Lisa Gail Green’s imaginative young adult fantasy debut, THE BINDING STONE, came out this month, in which Lisa spins a highly original, contemporary “genie trapped in a bottle” tale. Except this genie (or Djinn) is trapped in stone.
I got to catch up with her recently and ask her a few questions about THE BINDING STONE and her road to publication.
“Twisty, complex, yet easy to read…[THE BINDING STONE] is fresh, original, and wholly absorbing.” –Martina Boone
First, I want to say that this book cover is absolutely glorious. I’ve been in cover love since I first saw it. (Just look at those gorgeous jewel-toned colors. Love.) I’ll also add that Lisa is possibly one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.
LENA: In the spirit of Three Things & A Cupcake, a lighthearted author interview series I post (sporadically) on my personal blog, I asked Lisa the oh-so-very-serious question: What are three challenges you faced on your road to publishing? I also promised I’d post a drool-worthy picture of a cupcake, unless she was anti-cupcake, to which Lisa replied:
LISA: WHAT??? ANTI-CUPCAKE???? Are you crazy? LOL!
LENA: And that’s why Lisa in on my permanent friend list. Forevah! 😉
LISA: Okay, three challenges having to do with myself or THE BINDING STONE? Here we go!
1. I have to be honest here. I’m perfect. What? Oh. Right. I said honest. Sorry! My biggest personal challenge is actually self-doubt. I’ve written blogposts about keeping it at bay and everything, but it does creep back in there even though I have a book coming out. Crazy, huh? Luckily though, it doesn’t last too long. I move on and find something to be happy about and just enjoy writing too darn much to let it bug me! So there.
2. Challenge with the book? I love this book. So I guess my BIGGEST challenge was hacking it up and deleting my darlings and all that. Plus Leela’s a Djinni so she kept fixing everything and putting it back and we had this big fight and there were tears shed and… That last part may or may not have actually taken place. It’s hard to say what’s in my head and all. That’s one crazy place! But that’s why I love writing. No offense to any non-crazy writers out there.
3. RUNNING OUT OF COFFEE. I must have it. It’s the only thing that flips the on switch in my brain. Especially now that I have a baby who WILL NEVER SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT. And, yes, I have two other children, so I know that sounds ridiculous, but I’m really starting to go there. Anyhow, I’d love to quit caffeine, but I don’t see that happening in the near future. So in the meantime I embrace it.
Three things you now know about me. NOW WHERE’S MY CUPCAKE? ;D
LENA: Okay, I promised Lisa a cupcake, preferably something a genie would have conjured up…. Honestly, that sounds like just about any cupcake I’ve ever met, right? But I’m up for a better challenge than that, so how about a whole tower of genie-lamp-themed cupcakes? Mmmmm….
Thanks so much for chatting with me, Lisa, and best wishes with your book launch!
Question: if you had one wish from a djinn (aka genie) what would it be? Must include some reference to books, writing, or cupcakes. 🙂