Good morning everyone. It’s Friday again and time for another awesome author interview. It’s my great pleasure to introduce talented author, Alisa Mullen.
Alisa grew up on the Coast of Southern Maine. She has a BA from Texas A&M University and a MS from Our Lady of Lake University. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, making necklaces and spending time with family. Baseball is a big component of her family life. She is a Rangers and Red Sox fan while cheering on her children’s little league games. Mullen’s competitive side rears its ugly head every year when she plays Fantasy Football with her large extended family. Mullen owns a macramé necklace business, Devika Knots, and you can find her at farmer’s markets throughout South Texas almost every weekend. Mullen lives in Universal City, Texas with her loving husband and their two children.
Ica: Alisa, I have to say, you have a very impressive resume. If you don’t mind, tell us the three most important things we should know about you as a person and as a writer.
Alisa: The first most important thing is that I am a mother. It is the hardest job I’ve ever had and I’ve worked some pretty rough jobs.
I married the love of my life is number two. J
Number three is despite a master’s degree in business, it wasn’t until I couldn’t find a job that I found that I could start to do the one thing I always dreamt about. Feeling pretty low and well, like a piece of crap from not being about to find a job, I wrote Unsettled, a memoir of a time when I was in my early twenties. It took me about three weeks and to this day, I haven’t re-read it.
Ica: Wow! That is amazing, but I can understand. I think. What are three life memories you recall most frequently? Why?
Alisa: Of course, the births of my children come to mind. Other memories come and go but I think that the impact of their births is when I started to change as a woman. I love telling their stories because both were very unique and part of history. My daughter was born in Boston the week after 9/11 and after she was swaddled and put on me, a bomb scare was called into B&W Hospital and everyone but me and my baby had to evacuate. That was pretty terrifying. My son was born nearly four years later during a tragic Nor’ Easter at Mass General.
Ica: Amazing, to say the least. Alisa, you write psychological suspense. When did you start writing? Walk me through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today. What was the first thing you did? Next?
Alisa: I didn’t write psychological suspense from the beginning but I have always been fascinated by the human mind. I worked missing person’s cases for a few years, always watched shows that portray people with issues, and of course, I am a bit crazy myself. Nevertheless, I had a memory of two of my childhood friends and I playing the Ouija board and remember contacting a young girl who had been murdered that summer. The Goodbye Trilogy idea came from that, although it is all fictional. Today, I look for differences in people for ideas. I love a good love story like the next person but I want to tell stories about people who are odd, a bit different, and their need for love, too.
Ica: Very interesting points. Do you have a specific writing style?
Alisa: I primarily write in the lazy first person past tense style. It is my hope to write third person soon. It is a goal of mine. It is like rewiring my brain-so wish me luck.
Ica: Tell us your latest news? What other work in progress we should know about?
Alisa: I am currently writing something simple. I grew up in Maine around skaters and snowboarders, some went on to be professionals so I know a bit about it. I need something lighter in between my heavy psychological novels to keep me writing. They are exhausting. So, 77 Steps is about a scientist who comes back to Maine for her mother’s funeral to find letters from her high school sweetheart. He is a professional snowboarder and has moved on but circumstances put them back together to iron their past out. Then, I have Elastic Hope, the final chapter of The Goodbye Trilogy on the docket. This book will bring the trilogy completely together and answer many questions the readers have right now.
Ica: Which one of your characters did you have the most fun creating? Why? Is there anything you would change about him/her now?
Alisa: I wrote about a southern brat, a spoiled and rich bitch, Samantha Hughes in Unrequited. I loved writing her. She went through a transformation like none of my other characters have to date. I wouldn’t change a thing about her. She still makes me smile.
Ica: How much of the book is realistic?
Alisa: Unsettled is a memoir, whereas the rest of the Chosen Series becomes less factual. The Goodbye Trilogy is not realistic at all except for the first five chapters of Plastic Confidence.
Ica: Most likely every writer experiences a writer’s block. Have you ever had one? How did you handle it?
Alisa: Absolutely. I don’t handle them very well. I imagine I won’t ever publish again and that is a gross feeling when you love writing and publishing as much as I do. I write at least a 1,000 words a day even if I am writing about how much I hate having writer’s block. It doesn’t last, though. I find that the more time in the shower, the more ideas come to me.
Ica: Sometimes writers, and I hear this daily, hit a patch where they think they’re not good enough; they are not cut for this, etc. Have you ever experienced this? What were the things you told yourself that kept you going?
Alisa: Absolutely. I am not Colleen Hoover by any means. I think that there are so many indie writers now that it is impossible to grab the attention of many. Some days I am not cut out for it so I recoil back into my macramé business. I have, although not a huge, a following that keeps me going and they ask when. That helps. I am writing for me but I write faster for that one reader who is waiting. That feels pretty awesome.
Ica: As we all know being an author nowadays does not stop at writing a stunner manuscript. If a new writer walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?
Alisa: I would say, write what you want and not what is selling. I have seen peers sell out for what is the latest “buzz” and it is difficult to be supportive of that. Don’t get caught up in the popularity contest because it doesn’t actually exist. The best-selling authors are NOT on Facebook or social media telling us about what model they are using next. They are on the front page of Amazon with a title and a cover that probably took a dollar to put together. TELL A DAMN GOOD STORY and find an editor that will challenge you at every paragraph. I definitely suggest an editor with a degree in creative writing or English Literature. They are more than likely researching APA guidelines and will make your work amazing. Put your money into a good laptop, a helpful cover designer, and an editor with a resume.
Ica: That is awesome advice. On the same note, what would be the three hard-to-spot pitfalls that are critical to avoid? Perhaps if you had a list of best-kept-secrets you’d recommend which would you include and why?
Alisa: That is tough. It is different for everyone. I have had to live and learn through so many that it is hard to simply tell people what to do. I think every indie needs to live in this world and experience it for themselves.
Ica: What is/are your favorite book(s)/author(s)? Had (s)he/they inspired your own writing? How?
Alisa: Right now, I don’t have a favorite. I was a big fan of one in particular but have since become weary. I think Jane Austen is safe because she is dead. LOL
Ica: What do you think will be the next big change in publishing?
Alisa: I wish I knew. If I did, I would hop on that train. For now, hold on and keep writing.
Ica: Do you agree with experts that print sales are progressively declining in the past few years?
Alisa: I don’t sell much print unless I am at a signing. EBooks are popular but more than that, my audio sales are beyond amazing. There is nothing like listening to someone read to you. I clean and cook to audio most days.
Ica: Anything else you would like to add?
Alisa: The above answers are simply my opinions and aren’t fact in any way.
Ica: Thank you so much for being here, Alisa, for sharing your wisdom with us, and for your healthy sense of humor.
Ladies and gentleman thank you for visiting my page and I hope you join me tomorrow for a new interview with another talented author, Carrie Anne Vaught.
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The Chosen Series:
Unsettled (Book 1):
Lizzie O’Malley, a 23-year-old free spirit, is on a mission to find her purpose in life. In the summer of 2000, she returns home to Boston to begin a life that she can be proud of. On her first night out on the town, tragedy strikes and she finds herself the cause of the emotional wreckage. Instead of dealing with the consequences, she loses herself in a man she met that night.
Teagan Gallagher, a 22-year-old college student from Ireland, spends that same summer in Boston, working towards his degree and partying his way through the city. One night, he finds a beautiful American girl that he is desperate to spend the summer with.
Together, Teagan and Lizzie learn the ins and outs of an unconventional relationship. It isn’t until their relationship is in too deep that it becomes impossible for either to run away.
Unchosen (Book 2):
Lizzie O’Malley is back with a purpose in life. Still flighty and unpredictable, she knows that loving and losing Teagan Gallagher has changed her life forever. As she navigates her new life in Boston as a full time working mother, she promises herself she will never fall in love again.
But can she keep that promise after meeting Nick Sawyer, the gorgeous Texan who has fallen for her?
Follow Lizzie to Ireland where she struggles with tragedy and rediscovers herself all over again.
Unrequited Book 3):
What if someone was out to sabotage your happiness?
Nick Sawyer, a successful business man, has everything he has ever wanted. Grateful for the new additions to his life, he realizes he has the kind of love that he never knew existed. If it wasn’t for Lizzie O’Malley, Nick would still be sucked up in his day job and the nightlife. Lizzie altered his plans just by stepping into his life.
Samantha Hughes, a childhood friend of Nick’s, is back in Boston. Following her father’s wishes, it is her intention to catch Nick’s eye before he commits himself to Lizzie. Their plan rapidly becomes reality. It just isn’t the reality Sam thought she wanted.
Unrequited is a twisted love triangle story that goes awry. Who will be the one that loses it all?
This is the third installment of The Chosen Series. This book is told by Nick and Samantha’s POV.
Unmarked (Book 4):
Sean Ford has loved Lizzie O’Malley all of his adult life. Now that he is in his thirties and a successful tattoo artist, he finds himself stuck in life. He should have~ He could have ~ But he didn’t. Kicking himself for letting Lizzie slip through his fingers, he has to pretend that life is just peachy. His favorite past time is hiding out in his bedroom.
When Aoife Flanagan arrives in Boston to do an internship with college, she is glad to have escaped the dismal life she has back in Wicklow, Ireland. As a twenty-three year old student and professional, she prefers staying in the corner at parties, hiding from everyone’s attention, and sticking to the financial plan that her father outlined for her.
One confusing night…
One amazing summer…
Sean and Aoife may have been brought together by fate but to stay together means more than roses and butterflies. They must fight the world for one another. What separates them is one big ocean and one tiny question.
Sink or Swim?
COMPLETE BOX SET:
The Good Bye Trilogy
Plastic Confidence (Book 1):
What happens when the past rears its ugly head and messes with who you thought you were? Will it break down all your walls and set your whole world on fire?
Meet Julia Delaney, a.k.a Jules, the lead singer of Love Sick Ponies, sex superstar, and a heart full of rocks. She loves them and leaves them, a bad girl through and through.
That is until she meets Brennan Curtis, a fan boy, a wannabe friend, and the only one who can possibly tear Jules’ walls down.
When the plastic snaps wide open, Jules finds herself in a vulnerable and awkward situation with Brennan and her band.
Jules’ journey of self-discovery started at a young age and her self- image, which is ingrained in her brain, might just be there for life. Desperate to alter how people view her, she realizes that she might never be able to escape the past.
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Artificial Love (Book 2):
** This is the 2nd book in bestselling suspenseful The Good Bye Trilogy***
Johnny Lennox, lead guitarist of Love Sick Ponies, tried to love once. Diligent, loving, attentive, and giving, he is not. Obsessive. Compulsive. Self-sabotage. That sounds more like it. And why not? Jules Delaney, the one girl he ever tried to love, is gone and her absence continues to ruin his life in and out of the band.
Emily McDonald got the word “nice” when she was twelve. Nice. Nice. Nice. She is a nice woman. Because she is so nice – her husband likes to cheat, her friends like to take advantage of her, and her self-esteem is dead. Late one night, Johnny and Emily find themselves sleeping only a few feet away from one another – an awkward situation that can’t be rectified. Until… They begin to share their experiences from childhood into adulthood. They experience unexplained events together. Ultimately, they rock the LSP tour bus, where they find a different kind of love in one another. When the tragedy strikes, they must ignore their instinct, expectations, and other people’s judgment to fight for one another. Were they artificial or did they fall into the genuine kind of love?
One Missing Link:
Sophia Martin moves to a Cibolo, Texas with her family as her father is a pilot in the Air Force. She is a military brat and used to the life. When she starts Colby HS, there is big news that two girls have gone missing. People are fascinated by how much she looks like them. Sophia meets Damon Oliver, also a senior, who dotes on her until she falls for him. That’s when she becomes part of the search for the missing girls. She is the link to bring them home. Or perhaps the next victim? She hurries to find her future abductor before he finds her.
Following the Sun:
Nate Wilson lives his life with pride and heart. When his pops hands down the family bowling alley in Framingham, Massachusetts, he doesn’t think twice about making it his own. Nate is a guy’s guy. He is true to his old friends, his family, his dates, and his business.
Sunny, a vivacious and mysterious woman frequents the alley all of a sudden. Somehow she catches Nate’s attention and holds it. Nate becomes slightly obsessed with who she is and why she loves the bowling alley.He is not one to be easily distracted by a woman to the point of letting his priorities fall the wayside.
However, after he follows his instinct, Nate finds himself entranced, enthralled, and in the worst predicament of his steady life.
Move (The Action Series, Book 1):
FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY!
The Twins are excited to present- move, the first is the action series. A BONUS CHAPTER FROM KNEEL IS INCLUDED!!!
Lacy Knox, a marketing guru from Phoenix, has accepted a position at a high esteemed marketing firm in Chicago. Even though she has to leave her boyfriend and girlfriend, she is excited for her future in the bustling city.
An expected time period between jobs prompts her to explore the United States. Equipped with her GPS, playlist, and smile, she sets off for a month of freedom. One month. That is all she’s got.
Meet Thatcher Moore, the owner of a family gas service station. Thatcher is a “catch” in his small town of a little over a thousand people. He wants to drop not only his life, his dignity, but his overalls so he can be what Lacy needs.
Their immediate sexual attraction gets in the way of Lacy’s plans. As they explore each other, Lacy realizes she might be in it with Thatcher for more than just lust
Kneel (The Action Series Book 2):
This is for mature audiences only 18 plus only please due to sexual scenes. This is book two in a series and is not a standalone.
Lacy Knox is settled in the windy city and loving her new apartment and her new job. She isn’t loving that her fiance, Thatcher Moore, has gone MIA from her life.
She decides one night to move on without him and finds herself in a group that tend to her every need.
All is well until Thatcher comes back to reclaim her love but not without revealing a long and twisted secret that has been haunting him for years.
Can Lacy trust Thatcher? Can she go back to what they were in “move”? It is not likely but the places they could go are infinite.