Today is my stop on the blog tour for Seven Seconds by Lisa Compton and I am delighted to be able to bring you an interview with Lisa! First of all let me tell you a bit more about the book- I have read it and shared my review already on my blog but you can fine it again further down today’s post – it is definitely a book I would recommend!!
Neuro-imaging studies show that there is a brief interval during cognitive processing, just before we make a conscious decision, when our subconscious mind takes over. There is no scientific explanation for what happens during these seven seconds.
Olivia Osborne knows.
And it’s terrifying.
Olivia Osborne is a forensic psychologist and former FBI agent who is blessed (or cursed depending on who you ask) with unique gifts. Olivia is able to sense what others cannot–the spiritual presence of those who have “crossed over,” as well as the living who are influenced, or in some cases possessed, by evil. The passing of her beloved Gran was the catalyst Olivia needed to leave the FBI behind and return to her native San Antonio. But a familiar evil has followed her home.
When a series of brutal murders rock her hometown of San Antonio, Texas, Olivia is pulled into the investigation despite her plans to leave that part of her life behind. What if she isn’t supposed to run? What if she was always supposed to stand and fight?
Seven Seconds is the first book in this exciting new paranormal crime procedural.
AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH LISA COMPTON!!
When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
Probably in the fourth grade. The first series of books I remember reading were Trixie Belden – the poor girl’s Nancy Drew. I loved the interaction of the characters and the hint of mystery. It was also at this time one of my teachers read one of my stories to the class and while I was very embarrassed, I also found it kind of exciting.
What inspired you to write this book?
Two things. I used to drive through a local neighborhood where the backyards backed up to the street. One yard had an impressive two story treehouse. I imagined how awesome the view might be from up there and the things one might witness from that vantage point at just the right time. I also lived in an old, cool, but creepy house in Alamo Heights in San Antonio, complete with its very own ghost. That’s where I met Alice and that house inspired Olivia’s fictional house.
If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
Seven Seconds is Supernatural meets Castle.
What are you up to next?
I’m currently editing the follow-up to Seven Seconds and developing the fourth book in the series. The third book is still cooking.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
The first author that comes to mind is Stephen King Pet Semetary is the first book that scared me. When I picked up King’s On Writing, it was exactly what I needed to read at the time in my writing life. One antidote that particularly stands out is how he kept a penny nail in his attic office where he would impale all of his rejections letters. These nails are three inches long, and he remembers having to remove the letters many times to make room for more. I thought if Stephen King got that many rejections then I’d better get started.
I was really excited to start reading this book, the blurb intrigued me and I was really interested to see where the story would take me and what the paranormal twist would be. The book was well thought out and really well planned, it built up pace gradually and I was hooked from the first few pages.
I really enjoyed Olivia as a character – I read a lot of crime fiction and police procedurals and she brought a change to the normal lead characters for this genre for me. The story was great and it kept me entertained to the end – 4 stars from me – I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from Lisa in the future!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR