Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Author Interview/Giveaway - Night Series #2 by Lisa Kessler

Describe your book in five words or less.
Dark, Passionate, Eternal Love & Redemption.

How did the ideas for your books come to you?
For my Night Series, I started with wanting to write a vampire series that originated in the Americas. After researching the oldest building in San Diego (The Mission de Alcala) and the oldest cultures in the Americas (The Mayans) my Night Walkers started to take shape.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Night Walker really questions whether or not true love can transcend time. Could love at first sight be your heart remembering someone you've known in a previous lifetime? It was a really interesting concept to explore when I wrote the book.

What is the hardest part of writing for you? What's the easiest?
The hardest part about writing for me is the editing... And the easiest is the actual writing! I love starting a new book. It feels like anything could happen and it's a thrill for me to get to know the new cast of characters.

What's next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future

I just finished the first round of edit for Night Demon. (Book 2 in the Night Series) I'm really excited to share this book with everyone. The Night Walker world gets much larger and the stakes have been raised to a global level, but in the end only love can save the Night Walker race.

Why did you choose to write for specific genre?
I've always written paranormal fiction. I started out selling horror short stories, and my heart is really with the "monsters". :)

What's it like hearing that readers are eagerly awaiting your book's release date?
So. Amazingly. Cool. Really! It's the best! And it makes me hungry to finish the next book. I never want to let anyone down... Hearing from readers really does help me keep moving forward and stay focused.

What is one question that you've always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Wow! That's a tough one... Let's see... I don't think anyone has ever asked me why the Evil Queen from Disney's Snow White is the best villain ever. If they did ask, my answer would be... She's a villain who is not afraid to get her own hands dirty to get the job done. She always had a plan B. Love her! She really kept the story moving...

What was your road to publications like?
My road to publication sounds like it came out of a paranormal novel, but I swear it's true! LOL

My publcation road started with a palm reader... About 10 years ago I took my first trip to New Orleans. I’d never had a palm reading before and I thought it would be cool, so I went inside. She gave me a spot on reading, and shared a few thoughts on the future ahead which puzzled me and then walked me out.

When we got to the door she said, “Can I ask you something?”


She asked, “Are you a writer?”

I shrugged and said, “I write every night, but just for fun.”

She smiled and her eyes sparkled. “You’re going to be a famous writer one day.”

I left in a daze and within a few months I had published my first short story, Immortal Beloved, and it went on to be a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.

Now years later, my first novel has been published and the second book in the series will be out next year. I keep pinching myself to be sure it's real! LOL I’m not famous yet, but I think she nudged me toward my calling. I’d love to be a full-time novelist…

Author Bio

Lisa Kessler 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.
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.
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.

Please leave a comment or questions on this post in appreciation of the author


  1. Thanks for having me on the blog today! :)


  2. Lisa,
    What a great story about the palm reader. And it's great to know what you love about the Evil Queen. You're right--there's nothing better than a villain who's willing to get his or her hands dirty to get the job done. Just like the villain in Night Walker!

  3. Nice interview! Can't wait to read the second Night Walker (Night Demon), I really like the first one! And the book cover is really yummy!


  4. Hi Melissa -

    Yes the villain in Night Walker is twisted enough that I think he enjoyed getting his hands dirty! LOL Yikes!

    Thanks so much for commenting! I'm glad you enjoyed the book!

    Lisa :)

  5. Hi Proserpine -

    I'm so glad you enjoyed Night Walker!!! :) I can't wait to share Night Demon with you! You'll get to meet a few ancient Night Walkers and I promise you'll figure out what the epilogue of Night Walker means too... :)

    Thanks for commenting!!!

    Lisa :)

  6. Thanks for this giveaway! I have try to win book one but I will buy it for my new kindle ;DD so

  7. Hi Aliraluna! *waving*

    I hope you win! Thanks for commenting!!!

    Lisa :)

  8. Hey, Lisa! Very cool to know that the second book will be out pretty soon. :)

    Also, Snow White's evil queen is so regally gorgeous in her red lipstick and slick dress. That makes her extra cool!

  9. Hi Chris!!! *waving*

    I can't wait to see the Snow White and the huntsman... Charlize Theron looks like she's going to rock the role as the Evil Queen!

    Thanks so much for commenting!

    Lisa :)

  10. Hi Lisa,
    I'm not entering for the book as I have it and am now reading it. I'm not even half way through and I LOVE, LOVE this story. Thank so much for writing a book with characters that were so easy to connect with on an emotional level. Ok, have to go back and finish reading. :) Happy Holidays. Already have the 2nd on my TRL.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  11. Hi Lisa! Congrats on the upcoming release of book 2! And to think, the palm reader predicted it all. I would love to win a copy of book 1, it is on my wishlist. I hope you have a happy and safe holiday season!
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  12. Thank you for the interview and the giveaway! Lisa, how do you motivate yourself through the editing process? I know it's a drag - I'd hate that part as well, and would tend to procrastinate!

    Gena Robertson

  13. Lisa,

    Congratulations on your 4 book deal!!! That is so exciting. I can't wait to read this series. Thank you for the giveaway, and happy holidays!

  14. I loved the part about the palm reading. I've always wanted to do something like that but I've never come across anyone that does that around where I live. I'm just really curious what I would be told. Anyway, congratulations on your success.

    By the way, your book sounds awesome. :) I look forward to reading it someday!


  15. I absolutely LOVED Night Walker (as Lisa knows!!) and I would be ecstatic if I won a copy of the second book so I could start reading it right away!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy, and for the great interview:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  16. Hi Carol -

    I'm so glad you're enjoying Night Walker!!! :)

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa :)

  17. Hi June -

    Thanks for adding Night Walker to your to-read list! :)

    I hope you enjoy the book...

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa :)

  18. Hi Gena -

    Editing is not my favorite part! LOL But having a deadline helps keep me on track... :)

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa :)

  19. Thanks Renee!!! 2011 was a super year!!! :)

    I hope you enjoy Night Walker!

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa :)

  20. Hi Pam -

    That's my only palm reading ever... Maybe I should try again sometime! :)

    Thanks for commenting!!! I hope you enjoy Night Walker!

    Lisa :)

  21. Hi Julie! *waving*

    I'm so glad you enjoyed Night Walker!!!

    Night Demon is back with my editor so hopefully I'll have a release date for you soon! :)

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa :)


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