As a lifelong reader of an eclectic pool of books from mystery/thrillers, science fiction, contemporary romance, and the classics, I have never been without a bookmarked novel on the nightstand. Like many writers, I started crafting stories as a child. However, creativity took a back seat to the pursuit of a serious career as a nurse, pharmaceutical clinical trials manager and medical policy analyst. In 2013, I decided to pursue a lifelong goal of writing and publishing a novel. My first full-length romantic suspense novel will be published in 2016.
I am originally from Ohio but have lived in Lexington, Massachusetts and currently settled in Fishers, Indiana with my husband and three children.
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Sometimes fear is all that keeps you alive.
A senior accountant and future bride, Marissa Nash likes order, and she expects all the pieces of her life to add up. Her bottom line is skewed after she discovers her fiancé, David Seybold, has been unfaithful. Ready to break the engagement, Marissa walks in to an unexpected nightmare —David’s dead body.
David's unenthused best man and traumatized former Army doctor, Justin Tanner, understands that a wedding means more than a toast and a kiss. His reluctance stems from feelings that run deeper than they should for the bride. So when Justin finds Marissa cradling his best friend's lifeless body, can he find a way to suppress his feelings as they uncover David’s secret world?
David’s seemingly pointless murder launches Marissa and Justin into a wicked web of lies, delusion and danger at the hands of a powerful and psychotic foe.
Murder, passion, evil—who will survive?
My short story, Pivot, will appear in the Hope Chest Anthology by Crossroads Romance Authors.
Lisa Caviness: I’ve been a writer since I was in elementary school. I enjoyed creating stories and characters and putting them in odd situations. One of my first writing projects was a young adult paranormal story set in a high school. I was also editor of my high school’s poetry magazine so writing has been a part of me since I can remember.
J.J. Devine: What is your writing strategy? How do you go about putting your latest WIP together?
Lisa Caviness: My background is in pharmaceutical and medical policy research so I enjoy the pre-writing process. I can get lost in researching and learning about unfamiliar situations, careers, concepts and anything else I plan to use in my book. I don’t write on the fly so I develop detailed outlines and character sketches that will be tweaked and totally changed throughout the writing process. I consider writing a career that requires lifelong learning therefore I’m constantly taking classes, reading and studying various aspects of the craft.
My current work in progress, Order of Fear, developed from a nugget of an idea that expanded during Nanawriomo, National Novel’s Writer’s Month which is a quest to write 50,000 words during the month of November.
J.J. Devine: Do you fall in love with your hero as you create his story?
Lisa Caviness: Yes! In order for me to write a hero there must be aspects of the hero that I find attractive. When I create a hero I think about the journey he will take. So far all of my heroes have issues and aspects of their lives that aren’t perfect and will never be, but I think that makes them real. I aim to take the hero on a trajectory where he emerges at the end of the story changed in some manner, not perfect, but a better person in some ways than he was.
J.J. Devine: Why do you write the genre you write?
Lisa Caviness: My favorite genre to read is mystery/thrillers and romantic suspense so I enjoy writing those types of stories. I love the twists and turns of an engaging, suspenseful plot and my goal is to create a story that keeps the reader on their toes. Three of my favorite authors, Brad Meltzer, Brad Thor and Sandra Brown are masters of weaving intricate stories that make left turns when the reader is expecting to turn right.
J.J. Devine: What is your latest novel? Where can we find it?
Lisa Caviness: I’m working on a romantic suspense series. The first book in The Order Series, is Order of Fear and will be released early 2016.
Molly juggled the garment bag as she tugged at the bank’s heavy door. The bank was due to close in fifteen minutes so she’d just get in under the wire. There weren’t many people inside and by the harried appearance of the two tellers, they were anxious for the day to end. She wanted to hurry home, as well, and take a bath before heading back to the gallery.
As she finished her transaction and spun away from the counter, she felt the garment bag slide out of her hand. Molly sighed.
“Let me help you,” a deep voice behind her said.
Molly turned to see a pair of sensuous brown eyes staring back at her. The eyes belonged to the gorgeous guy from the bakery!
“Oh, thanks.” She offered an awkward smile. Get it together.
As the man picked up her garment bag, he stared at her and smiled. “Didn’t I see you yesterday? In the bakery down the street?”
She nodded. “Yes, I went in because the aroma was so…”
“Yes!” She nodded. “Just heavenly.”
He smiled and extended his hand. “Nick Bancroft.”
Sara’s earlier question popped into her mind as she glanced at Nick’s hand. No ring, but that didn’t mean anything. She shook his hand.
“I’m Molly Sommers. It’s nice to…” Her voice trailed off as she spotted two people burst into the bank wearing king and queen of hearts facemasks.
“Everybody on the floor!” one of them yelled, waving a gun.
Molly’s heart sank. Was this bank robbery just another coincidence?