Today I am happy to welcome Lisa McMann, who is the author of the Wake trilogy.
How long have you been writing? Did you always know you wanted to be a writer, or did you just kind of fall into it?
I've been writing since 4th grade and that's when I decided I wanted to be a writer. I tried briefly to get published right out of college but only collected rejections, and then real life happened. I got married, worked hard, had a couple kids. I started writing again in 2002 and published a few dozen flash and short stories before trying novels.
What inspired you to write this amazing trilogy?
A dream gave me the plot and a multitude of books provided the passion.
Describe the series in five words or less.
Janie's sucked into dreams. Awkward.
The dreams that are described are so realistic. Are any based on your own personal dreams, or are they completely fictitious?
Yes, some of them. Carrie's recurring nightmare in WAKE is from my own childhood. It was very scary and I always woke up crying.
All of you characters are fascinating, but do you have a favorite?
I love them all but my favorite is probably one of the minor characters, Captain. She's so wry and quick and smart. A very strong woman who appears tough but has a soft heart. Everybody needs a Captain.
What can your readers expect from Gone? We will see a happy ending of sorts for Janie and Cabel?
All I'm willing to reveal about GONE at this point can be found in the description on this page of my website, here: http://lisamcmann.com/html/gone.html
What can your faithful readers look forward to after Gone? Do you have any future projects planned?
I have a few future projects planned that I am VERY excited about (see me? I am hopping with excitement). First up is a stand-alone YA paranormal called Cryer's Cross, due out in spring 2011. There will be more YA after that and maybe something a little different, too, but nothing I can really talk about at this point. I'll share on my twitter (@lisa_mcmann) and facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-McMann/129453324734?ref=share) pages as soon as I can!
Lisa, thank you so much for stopping by. It was a pleasure to get to know more about you and your writings.