Please enjoy an interview with Lisa Ren’ee.
What is the inspiration behind your writing?
My first series tackles the issue of divorce. I read many wonderful Christian fiction novels of first-time love. Unfortunately, not all of us have experienced a strong lasting marriage. I’ve met many women who’ve had a husband turn away from their Christian faith and left the marriage. I want to encourage those women that God can restore what was lost with a faithful man.
My message is also not to rush too far ahead of God. My characters are more cautious than most as they know that life can throw unexpected blows. They also need to learn to trust and open their hearts again, which takes time.
Do you have a favorite author or book?
I do enjoy Carolyn Miller’s historical fiction novels. Miss Serena’s Secret is a lot of fun with the posh conversations. Carolyn is an Australian author and has done well with her Regency Bride series.
How have you surprised yourself during your writing journey?
I surprised myself by taking up fiction writing in the first place. However, I felt compelled to write my friend’s tragic life story and create a restorative ending. Real people overcoming setbacks inspire me.
What book are you currently reading for fun and are you reading anything for research?
I like to read several indie authors such as Marion Ueckermann and Autumn MacCarthur.
If you could sit down to dinner with three authors, who would they be and what would you discuss?
As a Christian author, I wouldn’t give up an opportunity to speak with Francine Rivers. My daughter’s favorite author is Tracy Peterson, so I’d love to hear about her years of experience in the published world, too.
Can you think of anything you wish you had known before you started writing?
My first debut novel took over a year to edit, even with the help of professional editors. I’d learned so much in that year as I gave myself to studying the updated styles of fiction writing. It’s amazing how much had changed since I went to school.
Contemporary writing has some contradictions and a totally different method from the days of Anne of Green Gables. Modern writing is not about showing off with your thesaurus, but helping your reader feel the emotions and struggles along with your characters, so they can experience the failures and victories along with them.
What’s next for you as an author?
I’m in the middle of writing my second novel in my Single Again series, Acres of Promise. Along with this, I’m joining other authors in a bundle package working on a central theme. That will be an excellent learning experience.
Does Cassie deserve another chance at love?
CASSIE Chambers, a dedicated youth worker, is determined to rescue the troubled youth in the city of Perth, Australia.
Cassie has made mistakes but hasn’t allowed tragedy or divorce to stop her. She devotes every working hour at Youth Connect. But her own needs are neglected.
Chef CHRIS Evanson offers work experience to young men from Youth Connect. Cassie and Chris’s encounters become more than sassy bantering with a hint of attraction. Chris is a sincere romantic.
How will Chris respond when he finds out her secret? She must tell him before he falls in love. Will he believe she deserves more than a second chance?
To complicate matters, one of Youth Connect’s troubled teens needs rescuing. She’s pregnant and moves in with Cassie, bringing absolute chaos. Chris gains insight into what life with Cassie involves. Does he still want the total package? Will Cassie finally find her true soul mate?
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Lisa Ren’ee is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Omega Writers, Australia.
Lisa adores babies enough to have seven of her own. Recently, Lisa has taken up breeding Ragdoll cats instead of breeding humans.
The tribe lives in Australia, where Lisa and her husband enjoy their writing projects and manage a micro-enterprise.