Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Author Spotlight - Lisa Rayns

Wanted: Vampire – Written in Blood

Book 3 in the Wanted: Vampire Trilogy
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: Adult
When Annabelle Cox is forced to return to her hometown of Medford, she is anxious to tell a certain vampire he’s had her heart for years. Malik Drake is sexy as hell and completely irresistible, but the bad boy is also engaged to marry her mother the moment her father dies.
Ignoring the complications, she’s determined to tell him how she feels in hopes of changing his plans for the future. But the closer she gets to him, the more powerful a hidden adversary becomes, and their sizzling attraction may not stand a chance in Hell.

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1.  Describe your writing process. 

First, thank you so much for having me, Anne. I’m so happy to be here. J

My writing process is elaborate. When a muse hits me for a story, I write down as much of it as I can. When that process finishes, I look at the story, the basic plot, and find ways to make it better. I plot out the story and get that written out. Then I go back to writing. At this stage, I mostly cringe when my characters don’t want to follow the wonderful plot I’ve created, but I let them be who they are and adjust as I go until finished.

So, okay, maybe it’s not elaborate, but it really keeps me busy.

2.  What motivates you to sit down and write?

Time. I’ve never had to force myself to write because I love creating stories. It is truly my favorite thing to do. I’m either hoping for time to do what I love or I’m writing.

3.  Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration comes from everywhere. My past and present experiences, the news, articles, pictures, music, etc. One of my favorite things about writing is when I hear or see a glimpse of something and a “What if…” question pops into my head. I can’t even count the number of story ideas that have started that way.

4.  What is your biggest challenge?

This is the easiest question – Marketing! Always marketing.  

5.  Do you ever experience writer's block?  How do you get through it?

Yes, I experience writer’s block like every other author. For me, I think it’s from overworking. I just get to a point where I need to cool down and let my brain relax. I never stress about it unless I have a deadline. I veg on movies for two or three days without accessing my computer and it goes away on its own. After that, I can’t wait to get back to my computer and write.

6.  Tell a little about your most recent work.  Title, genre, and tag line.

My most recent release, Wanted: Vampire – Written in Blood, is the final book in the Wanted: Vampire trilogy. It’s a full length paranormal romance.

Tagline: Malik Drake is sexy as hell and completely irresistible, but the bad boy is also engaged to her mother.

7.   Is/are there specific themes that you would like your reader to grasp while their reading your novel?

“Overcoming fear and weakness” is a big one in the Egyptian Duet (which I just completed). In the second and final book, Wrath of the Egyptian Goddess, Cleo has a lot of problems dealing with the horrible curse from her past, and to make matters worse, it seems to be resurrecting itself. As it slithers, drawing a wedge between her and Calvin, her self-destructive tendencies don’t help the situation. Temptation is calling to her, and ultimately, she must learn to overcome not one but two demons which haunt her. I’m hoping to release this book in January or February of this year!

8.  What makes a good story?

If it’s interesting, brilliant in some way, and it sticks with you – I call that a great story.

9.  Do you have a current work in progress?  Can you tell a little bit about it?

Yes, I always do. I’m really excited about this one because it’s an entirely new genre for me – psychological suspense. Like all my books, it will contain a paranormal element so I’m not straying too far from my base. I started writing it several years ago, and it’s been sitting in a lonely file, unfinished. Luckily, the muse has returned in full force.

10.  Tell us about yourself, outside of writing.

I live in a small town, and I work full time. I have three beautiful boys at home, two dogs, and a Siamese cat. Spending time with my family is important to me, and it’s also a lot of fun because we all share a similar interest in the paranormal.


  1. Thanks so much for having me today, Anne! I love your blog.

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