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Now, let’s talk with Lisa Carlisle!
1. The tagline on your website is “Dark Heroes, Feisty Heroines, Scorching Stories”. If your stories ‘do what it says on the tin’, what a delicious sounding recipe. What do you find most inspiring about this set up?
I’ve always thought the dark brooding guys are the sexiest. Who knows what they’re thinking behind their penetrating gazes? And I’m all for women being independent, taking care of themselves. And if that makes them a little feisty, even better. When you get those two together, watch out. 😉
2. Smoldering Nights is Book One in the Underground Encounters series. It appears to have vampires and possibly other supernatural creatures. Can you tell me what makes it different from other novels of its ilk?
For years, I’ve read stories about vampires, witches, and so on. What interests me most aren’t their specific powers or abilities, but the characters themselves and how they deal with whatever makes them different. So I don’t rehash too many of the old characteristics about vampires or come up with new ones like making them sparkle, I focus on how they choose to live with their differences. Do they embrace their differences or curse them? Do they try to live among other people or hide from them? And even more so, how do their differences affect their relationships? So although there are supernatural creatures in Underground Encounters, the books focus more on relationships, conflicts, attraction between two very different characters, and how they can make it work.
3. I love that your website has a section devoted to exploring the world of Vamps, the nightclub featured in the series. (http://www.lisacarlislebooks.com/welcome-to-vamps/) It’s such a clever and interactive idea. What inspired you to include pictures of the area in which your books are set? And what led you to come up with the idea of posting a playlist of music the DJs in Vamps might play?
Thank you! Well, I’ve worked as a Web manager and have written content for corporate Web sites for over twelve years, so now it was time to have some fun with this one! The Vamps nightclub is a big part of the setting in this series, almost like a recurring character. Walking to the nightclub is supposed to evoke walking into a dark, mysterious, gothic setting in an otherwise seemingly tranquil world. Those who choose to go there are attracted to an underground lifestyle, being with other people who consider themselves “different.” So I’m working on adding that feel to my Web site. The more I write in the series, the more I hope to add to make the site fun and interactive for readers and welcoming them to the world of Vamps.
4. I noticed that your heroine is a firefighter. That immediately piqued my interest. Is breaking the gendered and stereotyped norms for heroines a theme in your writing?
Since I served in the Marines, I know what it’s like to work as one of the few woman in a male-dominated setting. I wanted that experience for my heroines Nike in Smoldering Nights and and Maya in the sequel Fiery Nights. Although they’re tough women who don’t take crap from the guys they work with, they have a secret side where they wear sexy outfits to an underground club to decompress from their stressful jobs and feel like sexy women once again.
5. You also write non-fiction under another name. Please tell us a little bit about those books. Do you find that the topics you write about in the non-fiction world inform your fiction writing as well?
Sure. As I mentioned, I served in the Marines, which is a very male-dominated profession where the men outnumbered the women 19-to-1. There are so many books out there from guys in the Marines, but not too many from women. I wanted to show another side of the Marines – through the experience of a woman. If you’re picturing a big, intimidating Marine, let me clarify. I’m petite, only five feet tall, and like to goof around. 😉
Nike loves visiting the goth club Vamps—she can exchange her firefighter uniform for a slinky fantasy outfit. There she runs into the man she’d been admiring from afar at a rock climbing gym. He’s been the star of all her sexual fantasies, so is it any wonder they end up in his private room upstairs? Just when things begin to heat up, Michel’s enemies appear.
Only Michel isn’t an ordinary mortal. And someone from his past is on the hunt for vengeance. Michel and Nike are forced on the run and hide out in a coastal cottage in Maine. They can’t resist their attraction and spend the nights exploring each others’ bodies while trying to sort out how they feel about each other. Can they overcome their differences to be together? And how will they evade the predators who are chasing them?
Read an excerpt at Ellora’s Cave.
About Lisa Carlisle
I’ve loved the vampire myth since I was in third grade and had a crush on Dracula (rivaled only by my eternal love for Darth Vader). When I was younger, I served in the Marine Corps and backpacked around Europe on my own, which has provided me enough settings and characters for a lifetime of writing. Now I live in the Boston area with my fantastic, supportive husband and two kids. I’m very happy to be a multi-published, award-winning author writing in different genres.
Disclaimer: I go bat-shit crazy before Halloween and start decorating my house on October 1st. You can never have enough gargoyles.
Author site: Lisacarlislebooks.com