Angel in the Shadows, Book One by Lisa Grace, hard cover is distributed through Ingram Books and is available through Barnes & Noble, www.Amazon.com. The ebook launched May 24th, 2011 and is available through http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0052AI5W8. Download your copy for only .99 cents!
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Megan Laughlin, a fifteen year old sophomore in high school has the gift of seeing angels and demons. Megan then attracts the attention of Judas, an evil angel, who wants to destroy her, her classmates and loved ones. Megan must deal with being a target of Judas and still handle all the problems of a normal teenage girl. She manages to save some teens from over-dosing at a rave, confronts damaging gossip and watches her best friend make a life altering decision. Meanwhile, Megan feels helpless as Judas manages to destroy two classmates and sets out to seduce or destroy Megan in the process. Can Megan save others while being a target herself?
Below, Lisa answers a few questions about her book and her life as a writer.
Thank you Lynda for inviting me to speak today on Faithwriters.com.
What is the setting for your novel?
Angel in the Shadows, takes place in the present, starting at a summer camp, in North Carolina, and then back in Megan’s hometown of Clearwater, Florida, in time for the new school year. Megan’s high school becomes a battlefield in the fight between good and evil.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing stories when I was five years old. I requested a typewriter for Christmas that year so I could write “Star Trek” scripts. I always have an idea notebook on-hand
What is your motivation?
I love books about the supernatural. There are so many about vampires; but hardly any of the books out there deal with the supernatural from a biblical point of view. Angels and demons are mentioned over four hundred times in the Bible. Other supernatural creatures are discussed too. Few of the books make it cool to be human. We have an immortal soul and a spiritual war is going on whether we choose to “see” it or not. Our immortal soul is important. I think this is a frightening and awesome prospect. I wanted to write novels from these perspectives.
I also wanted to confront the issues teenagers are facing today, drugs, sex, teen pregnancy, abortion, etc… The Angel series characters are dealing with these problems head-on.
Who or what was your inspiration?
My main inspiration came from the Holy Spirit. They are the classic style of good vs. evil, saved vs. unsaved. I think all teens will enjoy how my human heroines and heroes find the strength to do the right thing.
The people I admire the most are the ones who do the right thing day in and day out because that is who they are. I know several in my community.
What are your future plans?
I plan to write several books for the Angel series since there are many problems teenagers face in their high school years that I haven‘t touched on yet. I am currently working on the second book in my Angel series which is planned for release in June as an ebook.
Also, I have started working on another series called, Society of the D. E. A. D. It will be in the same vein as Angel in the Shadows but with a twist to the main characters you won’t discover untill the end of the novel. When I’m not writing or reading, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
What is your next book?
My first book, Angel In The Shadows, ends with Megan’s younger brother Max, missing. In book two, Angel in the Storm, we find out that Max has been kidnapped by Judas the evil angel, and sold to a pedophile ring. In the book I will address the issues of child pornography, runaways, homelessness, and hunger as Max makes his way home. Evil angels and demons are hunting for Max while Johnny, Megan, Seth, and Vania search for him.
At the same time, a hurricane is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico. Help and danger appear from unexpected sources and one of the main characters will die at the end and book. Book three will continue the saga.
Who are the authors that you admire?
The writers who inspire me the most are those who clearly define good versus evil.
My author friends: Frank Perretti, Janalyn Voight, Debby Mayne, Katie Weiland, Linda Yezak, John Robinson, Jen Jones, Jill Williamson, Rabbi Jeff Zaremsky, Jeff Gerke, Christina Berry, Jerry Jenkins, etc…
And then those I don’t know: C. S. Lewis, Tolkien, John Hagee, Perry Stone, Lee Strobel, and Dean Koontz. I admire Stephen King’s work ethic, his book On Writing, and some of his works like The Green Mile, Needful Things, The Stand, and the novella, The Long Walk. I still don’t understand why no one’s made that one into a movie.
I also admire Tim Le Haye and Jerry Jenkins for writing the Left Behind series.
Why do you write?
I write because I have stories to tell. Behind the story is a truth. I’m afraid not to write them. I don’t want to get to the end of my life and say, “What if…” Also, I honestly believe if I don’t write them, someone else will. When I write the story the characters take on a life of their own. Many of my plot twists come to me as I’m writing and are not planned in advance.
When did you realize that you wanted to write a novel?
I’ve always considered myself a writer. At the age of five I asked for a typewriter so I could write down my Star Trek scripts. This last year I finally got disciplined and set a goal of writing two thousand words a day, no matter what, day in day out. That advice came out of Stephen King’s book, On Writing.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?
No, I haven’t had a problem with writer’s block. I just ask myself, “What if…” or “What happens next?” I just have them go to the next place, take the next step and voila an idea pops into my head of where the story, plot, or character is to go. If you get in the car and drive, you’re bound to wind up somewhere. Getting to where you want to go from there just might be the best part of the drive.
When do you write?
I write whenever I get a block of time. The most important thing is getting in the two thousand words per day. I pour myself a cup of coffee, sit down at my desk, close the door, and get into my character’s world.
Explain how you felt when you finished your novel.
Validated as a writer. Elated that I could say I am a novelist. Thankful to God that one of my dreams had come true.
What obstacles did you have to overcome to finish your novel?
My largest obstacle was time management. I am married and have a seven year-old. Also, I was still working on a major production of Cinderella for the dance academy and teaching Sunday School, all while writing my two thousand words a day.
Are there any of your own life experiences in the book?
Absolutely. I loved going to camp as a kid and a young adult. I still do. Also, my volunteering at the pregnancy crisis center, gave me a window into the conflicts and mixed messages society gives teenagers.
Is there anything else you would like your readers to know?
Yes, two things.
AOL picked the Angel series as the Christian alternative to the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyers for their Top Ten Most Challenged Book List of 2010, and the best pet I ever had was an opossum. A full-size Virginian Opossum. He was paper-trained and we had him for almost four years before he passed away from old age. He would talk lovey talk, cuddle on our laps, and travel in a cat carrier. Opossum’s deserve more respect as America’s only native marsupial.
Lisa Grace is married to Todd and has a wonderful seven-year-old daughter. She loves hiking, fishing, boating, and watching nature. Lisa volunteers at her church, working with the teens. They will be her beta readers for Angel in the Shadows, Book 2. She uses the BIC method (Butt in Chair) to write two thousand words a day. She loves to talk to people who have read her book(s) and returns all emails personally. her mission is to reach unsaved teens with her young adult novels. For adult readers, The 15th Star, releasing in late 2011, is an exciting fun read along the lines of National Treasure meets 1776. Contact Lisa Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org and read an excerpt from her 2nd novel in the Angel series, Angel in the Storm, on her website, www.lisagracebooks.com.