Saturday, April 23, 2016

Meet Lisa T. Bergren

When I began really reading Christian Fiction, Lisa T. Bergren was one of the first authors I read and fell in love with the writing! What a gift it is to be able to interview her and share a bit about her with you, dear readers! May you come to enjoy her books as much as I do. Without further ado, Lisa:

Joi: Tell us a bit about yourself.
Lisa: I’m a wife, mother of three, writer, traveler, friend. More info:

Joi: Why did you start writing? How did you start writing?
Lisa: I’ve always loved to write—I wrote for my high school and college newspapers and took English Lit in college. After college, I decided to try my hand at a novel…and miraculously, it was published. Ever since then, the doors have just opened for me, and I’m so grateful.
Joi: As am I! I love your books!
Joi: How did you select your genre?
Lisa: What genre? J So far I’ve written romance, historical women’s fiction, contemporary fiction, supernatural suspense, dystopian, time travel…I like to write whatever inspires me at the time. Something I definitely would NOT recommend to other authors—it’s hard to build an audience that way.

Joi: What is your writing day like?
Lisa: When I write (and I don’t write every day), I usually walk, shower, write for a couple of hours, eat lunch, then write for a couple more hours. The next day, I reread what I wrote, edit and then move on.

Joi: How do you organize your writing? (outlines/note cards/post-its)
Lisa: General outline only. I’m a pantser—I write by the seat of my pants—because I like to see where the story and characters take me.

 Joi: What's the most surprising thing a character has “told you”?
Lisa: Daria in THE BEGOTTEN taught me that love is what everyone hungers for most.

 Joi: Do you have a list of characters that you're saving for future use? What kind of information do you keep on these characters
Lisa: Not really!

 Joi: What does your work space/office look like?
Lisa: It’s a mess! Piles of papers and books everywhere. I usually write on my bed or a chair by the fireplace.
Joi: That's funny! Sounds comfortable, though.
Joi: What is your go-to snack when writing?
Lisa: Soft red licorice.

Joi: If you could only recommend one NOVEL, what would it be? Why?
Lisa: You ask the impossible. J
Joi: So true!
Joi: If you could only recommend one CRAFT book (writing, no crocheting), what would it be? Why?
Lisa: Not a book, but back issues of WRITER’S DIGEST at your local library. Tons of relevant, timely information.

Joi: What else would you like to share with the readers?
Lisa: Sign up for my e-newsletter at if you want to know when I have a new release! Next up for me is a return to time travel—River of Time California, THREE WISHES, due out April 8!

Thanks for joining us, Lisa!

Lisa has graciously offered a lucky winner a copy of Three Wishes! Leave a comment with your email address below to be entered to win!


Katie Edgar said...

I have read some of Lisa's other books and really enjoyed them! I can't wait to read this one. I've heard a lot of great things about it! Thanks for this chance! katie07edgar(at)gmail(dot)com

Caryl McAdoo said...

Nice interview, Joi! Thank you for introducing Lisa. I 'd love to read her new book! :) I used to say I'm a 'pantster', too, Lisa, but now I say I'm a 'skirtster' since I never wear britches...just skirts and dresses because I believe them to be most feminine and comfortable :) Blessings to you both!

Renee Blare said...

Thanks for the interview, Joi and Lisa! I loved it. :)

Deanne Patterson said...

This is a new to me author and I must say your book sounds fabulous. Thank you for the interview, I enjoyed it. I would love to read her new book. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

Deanne P.
Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

Just Commonly said...

Great interview. I've always enjoyed these interviews with authors that are new to me! Thanks for the giveaway! Annie justcommonly(at)gmail(dot)com

Ann Ellison said...

Wonderful interview for a new to me author. I would love to win a copy of her book.

Lynda E. said...

Love this cover--can't wait to read the story! Thanks for the interview, and the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Isn't red soft licorice so full of good flavor and chewiness? (I looked it up and chewiness is a word!) I have greatly enjoyed your various categories of writing! I look forward to reading your future books!

Diane Blaser said...

I marvel at Pantster authors because I can't imagine writing that way and it's a talent I wish I had...not that I write more than book reviews these days. Great interview! Thank you for the chance to win your book.