Monday, February 6, 2012

Atlantis by Lisa Graves | Interview, excerpt | Featured Author

Elliott is a mystery. For Lilly, he is an obsession.

No matter what she does, Lilly can’t figure Elliott out. From the time Elliott moves in next door, Lilly can sense he is hiding something. For reasons unbeknownst to Lilly, Elliott avoids being seen with her. Whenever anyone else comes into the picture, Elliott randomly disappears.

And Lilly is confused. Elliott is like a magnet. Lilly finds herself attracted to him in a way she can’t explain. It’s like she’s known him forever even though they just met.

When answers start to be revealed, will Lilly be able to handle the reality of her world changing forever?

When it turns out Elliott and Lilly are soul mates that became separated in Italy nearly three hundred years ago, Lilly will need to learn how to tap into her mind power in order to be with Elliott forever. Unfortunately, its not that simple.

Approximately 67000 words / 304 pages
Young Adult Paranormal Romance

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Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Yes!  There is a group of four of us that meet weekly.  Pat, Jake, Darren and I have all been friends for years.  Three of us write novels, and the fourth works on writing movie scripts.  Our writing group makes Sunday the best day of the week!  I love it.  We are silly, creative, goofy and laugh our butts off weekly.  Our group has great vibes, and it is fun helping each other accomplish our goals.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

I was super surprised the first time my characters acted independently of me.  I was amazed how they take on qualities themselves.  I have found that if I trust them (or my subconscious that is guiding them) that the story is much stronger.  Plus I was blown away at how ideas I had at the beginning of the story perfectly weaved and enhanced unexpected areas of the plot when I let it unfold naturally rather than forcing it.
For example:  I love opals and they play a part in the Atlantis Series.  I didn't realize that they really have a belief history of helping find true love and connecting with past lives until near the end of Stonehenge (book 2) when I was doing research.  The entire series is a paranormal romance / mystery that deals with time travel, past lives, and soul mates.  Sweet! 

What hobbies do you actively pursue?

Besides writing, I enjoy learning new things.  I am forever working on my multilingual desires with Italian being on the top of that list.  I also enjoy home improvement projects.  And most recently I've been expanding my drawing hobby by teaching myself to draw with my left hand (I'm right handed). 
Drawing left-handed is a challenge.  The first time I drew left-handed threw me off spatially for several hours after the drawing was done.  I felt "weird" and my hand and eye coordination was screwed up.  I think it was due to forcing my brain to work / rewire in a way it was unaccustomed.  I don't get these effects anymore (thank freaking goodness!).  I am amazed that my left-handed skills rival my right (dominate) hand drawings. 
Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.

Cogito Ergo Sum  [Latin for:  I think therefore I am]
What one word best describes you?


Is there one passage in your book that you feel gets to the heart of your book and would encourage people to read it?  If so, can you share it?

What would you do if you were convinced your boyfriend was a figment of your imagination?  That is Lilly’s problem.  Check out this excerpt from Atlantis:

My eyes looked at the ground. I didn’t want to, but I made myself say it. “You’re not real.”

Elliott was quiet. I looked up to see what he was doing. He continued to sit on the grass but he looked shocked. “What do you mean by that?” I noticed a cautious tone in his voice.

I dove into my brain trying to find the right words to use when breaking up with yourself. I came up empty handed. The fact that I desperately wanted to stay and live in my fantasy land didn’t make it any easier. My torrent stream of emotions was giving me away. I bit my lip, trying to keep my face from exposing all of my secrets. Strangely, he did the same.

“What do you mean, I’m not real?” Elliott asked again. He gently placed his hand on mine. The usual sensation of electricity flowing through him to me, pricked my mind and made me doubt my hallucination theory. He wasn’t helping me.

It was probably a combination of my emotions keeping me an inch from tears, and his penetrating eyes bearing down on my soul, but I had overflowed. I couldn’t stop the words from pouring out.

“YOU ARE NOT REAL!” I yelled, more at myself than at Elliott.

I stood up. His mouth gapped open at me as I paced the cove and continued.

“You are too perfect. And good looking. And sweet...”

He looked as though he was going to argue, but I went on.

“No one has seen you but me.”

He whispered something to himself and shook his head.

“You appear and disappear out of nowhere.”

I turned again at the edge of the cove, racking my brain for more proof of my theory. When I resumed my pacing, he spoke.

“I know,” he said in a soft, apologetic purr and looked straight at me.

Elliott caught me off guard. I hadn’t expected my hallucination to agree with me. “What do you mean you know?"

Do you have a Website or Blog?

My author website is

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

It is a great feeling every time I read a new review of Atlantis.  I love when a reader takes the time to give their opinion on my books (good or bad) and share it with the world.  Word of mouth is the best advertising an author can get, and it comes from making my readers happy.


I live in Salt Lake City, Utah with my husband and two dogs. I went to Super Hero University where I earned a Masters in Crime Fighting, and a Doctorate in Saving the World. Imagination is a wonderful thing, don't you think? Perhaps that is why I love to write. I can go anywhere, and do anything, all within the mind of someone stronger, smarter, and braver than me (though not nearly as good looking, eh?)

I will admit that I had the desire and urge to write for many years before finally taking the plunge in January 2008, and actually started to put words on paper. I wrote my first novel, Atlantis, in about two years.

For me, writing is addicting. It's surreal when the characters literally (pun) come to life. They often do and say things that I don't expect, but it ends up making the story that much better.

Maybe it's just me, but I feel writers have a mild case of multiple personality disorder. Writers get to be many different people all at the same time (the multiple personality part.) It's a fun, exciting, and ever changing environment to work in. There are no boundaries in the worlds created in our minds. I am lucky enough to share the musings of my mind with you.

I hope you enjoy the journey.



Anonymous said...

The paranormal aspects of this book intrigues me. Thanks for the giveaway!

The Zoo said...

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Laurie said...

The winner of the giveaway is The Zoo.