Friday, October 28, 2011

Author Spotlight on Lisa Jordan & Giveaway!

Christy here and I'm excited to introduce Debut Author Lisa Jordan to Faith today!  
In 2009, I was fortunate enough to final in the Contemporary Romance category of the Genesis contest with some super sweet ladies. Lisa was one of the gals who reached out with an email to us and encouraged us to pray for each other. I felt welcomed from the start. And then, meeting Lisa at ACFW in Denver was awesome. She's just as friendly and sweet in person! When I learned Lisa signed with an agent and soon after announced her first novel releasing with Love Inspired, I knew I wanted to help her spread the word!  

Now, with out further ado, here's Lisa Jordan!


Bio: Heart, home and faith have always been important to Lisa Jordan, so writing stories that feature both comes naturally to her. She has been writing contemporary Christian romance for more than a decade. Her debut novel, Lakeside Reunion, will be released in November by Love Inspired. Her second novel, Lakeside Family, will be released in August 2012 by Love Inspired. Happily married for over twenty years, Lisa and her husband have two young adult sons. When she isn’t writing or caring for children in her in-home childcare business, Lisa enjoys family time, romantic comedies, good books, crafting with friends and feeding her NCIS addiction. Connect with Lisa on Twitter, Like her on Facebook and sign up for her newsletter on her Website.

 

Lisa, Lakeside Reunion was the Genesis Runner up in 2009, can you share a little about your journey to publication? Did the Genesis contest help you in your path to publication?

The same year I finaled in the Genesis, I met with Tina James, editor for Love Inspired, who asked for the full manuscript. The next day, I met with Rachelle Gardner, agent with WordServe Literary, who also asked for the full manuscript, but asked me to send it to her first. I spent the next six months revising and polishing because I wanted to send my absolute very best work to Rachelle. I submitted it in March 2010, and a week later, I received an offer of representation from Rachelle. I knew she was the agent God had in mind for me because I have been following her for two years. Rachelle submitted my manuscript to Tina, but Melissa Endlich, the senior editor for the Love Inspired line ended up being the one who read it and offered a contract in January 2011.

The Genesis contest gave me great feedback—thank you judges. Also, I believe agents and editors notice when you final in contests because it shows you’re willing to invest in your writing, put your work out there for others to see, and you are striving to improve your craft.

What’s the best advice you received prior to publication?

My journey to publication has been a long one—spanning over a decade. I’ve received a lot of great advice. Writing is hard work, so be prepared to work hard. Don your alligator skin because rejection hurts. Put on your big girl pants and move past rejection. All great advice, but my best advice has been given to me by Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck of My Book Therapy. Susie taught me to ask about the lie my character believes about himself and his place in God’s world. Rachel taught me to ask “Why?” to get to my character’s core motivations. Characters need to have solid motivations for their actions and for them to come across as believable to their readers.

I understand you work full time and now your book is coming out! Congratulations!!! I’m sure you have a lot to manage. Any tips on how you keep everything in work – writing- family life balanced?

I have to admit it’s been a juggling act this year. I work full-time in my home as a childcare provider. That job doesn’t end when the last child goes home. I have lesson plans, assessments, prep for the next day, and keeping my house clean. During naptime, I do social media if all my Little Darlings are sound asleep. After dinner with my family, I write for a couple of hours, and then before bed, I try to do a little more social networking. My family is very supportive of my writing career and they help me out with house stuff so I have writing time. I’m going to be starting NaNoWriMo soon, so I will be changing my sleeping schedule to go to bed earlier so I can get up earlier to write before my day begins.  









About the Book: Bed-and-breakfast owner Lindsey Porter prays she won’t run into Stephen Chase when she returns to Shelby Lake. Five years ago, the cop jilted her to marry another woman, and Lindsey fled town. 

But no sooner does she hit city limits than Stephen pulls her over for a broken taillight. Despite the past, he’s still able to stir up Lindsey’s old feelings for him. Now a widower and single dad, Stephen recognizes a second chance when he sees one. And he’ll do anything to make Lindsey trust in God and take a risk for love—again.  










Oh, wow, this book sounds great! A classic romance! Lisa, thank you so much for being on FAITH today. 
Okay, everyone, Lisa is holding a scavenger hunt and lakeside photo contest to promote her Lakeside Reunion release. Fun!!!
Visit her Lakeside Reunion Contest page for more information. 
*Please note the Scavenger Hunt form has been updated to include more bloggers.

**The token for this blog is a cinnamon roll. 

Leave a comment for Lisa or ask a question... I'll draw a winner Sunday and will send a lucky winner a copy of Lakeside Reunion!  As soon as it releases next week!!!!

21 comments:

  1. HI Lisa--welcome! Thanks for sharing your story. Your cover is beautiful. We're glad to have you here today.

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  2. Hi Lindi!
    Be sure to check out the Contest page. Sounds like a fun scavenger hunt and there are a lot of nice prizes Lisa's offering.

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  3. Lisa, it's wonderful that your family is so supportive of your writing. :)

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  4. Lisa, congratulations!! I was so excited to hear you'd sold. I'm looking forward to your release!!

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  5. Hi Lisa!
    How exciting that your book releases next month!
    Good luck with it and NaNoWriMo!
    Cheers to your future success!

    Have a great weekend everyone!

    Eva Maria Hamilton at gmail dot com

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  6. Lindi, thanks for the welcome! When I saw my cover for the first time, I cried. I was so impressed with the beauty and how my cover artist had the same idea for the tone as I did.

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  7. Christy, thank you so much for hosting me. I look forward to returning the favor. I know your day is coming, my friend.

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  8. Jeanne, I couldn't write without the support of my family. Thank *you* for your support in my book. :)

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  9. Missy, thanks so much!! When I got the call in January, November seemed so far away. And now it's almost here!!

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  10. Eva, thanks so much! Your turn is coming. March will be here before you can blink!

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  11. Great interview. I loved reading Lakeside Reunion. The characters were so real, and I was really rooting for Stephen! There is so much more to come for you, Lisa, I feel it!

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  12. sounds like a great book, based on a reality many of us can visualize. Good luck as you progress in your writing career.

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  13. Lisa- you're book sounds fabulous. I'll have to keep my eyes open for it. Your day is definitely full, but when God gives the mission to write He always provides the way to get those words on paper.

    May your book have great success!

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  14. Hi Lisa, it was great to find this post today. Thanks for sharing. I hope your book reaches lots of people and you have great success.
    Jackie

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  15. Hi Lisa,

    Congratulations on your first published book. That's exciting!
    I'm sure it will be highly successful!
    Blessings!

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  16. a wonderful posting...thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  17. Hi Jeanne T, Thanks for stopping by. Family is so important to help balance everything out. I wouldn't accomplish anything if I didn't have the cooperation of my own!

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  18. Hi Eva Maria & Missy!
    It had crossed my mind to try NaNoWriMo. I tried it a couple of years ago. The pressure about did me in. You all know I don't know well if it's someone else's challenge I'm up against. Weird, I know...

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  19. Pat, Your brief review here makes me want to read Lakeside all the more! Thanks for saying Hi!

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  20. Hi Regina and Dianna - Thank you both for stopping by yesterday. I'm a day behind, sorry!

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  21. Hi Jackie, Edwina and Karen! First book launches are so fun, aren't they! It's exciting to read the author's first novel and get a flavor for her writing. Thanks so much for coming by FAITH ;)

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