Ben Interviews Lisa Montanino

0350b4a9-4f1a-4621-b9aa-147ad4b3b7b0Welcome, Lisa. Could you tell us a little about yourself? How did you get started writing? What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m just your average wonder woman fighting the good fight each day. When I’m not writing, I’m usually working as an executive in the legal world.

What is one thing that would surprise us?

One thing that surprises most is my ability to name a tune within a few notes for most songs pre-2004.

1535655_10152133040751221_420685270_nIs this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

Feedback is my first novel. I am currently working on a second and a novella.

What genre is it and what is it about?

Literary fiction with an extra dose of comedy and tragedy.

What inspired you to write this book?

About 12 years ago, I was inspired to write a novel by the people and experiences in my life during those times. The plot of my book was inspired by two friends in particular that are the protagonist, Claire. I put a lot of research into this unique character, the only association to me is the character’s profession… I was a radio disc jockey at University.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Probably when my short story, “Observations of a Native New Yorker” was published.

What does your writing process look like?

I usually story board in my head, transferring it to paper or a computer. Once I absorb the scenes, the dialogue naturally follows.

Where do you write?

Usually in my living room. On planes and trains when I’m traveling.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

Aside from the ones you mentioned (just kidding) probably not, though I do love having complimentary background music playing while I’m hunting and pecking. I don’t know, is that strange?

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

I designed my cover art; I had the image in my mind before the book was written. Once the book was finished, I had help from my former co-worker/friend, Mike, who created my vision with his graphic design talent.

Who is your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?

Guillaume, Claire’s acquaintance from college. He’s your typical rude, judgmental, and non-respectful git that no one wants to deal with.

What book do you wish you could have written?

Two stand out: Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird and J.D. Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Review it on Amazon… that helps tremendously.

Do you have a favorite conference to attend? What is it?

I adore the Writers Digest Conferences in LA and NY. The vibe and guest speakers are excellent. I can’t express how much knowledge you take away from that conference: it’s worth attending.

What is your favorite snack food?

Probably Almond butter with dark chocolate swirled in. Ooh.. and I love frozen yogurt too.

Is there one person past or present you would like to meet and why?

Without being greedy, I currently have four if that’s okay (the list changes periodically), I’d say Madeline Kahn, David Bowie, John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Julia Child. How much fun would that be?

Special thanks to Ben for taking the time to interview with me! I enjoyed this very much, cheers!

738299_10151390817296221_1963806398_oLisa Montanino is the author of fiction novel, Feedback (Little Mountain Publishing, 2014) and short story, “Observations of a Native New Yorker”, featured in online magazine, Divine Caroline. Lisa is currently working on her sequel to Feedback and a novella, The Diaries of Debra Westlake. Lisa is a new contributor to The Review Review.

Her additional work and philanthropic efforts can be found on her blog Accidental Bohemian at http://ldmountain.wordpress.com, as well as at Amazon and Goodreads. You can connect with Lisa on Facebook and  Twitter @ldmontanino.

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