We want to welcome to our blog, Lisa Harris. Let me share a little about her with you.
SDC: Welcome, Lisa. Africa, huh? That's so awesome. I saw your theme scripture from your website (Hebrews 12:1-3) I believe. Tell us about why you selected those verses as your focus, and how they correlate with the types of books you write.
SDC: And how blessed we are to know we do have that hope in the Lord about every aspect of our lives! Amen.
Tell us about your publisher(s) and your experiences in working with them and what you have coming out soon.
My newest release with Zondervan is book one in my Mission Hope Series, called Blood Ransom. It’s a fast paced-thriller thriller about the modern-day slave trade and those who dare to challenge it. The second book in the series will be released next spring. Currently, I’m writing a romantic suspense for Summerside Press’s new line. Dark Continent will come out in February. This story is set in both Northern Rhodesia (Africa) and New York in the early 1920’s.
SDC: How interesting! I look forward to reading some of your work! What kind of response have you received from readers who have been influenced greatly by your writing or your personal testimony?
Lisa: Because Blood Ransom is about the modern slave trade, I’ve heard from many readers lately who have been struck by the fact that slavery is still so prevalent today. While I do want to open people’s eyes to some of the issues happening in the world today (the next book in the series is set primarily in a refugee camp) I also want to share that through Christ there is hope. This is the response that I love to hear!
SDC: That almost already answers my next question. How do you thread faith, love, and hope along with the reality of life work together in your stories?
Lisa: It’s always as tough balance. First of all, like all authors, I want my books to be hard-to-put-down page-turners. But the threads of faith and hope are also very important to me and I try to add them naturally, through conversation and situations that show rather than just tell.
SDC: Important to me as well. How long did you have to wait before getting published the first time, Lisa? What are some things that went through your mind?
Lisa: Writing is definitely a hard journey that builds patience. I wrote for about six years before I sold my first novella to Barbour and the waiting wasn’t always easy. But I discovered a lot about myself in the process while I learned about the craft and grew in my writing, and I’m still learning!
SDC: How does your family and the ministry with your church correspond with your time to write and do research for writing?
Lisa: I love to travel, so if you could travel anywhere in the world, were would that be and why?
SDC: That's a great question. Thanks.
And thank you, Lisa for being here. It’s been a real pleasure having you at A Pen for Your Thoughts. Please include your URL and where people can find your books.
Lisa: Thank you so much for having me, Shirley! You can find out more about me on my blog at http://myblogintheheartofafrica.blogspot.com or my website www.lisaharriswrites.com.
Okay readers and other writers. Now it's your turn. Look above to find Lisa's question. We look forward to receiving your replies. We will be drawing the name of the book winner in a few days from now.
READERS: Be sure to answer Lisa’s question above to try to win a copy of her book! Don’t forget to include your email address.
Congratulations to our new winner west of the rockies in the good old USA...Casey Herringshaw! How exciting to share a great book with you. Be watching for it soon.