Lisa Collins has been a prominent name in New Pulp circles in recent years, both for her writing and for her tireless efforts to promote the works of other authors. To celebrate the release of her new work, The House Bast Made: Reid Cannon Archaeologist, I decided to turn the tables on Lisa and let her have the opportunity to be the interviewee for once!
Where are you from, Lisa? What do you do aside from writing?
I was born in Dixie and have always lived south of the Mason Dixon Line. I graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in history. My specializations were in American and Russian history. I live in central Arkansas with my husband and our adorable cat, Baby Girl, who believes she is my co-author. We have one adult son who is married to his high school sweetheart.
Currently I work in Administration at the Arkansas Department of Health.
Tell us your “secret origin.” How did you come to be a writer?
My writing career starts off with a sad tale and a dash of memory. You see in 2008 the company I worked for downsized and I was one of the many who were let go. Thankfully I had a small severance package so I didn’t immediately have to hit the byways looking for work. There I was looking for what to do next and I was reminded of how I used to like to tell stories to entertain my friends when I was little. I even made some little books for my mom when I was elementary school. From that thought I went to the wisest person I knew to figure out how to begin to write my imaginings down for others—that’s right, Dr. Google! In my online searching I came across NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. Being totally green and a complete n00b I decided to take up the challenge and write 50,000 words in the month of November, 2008. Believe it or not, right out of the gate, I did it! I’ve never looked back.
My complete origin story is on my first post at the Pen and Cape Society. http://penandcapesociety.com/lisa-m-collins/origin-2/
The House Bast Made features Reid Cannon – who is Reid and what sort of adventures does he become involved in?
Reid is a Ph.D. student in Archeology from the University of Chicago. He hails from Arkansas and got his bachelor’s from University of Arkansas, Master’s from UCLA. He is fond of the ladies and likes long walks on any beach where they serve drinks with umbrellas. There is a long line of archeologists and anthropologists in Reid’s family tree. This particular adventure finds him on one of his father’s worksites. Reid got his nose for adventure from his grandmother Jane Roberts (Her story will be in an anthology this fall). Much like grandma Jane, Reid has an uncanny ability to sniff out the fantastical and paranormal.
What’s the basic gist of this particular story?
The House Bast Made is an adventure where a young archaeologist, Reid Cannon, learns myths need not be fairytales.
I also have an online persona, Tea and Cornbread. I am a foodie…not a food snob…but I like the vittles! My favorite thing right now is roast chicken which I make in a slow cooker. I have a great selection of recipes and directions on how to slow cook a whole bird in my second cookbook called Five Slow Cooker Recipes Every Southern Cook Should Master. The complete series is available on Amazon for Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/Lisa-M.-Collins/e/B00PPV5QY
You’ve become known in the New Pulp community for interviewing authors – what do you find rewarding about doing that?
I recently read a fabulous book called Indie Author Survival Guide by Susan Kaye Quinn. The book blew me away, but one of the takeaways I had was to write a Mission Statement for me as a writer. Here is what mine looks like at present:
- To take the reader on a thought provoking journey to new and distant worlds through my stories.
- To improve my craft with each story. Books come first!
- To create a large body of work that reaches a substantial percentage of readers.
- To encourage other writers I meet along my path.
The interviews I do with new and established writers on the site fits perfectly into my Mission statement. Not only am I being a voice for others, have I learned so much from the authors I host.
Do you count yourself as a “New Pulp” author? What does the term mean to you?
I am, but New Pulp isn’t all I write. Defining New Pulp is a slippery slope! There are so many great books out there that could be categorized as NP but the author doesn’t even know the term exists. Example: The Goosebumps series for kids or half of all the P.I. stories in the world, and most recently the romance novels featuring Motorcycle Clubs (MC) and the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) romance novels. All of these are in line with the New Pulp aesthetic. I think the explosion of Indie Publishing has opened up all those old story streams…it is like we are living in a renaissance of Pulp!
Where can readers find out more about you and where can they buy The House Bast Made?
Pen and Cape Society: http://penandcapesociety.com/lisa-m-collins/
Wookiees for Cookies Racing Team https://wookieesforcookies.wordpress.com/
And at the Tea and Cornbread blog http://teaandcornbread.wordpress.com/
Looking for more of:
Healthy Writer Series https://lisacollins.wordpress.com/category/healthy-lifestyle/
Author Interview Series https://lisacollins.wordpress.com/category/interviews/