Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Lisa Manifold!
Lisa Manifold is fortunate to live in the amazing state of Colorado with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and one offended cat. She enjoys skiing and carting kids and dogs to wherever they need to go, and she adores “treasure hunting” at local thrift stores. Her other hobbies include costuming within her favorite fandoms and periods. Lisa is very (probably overly) involved with her regional writers’ organization, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. To her great surprise and delight, Lisa has been nominated as a finalist for the RMFW 2016 Independent Writer of the Year award. She is the author of the Sisters Of The Curse series, based on the Grimm Brothers fairy tale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.” Her new series, The Heart Of The Djinn, is a trilogy that shows what happens when a freelancing djinn does his own thing. Three Wishes, the first book in The Heart Of The Djinn series is out now. Book two, Forgotten Wishes, will be out soon! Finally, Brennan, the Goblin King will be making his debut in the Realm trilogy in early summer.
I love reading the author bios. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? I have been writing for years. I never did anything with it because I never thought I wrote anything that interested anyone other than myself. It had only been in the last two years that I considered publishing.
Why did you choose to write your genre? I didn’t initially write paranormal romance. But last year, I took a look at the list of books I’d been reading [from] my To Be Read list, and it fell primarily into that genre. So I wrote Three Wishes, and haven’t looked back since.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? Why Draco Malfoy and Ginny Weasley could have been a success as a couple. Someone might die from all the barbed comments, but it would be one heck of a match! [I’d like to read that!]
What are you currently working on? Book 2 of the Realm trilogy, To Wed The Goblin King as well Forgotten Wishes, Book 2 of the Heart Of The Djinn series.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? In the Realm trilogy, I love the idea of a Fae realm that has many different sorts of fae creatures. The Goblin Realm is a favorite, and I’ve done a great deal of world building to create the various Realms in a way that is not only interesting but believable. Additionally, I love the original Goblin King. This is my homage to him and the way he shaped my interests. In the Heart Of The Djinn series, the idea of a nice, rather than a malicious or trickster djinn is very appealing. Even though he’s nice, he gives my characters exactly what they want. That always sounds good, but it’s not always what we really want. I find seeking out the balance between what we think we want and what we really want fascinating. [I think I have more books to add to my TBR…]
What was the hardest story for you to write? The second book of all my series. I’m working on two of them now. You’re so full of ideas for Book 1 that by the time Book 2 comes along, it seems harder to put all the pieces together in a way you find appealing. I worry about not making Book 2 it’s own piece of the story arc. [I totally understand where you’re coming from.]
What process do you use to plan your novels? I write an outline for each chapter in bullet points. Just enough to get me on the path for the novel. I like to leave room for some pantsing. [A hybrid–a plantser!]
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Catrin, from my first series, Sisters Of The Curse. She started out as a rather two-dimensional character, and she just grew and grew as the story moved along. It got to the point where I had to write a novella of her story, because she got so big. She’s crazy, and I love her.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Oh, loads. I write all my high emotion right into the story. I love Tibby – not only her strength but how she finds it and exercises it. I understand Thea, and Casimir. I empathize with Catrin. Brennan and Iris can’t get out of their own way at times – I get that, completely. If I have a strong emotion, it will show up in my work.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? I tend to keep more than one project going. It allows me to put aside whatever is giving me grief and work on something else without feeling guilty for being stuck and unproductive. [A woman after my own heart.]
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Why? Historical suspense. I love using actual history for a novel.
Which authors inspire you? Hugh Howey, Courtney Milan, and Dana Strawbow.
What novel would you read multiple times? Any and all of the Jane Austen novels. She is my all-time favorite author. Her themes and the concerns of her characters resonate with me, even though they’re nearly 200 years old.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) Queen Elizabeth I. I find the accounts of her fascinating and would love to know how she really lived. It wasn’t an easy time for women. She made it in a world traditionally dominated by men, and the accounts of her are varied. She’s a tie with Richard III. I’d like to know if he really did all the things he is accused of, and what really happened to his nephews, the little Princes in the Tower. [Yes, I’d like the answer to that mystery as well.]
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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? A peacock. Great plumage, loudest thing around.
What is your favorite color? Black.
What do you do when you’re not writing? Now it is. I retired last year after fifteen years as a medical massage therapist.
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Thank you Lisa! It was a pleasure getting to know you better. Join me next week when I’ll have Nicole Zoltack.