Interview with Lisa Carroll

Lor Mandela

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First of all, thanks for having me on your blog, Kerryann, and thank you for joining us for
the "Four Hundred Hours to Four Hundred Days Blog Party"!! ~ L Carroll

I hope everyone has a good time on tour! This is my first and I'm a little excited.

  Sure. Book #1 is called Lor Mandela - Destruction from Twins. It's about the dying worldreally be Audril. Suddenly Maggieshe may be the one who has to save Lor Mandela after all.
Can you tell readers a bit about your first book?
of Lor Mandela; the spunky little four-year-old girl chosen to save it; and a teenager
named Maggie Baker from the small Midwestern town of Glenhill, Iowa, who gets
sucked into the whole affair.
When the book begins, a selfish twin enchantress attempts to steal her sister's magical
powers and, by so doing, inadvertently sentences the world of Lor Mandela to death. The
only person who can save it is little Audril Borloc, but when, shortly after her fourth
birthday, she disappears without a trace, the fate of this mystical place appears to be
sealed. In desperation, a group of spies travel to Earth looking for a little girl with black
hair and blue eyes--traits that, on Lor Mandela, are exclusive to Audril's ruling family.
They instead find seventeen-year-old Maggie, who also has black hair and blue eyes. In
their minds, there is no other option; Maggie must
finds herself bouncing back and forth between her hometown on Earth and the
mysterious lands of Lor Mandela, where she comes face-to-face with a ferocious twoheaded
monster; is abducted by a lawless clan of Shadow Dwellers; and falls hard for the
son of an evil warlord. While trying to convince the Lor Mandelans that they have the
wrong girl, and her friends in Iowa, (and herself for that matter), that she's not completely
insane, she realizes that
 The inspiration for the story, in general, was from a wacky dream I had, where a young woman was caught up in a ferocious battle and was, might I add, grossly outnumbered.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
 Destruction from Twins. (Now it's Chapter 16).
Just as things took a turn for the worse, she raised her sword in the air, shouted a strange,
cryptic message skyward, and everyone around her disappeared. This scene was the first
chapter that I wrote in
Beyond that, my inspiration comes from lots of things; my kids, my husband, dust
bunnies, flowers, trees, those craft scissors that cut in squiggly designs, cheesecake….
You name it! I've always been a daydreamer so I find inspiration all around me. The
problem is that sometimes I get so wrapped up in my daydreams, my kids practically
have to blow something up in my face to get my attention.
 Lor Mandela - Destruction from Twins, who designed it? DFT. I had a basic idea of what I wanted, but Trisha made it so much better.
I love the front cover of
Well, thank you! I just happened to luck into finding this great graphic designer in
Germany named Trisha Fitzgerald through the company with whom I originally
Her first draft featured a younger girl and a more "Disney-esque" castle, which weren't
exactly what I was going for, so I hunted down the picture of "Maggie" and the palace
that are on the cover now. When the final proof came back, I was shocked by how
beautifully it all came together!

I'm glad you specified "writing" day; I discovered long ago that, for some reason, there's
no such thing as a typical day in my world! I am an impossible night owl, so if I'm up by
nine in the morning, it's too early! I may or may not eat breakfast…depends on how
anxious I am to get to writing. I may or may not change out of my pajamas…depends on
how anxious I am to get to writing. I usually spend the next few hours checking &
responding to my emails, checking my social networking accounts, blogging, etc…trying
to increase the number of people who've at least heard of Lor Mandela or L. Carroll.
Then it's time to write. (Or eat, if I
if not psychotic--at least really weird mode. I shut myself up in my office and read the
last chapter I wrote before jumping up and acting out the next scene, (badly). I can't sit
there and just try to "visualize" it. I'm too easily distracted. I have to act it out so that I
can make sure it flows properly, and so I don't start thinking about stuff like bills, fashion
trends, the dog's dental hygiene…. See, distracted! I typically write until most people are
going to bed, eat a little dinner, and then read until I crash--sometime in the wee hours.
Occasionally, I'll work in bathing, grooming and saying a quick "Hi!" to my family.
Are there any Authors/Books that you like?
anxiously missed breakfast). This is when I slip into--
Oh my goodness! So many! I am a huge fan of the classics, particularly anything Jane
Austen, C.S. Lewis, or D.H. Lawrence. I adore the
some pretty amazing indie authors' works lately, too, like
Lisa J. Flaus and

In a previous interview I talked about having your work professionally edited if you plan
to publish. I doubt I'll ever change my views on that, but I'm not in that sort of mood right
Instead, I'd like to channel my inner high-school cheerleader and send a shout out to
anyone with the goal of being a professional author. "Keep on writing! Keep on writing!"
I heard a quote once when I was a kid that --when it's tweaked a bit--I think applies very
well to authors. I'll probably botch this, but the quote was something like, "God has a
work that needs to be done and YOU are the only one who can do it."
I believe that there is a story that needs to be written and YOU are the only one who can
write it. No one else has your brand of creativity; no one else, your style or voice. If you
don't tell your story, it will go untold. So "Go-o (

Thanks so much to Lisa! Really appreciate, hope this tour go really good!

What did everyone think of the interview? Would you like to to read Lor Mandela?
insert name here), "Keep on writing!"
Is there any advice you could give to aspiring authors?
Harry Potter books and I've read2012 - The Final Revelation byThe Mists of Blackfen Bog by Court Ellyn.
What's a typical writing day like for you?

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