The sky is bigger, the ground much harder, the freshly grown produce amazing, and the people diversified where I live in sunny, Fresno, California.
We moved here with little to no expectations except to move back to my hometown of Orange County within 5 years. Thirty-five years later we have grown to love our home in the San Joaquin Valley, the people, and the opportunities that were afforded us. I was able to receive a master’s degree, my husband works at a job he loves, and coaches a semi pro soccer team, my sons graduated with their master’s and married two beautiful, intelligent women.
Whether I’m writing for adults or children, the war between my days and nights is reflected solidly in my books. Although the tendency to acknowledge the light and dark sides of life is disguised in my work, it’s there, lurking, just out of view.
Besides the power of love, land, and sky, my husband, and two sons, were the other major influences on my work and on me. They have served as my blunt and humbling story consultants over the years to a struggling writer.
Today I live between the sea and the valley where I write and edit, paint, play with my two grandchildren, my three dogs, ride my magnificent Saddlebred horses, drive my Hackney pony and enjoy life to the fullest.
Your latest publication is The Black Madonna.
Where did you get the idea for this book?
I came across a group of people, the Cathars who were very modern for the 14th century. Pope Innocent declared war on them and made it his mission to kill every one of them. Men, women and children.
Where do you get ideas in general?
I read a lot of history, I find out secrets that I feel should be shared with others. I want people to know the truth. For example, did you know that they were many books written by the apostles, Mary, and Jesus brother that were tossed out. Deemed unimportant. What if we had that information now? Would all of our differences in our religious belief still be the same. Or would we find ourselves more alike than different?
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
To never give up. There will be many people who will not like what you have written. Be around people who believe in you and help you become a better writer.
Do you have any favorite writing books or websites that you would recommend?
I think the best out is Stephen King’s book.
What about your favorite books?
I really like the writing style of Truman Capote, Brad Melzler, Steve Barry, I grew up on Agatha Christie, and I like the books Lisa See writes.