Monday, May 02, 2011

Guest - Lisa Kessler

Good morning, all! Today's guest is author Lisa Kessler. Lisa is an avid reader and writer of dark fiction. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. You can learn more at http://Lisa-Kessler.com    Lisa lives in southern California with her incredibly fun husband and two amazing kids.

Lisa recently signed a 4 book deal with Entangled Publishing to release her Night Series.  The first book, Night Walker, is scheduled to be released August 5th.

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Putting the Fantasy in Romance

I never considered fantasy creatures for romantic leads until I saw The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  My daughter was in her early teens when Return of the King was released on DVD.  She and her best friend spent hours watching the movie, stopping it whenever Legolas showed up.  With remote control in hand, they would click the movie ahead one frame at a time, giggling with infatuation.

Until then, elves and high fantasy creatures didn’t hold much interest for me.  I’d take vampires and werewolves any day.

But gradually Legolas won me over.  His long hair and cool demeanor when facing overwhelming odds didn’t hurt.  I also started reading more books with Fae creatures set in our world.  Faeries, elves, water sprites, trolls, selkies, and dragons the list of fantasy creatures goes on and on. 

I was hooked!

So when the opportunity came along to participate in the Paranormal Fight Club writing contest, I knew I wanted to write a fantasy romance set in our world.  The “what ifs” started churning, and one idea jumped out.

What if a top actress in Hollywood didn’t get her beauty from a plastic surgeon?  What if her irresistible looks came from her true Fae nature?

That’s when I realized the “creature” I would write was a Princess of Summerland, a faerie escaped across the veil into the human world to hide from her past.  Add in a troubled hero with noble intentions, and a villain who is willing to sacrifice his entire world to take back what he believes is his, and the story came alive.

Writing a fantasy romance opened the door to magic, beauty, and the opportunity to create a “world” where anything was possible.

My question to you is, do you read fantasy romance?  What types of magical creatures are your favorites to read/write about?  Are there any fantasy romance series out there that you love?

Thanks for reading and commenting!  I’ll be giving away a free PDF copy of my new eBook short, Across the Veil to one lucky commenter…  And a super thank you to Lynda and Star-Crossed Romance for the opportunity to be here today! J



Across the Veil 
 
Princess Talia from Summerland has been hiding across the veil in the human world for the last five years.

Starring in a hit television show as human actress, Natalie Thurmont, her charmed new life is shattered when the past comes knocking on her door.

"Across the Veil" won Romance in the Backseat book review's Paranormal Fight Club short story contest. 


Short Fiction (6,000 words)



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-- Lynda Again

   I hope you've all enjoyed Lisa's post as much as I have. Don't forget to leave a comment so you can be entered into her contest!

27 comments:

Pauline B Jones said...

Ohhhh, Legolas! No question the movie boosted his hotness factor. LOL! I'd read the book numerous times and always like Aragorn, but after the movie?

Congrats on the win! The book sounds very fun and the cover is lovely. :-)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Pauline! *waving*

I'm an Aragorn fan too!!! but Legolas in the movies did grow on me! LOL

Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I love the cover too! I got to meet the cover model at RT and he was even yummier in person! LOL

Lisa :)

Linda Wisdom said...

Yay Lisa! I am so happy for you with your contract because you absolutely deserve it!

And Legolas 'snowboarding' down the stairs with his bow and arrow in hand!

Rachel Firasek said...

Lisa, I loved LK Hamilton's Fae series, so I'm sure I'll love this one just as much as soon as I have time to read again. :)

Margaret Fieland said...

I love Lord of the Rings -- but I like Aragorn more than Legolas. I'm also a big Patricia Briggs fan. Also a fan of Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake series. I do like the weres more than the vampires.

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Linda! *waving*

Thanks for stopping by!!! :)

And that scene with Legolas surfing down was amazing, wasn't it? LOL

I haven't written any elf heroes yet, but maybe someday?

Lisa

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Rachel! *waving*

I've enjoyed LK Hamilton's Merry Gentry series too! :)

Thanks for stopping by the blog... Hope you get to read again soon... I get the shakes when I go to long without being able to read! :)

Lisa

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Margaret! *waving*

I'm an Aragorn fan too, but Legolas did grow on me as the Lord of the Rings saga continued...

I've heard lots of good things abotu Patricia Briggs, but I haven't read her yet... Are they werewolves?

Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa :)

Joy Taylor Jaeger said...

A wonderful Blog, Lisa. Wasn't aware of your singing abilities. You're amazing. Am just starting to get on board with your type of story line. So interesting how you latched onto it. Best, Joy

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Joy! *waving*

Thanks for checking out my music! :)

I hope you'll give fantasy romance a try. I was hesitant too, but wow I like reading and writing about magic! So fun!

Thanks for stopping by the blog!

Lisa :)

Cori said...

HI Lisa,

I'm so excited about the release of your upcoming Night Series! Now you've got me thinking about fairies and elves, though, so you'll have to do a fairy or elf hero next. Oooh, or even a short story! Anything you write is a must-read for me!

ReneeRearden said...

Lisa,

Congratualtions on your new book deal...I'm excited to read your new series!!!

As for fantasy...I love it all. I've always gravitated toward time travel, dimensional hopping, otherworldy beings that want to right a wrong AND find their true love while saving the world (or at least their portion of the world).

Whether the beings are fae, demon, shifters, vampires, or some other creation, they ALL rock. For me, reading is about the journey.

I can't wait to read Across the Veil. Fae, magic, dimensional travel, hot hero, noble intentions...you've got my attention!

ReneeRearden(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Cori! *waving*

Glad to hear you're excited about Night Walker!!! I can't wait to share the book with the world! Finally! LOL

I would love to develop Across the Veil into a full novel someday... Writing about faeries and magic was SO fun!!!

Thanks for stopping by Cori!!!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Renee -

Your reading tastes sound like mine!!! LOL I read as an escape, so I love reading about worlds very different from my own...

I'm open to any type of paranormal creature as long as I can still relate to them and their struggles.

Hope you enjoy Across the Veil! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

Lisa :)

Karen Ritter said...

Hi Lisa,
Great interview. Congrats on the four book deal! I didn't know you sang either. Very impressive. I do like fairies, but haven't read anything about them yet. I'll have to get a nook or kindle so I can check out yours.
Take care,
Karen

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Karen! *waving*

You can actually download teh Kindle for PC program to your computer for free! :)

Then you can read eBooks and flip pages on your computer instead of an eReader. (Although I Loooooooove my Kindle!!! I highly recommend getting one for yourself...)

Thanks for stopping by the blog and checking out my music too! Fun!

Lisa :)

lynnrush said...

Hi, Lisa.
I remember you in the Fight Club thing....that was great fun.

I love romance, not so much HIGH fantasy romance, but more contemporary paranormal romance. It's fun to get lost in the characters and all the struggles they face to be with the one they love!!! :)

I'm stoked about your Entangled deal. We're going to see great things from you and Entangled, I can just feel it!!

Victoria said...

Hi Lisa,
Congratulations on your book deal. I love fantasy romance and there are no creatures I will not read. Depending on the story one can fall in love with any creature.
Thanks for the contest.
I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/Jovial_1/status/65120162810044416

vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom said...
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Linda Thomas-Sundstrom said...

Lisa , I too was enamored of Legolas in the movie! Geez. At my age! But I've always been an "OTHER" fan. Started writing about "others" when I was eight years old, and continued on to today with my Nocturne series of vamps and Weres.

Read Across the Veil last night - and it's super. So congrats on getting that up and running so that folks can read your books!

xo
Linda

GOLDEN VAMPIRE - Nocturne - now.
VAMPIRE LOVER - Nocturne Bite - now
www. lindathomas-sundstrom .com

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Lynn! *waving*

I haven't delved into much high fantasy romance... Yet! I do love to find an elf or a faerie in our world though! :)

Thanks for the good wishes too! I've been thrilled with Entangled every step of the way so far... I think it'll be a big success too! *fingers crossed*

Can't wait to share Night Walker with the world!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Victoria! *waving*

Thanks for stopping by the blog! :)

I'm with you, I can grow to love any creature as long as the story is strong...

Thanks for spreading the word about the blog too! You rock!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Linda! *waving*

Oh I love your "others"! :)

I think there's no better escape than a fantasical out of this world story!

I'm so glad you enjoyed Across the Veil too!!! Can't tell you how cool it was to think my words were in your Kindle!!! LOL

Thanks for stopping by the blog Linda!

*HUGS*

Lisa :)

P.Q. Glisson said...

Hey Lisa! (waving wildly while jumping up and down)
Just dropped in to say "Hi".
From your facebook friend.

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi P.Q.!!! *jumping up and down waving back*

Thanks for stopping by!!! It's great to see you...

Lisa :)

Lynda K. Scott said...

Thanks Lisa for being with us this week!

Everyone, Lisa has selected Victoria S. is the winner!!! :)

Victoria, Lisa tells me that she'll send your prize to you asap. Enjoy!

Victoria said...

Thanks Lynda and Lisa :). It's in my email now. Can't wait to download it.