Sunday, September 13, 2009

Interview: Lisa Rusczyk author of The Blue Pen

Today Lisa Rusczyk, author of the fascinating The Blue Pen, is joining us for a great interview!

Beth: Hi! Welcome to Beth's Book Review Blog! It's great to have you here today! Thank you for taking the time to join us and answer some questions.

Congratulations on your ebook, The Blue Pen, being published! Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Lisa: The Blue Pen is about a magazine reporter, Parker, who meets a homeless woman, Cleo and decides to interview her to see what drove her to live on the streets. Most of the book is told from Cleo’s point of view as she describes going from being a farm girl in Nebraska to an improv stage star in Philadelphia.

Beth: What is the significance of the title?

Lisa: The title is the name Cleo gets from her experiences on the improv stage at the underground club she goes to in Philadelphia. She writes in a trance, and her writings are sad and intuitive, so the patrons of the club give her the name The Blue Pen.

Beth: What is the main message you want readers to take away from the book?

Lisa: I want readers to decide for themselves as to whether Cleo is gifted as a paranormal being or mentally ill and give the question serious thought.

Beth: The Beacon is a very unusual place. Is it based on a real location?

Lisa: No, I created The Beacon out of my own noggin. It’s a place I’d like to visit, especially for the free drinks!

Beth: If your book was made into a movie, who would you most like to have play your main characters, Parker and Cleo?

Lisa: I believe I would like Cleo to be played by a younger Glenn Close and Parker by Edward Norton.

Beth: Do you have any special writing routines? Do you always write in the same place at the same time of day?

Lisa: I always write at my computer in front of a window. Must have a window! I wrote my first two novels by hand in notebooks, but once I felt more comfortable with editing and plot development, I changed to word processors. I don’t have a special writing routine, but I do try to write something every day, usually in the morning.

Beth: If you could ask your readers any question, what would it be?

Lisa: I would like to know if any of the readers of The Blue Pen received the message of the complexity of the theme of mental illness and paranormal experience.

Beth: I'm always curious about what other people are reading. What are you reading now?

Lisa: I am reading a few books right now. One is Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited by Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein, Blue-Eyed Son by Doyle Sinclair and Darkness Within by Steven Pajak.

Beth: And finally, do you have a favorite book of all time?

Lisa: My All Time Favorite is Watership Down by Richard Adams. I love those bunnies.

Thank you, Beth, for having me on your blog. I greatly appreciate it! If anyone wants to stop by my blog and say hello sometime, here's the link:

About The Blue Pen:

Parker didn’t expect to find his next great magazine story sleeping off a hangover in the back seat of his car. The homeless woman, Cleo, says she never wakes after dawn, which makes Parker curious. His intuition for finding a unique story is buzzing after meeting Cleo, and he decides to interview her to find out what drove her to live on the streets. Cleo explains how the early death of her first love set the path for her life. She withdraws from the world after he dies, only to re-enter it by going to a strange club called the Beacon. At the underground club, the patrons channel spirits on the improv stage and share psychic readings in the room behind the beaded curtain. While Cleo describes her spiritual awakening, Parker wonders if she actually fell prey to mental illness. Because of a first article Parker wrote about Cleo, another reporter is after the story, blackmailing Parker to give it up. Parker must decide how to keep his story and not let Cleo down in the process.

About Lisa:

Lisa Rusczyk lives in North Alabama, US, with four cats inside and about 20 cows outside. She is amazed at how much cows eat. She writes in many different genres and has two new urban fantasy novels coming out by Club Lighthouse Publishing in October and November.

Thank you so much to Lisa for joining us today! If you'd like to pick up a copy of her ebook The Blue Pen click on the cover image below.


Ryan G said...

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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hey, ladies. I'm dropping in to let you know I've got this posted over at Win a Book.

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