UPDATE: Please note the kindle deal was *only* on the 17th – but it’s still a fun interview!
It’s my pleasure to have author Lisa Weseman as my guest today. Her NAME OF THE GAME is a 99 Cent Kindle Daily Deal today January 17th, so be sure to check it out!
Here’s the book blurb (our Q&A follows):
He thinks she’s a flake. She thinks he’s a stick-in-the mud. But each time Kyle and Mac are together, they feel an undeniable spark.
After a long day on her feet, all flight attendant Kyle McKinney wants is a cool glass of wine, a warm bath, and a hot man in her bed. Instead, she ends up in a tug-of-war over misdelivered mail with her sexy-but-nerdy neighbor, Kyle “Mac” McKinney.
Thrown together by a shared name and address, Kyle and Mac butt heads as their very different lives begin to overlap. He wears sweater vests and teaches college accounting. She dresses like Carmen Miranda and practices scream therapy. But together, they must deal with a nosy elderly neighbor, a misguided stripper, and an overzealous IRS agent – without killing each other.
When opposites attract, it’s like playing with fire. But will Kyle and Mac figure out that love is the name of the game…before it’s too late?
So, welcome to the blog, Lisa!
Tell us a little about yourself:
In addition to writing romance, I write and produce for TV, film and websites. My husband and I live in L.A. with our two adorable dogs, a big fluffy golden doodle named Sammy and a little fluffy cockatoo named Buddy.
I started reading romance novels when I was young — maybe 12 or 13. I moved on to other genres, both as a reader and a writer, but kept coming back to romance for its feel-good quality. There is so much angst in the world, and I really love being a part of something positive and fun.
What’s your writing process? Where do you write?
I have a lovely little writing nook in my house that I never, ever use. Instead, I “write” in my head while I’m driving, falling asleep, in the shower, and then rush to scribble it down before it leaks out of my brain. When I’ve got to really buckle down and work, I lock my bedroom door, hop into the bed, and write on my laptop.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Not sure if it’s a guilty pleasure, but people might be surprised by my insane love of football, particularly the Florida Gators and New England Patriots. I make elaborate team-themed cakes and cupcakes and have been known to paint my face.
When and where were you happiest?
I try to find happiness in every single day, but I’d say my best capital-“H” Happy Time was making my short film SOLO last year. My husband directed, I wrote and produced, and we filmed on location in my hometown in Florida. We had an incredible cast and crew, and my whole family pitched in on every aspect of the production. It was the most exhausting week of my life, but I got to spend it doing one of my favorite things with my favorite people.
What has surprised you about being a published author?
I am constantly surprised when I find out random people I know have read my book, especially the ones who are outside the normal audience for romance — old college friends, coworkers, family friends, even my husband’s 97 year-old grandfather!
Have you ever used an incident from real life in one of your books?
Like Kyle, the heroine in “The Name of the Game,” I was a flight attendant. After college, I worked briefly for Delta Air Lines, flying out of Atlanta and Los Angeles. Around the same time, I attended a wedding of a friend named Terri who was marrying a guy named Terry. I loved the idea of two very different people with the same name being drawn together, and decided to use it as the hook for my flight attendant story.
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Favorite Flower: Jasmine
Tea or coffee: Coffee
Boxers or Briefs: Boxers
Morning person or evening person: Afternoon person
Favorite food: Potato
What are you working on next?
I’m working on the screenplay “The Name of the Game.” Who knows, maybe it will be a Lifetime movie one day!
I’m also plugging along on my next novel, “The Engagement Ring.” The night before the heroine’s boyfriend is going to propose, she accidentally gets her college boyfriend’s engagement ring stuck on her finger. As she and the ex spend the day together trying to get the ring off, they start to wonder if they might have lingering feelings for each other
Where can your Readers find you online?
Thanks for visiting and best wishes!