A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction.
Lisa also leads a writing group for teens in North Vancouver, Canada. Her first YA novel, The Watcher, won the Chanticleer award for best paranormal fiction.
Though she’s lived in several cities across Canada, she currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiancé and their two cats.
Hi Lisa! Thanks for joining me today for this weeks author interview.
When did you know that you wanted to be a writer? How did you start?
I’ve known I wanted to be a writer since I was in high school. In grade 9, I wrote stories and swapped them with my best friend.
What genre(s) do you write in? What is it that you love about them?
I write young adult fantasy. My first book was a paranormal romance, and my second and third are more urban fantasy.
I love the idea of a world just outside our own. I love the elements of magic, myth, and supernatural beings. I find these fantastical elements speak to all of us on an archetypal level and stir something deep within the collective unconscious.
Who are some of your favorite authors? Why?
Though I admire many writers, my favourite author is Neil Gaiman. I’ve been a fan of his since he wrote the Sandman comics. I find his work speaks on that very deep archetypal level I mentioned. I love his voice as a writer.
What inspires your ideas? How do you come up with them?
My first book, The Watcher, came from the idea of a boy who woke up one day to discover he was a fallen angel who’d hurt someone in a past life. But I couldn’t tell the story from his perspective. It just didn’t come. So I told it from the perspective of the girl he’d hurt. Only she didn’t know what he’d done.
Every story I’ve written comes from some kind of yearning within me. It might be a yearning for love, or magic, or even forgiveness. Each time I write, I learn more about myself.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently finishing the third book in The Watcher Saga.
What does a typical writing day look like for you/what is your process?
My fiancé works on weekends, so that’s my prime writing time. I tend to write in cafés, and in my home office. As for my process, I’m more of a seat of the pants style writer, meaning I just pick up and write the story from beginning to end. However, I do plot out what’s going to happen once in a while as well.
If one of your novels was made into a movie, which would you choose and what actors would you cast to play the three main roles?
I usually have a hard time casting my books. When I choose a dream cast, I tend to like actors who are too old for their young adult roles. When I’ve done “dream casts” before, I’ve chosen younger versions of more popular actors. However, I’ll change it up a bit for this.
If The Angel Killer were made into a movie, I’d love to see:
Michael Fontaine played by Liam Hemsworth
Mia Crawford played by Liana Liberato
Raguel played by Michael Fassbender.
What have been some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned on your writing journey so far?
I’ve learned so much along the way, from more about the craft of writing, to marketing tips. But I’d have to say that the biggest lesson has been to stop doubting myself. If I stop believing that I can do this, I freeze up and the story doesn’t get written.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Write for your own reasons. Don’t write for money, or to get famous, or to get things. Write because you love telling stories, or love to put words on the page. If you stay true to those things, the act of writing itself becomes its own reward.
Anything else you would like to add or talk about?
Thanks so much for having me here today!
Thank you! Where can people find out more about you and your books?
Online at: http://facebook.com/lisavoisinauthor