Every so often I am lucky enough to interview an author who is generous with their knowledge and passion for writing and willing to share it with us here on the blog.
Lisa Heidke is one such writer. Lisa starting writing many years ago after making a New Years Resolution to write a book. The next day, she changed her life and started writing.
Lisa has now written six books.
See, New Years Resolutions do come true!
Which book you have written is your favourite and why?
I am loving my latest novel, The Callahan Split.
Why? Because it’s been a labour of love…and blood, sweat and tears.
I really wanted to write about sisters…that love/hate dynamic, loyalty, etc and once I got started I couldn’t stop. Then I thought how can I make this more intense? So I decided to make them professional tennis doubles partners, throw in a few romantic entanglements and the story almost wrote itself.
Which part of the writing process is most difficult for you and why? The writing, the editing or the marketing?
For me, getting the first draft written is often difficult – knowing what I want to write but not finding the right words.
I really enjoy editing because I have at least 70,000 words to shape, rewrite and refine.
Having just released The Callahan Split, I would definitely say marketing – getting the word out that you have a new book without sounding self-indulgent, pushy and repetitive! Did I mention I have a new book out – The Callahan Split? It’s one of 2015’s best reads.* (Not biased at all)
Name 4 words that describe your writing style?
Humorous, naturalistic, relatable, conversational
The book you wish you had written and why?
I have just discovered Lee Childs and Jack Reacher. Only up to book number four (of twenty), but they are definitely pages turners. Crime fiction is not my genre and I know I could never write one, but the stories definitely take me to another world I can lose myself in.
What would you name your biography?
Hide Key and Seek
Your number one piece of advice for those who wish to write for a living?
Write because you love the craft and have a burning desire to tell the story inside your head that won’t go away. Go in with your eyes wide open. Few novelists earn enough money to make writing a full time job. Take on other writing jobs to pay the bills whilst you tap away at your novel.
What is the biggest novice mistake people make when writing their novels?
That they’ll become rich and famous! See question number 5!
Which writer or support person has helped you the most on your writer’s journey? Tell us about them.
Writer friends like Allison Tait and Dr Anita Heiss have been very helpful coercing and keeping me writing when I sometimes felt like giving up. To them, I owe an enormous gratitude.
Professionally, Nicola O’Shea has been my greatest support. She has been my editor for all six of my books and my seventh manuscript. All are my books are infinitely better with Nicola’s thoughtful and constructive input.
Thank you so much Lisa!
You can find Lisa’s website & blog here: Lisa Heidke
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If you would like to win a copy of Lisa’s new book The Callahan Split please tell me in the comments section below:
What is your most memorable New Years resolution and what was the outcome? Did make your resolution a reality? Or do you have another story to tell us?
Terms & Conditions:
The most creative answer will win ONE copy of The Callahan Split by Lisa Heidke.
This is a game of skill; most interesting/creative answer will be chosen by my team at Lisa Berson blog.
The winners will be contacted via email only and so you must ensure you provide your name and a valid email address. The winners have 48 hours to respond to the winning email or the prize will be redrawn. Entries who do not provide an email address will not be valid entries. Open to Australian residents only, Judges decision is final. Competition opens Friday 2nd October 2015 06.00am AWST and closes Friday 9th October 2015 at 11pm AWST.