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NaNoWriMo Success Stories: Lisa Carlisle

Published on Friday, November 1, 2013 by

Hi, I’m Lisa Carlisle, an author who writes paranormal erotic romance, mysteries, and military romance. I’m here to share some of my experience with NaNoWriMo.

As a working mom, it’s very difficult to find the time to write, especially at the end of a long work day. When I’m working on a project, I set a 500 word daily goal, which isn’t much compared to other authors, but it adds up over a week, a month, and so on. When November comes around, writing my novel becomes THE PRIORITY. Forget all the things I need to do around the house, I’m on a deadline. And I do better with deadlines, something about the pressure drives me. By November 30, I need to have my first draft of my 50,000 word novel complete. No excuses. Not Thanksgiving or the mystery conference I attend, I must find time to squeeze in my word count.

I need to get creative to find the time. It might be a couple of hundred words while I’m waiting to pick up my son. It might be another couple of hundred first thing in the morning before I go to work. Last year, I went to a few local write-ins, which were fantastic. I had two hour blocks to do nothing  but work on my novel, in the company of fellow writers doing the same.

Last year, I began my novel thinking I’d never get 50k. I’m a total pantster and I figured my book only had 20k at most. Once I settled into the project, I really got into it. Characters took off, subplots took off in different directions. Although I knew the beginning and end, I had a lot more fun getting there as I let my imagination run. At the end of the month, I had my first draft of Bloodlust and Metal, my fourth book in a paranormal erotic romance series with Ellora’s Cave, which was released in May. Without NaNo, it might have been just a novella, but NaNo forced me to sit and write and the story is much richer for it. It even received a great review from Coffee Time Romance (rated it 4 cups) and more recently:

“The relationship between Devon and Layla is intricately built to lure the reader in. The enticement of love built from the ashes of the past is like catnip keeping the reader sitting on the edge.”

“Bloodlust and Metal is a wonderful and enticing story.”

About Bloodlust and Metal


A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

On the run from a master vampire, young vampire Layla Black flees London to reinvent herself as the singer of an Eighties cover band in Boston. Devon St. Clair is the bounty hunter hired to track her down. As a shapeshifter with extraordinary skills, his reputation is known throughout the supernatural world. Capturing Layla should be an easy gig that will net a nice profit.

The situation doesn’t go as Devon plans. He wants Layla in his bed, but shapeshifters and vampires don’t mix. They should hate each other, but instead they’re keeping the sheets steamy. When circumstances force them on the run together, their preconceived notions are challenged. If they can evade those hunting them and convince his fellow shapeshifters to help her even though she’s a vampire, they just might have a chance to explore where all that hot, sweaty sex can take them.

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About Lisa Carlisle

Lisa-CarlisleLisa gravitates toward stories with dark, brooding, isolated characters (think Heathcliff, Dracula, Darth Vader and Severus Snape) and tough, independent, caring heroines. She’s wanted to write since the sixth grade and is thrilled to now be a multi-published, award-winning author.

She spent a short time in the Marine Corps, living in Parris Island, the California desert, and Okinawa, Japan. She then backpacked alone around the US and Europe and lived in Paris, France, before returning to the U.S. to buy a bookstore. Now she lives in New England with her husband and children and draws on these experiences in her stories.

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Coming soon—A Gargoyle’s Embrace.

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