YALLFest Interview with Lisi Harrison

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details and follow them on twitter @yallfest. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
Today’s New York Times bestselling author is Lisi Harrison, who has written over thirty novels. She was born in chilly Toronto but now lives in the always-warm Laguna Beach, CA. Lisi worked at MTV for twelve years, working her way up to Senior Director of Development, where she got to create new shows like Room Raiders. Her books include the series The Clique, Alphas, and Monster High, and Pretenders - the first book in her new series about five popular students whose secret journals get released to the school - was released on October 1st. 
Lisi Harrison Pretenders
And now for the Q&A with Lisi:
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
A scented candle. Each book has it’s own scent.
Describe your book in 5 words. 
Popular freshmen’s secret journals revealed.
What is the hardest line to write - the first or the last?
First. 100%
Best writing tip you ever received?
Stop writing in the middle of a chapter instead of the end. It will be easier to start up again the next day.
What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
I can’t run. I have a tattoo with a type-o. It’s supposed to say, “creativity” but it says, “dry.”
In college I thought it would be cool to get a tattoo written in Chinese characters.
I was supposed to be on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center. I changed my reservation at the last minute. Now every time I look at a clock it says 9:11.
I can’t stand being asked about my “favorites.” I don’t have favorites. If I did I’d forget what they are the minute you asked and would remember them the minute you leave. It’s maddening.
I prefer to give 6 random facts.
Where's your favorite place to write?
My office.
What are you working on now?
Pretenders #2: License To Spill.
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
What did I just tell you about “favorites?”
At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?
When I can describe it in one sentence. And do it without cringing.
You can learn more about Lisi at her website, on facebook, and on twitter.  
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Lisi’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
Previous YALLFest interviews:
Cinda Williams Chima                       Lauren Oliver
CJ Lyons                                          Sean Williams
Rainbow Rowell                                Ransom Riggs
Veronica Rossi                                  Kami Garcia
Melissa de la Cruz                             Shannon Hale


Gary's picture

Hi Jocelyn and hi Lisi,

I find the rituals of writers fascinating and I wish you well, Lisi. Aha, and what's your favourite (favorite) comment today?

I shall check your links. I do find it rather unique that you write with a scented candle :) Ignore me.

Gary :)

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog's picture

The conference sounds like it will be amazing!

Fun to learn more about Lisi. I also really enjoyed Stargirl- I bet a lot of young girls can connect with her.

Thanks for sharing!

Medeia Sharif's picture

I love scented candles and Stargirl.

It was great getting to know Lisi.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Appreciate y'all stopping by to read the interview! I thought the scented candle tidbit was very interesting. Since scent is so strongly linked with memory, I can really see how it would help get a writer into the midset for each book.

Nas's picture

Thanks for sharing your processes. It all sounds fascinating. All the best with your writing!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Nas - I'm learning so much from these author interviews.

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