Monday, July 23, 2018

Candid Moments with CFRR author Lisa Carter

Thanks for the great candid, Lisa! What a lovely view! 

About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...

In what ways have you participated in CFRR?

LC: 1st year

Beth: I'm biased but I think you're going to love it!

What part of CFRR are you most excited about?

LC: I love to interact with readers. Looking forward also to panels.

Beth: The fellowship is so sweet and oh, the panels are never dull!

Are you a hugger?

LC: Yes.

Beth: Yay for hugs!

Just for fun...
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?

LC: China

Beth: That's a big one! It would be hard to choose exactly where to visit!

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

LC: Travel the world

Beth: You dream big! I'd love to travel the country and part of Canada, I'm not nearly as ambitious. 

If you could have any accent from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?

LC: British

Beth: So posh!

If you were a spy, what would your code name be?

LC: Sweet Tea

Beth: My CB radio handle is Sugar Biscuit (true story)!

About reading...

What is your favorite genre to read?

LC: Romantic Suspense.

Beth: Great genre and one of my favorites as well!

When reading, do you block out the world around you or seek a quiet retreat? 

LC: Once blocked out a hurricane while reading.

Beth: THAT is impressive!
Lisa's reading spot

Describe your favorite reading spot.

LC: I inherited this chair when my father died two years from Alzheimer’s. He was under my care the last 3 years of his life. The chair is a family heirloom from the 1920s. I recovered it in my favorite palette of blue.

Beth: My mother owns a chair similar to this that has been passed down. I love the fabric you've chosen and this looks like a wonderful reading spot!

Why do you think reading Christian Fiction is so important?

LC: We live in a broken world. Christian fiction reminds us of the hope we have for the ultimate Happily-Ever-After.

Beth: Yes, I agree!

About writing...

How many books have you written? Published?

LC: As of April 2018, I am writing my 21st. 

Beth: That's fabulous! 

What genres do you write?

LC: Romantic suspense & contemporary romance. 

Beth: I love romance!

What are you working on now? What is your next release?

LC: Working now on romantic suspense novel set in Blue Ridge Mts of NC. I have a contemporary release on May 1, 2018. And a new romantic suspense novel set on the Outer Banks of NC releasing June 12, 2018.

Beth: The Blue Ridge are getting a lot of attention lately and I love it! 

Instant stories... just add water?!
Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

LC: I come up with my best plotting ideas in the shower. You can chart my books literally by our water bill. My husband, for fun, created a pic of this. 

Beth: I hope your water rates are economical!

Why do you think writing Christian Fiction is so important?

LC: The only hope the world has is in Jesus Christ. As writers, we have the privilege to point people to that Hope and encourage the saints in faithful perseverance.

Beth: Amen!

Are you more comfortable working in solitude or among a crowd?

LC: I prefer solitude so that nothing shakes me out of the storyworld that I’m creating.

Beth: Distractions are the worst!

About the author...

Lisa Carter is the bestselling author of multiple romantic suspense novels, historical novellas and a contemporary Coast Guard series. The Stronghold won the 2017 Daphne du Maurier. Under a Turquoise Sky won the 2015 Carol Award for Romantic Suspense. Beyond the Cherokee Trail was a 4 1/2 star Romantic Times Top Pick.

Lisa enjoys traveling to romantic locales and researching her next exotic adventure. When not writing, she loves spending time with her family and teaching writing workshops. A native North Carolinian, she has strong opinions on barbecue and ACC basketball.

Say "hi" to Lisa in the comments and let's chat about some of the moments we've enjoyed with her and her stories!

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