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Interview with author of Spies, Lies, and Allies, Lisa Brown Roberts!

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Lisa Brown Roberts

SPIES, LIES and ALLIES (Entangled Teen, 5/1/2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interviews: Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m from Denver, Colorado. I grew up in Denver and have spent most of my life there, except for a five-year stint in the San Francisco area in my early twenties.

 

I started writing stories in the second grade and my lifelong dream was always to be a published author. The journey to publication took longer than I expected, for many reasons, but it’s a thrill see my fifth book release this month! My family is supportive of all the time I spend in my imaginary world, though my teenage son will never read my books – way too embarrassing.

 

Tell us about your book? How did it get started?

My publisher asked for another YA novel and I pitched my editor several ideas, all of which she rejected. That’s part of the business and I don’t take it personally (not anymore – ha!). We finally landed on an intern story, which I’d originally conceived as a new adult novel, but I decided to age down the characters and make it a YA novel.

 

I love creating a big cast of characters, which I was able to do in this book. It’s a fairly long novel, but you should see all the scenes I cut!

 

How do you create your characters?

This is the magical part, at least for me. Characters often just show up in my mind, demanding I tell their stories. As I write, I learn more about them and their journey.

 

Also, there are some great craft tools for character development. Two of my favorites are The Emotional Wound Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi and Verbalize by Damon Suede.

 

What inspires and what got your started in writing?

Falling in love with stories has always inspired me. My goal is to create the type of books readers can’t put down, the same types of books I love to read. I love hearing from readers who say they stayed up all night to finish one of my books, or that they’ve reread one multiple times.

 

I’ve always loved creating imaginary worlds, ever since I was a kid. I liked to rewrite reality so that my friends and I got the happy endings we deserved. Guess that’s what I’m still doing.

 

Along the way, I had many teachers who inspired me, as well as a creative writing professor who killed my dream for a brief time. Connecting with professional writing organizations (SCBWI and RWA) helped focus me quite a bit. Other authors inspire me daily, those I’ve never met whose books I adore, and my author pals who I can rely on for support, pep talks, brainstorming, and hilarious text convos.

 

Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)

Much of my writing happens very early in the morning in my sunny home office, before I head off to my day job. I can write anywhere, however, and do, including my car, coffee shops, waiting rooms, parks, you name it.

 

I create playlists for each novel and listen to them constantly. They jumpstart my creativity and put me in the mood of my story.

 

How do you get your ideas for writing?

My plots tend to grow out of my characters and their particular growth journey. Sometimes I get ideas from the news, eavesdropping and observing, sometimes from other books or films.

 

What do you like to read?

Lots of YA, of course, and lots of adult romance and women’s fiction. I also enjoy cozy mysteries and some spec-fic.

 

What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?

Write what excites you. Don’t write to the market or to please one particular editor or agent. Your passion for your stories will shine through and readers can spot someone who “phones it in” a mile away.

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

Thanks for having me on the blog! If you’re a reader who likes to read about smart, funny and nerdy girls falling in love, I hope you’ll check out my books!

 

SPIES, LIES and ALLIES Back Cover Copy:

Summers are supposed to be fun, right? Not mine. I’ve got a job at my dad’s company, which is sponsoring a college scholarship competition. I just found out that, in addition to my job assisting the competing interns, I’m supposed to vote for the winner. Totally not what I signed up for.

My boss is running the competition like it’s an episode of Survivor. Then there’s Carlos, who is, well, very distracting––in a good way. But I can’t even think about him like that because fraternizing on the job means instant disqualification for the intern involved.

As if that’s not enough, an anonymous informant with insider intel is trying to sabotage my dad’s company on social media…and I’m afraid it’s working.

Much as I’d love to quit, I can’t. Kristoffs Never Quit is our family motto. I just hope there’s more than one survivor by the end of this summer.  

 

  Excerpt:

Carlos studies me intently and I’m convinced he knows I’m lying. He inhales deeply, nostrils flaring. “You’ve gone to school with him for how long?” He drums his fingers on the conference table. He should definitely become a lawyer; he could stare the truth out of criminals.

“Are you cross-examining me, counselor?”

“I’m just curious.” His cocky grin reappears, and I can’t decide which is more discombobulating—his smile or his stare-glare.

“You and the monkey.”

His nose wrinkles, then he laughs. “Curious George? That’s me.”

The last time a guy this good-looking talked to me for more than five seconds it ended with mortification. For me, not the guy.

He takes another long swig of his soda and I decide to tell him the truth. He’ll probably just find it on Google, anyway, since he’s great at research.

“I’ve known Jason since the third grade, when he transferred to Clarkson. I mean, I’ve known who he is.” My cheeks start to burn. “Obviously he doesn’t know who I am.”

Carlos nods slowly as he scans my face. My hair. Every part of me that’s visible over the table. My skin burns under the heat of his perusal.

“Well,” he finally says, “it’s too bad you girls voted him back on the island.”

My hackles rise. “Why?”

“Because he’s obviously an idiot.”

“He’s not,” I protest. “He’s smart.” At least I hope he is, though in real life he’s never at the honor roll assemblies with me. Still, some people struggle with classwork even though they’re geniuses, like Einstein. I’m sure Jason’s brilliant at something; I just don’t know what it is. Yet.

Carlos’s eyes narrow, never leaving my face. “Not the type of smart that matters. Like remembering someone he’s gone to school with for eight years.”

I feel like I’ve just spiked a fever. I glance at the wall clock; our break is over soon. Carlos leans back in his chair, clasping his hands behind his head like we’re old friends just hanging out.

“You want to study photojournalism but…”

“Huh?”

His wide mouth curves and I hate how my body responds, like he’s fresh spring water and I’m parched. Shields up. He flashes the dimple again, like a missile aimed straight at my protective shield.

“You started to say you want to major in photojournalism, but then you stopped yourself. Why?”

“Maybe you should major in journalism,” I say. “You definitely know how to research.” I take a deep breath. “No offense, Carlos, but you’re, uh, sort of freaking me out.”

“How so?” He unclasps his hands from behind his head and grips his chair arms, a frown knotting his forehead.

“You knew all that stuff about my dad and his company and now you’re, um, sort of putting me on the spot.”

“I don’t mean to freak you out. I’m just curious.” His eyebrows meet in a dark slash over troubled eyes.

I swallow and glance out the window, but all I see is the wall of another brick building. I’m starting to feel trapped, like Leia and the gang in the trash compactor.

Carlos tugs at his tie and suddenly stands up. “Sorry. Didn’t mean to weird you out. I’m going outside to get some air.” He shoves his hands in his pockets and exits the room before I can think of a response.

Squeezing my eyes shut, I blow out a long breath. Surviving a summer on the Death Star is going to be trickier than I thought.

 

 

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Spies-Lies-Allies-Love-Story/dp/163375698X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1522077699&sr=1-2

 

 

About Spies, Lies, and Allies:

Summers are supposed to be fun, right? Not mine. I’ve got a job at my dad’s company, which is sponsoring a college scholarship competition. I just found out that, in addition to my job assisting the competing interns, I’m supposed to vote for the winner. Totally not what I signed up for.

There’s a crazy guy running the competition like it’s an episode of Survivor. Then there’s Carlos, who is, well, very distracting –– in a good way. But I can’t even think about him that way because Crazy Guy says any fraternizing on the job means instant disqualification for the intern involved.

As if that’s not enough, an anonymous weirdo with insider intel is trying to sabotage my dad’s company on social media…and I’m afraid it’s working.

Much as I’d love to quit, I can’t. Kristoffs Never Quit is our family motto. I just hope there’s more than one survivor by the end of this summer.

 

Buylinks: https://entangledpublishing.com/spies-lies-and-allies-a-love-story.html

 

About Lisa Brown Roberts:

Award-winning romance author Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage catastrophes of tweezing off both eyebrows, or that time she crashed her car into a tree while trying to impress a guy. It’s no wonder she loves to write romantic comedies.   Lisa’s books have earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the School Library Journal. She lives in Colorado with her family, in which pets outnumber people. Connect with Lisa at www.lisabrownroberts.com.

 

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