About the Author
Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. She was hooked on books by the fifth grade and even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then. Her first published works are the “Super Spies Series.” These stories revolve around a group of friends who form their own detective squad and the cases they solve. “The Starlight Chronicles,” is the next series that Lisa created with musical misfit, Lark Singer as her main character.
Lisa resides in Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she’s working on the next book in the Starlight Chronicles Series along with a few new ideas that may turn into stand-alone novels. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.
1. How did you get started as an author? What or whom inspired you?
I've known I wanted to be a writer since fifth grade. I would have to say books like the Nancy Drew series and the Bobbsey Twin series inspired me.
2. What writing project are you currently working on? What can you tell us about these projects?
I'm working on a upper Young Adult Thriller. I've just completed it and I've sent it to my third Beta reader. I've gotten great feedback from the first two, my sister's the third one, and she's the toughest. :)
3. What authors inspire your writing?
I would have to say Celeste Ng, Gail Forman, Jodi Piccoult, and Harper Lee
4. What period of history interests you the most? Does this influence your writing?
I'm very interested in the World War II period of history. I haven't written a story during that time, but I love reading them. My favorites about that time period are "All the Light We Cannot See," "The Nightingale," and "The Book Thief."
5. What inspired the idea for the Super Spies Series?
I would say my own desire to be a detective when I was a teen. My friends and I formed our own detective squad and even did some investigating. When I looked back on those experiences, they sparked the ideas for the Super Spies. I've got a great idea for a fourth book, but I've got to finish a couple of projects before I start it.
6. Do you write full time or part time?
I write part time and work part time
7. Where is your favorite place to write?
In front of the fireplace when there's a fire in it during the winter. During the summer I like to either sit out at the picnic table or in front of the window so I can look outside.
8. How frequently do you hear from your fans? Do you have a fun and/or weird fan story you can share with us?
I hear from them occasionally, usually during a writing workshop. I hear more from the parents, and they're always telling me how much their child enjoyed my stories.
Here's my fun fan story, I had a mother of a reluctant reader contact me. Her daughter would always fight her when it came time to read. Out of desperation, she decided to try my first Super Spies book, "The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer." Her daughter loved it. She read it twice and then proceeded to read the other two books in the series. She even plays "Super Spies" with her friends. That is such an awesome feeling when you know someone enjoyed your work that much. :)
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