Monday, 18 January 2016

Author Q&A: Lisa Regan




If your book were made into a movie, who would you want to play your main characters?

I could see either Alexandra Daddario or Minka Kelly as the main character, Jocelyn Rush. I could see Gabrielle Union or Jennifer Hudson as her business partner, Anita. For Caleb (Jocelyn’s love interest), I could see Patrick Dempsey or Eric Dane. It would have to be someone with great hair that a woman would want to run her fingers through! For Knox, I bet James Woods would do a great job.

How do you come up with the titles of your books?

Titles used to be the hardest for me but now I try to keep it simple. With my earlier titles I tried taking something from the book. My first book is called Finding Claire Fletcher because the book is actually about finding her. With my book, Hold Still that is a phrase the bad guys actually use so I used it for the title. With my book, Aberration the FBI profiler calls the killer an aberration. But that’s a hard word for people to remember and when I say it to people, they always say, “What’s that? Apparition?” No one could remember that one. Even with Finding Claire Fletcher, most people would remember the “Finding Claire” part even if they couldn’t remember the whether it was Fletcher or Fisher or something else. So now I just try to come up with titles that people can easily remember. I think Cold-Blooded is easy for readers to remember and also, it sounds like a book in my genre.



What does your writing space look like?

I don’t actually have a writing space. I could probably make one but I’d never have time to sit in it. I have a small notebook that I keep in my purse and I write whenever I have a few minutes in my day—waiting in a doctor’s office, in line at the post office, that sort of thing. When it comes time to type it up, I just have to find some time to sit at my laptop but that could be anywhere. I do it all on the fly. One day I would love to have an actual desk that I could actually sit at and work. Perhaps one day!



What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?      

Spending time with my 8 year old daughter and my husband and reading.



What is your favourite color?

Blue



What is your favourite pleasure food?

Hmmm . . . it would be a tie between cheese and chocolate.



What is your favourite season?

Autumn for sure! Not too hot or too cold and I love to watch the leaves change.



What is your favourite television show?

I don’t watch much tv unfortunately. I will watch Friends any time of day or night over and over again. That never gets old. In terms of shows on right now, I love The Goldbergs and my husband and I watch Game of Thrones although I don’t know if I’ll keep watching since they killed off Jon Snow. Maybe if he makes a resurrection . . .



What is your favourite movie?

Tough one! Probably Man On Fire with Denzel Washington or The Italian Job with Mark Wahlberg



Who is your favourite actor?

Denzel Washington



What is your favourite song?

Hold Me by Fleetwood Mac



What is your favourite comfort clothing attire?

Pajamas with my fuzzy robe. You’ve got to have the fuzzy robe.



What books might we find on your bedside table?

A couple of non-fiction books by Malcolm Gladwell, he’s awesome. The first Joe Pickett novel by C.J. Box and a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. I really want to get into those two series this year. Also one of my daughter’s Junie B. Jones books which we read together over and over again.



Describe yourself in three words.

Kind. Compassionate. Worrywart.

 

GENRE: Mystery/Suspense


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BLURB:

Fourteen years ago, high school track star Sydney Adams was gunned down in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. The investigation yielded useless clues, and the case went cold. But homicide detective Augustus Knox never gave up on finding Sydney’s killer. Now, retired from the police force and with only months to live, he enlists the help of private investigator Jocelyn Rush to clear the case once and for all.

Armed with little more than a theory as to who murdered Sydney, Jocelyn tries to lure a killer into the open. But unraveling the mystery means facing off against a cunning psychopath whose ruthlessness knows no bounds. When more bodies start to pile up, Jocelyn has to decide just how far she’s willing to go to catch a cold-blooded killer.


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Excerpt:

She stumbled, crying out as her left foot tangled with a rogue tree root poking up through a crack in the concrete. Her hands shot out, prepared to break her fall, but her legs stuttered, almost of their own volition, finding purchase. She stopped, leaning against the offending tree. Her chest heaved. Sweat ran down her forehead and into her eyes, irritating them. Laughter erupted from her diaphragm. How many times had she run this path? Hundreds. Sprained ankle by way of tree root was a rookie move. This was exactly the problem. This distraction.

Pop.

It sounded like a firecracker and registered as a searing, stabbing pain in the back of her right thigh. Like a hot poker. Before she could react, another pop sounded, this one closer. Then two more. She suddenly tasted dirt in her mouth, and her temple was resting on that damn tree root before she could even begin to process what was happening to her. Her legs wouldn’t work. Panic, hot and frenzied, closed in on her. What was happening?

“Help,” she said, but her voice came out small and squeaky. She thought she heard footsteps approaching from behind. Sydney willed her legs to move, to stand, to scramble, to run. She reached forward with her right arm, feeling for the base of the tree. She had to get up. As her surroundings began to fade to an inky, charcoal blackness, she felt a tug on her lower body.

“Please,” she croaked.

Then the darkness swallowed her.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime/suspense novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.  Her debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine and was runner up in Best Novel in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards for 2013. Her second novel, Aberration won Best Twist in the 2014 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent Book Awards. Her third novel, Hold Still was released by Thomas & Mercer in 2014 and has been translated into German. She is at work on her fifth novel. Find out more at www.lisaregan.com.
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Lisa Regan will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC  to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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50 comments:

  1. Exciting excerpt. This sounds like a great mystery.

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  2. Thank you for the amazing excerpt and contest!

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  3. Thank you so much for the excerpt!

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  4. sounds great going to check it out now!

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  5. I liked the interview and excerpt.

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  6. Really great post! Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing :)

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  7. What was your recent ‘what the heck did just happen’ moment from a book?

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    1. I would have to say in this book, my protagonist kills someone pretty important to the story with about a third of the book left to go. Totally didn't see that coming but I worked with it. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Nice Excerpt!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  9. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt. :)

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  10. Enjoyed the interview and excerpt, sounds like a thrilling read, thanks for sharing and good luck with the tour!

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate that! :)

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  11. Where is your favorite go to place to read?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by!

      Great question. Mine is curled up on the couch.

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    2. Great question. Actually it's on my porch but only when the weather is nice enough to sit out there. Otherwise, on my couch in my fuzzy robe. :)

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. Really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much for hosting me. I really appreciate it. Sorry it took me so long to get here to comment. Many medical emergencies in my family this month. :( But I do appreciate your hosting me and the wonderfully kind comments everyone made!

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  15. Excellent excerpt! Thank you. I can't wait to read more.

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