Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Featured Author Interview: Lisa Harris

Lisa Harris is an award-winning author of more than twenty novels and novellas, who lives with her husband and their three children in Mozambique, Africa, where they work as missionaries.

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Lisa is a wife, mom,  teacher, author, dreamer, photographer, but most importantly a follower of Christ Jesus.

She currently lives with her  husband, Scott, near the Indian Ocean in Mozambique as church-planting missionaries. Two of their three children are attending a missionary boarding school, while she homeschools their daughter.

When she's not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. 


The following is a June 2014 interview with Lisa.

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Fatal Exchange
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Tell us a little about yourself.

Like most women, I juggle a lot of roles. Mom, wife, teacher, chauffeur, writer. . .My husband and I have three beautiful children, and we’ve lived in southern Africa now for over ten years. We currently live in Mozambique and are involved in church planting and discipleship. We’ve been blessed to see a lot of the world and experience many different cultures, something I’m extremely thankful for.


How did you become a novelist, and did you always want to write?

Writing is something I wanted to do from the time I was small. I started a few stories in junior high, then didn’t really take it seriously until I was in my late twenties. After our oldest was born, I was a stay-at-home mom with no vehicle, so I decided it was finally time for me to write a book. And I did. I had (and still do) so much to learn. I soaked up everything I could from writer’s groups, conferences, and how-to books. About six years later, I got that first call from an editor that they were going to buy my story.


What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?

Stories have an amazing way of contacting with readers on an emotional level. Sometimes they make us laugh. Sometimes they make us cry. They stretch us, and take us to places we've never been. With Christian fiction, you have the added spiritual journey that can stir the soul and make us look at the world in a different light.

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How do you hope your readers react to the stories you write? 

I want them to get pulled in emotionally to the characters and stories. And I want to challenge them, encourage and motivate them, and show them things they might not have thought of before.


What responses to your novels have affected you the most and why? 

The realization that fiction (primarily by non-fiction readers) can actually challenge you and help you grow spiritually!


How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ? 

Often, the stories I write deal with things I am searching for spiritually. So while they are never my story, I always delve in and learn something in my characters' journeys.


Other than writing great novels, what other goals do you have for your life? 

With three teenagers, my primary goal right now is to continue raising them and prepare them to life outside the nest. It's a scary and exciting time!

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What do you like to do in your spare time? 

I love reading, trying new recipes, photography, and hanging out with my family.


What can you tell us about your latest novels? 


Desperate times create desperate people. And desperate people are dangerous . . . 
Though Emily Hunt comes from a family of cops, the relatively quiet life of a high school teacher suits her just fine. She’s saving up to buy a house, slowly moving forward after her brother’s death, and settling into a life she loves. So the last person she wants to spend time with is Mason Taylor.

An undercover cop, Mason is enemy number one as far as her family is concerned. His involvement in the death of Emily’s brother is still up in the air, and now he expects her to help him with a case. Mason has been working with one of her students, Rafael Cerda, whose brother has been kidnapped by a drug cartel. And with time running out to meet their demands, Rafael is getting desperate.

Emily will have to draw on all of her strength to handle what happens next . . .

Fatal Exchange will draw you into a complex matrix of intertwining lives, unraveling secrets, and unexpected love.

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What stories can your fans expect from you in the days ahead? 

Book three of my Southern Crimes Series will wrap up the series and should be out the first of the year. For those who read the entire series, it will show you more of the Hunt family. I'm also working right now on a brand new missing persons series that I'm exited about. More on that closer to it's release date!


What would you like to say to your fans in New Zealand, and others worldwide?

I love how small the world has become with the internet. On any given day, I have contact with people from literally, all over the world and I love that. Of course, what's even better is visiting in person, and New Zealand is definitely on my list of a place I really want to visit!


Do you have any parting words?

Thank you so much for having me! Happy reading!


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Dangerous Passage (Southern Crimes #1)
by Lisa Harris
  • Revell Books
  • Contemporary
  • September 2013
  • ISBN: 9780800721909
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She's dedicated her life to ending violence. But has she moved too deep into a treacherous world?
When two Jane Does are killed on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, detective and behavioral specialist Avery North discovers they share something in common—a magnolia tattoo on their shoulders. Suspecting a serial killer, Avery joins forces with medical examiner Jackson Bryant to solve the crimes and prevent another murder. As they venture deep into a sinister criminal world, Avery and Jackson are taken to the very edge of their abilities—and their hearts.

Dangerous Passage exposes a fully realized and frightening world where every layer peeled back reveals more challenges ahead. You'll be hooked from the start.

Dangerous Passage won the 2014 Christy Award for Contemporary Romance/Suspense, announced on June 23 at the Christy Awards Banquet.


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Fatal Exchange (Southern Crimes #2)
by Lisa Harris
  • Revell Books
  • Contemporary
  • May 2014
  • ISBN: 9780800721916
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Desperate times create desperate people. And desperate people are dangerous . . .

Though Emily Hunt comes from a family of cops, the relatively quiet life of a high school teacher suits her just fine. She's saving up to buy a house, slowly moving forward after her brother's death, and settling into a life she loves. So the last person she wants to spend time with is Mason Taylor.

An undercover cop, Mason is enemy number one as far as her family is concerned. His involvement in the death of Emily's brother is still up in the air, and now he expects her to help him with a case. Mason has been working with one of her students, Rafael Cerda, whose brother has been kidnapped by a drug cartel. And with time running out to meet their demands, Rafael is getting desperate.

Emily will have to draw on all of her strength to handle what happens next . . .

Fatal Exchange
 will draw you into a complex matrix of intertwining lives, unraveling secrets, and unexpected love.


Hidden Agenda (Southern Crimes #3)

by Lisa Harris
  • Revell Books
  • Contemporary
  • January 2015
  • ISBN: 9780800721923
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Michael Hunt is alive--and on the run. Presumed dead by friends and family, the undercover assignment he's been working for the past eight months has just been blown. With a hit out on his life and corruption inside the Atlanta police department, Michael finds himself hunted by both the cartel and the law. His only hope is the daughter of the man who wants him dead.


This nonstop chase from taut suspense writer Lisa Harris will leave readers breathless as they race to connect the dots before it's too late.

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Deadly Safari
by Lisa Harris
  • Love Inspired Suspense
  • Contemporary
  • March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780373445899
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BODYGUARD UNDER COVER

Texas Ranger Alex Markham lands an unusual assignment—protecting an ambassador's daughter on the African savanna. No one—not even wildlife filmmaker Meghan Jordan herself—can know his true identity. The stubborn but beautiful Meghan is nothing like the bookish woman he expected -- …and neither is his unguarded reaction to her.

For the cowboy-turned-cop, the routine babysitting assignment turns into a lifesaving mission when poachers target the unsuspecting beauty. But when Meghan learns the truth of Alex's identity, can she forgive him before their chances for a future are destroyed forever?



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Be in to win a copy of 
Fatal Exchange
by Lisa Harris


Two copies to be won
Contest open to entrants worldwide.
Contest runs from 
20 June - 4 July NZDT


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