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Q&A with Lisa M. Clark

The Messengers: Discovered is the first novel from author Lisa M. Clark. We caught up with Lisa to learn a little more about her approach to writing and a few other fun facts.

What do you enjoy most about the writing process?

Over the years, it has amazed me how much writing is a collaborative process. You may think it’s a private endeavor, but it’s not at all. There’s an interaction between the writer, the words, the readers (not to mention the editors) that is hard to describe. Sharing your work for the first time is an incredibly vulnerable experience. When you find people you can trust with your words, it can be so gratifying.

Did you listen to music while writing Discovered?

Absolutely; music is a must when I’m writing, and that’s especially the case with fiction. (In fact, the idea for the book came to me when listening to music in my car!) For the most part, it had to be instrumental so I could focus on my own words and not the lyrics I was hearing. Soundtracks are great because the music has a plot of its own.

What do your kids think about mom as novelist?
I think we’re all still getting used to that. I often wrote when they were sleeping, but I’ve just started reading Discovered to the family before bedtime. It’s great to see them react and connect to characters I’ve loved for a while now. My husband often says, “This all came from Mom’s head!” It fills me with joy to realize I’m sharing a new part of me with them.

Who is your favorite character in Discovered?
That’s almost impossible to answer. No doubt, I have a special connection to Simon. But there are so many others. I want to hang out with Charity. I want to laugh with Zeke and hug Mrs. Meyer. I would love to be Jack’s high school teacher.

Favorite snack food?
Also a tough one. When writing, tortilla chips are often at hand. Cheese and chocolate are my comfort snacks. And our family takes (way too many) trips to our local custard stand.

As a mom, author, editor, pastor’s wife, you’re busy. How do you enjoy spending the free time you do have?
I love to sing and bake. Family hobbies include walks and bike riding. Writing has become such a part of me lately that I do it “just for fun” when I find some quiet time.

What’s the best advice you’ve received as a writer?

I think some of the best advice I’ve received in general can apply to writing:

  • It’s not about you—except that it is. God has a plan for all of us. He gives us what we need in order to do whatever He has in store for our lives. To Him be the glory.
  • Consider your audience. Who are you talking to? You can give the same message in different ways to be the most helpful to the person who is listening.
  • Take God’s Word seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re not perfect; trying to be will only lead to frustration.

Who are your favorite writers?
Harper Lee, Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Jaroslav Vajda, Stephen Starke . . .

Favorite Bible verse?
Oy.

Confirmation: Matthew 28:20
Wedding: Proverbs 3:5–6
Writing: Philippians 4:13 (A friend sent that one to me every time I panicked.)

What’s your favorite movie?
No clue. I prefer action films and thrillers. I love movies that make you think. So often, I’ll live in the world of a film for days after I’ve seen it—that, to me, is a sign of an excellent plot.

What message do you have for your readers?

I pray that my words are a blessing to you and that they point you to the Word of God, which gives life in Jesus. Thank you for your support and prayers. I’m so thankful to be your sister in Christ and a partner with you in proclaiming Christ, our Savior, to the world.

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