Arabel Spade, a young girl living in the strange and mystical land of The Corvids, determines to solve a brutal series of murders using her unique paranormal abilities. Through her perilous journey, Arabel learns about herself, the dark secrets which stain her family history and the passions and rigors of first love.
Doesn't it sound great?! Now onto the fun bits, here's a guest interview with the author herself, Lisa Ann Brown!
Hi Lisa, thanks for answering a few questions for this post! The idea of your book is fantastic, where did you come up with it?
I’m pleased to feel so welcome on your blog and glad you like the idea of my book! Thanks for having me!
The idea for Book One: Autumn – and of the entire Corvids series as a whole - germinated pretty much on its own, but two things stand out as especially important to its initial development.
I was told by a mystic named Lasha to “write what I know” and once I just let go of thinking about it, Arabel Spade and her magical adventures jumped into being.
Once I had the feel of Arabel, a memory from my early childhood that I had always thought quite fantastical came into play. My grandmother told me a story when I was really, really young about a man in Russia (back in the ‘old days’ of course) who had died. At the man’s funeral, he was spotted chasing after the horse and cart – trying to catch up to his body - as they carried his casket to the graveyard.
Now, there’s a start to a story!
Who were your inspirations for writing your book?
For the most part I let the characters guide me and I find the story most easily then writes itself. I never compose outlines but simply jot down notes, snippets of scenes or conversations, as they come to me or as I edit what I’ve already written. I kind of just write and see what happens.
Answering another way, I am always inspired by the creativity of other authors, such as Jeanette Winterson or Nora Roberts. I admire how prolific Nora Roberts is; her writing ethic is unshakeable. Add to that her ability to write ‘great men’ (including super hot vampires and male witches) and I can say she definitely inspires me as a fan, a woman, and an author. Thanks Nora! J
As well as paranormal romance, what other genres do you enjoy reading?
I love murder mysteries! I grew up on Agatha Christie and Poirot and Miss Marple. I also love all types of romance and anything with a metaphysical slant.
I have to go with vampires because I am so in love with Eric Northman from True Blood!!!
Finally, any tips for aspiring authors?
Read. All kinds of books, even – or maybe especially – genres you wouldn’t normally be interested in. And write for yourself. Forget anyone is ever going to read what you are creating, so you never close down, censor yourself or stop using your authentic voice. What you and you alone can bring to the page? That’s where the magic is.
Head to my next post for more on this awesome book!