Monday, November 8, 2010

Lisa Lehr's "Touching the Brilliance of Sunrise"

We're happy to have Lisa Lehr with us today talking about her book, Touching the Brilliance of Sunrise. To learn more about Lisa and her book, read on!

Publisher: CreateSpace

Cover blurb: Melissa, a youthful mid-life artist from California, takes a vacation with her three kids to the coast of Maine. She’s hoping for some quality family time at a turning point in their lives…and dreaming of moving to Maine someday soon. They meet Kraig, a writer from Oregon, walking on the beach with his guide dog. He’s slightly younger, articulate, gentlemanly, deeply intuitive…unlike any other man she’s known. Neither is looking for love—but life has other plans.
1) How did this story come to you?
No kidding: the original inspiration was a dream that lasted only a few seconds. It “fleshed out” over a period of years as my imagination worked on it in my brain’s spare time.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I didn’t set out to write a novel! It was initially just a flight of fancy while I did mundane chores; I kept the story “in my head” and added to it day by day. When the story got too long to remember reliably, I began to write it out in longhand; then I decided I should learn to use a computer. Around this time, I was thinking about changing to a career in writing (after a time of being a stay-at-home mom, I’d considered graphic art as a career), so I read a lot of books on how to write books. I turned to self-publishing after exploring traditional publishing and deciding I didn’t like the way that system works. The entire process happened over a period of years.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
a. I was a biology major! That surprises people because I’m such a grammar geek.
b. I’m a marketing copywriter and not usually much into “creative” writing.
c. I rarely read fiction and virtually never watch TV.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
Besides the copywriting that I do for clients and a few websites I maintain for fun and profit, I’m working on a screenplay of my novel.

5) Parting comments?
Send me any connections you have in Hollywood! Then come and see the movie!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
a. Facebook:  (my personal page); you can also become a fan on my writer page for my book. (Search my name and you should see results for both.)
b.  (this is my copywriting website; type /books after .com if you want to see my books).
c. In the future I plan to have a website for the screenplay. I don’t have a movie title yet.


  1. This book sounds like a great read. Please enter me.


  2. Wow, those are surprising facts for a novelist!
    That's exciting to learn.
    Enter me in the giveaway, please.
    Chakasa58 at gmail dot com

  3. Lisa,
    Thats really amazing. I too worked on my story at night when I went to bed. It was a way for me to fall asleep. Then it just kept growing and I didnt want to lose it so I started typing it up each morning..You give me hope that I to can publish my story when I'm ready.

  4. This book intrigues me. Thanks for the giveaway

  5. I'm a blog subscriber thanks for the giveaway

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  6. I love books based on the coast...especially in the dreary days of winter. Such a great escape. Thanks for doing the interview and letting us have a sneak peak!


  7. This book sounds great and I would love to read it!


  8. sounds fun! Thanks!
    kristengjohnson at gmail dot com

  9. I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway!


  10. I like that this book involves a person who is blind. I think there should be more awareness of what is like to be blind or deaf. Please enter me and thank the author for writing it.


  11. Thanks, Charlotte Kay, Heidi, Lora, AppleBlossom, Brandi, Edwina, Kristen, Judylynn, and Carol!


  12. would enjoy reading this book...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  13. I am an email subscriber.

    I love this story line and would love to read Lisa's book. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.
    Pls add my name to the drawing.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  14. To write a book from an actual dream is really a dream! I enjoyed Lisa's interview and know both Maine and Oregon very well. Her book appeals to me and I'd enjoy reading it. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win this interesting story. I hope I do!

    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com