Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I have always been a storyteller, with a flair for making people laugh at the comedy of errors that is my life. After many years of encouragement by friends and family, I sat down and wrote my first book.
Tell us about your books.
Many years ago my friends and I would sit around and play what we called “Jerry Springer: the Home Game”. The object of the game was to see how many upcoming shows we qualified for, with the story to support our claim, and whoever had the most at the end of the program won. I was the reigning champion. This book started off as just a lighthearted collection of anecdotes, stories shared with friends over the years to both the horror and delight of my audience. But as I began to write I realized that the humor of my life comes not from the light moments, but the dark, and without those moments being included much of the humor would be lost without that context. This book is a bit darker than I initially intended, but I hope that while reading this I can make you smile, even on occasion laugh out loud at the ridiculousness of the situations I have found myself in over the years, and that you, like me, can find the humor in all the dark places. I do not believe I have any wisdom to share in this telling, nor is it even an inspirational tale of achievement by overcoming adversity, it is simply my life that I have survived. For better or worse, this is the mostly true, fairly accurate, and almost completely factual account of my life. Some liberties have been taken to protect the somewhat innocent and a few small embellishments were made for the sake of a good story.
How did you go about getting published?
After looking over the publishing world and seeing how difficult it was to gain the attention of either a publishing house or publisher, and how few take unsolicited manuscripts, I decided to self-publish with Amazon. It is not the easy route, as you try to negotiate through not only writing, but publishing and marketing in a field that few have outside of the publishing world have any expertise in. But, if you have the stamina, and a little insanity to make the whole process more palatable, it can be worth all the effort to take your words and turn it into a reality.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
Not really, I write when I am happy and have the time. That’s about it.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I like to read, watch a good movie, spend time with friends, a good meal and travel when I have the money.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Not really. I’ve seen some really slick one’s but they didn’t inspire me to read them. I’ve seen some godawful ones that caught my eye and ending up buying. People are fickle and there’s no accounting for individual taste.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
I’ll let you know when I figure it out.
What’s your favorite book?
I can’t answer this honestly. It’s like asking a mother which of her children she loves the best.
What are you reading now?
Sadly, since I self-published in October the time I used to have for reading has been taken over for marketing and promoting. Sad, because I love to read.
What’s your next book project?
I’m working on the second book in a series, tentatively titled “Wine Comes in Six-Packs”.
Author Websites and Profiles
Lisa Orban Amazon Profile