Monday, April 19, 2010

Lisa Harris' "Blood Ransom"

Blood Ransom by Lisa Harris

We're happy to have Lisa Harris with us today talking about her new book, Blood Ransom. To learn more about Lisa and Blood Ransom read on!

Your title: Blood Ransom
1) How did this story come to you?
For a long time I wanted to write an adventure series set in Africa that combined the beauty of the continent, with the adventure of a thriller, and, of course, a thread of romance. Over a period of time, the characters and storyline started simmering in the back of my mind until the plot finally unfolded and I began writing.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I discovered early on that selling a book set in Africa was not going to be easy. Every editor I talked to told me that books set outside the US didn’t sell. About three and a half years ago, I pitched my idea to Sue Brower at Zondervan who loved my idea and told me that the timing was finally right. Churches were sending more people on mission trips and people had more of an interest in social issues around the world. Wanting to work with Zondervan, I didn’t send the book anywhere else, and was thrilled when I finally held that contract in my hand.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I’ve traveled through over twenty countries, but do not enjoy flying.
I’m currently in the middle of watching Star Trek DVDs with my kids who love Sci Fi .
Hmmm…and I’m left-handed.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
Right now, I’m writing a romantic suspense for Summerside press that will be released next February. It’s set in the early 1920s in both Northern Rhodesia and New York. Then book two in my Mission Hope series, Blood Covenant will hit bookshelves next spring.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks so much for inviting me to stop by!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Please visit me on my blog at or my website


  1. Mystery, beautiful scenery and some suspense!
    This sounds wonderful to me.....
    Thanks, Cindi

  2. My personal preference is always adventures and mystery ut a little romance therein just gives more for the money! I am curious as to whether the author would see this of interest to older teens too or just adults?

  3. This sounds like a very interesting book! I would love to win it!!

  4. Thanks so much for stopping by! I think this book would definitely appeal to older teens (as well as adults) who like a fast-paced adventure in a unique setting. If you have teens who do read it, I'd love to know what they think about the book!

  5. I am very interested in reading this book. Please enter my name. Thank you.

  6. Sounds very interesting... please enter me!


  7. I've read many good reviews on your book. Good luck!!

  8. Hi great interview!!!!
    Please enter me in the contest.

    Thanks again,

  9. This sounds like a bery intriguing book.

  10. sounds really good!


  11. I haven't read novels set in Africa, and your story intrigues me. I would like to win your book.
    Kaye Whitney

  12. This sounds like such a great book. please enter me.

  13. I have this book on my "I want to read" list. Please enter me in the drawing.

  14. Congratulations to Heidi who won a copy of Blood Ransom in this contest. Thanks to all of you who stopped by! Lisa