Skip to main content

Q & A With Author Lisa Daily

Hi, Lisa! Thanks for joining me today. Let's get started! What is your book NOT about?

Great question! My book is not about eighteenth-century poets. Or fisherwomen. Or a secret society of rogue weavers.

So, what is your book about?

It's about putting your life back together again after other people sometimes screw up your big plans for how things are going to be. And best girlfriends. And the weirdness of dating. And the absolute deliciousness of truly connecting with someone on every conceivable level. And first kisses. And first more than kisses. And pot-smoking octogenarians. And laughing until your sides hurt.

Sounds fun! What is your favorite line from your book?

"Botox is as common as seagulls in Sarasota, but most of the women I know who use the dermatologist's little helper still have full range of expression. Except squinting, of course."

What celebrities would play your main characters if it were a movie?

I love this question because whenever I'm writing a book, I always sort of cast it in my head.

For Alex, my dream actress would be Kerry Washington.  I love her, I'm a huge fan of Scandal -- I think she has incredible depth for the feely parts and spectacular comedic timing. She's much funnier than people generally give her credit for -- and I think that's because she's such a strong dramatic actress. She's definitely a writers' actress -- she has a great range.

Also, I love the fact that she often plays characters who can be extraordinarily vulnerable at times, and then scrape themselves off the pavement, take a deep breath, and live to fight another day.

I always love Drew Barrymore for many of the same reasons.  So if Kerry Washington isn't available...

For Daniel: Henry Caville. Here's why:  Imagine Henry Caville. Now imagine Henry Caville cooking for you. Magic, right?  Now add in Henry Caville being insightful and charming and surprisingly romantic while cooking for you.  Also, he has a sexy accent and I'm pretty sure he does the dishes. 

I could also see Ryan Gosling playing Daniel. I'm pretty sure he does the dishes also.

For Michael, Darcy's former husband -- Neil Patrick Harris

For Darcy, the smart, funny best friend who always tells it like it is, I always have Judy Greer or Kat Dennings in mind -- sassy and hilarious.

For Nate, the hunky tool belt supermodel, I couldn't get Jonathan Scott from the Property Brothers out of my head -- Liam Hemsworth with a tool belt would do, however. Yes, yes he would. 

I am glad you have given this so much thought! Now, take me through a day in your life. 

I get up, get the kids off to school and either meet a friend for breakfast or head over to Siesta Key to write for a few hours. I cool off in the Gulf when I get too warm or need time to think.  I eat lunch and write some more.  In the afternoon I hang out with my sweetie and the kids. We crack each other up, make a little dinner (and maybe whip up a batch of margaritas) and read or see a movie.

On Saturday night (known at my house as "date night") we head over to our favorite pizza joint for dinner, followed by custard at a local hangout, and then head to the bookstore to browse.

I'm lucky to have so much in my life that I love.

That sounds like a dream day! Show me a picture of your writing spot. 

Ah! Don't get your computer wet! If you could spend the day with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you do?

It would be my Grandma Vernie, who passed away when I was eight, but is still one of my favorite people in the Universe. We'd play Yahtzee for dimes, which is one of my most beloved memories with her. And then we'd go to the bookstore and I'd show her all the books I've written -- she always wanted a writer in the family, and I feel incredibly proud that I was able to fulfill that for her.  

So sweet! What is the weirdest thing you have had to research for writing purposes?

Like most authors, my Google search history probably has my on about 15 different Homeland Security watch lists. I always feel really bad for the mystery writers.

Weirdest things to research -- for Single-Minded, I did a lot of research on environmental and spatial psychologists, which is what my main character, Alex does for a living. I think it's cool that these psychologists can influence our everyday behavior with scents, color and lighting choices, chair thickness, and weirdly, images of pandas. Did you know that people can be primed to give more money at charity events if they see images of cute animals? Or that for women, spending time outdoors can help to alleviate low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety symptoms? Or that if you stand at the corner or the bar, rather than the flat side, the bartender will take your drink order faster, and strangers will be more likely to strike up a conversation with you?

The all-time strangest thing I've ever researched for a book is the recipe for special effects vomit: Tapioca and maple syrup mixed with frozen peas and carrots. Now you know.

So interesting!! What was your favorite book as a child, and what is your favorite book now?

My favorite book as a child was How Fletcher Was Hatched, about a dog who thinks he would be more loveable if he was more like a chicken.  My favorite book now is Nora Ephron's Heartburn. It's honest, it's heartbreaking, it's hilarious. And at the end, the main character gets to be Nora Ephron.

What book are you currently reading? 

I just finished Sophie Kinsella's My Not So Perfect Life, which I loved.  My work is compared to hers a lot, which I find incredibly flattering because she's one of my very favorite authors.

What is the strangest fact about you? 

I once walked a high wire for charity in front of a crowd of 250 people.  It was terrifying and completely thrilling.

Scary! What writers inspire you?

Nora Ephron, Dave Barry, Sophie Kinsella, Jane Austen, Jane Green, Colleen Hoover, and Eileen Cook

I love Colleen Hoover too! Why do you write?

It's who I am, I've written all my life.  I've literally wanted to be an author since I was a little kid. I remember when I was 7 or 8, sitting on the sofa in the family room, looking at my reflection in the glass fireplace screen and pretending I was being interviewed by Johnny Carson about my new novel. I wrote a serial when I was in the 4th grade about our hunky science teacher, Mr. Gemeinhart. Every day at recess a huge crowd of girls would gather under the slide to listen to the latest installment.

What are you working on right now?

I'm just beginning to plot a new YA series -- it's my first series so I'm both excited and terrified.  I'm also working on another summer romantic comedy, because those are pretty much my favorite books these days. 

Awesome! How can readers learn more about you and your work?

Thanks for asking! I'm always on Goodreads, Twitter @LisaDaily and Instagram @AuthorByTheSea, and probably the easiest way to keep up with me is on my website

Good luck with your writing and thanks again for being a part of Judging More Than Just The Cover!

Popular posts from this blog

El Deafo | Cece Bell

And being different? That turned out to the best part of all. I found that with a little creativity, and a lot of dedication, any difference can be turned into something amazing. Our differences are our superpowers.”
Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel/Memoir. Number of Pages: 233. Perspective: First. Location: Virginia.
This graphic novel follows the author throughout her time as a young girl in the 1970s and her experiences losing her hearing from meningitis at the age of four. She learns how to make friends and accept herself. For a complete summary, you can go here.
This was a beautiful story about someone who copes with becoming deaf. I took an American Sign Language course in college and we talked a lot about the deaf culture; it was interesting to learn about some of the daily challenges that someone who is deaf faces. This book explains those challenges in a way that children can understand and relate to. We have come a long way with accessibility since the 70s, but we all could use …

5 Reasons Why I Hate Book Series

Many of you know that I hate book series. If at all possible, I try to stick to stand-alone novels. A few rare trilogies land on my bookshelf and an even rarer few get a good review. Here are my reasons why I hate trilogies: 

1. The first book is perfected.

Authors have an unlimited amount of time to perfect the first book. They may have many rewrites and rejections before it is finally accepted by a publisher. By that point, the book should be pristine. The author may not have a deal with the publisher for a series yet, but once the first book proves its worth, the publisher will definitely ask for the rest of the series. Depending on the popularity, the author will be forced to get the next books out quickly—unless you are George R.R. Martin. There will be less time to perfect the story and it will be sent out without many rewrites, as to appease the fan-base. As a result, the rest of the series suffers in comparison to the debut. 
2. The waiting is torture. 

Part of the reason why the …

My Journey with Scoliosis [and related book reviews]

I have scoliosis. That is a fact and it is a part of my identity. I am on a continuous journey to correct my spinal curve. Part of this journey is educating myself and figuring out which approach I should take next. So I received and reviewed several books on scoliosis ( I will be adding more as time goes on). But before I can begin my reviews, I think it is important that I share my own personal journey with scoliosis. 
I was diagnosed with scoliosis, a curve in my spine, when I was about eight years old. It was purely an accident. My mom was seeing a chiropractor for her own slight curvature, and I was playing around on the scales when the doctor noticed that when I stood on two scales, one foot on each, one side of my body weighed significantly more than the other. So he decided to give me an X-ray. My curve was noticeable at that time, but it became more severe as time went on. The worst was during puberty when I hit a growth spurt. In several years, my spinal curve increased almos…

Hex | Thomas Olde Heuvelt

“Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay 'til death. Whoever settles, never leaves."
Genre: Horror. Number of Pages: 384. Perspective: Third. Location: New York.
Hex is the story of a town that is cursed by a witch with her eyes and mouth sewn shut. She shows up in houses and just stands and stares for days at a time. The people of the town can never leave and are plagued by the fear of what would happen if the witch’s eyes and mouth are ever opened. For a complete summary, you can go here.
This book started off kind of funny and light-hearted. The middle starts to get a little creepy and suspenseful, and the end is downright strange. It was an enjoyable book, but you’ll have to wait a long time for the climax. The bulk of the action happens in the last 50 pages. For me, that felt rushed and left me with more questions than answers. 
Hex was originally written in Dutch and translated to English. With that in mind, I am utterly impressed with the flow and readability of the story. Th…

Ten Things Writers Need to Know

This is a guest post by Heather Weidner. I was asked recently what advice I would give to someone who wants to write. Here’s my list…
1. Read. Read. Read. 

Read everything you can get your hands on. Learn about the genre. Learn about techniques and style. See what works and what doesn't.

2. Seek out writers like you. 

Find a writers' group. I write mysteries, so Sisters in Crime was a perfect fit. I am also in the online community, Guppies. They have tons of resources and advice. And they are so supportive and helpful. 
3. There are a lot of books out there on the craft of writing. 
My favorite is Stephen King's On Writing. Invest in books that help you. But use your library too. FREE is good.

4. If you are serious about writing, find a critique group. 
It's an investment in your time to read the submissions. Make sure that the feedback is helpful. Critiques need to be constructive and not personal. My critique group specializes in mysteries and crime fiction. And that works fo…