Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Author Spotlight-Lisa Cach

The Crazy Bookworm is thrilled to welcome author Lisa Cach. A romance writer whose debut YA novel 'Wake Unto Me' hits stands March 31, 2011.

First off, I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by The Crazy Bookworm!


Why don't you tell us a little about yourself

I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, where I still live today with my husband. No kids, and due to allergies no pets, either, although I get my ‘pet fix’ by volunteering at the zoo. I also dabble in art, but have found that I can’t work on an art project and write in the same week, alas. It’s something about the creative juices getting used up.

My professional background includes teaching conversational English in Japan, and several years working the graveyard shift on a mental health crisis line. I’ve also traveled a lot, to the foothills of the Himalaya, the jungles of Borneo, the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, and the painted caves of the Perigord Noir, in France. I sailed the Caribbean as a working crew member of a research schooner, and the Bering Sea as a guest on a small ship.


I’ve written more than twenty romantic novels and novellas, ranging across sub-genres from Paranormal, Historical, Contemporary, and Chick Lit, but now I want to turn all my energies to Young Adult. It’s a vibrant genre, full of possibilities, and it has sent my imagination into overdrive.


Describe yourself in 5 words

Curious about people and world


What is a 'Day in the life of Lisa Cach' like?

It starts with coffee with my husband, listening to the radio, and checking email.


After my husband leaves for work, a long battle begins between the forces of Procrastination and Writing. Procrastination is armed with household chores, grocery shopping, the internet, paperwork, book promo ideas, friends, and a feeling of inertia (a writer at rest will remain at rest). Writing is armed with the pleasure of creating something, and the hope that my creations will bring good things to me (fan mail, book contracts, a sense of accomplishment). It’s a long and bloody battle, with Procrastination winning more often than it should, but sometimes, at around 3 pm, Writing emerges victorious and I settle down to get some work done. On these days, I keep going as long as I can, usually for four or five hours with occasional breaks to get tea and stretch my legs.


Then I make dinner and spend the rest of the evening with my husband, or we have dinner with friends.


Where is your favourite writing place and do you have any must haves?(music, snacks, etc)

Favorite spot is a big leather wingback recliner in front of the fireplace; in winter, at least. Summer it’s the lounge chair on the covered porch.


Black tea is my main mental writing fuel, but it keeps me up at night, so I have to reserve it for special circumstances like looming deadlines.


No music — I can’t think when music is playing.


Snacks... Ah, snacks. Chewing high-carb food helps me think. Oh, most unfortunate! In the past I’ve devoured huge bags of red licorice and peanut M&Ms while writing, but the effects showed themselves on the scale a week later. So, I’ve had to give that up. Sigh.


What inspired you to write Wake unto Me?

There is never just one source of inspiration for a book, but the first seed was planted by a ghost story I read in my high school French class, many years ago. The punch line of the story stuck in my head, and Wake Unto Me got its start there. Another inspiration was a painting of Lucrezia Panciatichi that I saw in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Although a beautiful portrait, it was also still and cold, and somehow creepy. That painting has lurked in my imagination for fifteen years, and it finally found its way into a book.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Angelo_Bronzino_045.jpg


When you’re not reading or writing, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

Eating with friends, going to estate sales, travel, cooking, gardening, volunteering at the zoo, and of course reading.


What is one guilty pleasure that you have?

Watching paternity tests on The Maury Show. “In the case of six month old Jessica, you... are.... NOT the father!” And then the screaming and arm-waving begins.


If you could travel back in time, where would you go?

I’d love to watch my late mother as a child. There was a story of her freezing grasshoppers in the ice cube trays, in hopes of trying to resuscitate them later (she planned to pump on their chests with a toothpick), but her older sisters came home with boys and wanted to serve them cold drinks, only to find all the ice cubes full of grasshoppers. Much pandemonium as a result.


Finish this sentence "I can't live without..."

Cheese. Ooey gooey cheese on pizza, or soft goat cheese on bread. Sharp cheese on a slice of apple. Crispy cheese on the edge of a dish of scalloped potatoes or mac & cheese. Mmmm.


If you could bring to life any book character in history, who would you pick?

The Fairy Godmother. She’d be useful, yes?


Are you working on anything now? If so, can you share something about it?

I’m working on several YA story proposals right now, including a sequel to Wake Unto Me, with the working title Foxfire. Of the various ideas I’m working on, most are paranormals, a couple are historicals, and one is a contemporary adventure set in Belize.

Crazy Quiz

Favourite food? Cherries. There was once a woman in the 1700s who died from a ‘surfeit of cherries.’ She obviously did not have the cherry-hardened gut that I do. I can down four pounds in a day, and live to eat more tomorrow.

Day or Night? Night

Favourite book as a child? Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss. I loved how it built up to the big words at the end.

Favourite author? Too many to name, but I seriously adored Patrick O’Brien’s series of nautical adventures set during the Napoleonic Wars.

Favourite vacation spot? The family cabin on the water/mudflats, when we invite friends to stay with us. It is, as we like to say, ‘tres rustique’ (very rustic), but it’s also relaxed and peaceful. The highlight is eating outdoors as the sun sets over the water.

Thank you so much, Lisa! It was a pleasure having you at The Crazy Bookworm!


Lisa Cach was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, where she still lives today. Her professional background includes teaching conversational English in Japan, and several years working the graveyard shift on a mental health crisis line. She has traveled to the foothills of the Himalaya, the jungles of Borneo, the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, and the painted caves of the Perigord Noir, in France. She has sailed the Caribbean as a working crew member of a research schooner, and the Bering Sea as a guest on a small ship.


Her love of travel has lately given way to pursuits closer to home: cooking, gardening, drawing. And, of course, reading. Her favorite book has always been Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre”, while the only book to ever give her nightmares was Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles”.

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1 comment:

  1. It's my lunch time and that cheese thing really got me! I'm with you on that one! Very interesting interview, and the book looks interesting too! Thanks!

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