Sunday, 21 June 2015

Blog Tour: A Matter Of Time | Lisa M. Basso

 Hello folks and welcome to my official stop on the 'A Matter of Time' blog tour from Lisa M. Basso. We have also been lucky to have a guest post from Lisa herself which you can read shortly.


Title: A Matter of Time (Angel Sight #3)
Publication date: eBook June 9, 2015 / Paperback August 18, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Lisa M. Basso

Rayna entered Hell to save Kade. Kade entered to protect Rayna. Both have failed.

Centuries of Kade’s demons are unearthed when he is brainwashed and used as a Fallen pawn.

In the freezing pits of Hell, Ray is beaten and tortured, pushed to her breaking point. She takes a stand, firing back at her attackers though she’s only begun to understand the true strength of her wings. A strength she will need once she uncovers the evils that await on Earth.

Together they find solace, alone they will fight.

Guest Post by Lisa M. Basso

My Writing Process, Character Creation, and Journey to Publishing

Every person’s journey is different. The same goes for writers. The following is mine.

A lot of thinking goes into a story before I sit at my laptop (lovingly named Spartacus) and start typing away. Usually I’ll jot everything I can think of down by hand in a notebook. Any tiny detail about character, setting, worldbuilding, and plot will go in that notebook. And yes, everything at this point is a mess. Once I have enough information to put a base together, I’ll then pose bigger plot and character questions on a nearby whiteboard. I’ll spend more time with the notebook listing as many different answers and possibilities as I can come up with. From there I’ll eventually run into a wall which means it’s time to switch to deepening character development.

Plot is important to every story, but having a full plot without first knowing who your characters are is never a good idea. I’m a big believer in character sheets, where you list a handful of stats, questions, and goals. Character sheets are a great place to start, but, to me, they don’t hold everything I want to know about my characters. After completing a character sheet, I like to stage a character interview. Now is a good time to do this because you now know enough about them to have formed a sense of their voices in your head. The interview is the place where you get a feeling for how they speak, what their lives are like, if they’re happy, what they truly want or need. It is also where you can get answers to any questions you may still have floating around.

From here things get interesting. Sometimes I’ll finish up plotting. Sometimes I’ll dive straight into writing. Each book I write is different, therefore each goes through a different process. Really, it depends on what my darling, hateful muse feels is right.

In truth, a lot of writing is all about trial and error. Don’t be afraid to fail. With failure, success will come. Persistence will grant you a reward, just don’t give up.

Not giving up is exactly how I got published. A Shimmer of Angels, the first book in The Angel Sight series, was the very first book I queried. After editing and polishing the book to a shine, I was ready to take that next step. I did my research, wrote and rewrote query letters, and made of list of places to send it. It didn’t take long for rejection letters to start trickling in. A lot of them. Eventually, enough of them to deter me. After somewhere between six and eight months of querying, I put A Shimmer of Angels away. It hadn’t found a home, and that was okay. I was already working on another book. In a few months I had the new book polished, shined, and ready. Again I researched and wrote several query letters. While querying this second YA, I got a request for A Shimmer of Angels from Month9Books. Within a few days they requested a full, and in less than two weeks I had an offer for a three book deal. To say I was stunned was an understatement.

This was back more than three years ago. With the release of A Matter of Time, the final book in The Angel Sight series, I can’t help but think back at my journey. For all you writers out there, the only tried and true key of success I’ve found in writing is: one, love what you do, and two, never give up.


Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Boyfriend that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B.

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