Lisa Jackson Book Spotlight and Author Interview

Book Synopsis:

One by one, the victims are carefully captured, toyed with, then subjected to a slow and agonizing death. Piece by piece, his exquisite plan takes shape. The police can't yet see the beauty in his work--but soon, very soon, they will...

In the lonely woods around Grizzly Falls, Montana, four bodies have been discovered. Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli have been hoping for a career-making case, but this is a nightmare. Even with the FBI involved, Selena and Regan have nothing to go on but a killer's cryptic notes, and the unsettling knowledge that there is much worse to come...

When Jillian Rivers opens her eyes, she's trapped in a mangled car. Then a stranger, claiming to be a trail guide named Zane MacGregor, pries her free. Though she's grateful, something about him sets Jillian on edge. And if she knew what lay out there in the woods of Montana, she'd be truly terrified. Because someone is waiting...watching...poised to strike and make Jillian the next victim...

To read my review of this book, please click here.

I was fortunate to be able to ask this New York Times Bestselling author some questions...what a treat!

Who has influenced you throughout your career as a writer? In what way?

My sister got me started. She had the wild idea that we could write romance novels. Originally I thought she was crazy, but we gave it a shot. I was influenced more by inner ambition and the need to keep the wolf away from the door than any one person.

Do you write everyday?

Almost every day. Depends on where I am in the book and what else is going on in my life. But yes, especially when I'm under deadline, then it's almost round the clock.

What has been your greatest achievement as a writer?

As a writer? Hmmm. Maybe hitting the #1 New York Times position. It's been a real thrill.

Have you always wanted to be a writer, or did you aspire to be something else growing up?

I wanted to be a writer, but thought it was a pipe dream. I was an English major in college and worked in banks. I thought I'd be a teacher, but that didn't work out and the writing thing took precedence.

Are you currently working on anything?

I'm finishing my next hardcover, MALICE, for Kensington Publishing. It's the sequel to LOST SOULS and features one of my most popular characters, Rick Bentz of the New Orleans Police Department. After a near-fatal accident, Bentz believes that his dead first wife is alive. MALICE will be available in April 2009, right after WICKED GAME, a romantic suspense novel I co-wrote with my sister, Nancy Bush.

What authors do you enjoy reading?

I read my sister, Nancy Bush, Tami Hoag, Dan Brown, Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, Stephen King, Sue Monk Kidd, William Lashner, John Grogan, whatever or whoever strikes my fancy.

Is there a particular author/s (yourself excluded) who you feel don't get the recognition they deserve?

I don't know.

What is your favorite book?

I've got several: The Stand, by Stephen King, MARLEY AND ME by John Grogan, FATAL FLAW by William Lashner, REBECCA by Daphne duMaurier, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and most of Harlan Coben's stand alones, THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini was incredible. I look for anything that lasts a long time on the bestseller lists.

What is a book that has been highly acclaimed but you haven't liked (I know, this is a tough one to answer)?

Not tough at all for me. WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte. . . never did "get" it. Loved JANE EYRE by her sister Charlotte.

What word or phrase do you feel is overused?

"Like" as "Said." For example, "He was 'like' "no way."

Growing up in the era you did, do you have a favorite song that reflects on your beliefs/feelings?

What? Are you kidding? Just about every protest song. "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" is great or "Blowin' In The Wind" or "Turn, Turn, Turn." I also think "Forever Young" has a great message. Yeah, that would have to be it. Incredible lyrics. However, these are not my favorite dance tunes.

Is there a show on tv that you feel is really must see?

LOST!! Love the characters and I'm not into sci-fi!

Is there a character in a book or movie that you can relate to?

Oh, lots, but I love Jane Kelly in the Jane Kelly Mystery Series . . . written by Nancy Bush, my sister.

If you could trade spots with anyone and live the life they lived, who would it be?

No one.

75 books...WOW! Do you have any hobbies?

I'm old. Been doin' this a while. Hanging with friends, crossword puzzles, dogs, walks.

Do you work on more than one book at a time? If so, is it difficult to keep the stories straight?

I write one book at a time but sometimes plot others. It's very difficult to keep all the characters straight.

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]