Get to Know Lisa Schroeder
Welcome to Get to Know [Author], an interview series in which I ask questions that help us get to know the person behind the book. This week I’m featuring Lisa Schroeder, the author of Falling For You! If you’re looking for a quick rundown, Falling For You is about a girl who finds herself in an abusive relationship. When she finally finds someone who makes her happy, she ends up in the ICU, hovering between life and death.
Planner or pantser? In the past, I’ve been mostly a pantser, but am trying to be more of a planner, because it’s really so much more efficient, I think. I will probably always be a bit of both though.
Ideal vacation spot? PARIS!! I’ve never been there and I want to go so badly. Actually I’d love to travel all over France.
Favorite place to write? My office with a cup of tea. I’m a creature of habit!
Current jam? Georgia Woods by Keith Urban
Current read? Live Through This by Mindi Scott
Three fun facts about you?
1) Two years ago I met Suzanne Collins on the train in the Dallas Airport. I introduced myself and we chatted for like five minutes and it was awesome.
2) I am crazy for the TV show Friday Night Lights and at least once a week I think about how much I miss those characters since they went off the air.
3) I sold Pampered Chef products for five years when my kids were little and I did such a great job one year I earned my family a trip to Disney World!
FALLING FOR YOU is your first non-verse YA novel! Was the writing experience any different?
I’m not sure if it’s because it’s not in verse, but it was a hard book to write. But Rae, the main character, wouldn’t leave me alone and I wanted to tell her story, so I stuck with it, even when getting some words down wasn’t easy. I think each book has its own set of challenges, and so I try to take each one as it comes and just do my best.
FALLING FOR YOU is about abusive relationships. If you could give one piece of advice to someone in a situation similar to Rae’s, what would it be?
Know that you don’t deserve it, no one ever deserves to be treated that way, and do what you can to get out of the relationship. If that isn’t possible, surround yourself with supportive people as best as you can, lean on them, and keep yourself safe until you can get out. I think sometimes, for some people, it starts to feel like it’s “normal” and that’s just the way life is, but it isn’t normal and you need to know you can have a better life for yourself!
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