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Lisa Brunette
Wherever my iPhone thinks I am.
I write, therefore I play.
Interests: Mystery, Writing, Novels, Games, Books, Yoga, Nia, Pilates, Spirituality, Healing, Nature, Farms, Lifestyle, Poetry
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Personal appearances are one part of the author life I enjoy immensely, as I get to leave the writing cave and talk in person with readers and potential readers. I especially like university talks, as it's always refreshing to speak to students. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lisa Brunette - Author
Book blogger Cheryl Macciarelli chose me as Author of the Month for March, and as part of that, she conducted the below interview with me. I'm sharing it here on the blog so frequent visitors and subscribers don't miss it in the frenzy of posts this month, as we're also running a Partners in Crime Tour. I love good questions, and "CMash" didn't disappoint. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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A lot has been written about the current 'girl' book phenomenon (see here, here, and here for starters), but I thought it would be fun to imagine what those titles might be in a less sexist, less dangerous world for females. Here we go... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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Today kicks off a month of features, interviews, and guest posts, not to mention giveaways and prizes, both as part of the Author of the Month feature and a Partners in Crime tour running concurrently. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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Debut author Martha Crites is a fellow finalist for the Nancy Pearl Book Award. She handles the tricky topic of mental illness with great care and intelligence in her mystery novel Grave Disturbance. Here she discusses how motive can shift and change over the course of the writing project. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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It's happened. The entire Dreamslippers Series is out in the world as one tome. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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This week I'll be in D.C. presenting at the Associated Writing Programs Conference, now celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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Who was this woman whose genes I shared? How had she found the courage in the early ‘20s to flee a difficult situation? And what did she do during those years in Mexico City? What motivated her to leave her kids and travel to Mexico, a country very different from what she had experienced in largely protestant Canada and Scotland? And what effect did her behavior have on those left behind, in particular her daughter and granddaughter? Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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A new book in the Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries began to form in my head. After all, it was a long drive. The main characters are two couples who camp together and occasionally stumble over dead bodies. I tend to have titles before I have stories, and combining of the idea of a stowaway in a camper and the UFO culture around Roswell gave me the title: The Space Invader. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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I'm thrilled to announce the worldwide release of the Dreamslippers Series Boxed Set on February 17, 2017. The boxed set includes all three books in the series as well as a novella-length bonus story set in 1964, giving a tantalizing glimpse into the experiences that shaped Amazing Grace. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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Buoyed by the reality that barnacles really do have an inflatable penis that is fifty times longer than the average barnacle body, I did my best to add in enough sex, villainy and puppy charm to keep the pages turning. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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In honor of the new year, I'm offering a free book to anyone who posts a review of one of mine. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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Here are three games on my to-play list this winter, and I hope to bring you some of these developers as guests on the blog in the future, too. This month I'm looking at interactive fictional mysteries with a common theme, that of isolation and connection. Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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This month I offer you books in two's: two indie/small press books by authors I know and two Christmas-themed novels just in time for the holidays. Martha Crites is the author of Grave Disturbance, put out by new Seattle indie Rat City Publishing. She and I were both finalists for the Nancy Pearl Book Award this year. Karen Musser Nortman is the indie author of a quirky camping mystery series. She was also the first-ever recipient of the Granny Grace Award for Outstanding Women 40+. The other two books that caught my fancy are from rock-star big names. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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My big, fat book tour for Bound to the Truth, Dreamslippers Series #3, had a virtual component, with guest posts, reviews, and spotlights on numerous blogs. Here's a rundown. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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By the time I was ready to release the third book in the series, I'd built up enough momentum that in-person opportunities just showed up. Here's a run-down of what became my big, fat book tour for the release of Bound to the Truth. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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Sometimes I like to break from the long-form novel writing and try my hand at shorter pieces. It's also gratifying to see your work published in other venues, and to hopefully pick up new readers. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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I believe it’s something worth trying for a writer to write in the genre, but at the same time, to push the limit of it—if that’s what you call the unique poetry/mystery mashup. From what feedback I’ve gotten from my readers, I think they like it. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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In crafting Marissa, though, I dug deeper into her character to expose not just her motivations, but her past experiences, her fears, and how they factored into her behavior. Motivation on its own is not enough. Two people may want the same thing, but they may go about getting it in very different ways. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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This Friday, Bound to the Truth releases across all ebook platforms and in print with select retailers. Consider this your invitation to join the launch party--either in person or virtually. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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In celebration of the completed trilogy, EVERY BOOK IN THE SERIES is now available for only 99 cents on ebook. Buy and read the first two books now, and pre-order the third to lock in the 99-cent deal. Pricing lasts only until the third book's publication date. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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After a decade in Seattle and a lifetime studying human behavior, my position is that there isn't anything inherently dark or perverted about sex. And by sex, I mean the activity engaged in between two consenting adults that may or may not have anything to do with procreation but could include any number of "kinky" behaviors. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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I never tried to write like a woman, just a person going through a difficult time in their life. Men and women are not the same, I recognize that, but I think in many ways we’re similar when it comes to the basic things in life we want and how hard we will fight to achieve those things. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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One of the aspects of the mystery genre I appreciate least is the trope of violence against women. It's most obvious in the standard formula opening: A woman found dead, usually in an alley, maybe even a Dumpster. Sometimes she's nude, or in some state of undress. Usually, there's evidence of sexual assault. Often, she's a prostitute. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at Lisa Brunette - Author