Monday, 16 June 2008

Five Quick Questions with Lisa Unger

Lisa Unger is the New York Times Bestselling author of Beautiful Lies and Sliver of Truth. Her novels have been published in twenty-six countries. She has just released her third thriller, Black Out. The new novel has received high praise from the likes of Harlan Coben, Tess Gerristen and Joseph Finder.

Lisa has kindly agreed to join us and answer five quick questions.

What's one thing we may not know about Lisa Unger?

I'm an introverted extrovert. Meaning that I exhibit all the qualities of an extrovert -- you can dress me up and take me out to a party, I'll chat and dance and laugh and be sociable. But by the end of the evening, I'll be drained and exhausted. In my heart, I'm just a hobbit who'd rather be at home with a cup of tea, making up stories.

What television show would you like to make a guest appearance on?

"Alias" -- no hesitation. I need a hot pink wig and a pair of leather boots, some type of coat that swings dramatically with all my way-too-cool kung fu kicks. I want to be a bad-girl, turned good-girl, with a dark past and a bad attitude. Or maybe a good-girl turned bad-girl, pretending to still be a good girl. Hmmm ... the plot thickens.

What's your greatest sporting moment?

This question assumes that I've had some type of sporting moment, that I've ever actively played in or watched some type of organized sporting event of my own free will. Which I haven't. I did study Kung Fu for eight years until the small matter of pregnancy and motherhood derailed my martial arts aspirations. In spite of many years of hard work, I did remain persistently mediocre in my kung fu practice, though I enjoyed and miss it immensely. I'm also an avid kayaker. But I'm not sure there's much sports glory in paddling about the Gulf of Mexico and Intracoastal with one's two-and-a-half year old. No crowd-cheering, anyway. But it IS a special, quiet, kind of great moment to share something I love so much with someone I love so much. So I guess that would be it.

What's your ideal holiday destination?

Well I live in a subtropical climate, just a short walk to the beach. So, I dream of snowy holidays ... fire places and warm blankets, mountains and towering pines. I've always wanted to go snowshoeing or cross country skiing but have never done that. So I suppose that's my dream holiday destination. Though I have a month in Paris coming up this summer. And you won't find me weeping into my crepe over that, either.

How many comments to this blog post would I need to have you read and comment on my first thriller, The Interrogator?

I'd be thrilled to read your book, JJ. Just send it my way. But I hope you get a million comments to this blog post and that everyone runs right out to buy five copies of your book each as soon as it goes on sale. Congrats on a huge accomplishment. And best of everything to you!

Thanks Lisa. Please check Lisa's wonderful website for the details of her latest release, Black Out, and her other fantastic books.



Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

This is a terrific interview! I suppose it's you interrogation techniques, JJ, that allow you to come up with such creative and information- eliciting questions--but this was truly fun to read.

Congratulations on your book! And see you soon.

auria cortes said...

"introverted extrovert"

I understand completely. I'm the same way.

Angela said...

Great blog! I like how the questions you ask aren't the typical ones. Sometimes it's good to know the fun stuff about authors, not just how they got there and what it's like, yanno?

And I am totally an introverted-extrovert!

LiteraryMinded said...

I am also an introverted-extrovert. Most people who meet me would have no idea!

Great interview. I like getting to know the personal side of the writer.

Thanks :-)

Laura said...

Great questions, JJ! And Lisa Unger is the best--funny, too!.

(I'm so stealing your questions!)

JJ Cooper said...

Nooooooo. You can't steal my questions. They're the only five I have...okay maybe you can pinch them for a while, Laura.

And I must add that Lisa has been fantastic in taking the time during a very busy schedule to participate here. True champion.

Thank you all for stopping by and commenting.


Erika said...

Another great interview. How do you do it? I also resemble the remark about being an introverted extrovert. I wonder if it's an occupational hazard...or if we're drawn to the occupation because we're introverted extroverts?