Reader Behind the Author ***Lisa Darling

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Today on the blog we have Lisa Darling with
"Reader Behind the Author"

Under the Dome: A Novel 
What is the last book you purchased?
“Under the Dome”—Stephen King


What was the first book you remember reading and totally falling in love with?

When I was 10 my parents had a yard sale and invited the neighborhood and other friends to join in for the day and sell their junk.  My Aunt Val brought a big box of paperbacks to sell.  I was just starting to even like reading at that age so I poked through the box a lot and kept coming back to one particular book.  It was almost as though the book was calling to me, telling me that I just had to be its new owner.  She wanted a quarter for the paperback but at the end of the day she settled for a dime from me.  I grabbed my ‘new’ book, ran into the house, and instantly fell in love.  I still have that book, its safe in a glass case; first edition, paperback, “’Salem’s Lot”—Stephen King.

Where you always a reader?

No, reading frustrated me for a long time.  I’ve loved stories but not reading.  We used to read aloud in class and that was always good, I never minded when it was my turn to read aloud to the class but to just sit down and read something for pleasure that didn’t come until that yard sale. Up until then reading just wasn’t exciting, it was boring, something done only for school and quickly damnit! I wanted to get outside and play.

What book are you currently reading?

Full Dark, No Stars“Full Dark, No Stars”—Stephen King.  Are you sensing a theme here yet? LOL


Do you have any books on pre order? if so would you like to share what they are?

I never pre-order anything.

If you could meet an author alive or dead who would you pick?

Here goes that name again; Stephen King.  I’d give my eye-teeth just to sit down and have a cup of coffee with him for twenty minutes.  I’d also like to have a cup of coffee with Jacqueline Susann or Harold Robbins, or VC Andrews…any of those would be good. Hey! That’d make for one heck of a coffee club, huh? LOL 

How many books do you think you read in a year?

However many Master King puts out, usually one or two and he’s always so considerate—nearly every year he puts one out right around my birthday!  My family always knows what to get me.

What are some of your favorite books in the genre you write?

Valley of the DollsAnything by Jacquline Susann, Harold Robbins, VC Andrews, Judith Rossner, and, here and there, Jackie Collins.  I adore “Valley of the Dolls”, “Once is Not Enough”, and “Delores” I could read them over and over again along with the “Flowers in the Attic” series.  Of course, “Looking for Mr. Goodbar” was my smack-you-in-the-face introduction to Erotica/Heated Stories with Hot Plots.

If you could save one person from dying in a book who would you pick?

Nearly anyone in “The Stand” but, most especially, ‘Nick Andros’.  I loved Nick, I cried my eyes out when he died, I was crushed.

Favorite book couple?

Dick & Jane

If your best friend asked you to recommend a book, what would you pick for them?

Different Seasons (Signet)It depends on who they are and what they like. If they’re looking to get into Stephen King but don’t like horror, I would recommend “Different Seasons” so they can read “The Body” (which became ‘Stand by me’) and “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” (yeah, also a movie).  Of course it has “The Breathing Method” which is super creepy! I’m still waiting for that to be a film.

If someone who was not a reader asked you to recommend a book to get the hooked what would you pick?

Probably the “Flowers in the Attic” series, it’s long, involved, very fast paced, and it keeps chugging right along.

Your bookshelf is on fire you can only save what you can carry what do you save?

The first edition paperback of “’Salem’s Lot”, my signed copy of “Four Past Midnight”, the letters I have from Stephen King, “The Stand”, “It”, “Nightmares & Dreamscapes”, “Skeleton Crew”, “Valley of the Dolls”, “The Godfather” and anything else I can cram in my arms.

Favorite Villain?

‘Randall Flagg’ a/k/a ‘The Man in Black’ a/k/a ‘The Walking Dude’.

Short Answer Questions 

Hard cover or paperback

Hard cover

Book or some form of e reader


Vampire or Shifter


YA or Adult


More about Lisa and or her books 

I write Dark Erotic (mostly Paranormal) Romance Novels.
Let me clarify; these are full-length (200,000+ words) novels intended for adults who are tired of cookie-cutter ‘romance’ pieces and want something with a bit more meat on its bones. People who believe that a hot story adds to the hot sex rather than detracting from it.
I’m also the owner and operator of Moon Mistress Publishing I don’t take on many new clients but I’m always open to the idea. My main talents lie in book and web production for authors.
I am the author of The Heart of War, Dark Romance novel with the main characters of Ares, Greek God of War and a plucky little Fey named Alena. This novel is available for sale in a wide variety of e-book formats as well as in paperback and hard cover. The sequel to this rather popular novel, Child of War, is currently going up in rough draft format on another blog. Look for it to be available, at least in limited sneak-peek quantities, at the end of 2011.
I am also the author of a romance/suspense/mystery novel entitled Dream Weaver which is available for e-book download and returns to paperback in April, 2011.


The Heart of WarInside the Heart of every Warrior breathes the Soul of a Hero--even within The Heart of War.

Meet Ares God of War, the greatest Warrior the world has ever known. He's moody, grumpy, dominant, ravenously sexual, and above all, built like a Greek God.
Suspected of killing his Daughter in-Law, Psyche, and long in exile from Olympus, the solitude of Ares' island is interrupted when Magdalena MacLeod a brash and sometimes manipulative Fey washes up on Ares' island after believing she's been shipwrecked. It's not mere fate that has brought the unlikely couple together yet it may be what tears them apart.

Branded with a golden chastity belt bearing the mark of Cernunnos, Celtic God of the Forest and Death, Alena has been on the run from her husband the Great Horned God for 200 years.

When the Olympians discover her presence on Ares' island, they send Apollo to the island while Ares is away with orders to bring her to Olympus. Diplomatically winding her way out of immediately going to Olympus, when Ares returns and with nowhere to turn, Alena strikes a bargain with the God of War--her virginity for his protection. Ares sees a sweeter deal; her in his bed and himself back in his rightful place on Olympus even if it means turning Alena over to Zeus.
After Alena proves herself to Ares in battle and his bed, the God of War must choose between his Divinely Dysfunctional Family, his pride, and Alena. Get lost in this sweeping dark saga battling Ancient Gods while falling in love with Ares God of War and Alena MacLeod.  Ares and Alena share a love that will rock the world from the heights of Olympus to the Celtic moors, but will it be enough? Will love triumph, or will revenge and rage win the battle for the Heart of War?

Dream Weaver 
Michael Garrett and Elizabeth Love are an unlikely couple when they team up to produce "The Shaw Street Strangler" a Hollywood movie based upon Elizabeth's best selling novel. Married but not to each other, forbidden romance blossoms under the hot California sun. All is not well as the Masked Panty Raider adopts the persona of Eddie from Elizabeth's novel. He follows her from her home in Connecticut to British Columbia and a cozy cabin where Michael and Lizzie are snowed in alone together for three days, finally to Hollywood and the set of "The Shaw Street Strangler". But who is the Masked Panty Raider? Just some whack-job from the Internet? Someone from Lizzie's past? Scott? Randy "The Adonis"? Or is it....perhaps....Michael? Sweeping romance combined with drama and suspense will keep you turning pages until you find out Whodunit.

The Limikkin 
On a rainy New England night, Brandy walks out on her husband and meets Gary on his way to Boston. Together they meet up with The Limikkin. A new--adult--twist on the werewolf tale.

This story is the result of a writing assignment wherein we had to write a story as though it were happening right now. We were not allowed to use any past tense. It was more difficult than I thought

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**Reader Behind the Author is an AwesomeSauce Book Club Wednesday Feature**


  1. Lisa sure does love Stephen Kings books! :D A loyal fan since she was 10. Thats awesome! Great Interview!

    P.S. Amber(s)! I just noticed your new layout! Very pretty! <3

  2. What a wonderful interview. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow, Lisa seems so interesting. Seriously this is one of the most interesting interviews I've read!!! I want to look into all of her suggestions because I have a feeling I will like them.

    Thanks for the interview :)

    Lah @ LazyGirl Reads


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