I was chosen by it! As a mom, K-8 school library assistant, and author, I
read everything from picture books to young adult so it feels natural to me
to write young adult. Choosing first person, present tense for Mercy Lily
also felt very natural for this particular story. It’s such an intimate
story, using that point-of-view allowed me to get the emotions on the page.
Writing it was intense at times and I knew I was on the right track.
2) Is there an author, living or dead, who inspired you particularly?
So many authors! It’s hard to choose! Mary E. Pearson, Lisa Schroeder,
Kashmira Sheth…just to name a few young adult authors who inspire me.
Their writing styles are beautiful and they’ve all carved out nice careers
for themselves and are just nice people. I’m lucky to consider them friends
and comrades, too.
3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future
Mercy Lily – Sixteen-year-old Lily’s roles as veterinary assistant and
daughter blur when her terminally ill mother seeks a compassionate end to
Mercy Lily is my first young adult novel and the story itself stems from
questions I had about life, death, quality of life, and coping with loss. It
is a book that I opened many veins for and I hope readers enjoy it as a
story, but also hope that it creates dialogue about the premise of death
with dignity and the life and death choices people in our society face
Even though Mercy Lily is a young adult novel, it has found an adult
audience and I’m glad for that crossover market. I’ve heard from several
mothers and daughters who have read it and passed it on to other family
member as well. It’s opened up discussions about quality of life, death, and
individual wishes, and that is such a rewarding thing for me. I wanted to
reach young adults because they are the future and will have a voice on such
important topics in the near future. Plus, I hope the story is something
they will look back on and remember when they have their first experience
with death and it will offer some perspective and comfort. Overall, the
novel is a realistic, contemporary work of fiction and has a
thought-provoking premise, but it’s a family sage with lots of light moments
and humor sprinkled throughout.
I’m working on several things that I’m excited about and I have several
queries, proposals, and pitches out to a few agents and editors right now.
My middle grade novel, tentatively titled, Dream, is a fantasy/magical
realism story full of dilemmas, humor, and heart, and lends itself to a
series very well, so fingers crossed there! I’m also taking notes and
writing tidbits of scenes for another YA novel that’s been brewing in my
brain for some time. It’s a medical thriller romance drama set in the not so
distant future. I also have a several nonfiction projects in the works.
4) How was your writing journey?
I’ve always loved to read and write, but I began writing seriously with an
eye toward publication in 1996 when I joined the Society of Children’s Book
Writers & Illustrators. I spent several years reading books on craft,
attending conferences, and being an active member in critique groups before
I really began submitting my fiction. I wrote several articles on the craft
of writing for the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market and received
my first nonfiction book contract from Enlsow Publishers in 2005. My books
for Enslow include a biography on Newbery Award winning author, Lois Lowry,
the very first published biography on mega-popular author of the Twilight
saga, Stephenie Meyer, and a book on getting into the acting business. I was
working on my fiction all the while I was writing and publishing the
nonfiction titles, plus I have a day job and a family, so it can be a
juggling act but I love it!
5) What’s your opinion about this E-book revolution? Would you consider
the indie route?
It’s not something I’m planning on at this time but I won’t discount it for
the future. I have several friends who are finding great success and
readership going Indie and that’s what it’s all about.
6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use social media a lot
to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to
write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are
I have to have a balance so I’m using Facebook, Goodreads, and blogs such as
this one to put my time and energy. I’m on Twitter but don’t use it
regularly. Being hyper-connected is somewhat intimidating for me so I really
pick and choose based on my comfort level. I had to cut back on blogging on
LiveJournal but I’d like to get back to that. Writing has to come first for
Info about the author:
After many years of mud pies, skinned knees, sibling rivalry, crushes, boyfriends and heartbreaks, Lisa got serious and penned her first novel when she was sixteen. She received her first rejection letter when she was eighteen. It was from Cosmopolitan Magazine. She still has it!
Her young adult novel, Mercy Lily, debuted from Flux October 2011. It’s received a number of very nice review.
Along with publishing fiction, she has written three nonfiction books for Enslow Publishing. Lois Lowry: The Giver of Stories & Memories(2007) , So You Want to Be a Film or TV Actor? (2008), andStephenie Meyer: Author of the Twilight Saga (2009).
To know more about Lisa, please visit her website: http://www.lisaalbert.com
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