Lisa Harris and Lisa Henry.
I swear I didn't do that on purpose!
I sent out a bunch of 20QQ requests, and as the authors got back to me, I grabbed two and paired them up. And for some reason the two Lisa's were last. Jinx! Let's see how many of their answers are the same too.
1. What state do you live in?
Lisa Harris: The chilly cold Australian Capital Territory. Yep, I’m the prime minister’s neighbour. Lol.
Lisa Henry: Queensland.
2. What’s the bird emblem of your state?
Lisa Harris: A gang-gang cockatoo. Interesting name!
Lisa Henry: The brolga.
3. Did you have to look that up?
Lisa Harris: Yes. But it’s great to know I’ve learned something new today.
Renae: I live to serve...
Lisa Henry: Absolutely.
4. Favourite season?
Lisa Harris: Spring. There’s nothing like the first blooms of the season, watching as the days get longer and warmer. Love it.
Lisa Henry: Winter! Having said that, I live in the tropics, so “winter” means “had to turn the fan off and put socks on”.
5. Favourite ice cream flavour?
Lisa Harris: Hokey Pokey. Cos that’s what it’s all about. Hehe.
Renae: You put your left hand in... Great! Now I'm singing that song!
Lisa Henry: Chocolate.
6. Favourite colour?
Lisa Harris: Blue.
Lisa Henry: Green.
7. Three people from history you’d like to meet?
Lisa Harris: Jesus (yes I want questions answered), Albert Einstein and one of my ancestors, First Fleeter Owen Cavanough.
Lisa Henry: The characters in history I’m most interested in tend to be the ones I’d be scared to meet in real life – like Nero, or Henry VIII. Fascinating guys, but way too eager to execute people. And I’m not sure I’d like to meet the good guys either, like Gandhi or Mother Theresa. I already know I’m generally a terrible person, thanks for rubbing it in my face. So I’m going to pick a scientist, a philosopher, and a writer: Charles Darwin, Voltaire, and Kurt Vonnegut.
8. Do you prefer dinner parties, or raves?
Lisa Harris: Dinner parties (as long as I’m not the one cooking). Too old to rave, but I have been known to rave on at times.
Lisa Henry: Dinner parties. But not fancy dinner parties. I would be terrible at those. But I like talking with people and hearing stories, which is hard to do at a rave.
9. Star sign?
Lisa Harris: Aries.
Lisa Henry: Aquarius.
10. Morning bird, or night owl?
Lisa Harris: Depends on what I’m doing. I work more productively in my job in the mornings, but when it comes to chilling out I love the night time.
Lisa Henry: Night owl. I hear mornings are lovely, but I have no interest in participating in them.
11. Preferred beverage?
Lisa Harris: Coffee! And none of that instant stuff please.
Lisa Henry: Turkish apple tea. It is the greatest.
12. Pizza, burger or chinese?
Lisa Harris: Chinese.
Lisa Henry: Chinese. Much more variety than a pizza or burger!
13. Beach, forest or mountains?
Lisa Harris: Mountains. Grew up on the beach, and all I can recall is shark alarms going off all the time, and sand in very weird places.
Renae: The sand... oh the sand... My greatest nightmare.
Lisa Henry: Why can’t I have all the things? But beach, probably. Then forest. Then mountains.
14. Author you admire?
Lisa Harris: Too many to mention, but if I had to choose one, I’d say N. R. Walker.
Lisa Henry: There are so many great authors I could list here. In the m/m genre, autobuys for me include JP Barnaby, Heidi Cullinan, Alexis Hall, KJ Charles, and Amy Lane.
15. Favourite book you’ve written?
Lisa Harris: That’s like trying to choose one child over the other. The two stories I’ve published are both in my heart, and other stories I’ve collaborated on just as much.
Lisa Henry: Either When All the World Sleeps, because I love the melancholy, or Dark Space, because Brady was such a fun character to write with all his angst and self-sabotaging bullshit.
16. Your next book release and when?
Lisa Harris: His Personal Assistant, April 2015.
Lisa Henry: December 29! It’s called The Two Gentlemen of Altona, and it’s the first story in the Playing the Fool series that J.A. Rock and I wrote. It’s your basic story of an egg-obsessed Shakespeare-loving con man from rural Indiana, and the cranky FBI agent trying to detox from caffeine and sugar who is tasked to track him down and hang onto him until he can testify. We hope people have as much fun reading it as we did writing it!
17. If you weren’t a writer, would you go mad?
Lisa Harris: I want to say yes, except I think that sometimes the writing can make me a little loopy. Who else has conversations with themselves about plot points while in the shower? Watches people going about their daily lives as thoughts race through the head about how that scenario could fit in to their latest WIP?
Lisa Henry: No question. Writing is like free therapy. I can work out all my frustrations. Writers are like the kids who grew up and decided to keep their imaginary friends. It’s great!
18. Greatest writing inspiration – pictures, people or plots?
Lisa Harris: People mostly, and plots to a certain extent (or rather individual scenes/occurrences that might inspire a plot)
Lisa Henry: Pictures. I love writing flash fiction from a picture prompt, because anything can be happening.
19. Most frustrating part of writing?
Lisa Harris: Writers block without a doubt, edits coming a close second.
Lisa Henry: Staying focussed enough to finish writing one thing instead of being distracted by shiny new ideas. My list of WIPs is out of control.
20. Website contact?
Lisa Harris: http://theworldofljharris.blogspot.com.au
Lisa Henry: lisahenryonline.com