!

How important is research in your writing?
Very. I incorporated a lot of Greek Mythology into The Heart of War and tried to stay true to as much of it as possible. But, since they are myths, the writer gets to take a little poetic license and expand upon existing storylines.

Where would you say that you get your most creative ideas?
Honestly? The bath tub!

If you could ask readers any one question, what would it be?
I don't know but they're always free to ask me anything they like. I suppose I would like to know what type of story they prefer; those that are sort of pre-packaged fluff or those that may not be as 'pretty' but have a bit more meat on their bones.

Could you tell us what you're currently working on?
I'm working on Child of War, the sequel to The Heart of War. It should be available in November, 2011.

If you could go back in time, where would you go and when? What is one thing you would want to take with you?
I'm not a fan of time travel especially in terms of going backward. I never like to go back. For me, the only direction to travel in is forward. So, to tell you the truth, I'd probably pass on the opportunity. If we go forward, I might take a small peek into the future.

What is the wackiest job you can think of that you would like to do?
Lunch Lady. I wouldn't mind being the Lunch Lady in a school cafeteria.

Is there anything else you would like to add today or any links where readers can find you?
My website where you can find more about The Heart of War and my other novel Dream Weaver along with a few short stories. You can also get special discounts and deals that aren't offered anywhere else. The Heart of War is available on, Kindle, Nook Book, Smashwords, Diesel, and more.

Thank you so much for spending time with us today Lisa!
Thank you for having me! It's been my pleasure.

Interviewed by: Tammy