Writing with the Stars ~ Lisa Kessler
This week we have more of the 10 finalists in the WRITING WITH THE STARS contest sponsored by Kensington Publishing. The grand prize for the winner is a publishing contract and the best news for readers is you get to help choose who comes out on top. Cast your vote at RT BOOKReviews!
My guest today is Lisa Kessler, who’ll be sharing about her entry Moonlight.
Take it away, Lisa…
I’m so excited to be a finalist in the Brava Writing with the Stars contest! Thank you Mia for having me on your blog today!
The question I get asked most often when people find out I write novels is: Where did you get the idea for your book?
Moonlight started out as a short story for my blog. At the time I was working on a challenge that Ray Bradbury told me would improve my writing. Finish one new short story every week for a year. I called it my 52 stories in 52 weeks challenge. (Pretty creative name, huh? LOL Oh well…)
Anyway, during that journey, I wrote a short story about a young woman who blacked out once a month during the moonless night of the new moon. I wrote the story in first person, which was new to me at the time.
But I couldn’t stop thinking about Lana and Adam. After a month or so, I thought I might be able to grow their tale into a book. Seven months later, Moonlight was complete.
I’d never finished writing a book so fast!
And it all started with a single short story. So where do your ideas for novels come from?
Excerpt from Moonlight
They’re at the edge of Lake Tahoe on top of a boulder overlooking the lake…
Adam’s smile faded as he stared out over the water. “Sorry. I thought when you kissed me that you felt the connection too.”
Oh I felt it, all right.”
He focused his attention on me, and the weight of his stare was staggering. “Then why are you fighting so hard to ignore it?”
“Because no matter how amazing it feels to kiss you, I’m still a… whatever I am. And you’re part of a Squad that kills… things like me. What kind of future could we have that wouldn’t end badly? I’m only trying to save us both some pain and heartache.”
“I don’t know what the future holds, but I don’t see how enjoying the time we do have could be a bad thing.” He took my hand and laced our fingers together. “I’m not asking you to give me forever. Just today.”
Before I realized what I was doing, I kissed him again, harder this time. Our arms wrapped around one another as he laid me back against the rock. My pulse raced when I felt his fingers moving down my body, exploring every curve until he caught the back of my knee. Slowly he pulled my leg up, and I hooked it around his hip, pressing him even closer to me.
Through our jeans I could feel him rubbing against me, making it obvious he wanted me every bit as much as I wanted him. My hand slid up under the back of his shirt and he growled into the kiss. I shuddered, my skin tingling with raw desire as my fingernails skimmed down his back until I reached the waist of his jeans.
Suddenly Adam pulled away. He squinted, clenching his jaw as he scanned the water’s edge.
“What’s wrong?” I whispered.
Then I smelled it too. Blood.
Lisa’s Brava mentor is Bianca D’arc, paranormal author. She invites you to visit the “D’arc side” at http://biancadarc.com! Be sure to watch for her next release A DARKER SHADE OF DEAD, due in stores in November.
I’m sure Lisa would love to hear from you. If you’re a writer, how about answering her question about where you find your ideas? If you’re a reader, is there a story you haven’t found that you’d love someone to tackle?