Stephanie: Author Lisa Ard is a children’s book author AND avid reader, stay-at-home mom, part-time business consultant, school volunteer, library board president, Sunday school teacher, book club member, chauffeur, volleyball coach, wife and mom, not necessarily in that order. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Lisa, congrats on winning the BRAG Medallion. Please tell me about your book, “Saving Halloween.”
Lisa: Saving Halloween” is a magical story about discovering one’s true family. Anne Hudson meets a very unusual friend and through their friendship, she learns what she needs and she goes after it. Her journey is not without bumps in the road, and the path is not always clear – magic plays a part in that! I hope readers enjoy the deception within the story – in what characters say, do, even in their names.
When book-smart Anne Parson meets Halloween Spavento, she sees exactly what she wants to see — a friend. Halloween wave’s away trouble, magically silences school bullies and offers Anne unfailing friendship. But, when the Spavento family’s enchanting exploits are exposed, will Anne face her fears and save Halloween?
A spellbinding tale of outcasts who find acceptance, a girl who discovers the true meaning of family, and characters who are not always what they seem.
Stephanie: What inspired you to write this story?
Lisa: This is my homage to Roald Dahl, my favorite children’s book author. I describe “Saving Halloween” as “Matilda” meets “the Munsters”.
Stephanie: Have you written other young adult books?
Lisa: I write for middle grade and yes, I have two published works in my Dream Seeker series (ages 7-10). The first, “Fright Flight, Dream Seekers Book One”, introduces readers to Patrick, a dream seeker. As a dream seeker, what happens in his dreams really happens to him. The second, “Dream Team, Dream Seekers Book Two”, continues the adventures of Patrick and his family. These are high action/adventure stories with humor and a theme of tackling the whole growing up process.
Stephanie: Is there a message you want your readers to grasp?
Lisa: I think in all my books, while the main character has an adventure or calling or journey to make on their own, they know that they are loved and supported by someone.
Stephanie: Who designed your book cover?
Lisa: The cover and interior illustrations for “Saving Halloween” were designed by Chris Adams of Corvid Designs.
Stephanie: How long did it take you to write your story and what was your writing schedule like?
Lisa: Although I should have a writing schedule, I don’t. I wrote “Saving Halloween” over a couple months, critiqued it with my group for a few more months, re-wrote, edited, worked on it some more… all told it took a year from start to finish.
Stephanie: What book project are you currently working on?
Lisa: I’m working on a young adult futuristic work and it is in a very rough mode! It’s a stretch for me to write for this age group, but I’m enjoying it.
Stephanie: How did you discover indieBRAG?
Lisa: Through the website http://www.bragmedallion.com
while searching for well-known independent book reviewers.
Stephanie: Is there a person or writer that has inspired you?
Lisa: Roald Dahl and J.K.Rowling are my favorite children’s book authors. I love the complexity of the Harry Potter series, plus the characters, magic, story development – all of it! Dahl’s works are funny and magical and a true reminder of my own childhood reading. I’m inspired to write like Dahl.
Stephanie: When did you know you wanted to be an author?
Lisa: I wanted to be an author as a kid, but then went on to love languages, worked abroad, had a long career in corporate life, before quitting to become a stay-at-home mom and turn to writing.
Stephanie: What is your favorite quote?
Lisa: Well, it has to be from “Saving Halloween” and a critical quote to the story: “You will see what you wish to see,” says Fenris Spavento.
Stephanie: Thank you, Lisa!
A message from BRAG:
We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview Lisa Ard who is the author of, Saving Halloween, one of our medallion honorees at www.bragmedallion.com . To be awarded a B.R.A.G. MedallionTM, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, Saving Halloween merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.