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. In her spare time, she teaches meditation. So when she’s not writing, you’ll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counter the side effects of drinking too much coffee. She lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiance and their two cats.
What inspires you to write?
Ever since I was a kid, I had an urge to write. I love making up stories, characters, and worlds. I think what inspires me is having a story idea and wanting to know what happens next.
Tell us about your writing process.
For the most part, I’m a seat of the pants writer. As I mentioned above, I write to know what happens next. However, I do start with character sketches and add to them as I write until they come to life in my head. Sometimes, I know where I want the story to go, but don’t have any idea how to get there. I have also been known to plan some things ahead of time. I do a great deal of rewriting and recrafting my stories before presenting them to readers.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I often hear the characters in my head. During a first draft, I hear my characters talking and telling me what’s going on. I haven’t started talking to them — yet!
What advice would you give other writers?
The advice I have is to be patient with yourself. The editing, revising, and rewriting processes are essential. Go through your work carefully. Seek advice from those with more experience than you.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I sought publication with a small publishing house, because I felt I would learn the most about my craft by seeking advice from professionals, and I liked the individual approach that a small house could offer me. While I believe self-publishing is also a great experience, it’s like running your own company, and I didn’t feel ready to do that with my first book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Like many, I think there are going to be remarkable changes over the next few years. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a polarization of the market where those who love ebooks and those who love print books will be reading very different stories. Price will play a large part in it. Some true book lovers will read everything they can get their hands on in both categories, but I sense ebook lovers will demand lower prices and self-published authors will fill that niche. Those who love print books and want to support brick and mortar stores will continue to do so.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print