There is no questions that Lisa Vasquez is a terrifically talented lady. She runs Stitched Smile Publications and also is an amazing writer and makes some of the best book covers around.I am super proud to know her, work with her and be her friend and beta reader. If you have not read anything she has written you are making a HUGE mistake. I highly recommend The Unfleshed one of her newest books. it will have you turning pages and feeling very uncomfortable in your own skin. She is truly passionate about everything she does and is always all in for anything. She is also a mom, grandma and wife and how she finds time to do all she does I will never know. She has helped countless writers just starting out and some established ones as well. She is a diamond in the Indie Book world. Thank you for all you do! You are much-loved and respected.
1. It’s been awhile since we talked what new books do you have out now? Latest release?
Yes it has! Thanks for having me back on Roadie Notes! Recently, I released The Unfleshed: Tale of the Autopsic Bride and I had a short included in Kevin J. Kennedy’s Collected Christmas Shorts
2. If you could pick any author alive or dead to have lunch with who would it be? Why?
I would definitely pick Anne Rice. She’s an accomplished author and Renaissance woman, in my eyes. She is a voice to her fans, she interacts with them, she has grace and intelligence. We seem to have a lot in common as far as interests…I think it would be an amazing lunch date.
3. What is the strangest thing a fan has ever done?
Thankfully, I don’t have of those weird tales to tell. My fans are weird in a good way. But they haven’t done weird “things” toward me, lol.
4. What is the one thing you dread to do when writing?
Editing! Ugh…you think you caught all those annoying hiccups only to find a fat, red ribbon of corrections across your words, haha!
5. Did you have imaginary friends growing up? Tell me about them
Imaginary? No. Ghosts? Probably. Voices? More than likely. I’m sort of a private person when it comes to my past and my childhood. We had some really hard times. Some things are just better left forgotten. However, suffice it to say, I had dolls that were lifelike.
Once time, my father (who was big into Film and Horror) acquired one of those Charlie ventriloquist dolls? (Already shuddering) and he was showing it to me. Well, as a young girl I’m sure the wide eyes could’ve been mistaken for awe, but in reality it was extreme fear. I don’t remember how, but it ended up where that night when I was in bed, the doll was there, too. I don’t remember if I brought it there or if it was given to me. What I do remember was that Charlie didn’t make it.
The next morning my parents woke up and Charlie’s head was popped off and his stuffing was everywhere. I told them he tried to kill me.
6. Do you go to conventions? If not why?
I have been to a few, they are stupid expensive. It’s a long couple days to be sitting in one spot in folding chairs. It’s such a bit of work to lug tons of books and swag through elevators and back doors and parking a mile away. However, I love conventions and most times it’s worth it.
7. How many times did you have to submit your first story before it was accepted?
Four times before I started Stitched Smile Publications and got the rights back to one so I could have it re-edited and polished to my standards.
8. Ever consider not writing? If so what made you continue?
No, never. That’s like asking me not to breathe.
9. Ever thought about writing in a different category?
Yes, quite a bit. Then I decided to hybrid them. So I write Dark Fantasy, or Dark Science Fiction 🙂
10. Any new additions to the family?
Indeed! My beautiful grandson Aiden to my son James and his wife Selena. He’s my Mogwai!
11. What is coming up next for you?
I have one novel, two novellas, a few short stories, and another project I won’t mention yet, underway.
12. Do you do release parties? Do you think they work?
I do them, yes. Do they work? That depends on what you mean. Do they solicit a lot of sales? Not generally but it’s about the die-hard, loyal fans. We would not be where we are without them so we give back in that way.
13. Do you have crazy stalker fans? Have you ever had one you wish would go away?
No, not really. I have some wonderful fans and they are very respectful. I guess I’m either too scary or I put off a vibe?
14. Do you still have a “day job” ? If so what do you do?
Day job is watching Mogwai and Stitched Smile Publications.
15. What is your process for writing? Do you have a voice in your head?
Oh…there are so many voices in my head. Alter egos fight for the spotlight all the time. And since I can change moods on a good breeze, what I write depends on who’s captain of the ship that day.
As for the process, I need quiet. If I don’t have quiet, the voices become like static. All of them jumbled into un-discernible sounds. I hear them, I just can’t make out the words. When there is quiet, they come through like a calm dictation. A friend telling another friend a story. Soft music is ok. It has to be appropriate to the mood. My vape (I quit smoking but I vape to satisfy the hand-habit) and a drink (water or coffee depending on time of day…sometimes I treat myself to tea).
16. Is there a book you want to make a sequel to you haven’t yet?
I want to make the sequel to Unsaintly as soon as I get the first one shined up. The Unsaintly was created to be a series, so I’m itching to get that one out.
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