Thursday, November 21, 2013

Author Spotlight, Lisa Orchard

Hello everyone! Today I'm doing a spotlight on the talented Lisa Orchard and her Super Spies series. I have read all three and loved them, if you have a tween in the household that loves reading buy these books for them. They are sure to enjoy this action and humor packed series. Check out how she deals with writer's block:

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you! I’m here to talk to you about writer’s block. That horrible feeling when you stare at a blank page on your computer screen.

When this happens to me, it’s usually when I’m in the middle of a manuscript. You see I’m a “seat of my pants” writer, which means that when I get an idea about a story I just start writing. No outlines or plotting for this girl, when I get an idea I like to let my characters take the wheel.

So, when my characters get into a situation that I’m not sure how to get them out of, I get stuck. The first thing I do is reach for the chocolate. I tend to have Tootsie Rolls on hand, but if not, any type of milk chocolate will do. The endorphins start kicking in and seven times out of ten; I’ll figure out my dilemma and continue my story.

However, there are times when I have to call in the big guns. No amount of chocolate will work. This is usually during a major scene or a key plot twist. I’ll get stuck. I can see the end in sight, but I’m having trouble getting from the spot that I’m at to the end. That’s when I go for a hike or a run.

There’s something about physical activity that gets my creative juices flowing again. Not only that, the exercise is good for me. By the time I finish my run, I’ve worked the problem out in my head. Now all I have to do is put it down on paper, metaphorically speaking, of course. ;)

If I can’t run for whatever reason, sometimes I just don’t feel like it. J I’ll go for a hike. I love hiking through the woods, especially in the fall. The changing colors are so beautiful and the scent of fall relaxes me. The hike is a great stress reliever and it does the same thing as a run for me. Usually by the end of my hike, I have the problem all worked out.

So there you have it, a couple of great ways to relieve writer’s block. Something about the physical activity gets the endorphins running and the creative juices flowing. Something all of us writer’s need! ;)

Thanks for reading my post and if you have any great ideas on how to overcome writer’s block, leave a comment. I’d love to read it. You never know when I might twist an ankle and have to give up running for a little while to heal. I twist my ankles a lot. J

In addition, if you’re looking for a great Christmas gift for your tween/teen. Check out my Super Spies series. They’re bestsellers and great teen reads. The covers, blurbs, and buy links are below.
This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission.  The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…
This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?

Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are at it once again when their missing parents’ cell phone is traced to Alden, Michigan. When the FBI declines to continue the investigation, Sarah takes matters into her own hands. She calls upon the Super Spies and they delve into the situation. Suddenly the teens find themselves immersed in small town intrigue and mystery involving a menacing stranger, who Sarah dubs “The Stalker.” But when Sarah finds out he’s connected to her parents’ disappearance she’s determined to find out what that connection is. The Super Spies embark on a journey that leads them into a web of corporate corruption at its highest level that leaves innocent victims in its wake. Can the Super Spies stop the greedy corporation before it’s too late?



  1. Thanks for allowing me to be your guest today! I had fun writing this post! :)