Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived there until I was about five. My mother moved us to South Florida and that’s where I grew up. I moved back to New York as an adult and lived there for over a decade before moving to Massachusetts. I spend most of my time breaking pivot tables in Excel as a consultant in the pharmaceutical industry. When I’m not doing that, I watch a lot of television, write, do photography and sing. Not necessarily in that order.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Hands down, editing. I think I edited my manuscript almost a dozen times before I sent it to my editor. We had a handful of exchanges and then I still made changes afterwards. I think it took me a solid four months to write the book and the rest of last year to get through all of the editing, formatting and design phases.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
To be honest, I read more now that I’ve published my own novel. And because of that, I tend to read a lot more indie authors than I ever used to. Right now some of my current favorites are Harmony Kent, S.M. Spencer, Beem Weeks and K.K. Allen.
What book/s are you reading at present?
I’m about to start reading Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz. But after that I’ve got Hearts on Fire by Rayna Kingston and Helena Lancaster, More Than Ever by Gretchen Tubbs and Untaken by J.E. Anckorn. And I’m anxiously awaiting the release date for Ken Liu’s The Grace of Kings. Clearly, I don’t just stick to one genre!
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
What is your favorite positive saying?
“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
What is your favorite film?
Vanilla Sky by Cameron Crowe.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Listen to Nike and “Just Do It”. I had a lot of self-doubt when I was younger and I let it keep me from doing the things that truly make me happy. Want to write that book? Do it. Want to sing? Do it. Don’t let others’ opinions stop you from what you know, in your gut, to be true.
Lisa Mauro is a novelist, blogger and pharmaceutical consultant. She is the Secretary of the Board of The Women Fiction Writers Association. The Place We Went to Yesterday is her first novel, published by Heartless Press. She lives in Boston, MA with her better half, Brian, and an obnoxiously cute kitten, Harper.
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