by thefourpartland

I’d like to welcome everyone to a little interview with a friend and co-worker of mine. Lisa is involved in the Splintered Lands and Deepwood Inc projects with me, and has been immensely successful at marketing herself. Now, I hope you’ll all read on and enjoy her wit and wisdom.

First off, tell us a little about yourself. For that one person in the back who doesn’t know you.

Ha! Well, I was born and raised in the Nation’s Capital and relocated to beautiful Colonial Williamsburg about 6 years ago. I studied classical piano and ballet from age 3 on and began writing in my early teens. Then, sadly, my grandfather passed, the words stopped flowing, and I abandoned writing up until a year ago. During the day, I’m a litigation assistant (I know, reeeally exciting stuff) and at night, I run, write, read, form book clubs – the list goes on and on. I’m not exactly sure why I even own chairs, I rarely actually relax enough to use them. So basically, blah, blah, blah, I’m kinda boring.

You’re about to publish your first book, how’s that coming along?

I am, I am. It’s hard to believe that it was just a mere eight months ago when I finished the first draft. The manuscript has been ripped apart several times over since then and is finally taking shape into the final draft. Yay!

So you’re in rewrites?

Don’t. Remind. Me. Yes, specifically round three of my rewrites. I am over half-way done and beta readers have just finished reading the first half. I plan to have the rewrites finished over this next week, if I don’t distract myself with, you know, everything.

And the publication date is when?

My hope is to have the ebook available by the end of June (oh god that’s next month), with the paperback to follow shortly thereafter. Fingers crossed I make my new deadline.

Now, you’ve bounced around between genres a fair amount already. Any favorites you’re going to return to?

Honestly, I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve tried so far. My writing generally crosses genres anyway, but I would say I am most comfortable with romance, comedy and horror. Wow, I know, quite the combination.

What’s the one genre you really, really don’t want to write?

Hmmmm. That’s a good question. I’m not opposed to trying anything once. I’m petrified of writing Sci-Fi though. Not exactly sure why, but I am, which probably means you’ll be making me write that soon.

Right, time to start a contest where you have to write in Sci-Fi.

Seeee, I knew it!

Random question of the day: Best dancing song?

My all-time favorite score of music and therefore, in my opinion, the best to dance (at least ballet to) is Swan Lake Op.20 by Tchaikovsky. Hey, I warned you I was boring in the first answer!

Have you finished writing Kingdoms in Conflict yet? [This is a joint writing project between Lisa and myself for Splintered Lands]

Noooo, of course not. But, I am genuinely starting to feel bad about how long I have been ignoring this, so I’ll get right on that. No seriously, I will!

Of course not. And that’s because you’re working on how many other projects?

Uhm…500. Okay, maybe not that many. But I write and maintain my own blog, coordinate and manage Between the Lines, write with you on Splintered Lands and Deepwood, Inc. and, uhm, I guess that’s it.

Oh come on. There’s a only a few in there. That means you’ve surely got a few more coming.

Well, okay, there are more! I recently formed Black Kettle Publishing, LLC and there are also plans to take Between the Lines to the next level and open an indie book store.

Anything to tell us about them?

Black Kettle Publishing, LLC, for starters, will publish my books. But, after my debut has launched, I plan to track down other talented writers. And yes, I already have a few in mind.

The book store is my long-term goal and I am only in the verrrry preliminary stages of drafting the business and marketing plan and figuring out where and when it will be launched. So this one’s probably going to take me a few years to get all sorted out.

Only three more? Slacker. Tell us a little more about Between the Lines.

Yeah, yeah. Well, Between the Lines is not your ordinary book club. If you are looking to read Stephen King or John Grisham, you’re in the wrong place. The members of BTL only read indie and small press authors. One of the major benefits to this is the readers and authors get to connect directly with one another, both online and via our telephone club meetings.

How’s the response to it been so far?

Amazing! BTL was founded in March of this year and has grown to almost 120 members in under three months. We have our Featured Authors lined up through 2012 and have some exciting new events, including the introduction of Double Feature months, which will be announced shortly.

Have you considered merging it with the Deepwood Inc project?

Why that is an excellent idea! Both Deepwood and BTL aim to promote and assist indie authors, so yes, I think this might be something I need to work on.

Any last words you’d like to say before we send you off to that copious free time you have?

A big thank you to all of the wonderfully supportive people whom I’ve met this past year. I have to say the warmth of our writing community has restored my faith in humanity. So thanks to everyone for reading, commenting, retweeting, making me laugh and well, being you.

No plans for world domination yet, I see. Well, thank you very much for coming around and talking to us, and best of luck with all of your projects. Including the three unannounced ones.


  1. Jet on 06.01.2011

    Bloody hell. I had no idea Lisa was so busy! BTL sounds interesting. I’m going to look into it.

    Great interview!

  2. L.M. Stull on 06.01.2011

    haha, I’m not that busy, really (just don’t tell James that because he’ll make me write more 😉

    Thanks for stopping by to read and comment darling!

  3. Patti Larsen on 06.01.2011

    Great interview! Can’t wait to see what Lisa comes up with next… and read her books at last!

  4. L.M. Stull on 06.01.2011

    Hi Patti! Thanks for always being so supportive, I really do appreciate it. Good to have you stop by today 🙂

  5. eden baylee on 06.01.2011

    Thanks James for hosting Lisa. How the hell did you track her down for long enough to get her answers? Ha!

    Love Lisa’s enthusiasm, energy, and endurance. I also love “e’s” Can you tell?

    Lisa, if you’re boring, then I’m Mary Poppins ….every time I hear you mention your grandfather, I’m reminded to tell you: “Write that piece of poetry, girl. You can do it.”


  6. L.M. Stull on 06.01.2011

    Ahh the lovely Eden. You do love your “e’s” 🙂 I am actually working on some poetry….finally. Might post some next week. My hope, as is my goal with all my pieces, is to make you cry..ha (kidding ;).

    Thank you soooo much for your friendship, I can’t begin to tell you how much it means to me 🙂

  7. Draven Ames on 06.01.2011

    Great interview, Lisa. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, eh? You inspire me to do more. I hope Andrew does his book with you.

    Draven Ames

  8. L.M. Stull on 06.01.2011

    Thank you Draven! I do hope I can persuade the very talented Mr. Mocete to pub with me as well 🙂

  9. M.L. Poncelet on 06.01.2011

    Hi James, nice to meet one of Lisa’s friends. Great to read about all her different projects!

  10. L.M. Stull on 06.01.2011

    Hi ML! Thank you again for featuring me on your lovely site as well today! I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and read my interview 🙂

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