Today I am excited to interview young adult author Lisa Orchard on my blog to talk about her book, The Super Spies and the High School Bomber.
About the Author
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a stay at home Mom with two beautiful boys. They’re my inspiration for everything. ♥ I love to write and I’m working on my third book in the Super Spies series. I also love to hike in the woods especially in the fall when the leaves are changing color.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Hmmm…good question. I’d have to say when I received my first contract from Astraea Press. When they wanted to publish my first story that’s when I considered myself a writer.
How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?
Quite a bit actually, (embarrassed grin) you see I wanted to be a detective in my teen years too. That’s where the idea for The Super Spies series started. Some of my own experiences are in the stories too, but greatly embellished to make the stories more exciting.
What is the best thing about being a writer? The worst?
The best thing about being a writer is that the story is all mine. What I mean by that is that I don’t have to compromise to please a partner or put something in it that I don’t like to please a boss. The worst thing about being a writer is that when I get stuck, I can’t turn to a partner or a boss for guidance in making a scene more believable or more exciting.
What fuels you as an author to continue writing?
Good question. To answer that I would have to say that each of my stories has a unique message or life lesson. These lessons are embedded in the stories and they are ones that I feel strongly about. These messages or lessons are what fuel my writing.
About her Book
Please tell us about your current release.
It’s the sequel to The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer and it starts out with a bang! The Cole girls are now living with their Aunt June and Uncle Walt. Still reeling from their parents’ disappearance, the girls’ world is rocked again when a bomb destroys their new school. Uncle Walt, who’s a teacher, was in the school when the bomb exploded. Filled with dread, Sarah and her sister Lacey decide to search for him. Do they find Uncle Walt? You’ll have to read the book to find out! (wink)
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I had to do a lot of research on explosives and the aftermath of an explosion. I’m sure I’m on some governmental list because of all my research! (grin)
Did you base your characters on real people?
Yes. I took the characteristics of some of my friends and wove them into the characters within the story. That’s another great thing about writing; I get to create any character I want!
Just for Fun
Do you have an all-time favorite book?
Yes. To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book! I really like Scout and imagine that I was kind of like her when I was her age. A tomboy who was a bit mischievous at the same time!
If you could meet two authors, who would you pick and why?
I would pick Harper Lee because I want to find out why she only published one book. I would also pick Stephen King because I’d love to find out how he comes up with his ideas for his stories.
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?
Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. She was hooked on mysteries by the fifth grade and even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then. “The Super Spies and the High School Bomber” is the second book in the “Super Spies” series. Her first book was published in March of 2012 and it has received rave reviews.
After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Marketing Degree she spent many years in the insurance industry, pining to express her creative side. The decision to stay home with her children gave her the opportunity to follow her dream and become a writer. She currently resides in Rockford Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she’s working on the third novel that stars the same quirky teens. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.
Find out more about Lisa on her website.