Author Interview with Hold Still

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I’m hosting an interview with mystery / suspense author Lisa Regan, author of “Hold Still”. Enjoy.

How long have you been writing?

Since I was eleven years old, so 26 years.
Is Hold Still your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.
My first book is called Finding Claire Fletcher. It was published in 2012 by Sapphire Star Publishing. It too, is a mystery/suspense novel. The short pitch is: down on his luck police detective meets beautiful, mysterious woman in a bar. They spend a chaste night together and in the morning she is gone, leaving behind clues to a decade-old mystery–her own abduction. Claire Fletcher was abducted at age 15 and no one has heard from her since. Until Connor meets her at the bar. The book alternates between Connor trying to track Claire down and Claire flashing back to what’s happened to her over the last ten years.
It won Best Heroine in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards (and was runner up for Best Novel).

Why did you choose mystery as the genre for your book?
I’ve been obsessed with mysteries my whole life. As a child my favorite cartoon was Scooby Doo. Later, I couldn’t get enough of Nancy Drew mysteries! I tried my hand at writing literary fiction but it wasn’t my thing. Then after my family was affected by violence, I started reading true crime as a way to cope. Eventually, I started reading crime fiction because knowing it was only fiction made it less disturbing. Then I decided to try writing it and I’ve never looked back.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
The single best piece of advice that I always come back to is this:  Just write. Just do it. Just get it down on paper. Worry about how it sounds or how it holds together or whether it makes sense later. For now, just get words on the page. Any words. Any page. Considering how lengthy, tedious and multi-faceted the editing process is whether you’re doing it on your own with beta readers and critique partners or your publisher is handling it–it really does not matter how it comes out the first time. It really doesn’t. Because there’s a pretty darn strong possibility that you’re going to change every single word somewhere along the way. So yeah, vomit it all up and worry about cleaning it up later. That’s what revisions are for. Don’t think about it. Just do it. Just write. I am always amazed by what I can come up with when I stop thinking, fretting, mulling and brooding and just freaking write.
Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?

I’ve already started the second Jocelyn Rush novel which centers around a cold case brought to her by a former Philadelphia Homicide Detective who only has a few months left to live. I’m also working on a sequel to Finding Claire Fletcher titled Over the Edge as well as a book called Harm which is about a teenage boy who stops a school shooting using only his mind and then goes on the run with his dad to avoid being captured by a bunch of shadow organizations that want to use his powers for dubious purposes.

Hold Still

Hold_Still_Ebook_2500Title: Hold Still

Author: Lisa Regan

Genre: Mystery / Suspense

After saving her three-year-old daughter from a car-jacking, off-duty police detective Jocelyn Rush ends up in the ER.  The last person she expects to run into is Anita Grant, former prostitute and an old acquaintance from Jocelyn’s days on patrol.  In spite of her obvious injuries—mutilated hands and feet—Anita refuses to talk about what happened. Reluctantly, Jocelyn backs off, and Anita’s case goes to Philadelphia’s Special Victims Unit.

Before long, Jocelyn is pulled into the SVU’s investigation.  Anita is finally ready to talk, but only to Jocelyn. Her story is harrowing, even to a seasoned veteran like Jocelyn. Working with SVU, Jocelyn’s investigation unearths a series of similar crimes going back four years.  Three men are preying on local prostitutes, viciously assaulting and mutilating them.

The police apprehend two of the suspects, but the third eludes capture. As the hunt for the most sadistic of the three intensifies, and his crimes escalate, Jocelyn and her colleagues have precious few leads.  Then a monster from Jocelyn’s past resurfaces.  She doesn’t want to be reminded of the terrible secret that destroyed her family nearly twenty years earlier, but the man offers her a lead that could crack Anita’s case.

To solve it, Jocelyn must connect her past with her present—before a sadistic attacker sets his sights on her.

Author Bio

Lisa Regan is a suspense novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine and was runner up in Best Novel in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards for 2013.

Links

Author Website: www.lisaregan.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Regan/e/B009YY091I/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lisa-Regan/189735444395923

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lisalregan

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6443334.Lisa_Regan

Purchase links:

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me! 🙂

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