For this installment of “20 Questions and a Selfie,” we catch up with Lisette Brodey, author and publisher at Saberlee Books.
Lisette has split her writing career between two coasts, East and West. After several years in the New York radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles, where she held various positions at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and CBS Studio Center in Studio City. She then moved back to the East Coast as a freelance writer specializing in the entertainment industry, only years later to move back to L.A., where she lives currently.
Lisette has published five novels and one book of her mother’s poetry. Her book, Mystical High, won the 2014 eFestival of Books in the Young Adult category.
Our 20 questions with Lisette start now:
1) What is your full name (middle name optional)?
2) What is your professional job title?
Author / Publisher – Saberlee Books
3) Describe your organization.
It’s my company. Since 2008, I’ve published five novels and one book of my mother’s poetry. She was an extraordinary poet.
4) Describe your surroundings right now.
I’m sitting at a large desk with way too many files, books, papers, and various items that desperately need organizing! And soon will be
5) What was your first paid writing gig?
No clue. But I’ve done freelance writing for several large companies (including NutriSystem & Disney) and have had 100s of private clients
6) What was the last thing you wrote?
I just published a YA Paranormal book called DESERT STAR, but an hour ago I finished a short story for an anthology
7) What is the next thing you plan to write?
The final book in my YA paranormal trilogy
8) Finish this sentence: The ideal way to start my day is …
to get an email with some really exciting news!
9) Besides your computer, what is sitting on your desk right now?
A ceramic bank shaped like a clock tower. Four cups of pens & such. A dinosaur memo holder. A glass I need to take to the kitchen.
10) So-called writer’s block is no match for you! What is your antidote?
Look at what I’m trying to do from a new angle and stop trying to force something that doesn’t fit. Write my ideas down.
11) Finish this sentence: I hate it when I read …
a book where every verb in every sentence is modified.
12) What are the most important tools, programs and systems you use for your work?
Microsoft Word, the Internet, a functioning brain.
13) First book that comes to mind? Go!
The Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
14) What are your favorite smartphone apps and why?
I love the S Health app on my Samsung that tells me how far I’ve walked & how many calories burned! Very motivational.
15) What have you always wanted to write?
Brilliant literary fiction. (I’m returning to literary fiction when I finish my YA paranormal series.)
16) What is your advice for aspiring professional writers?
Do NOT rush to publish. Choose the right people to share your work with. Use a professional editor. It matters. Don’t give up.
17) First famous writer who comes to mind? Go!
18) Finish this sentence: My favorite thing about being a writer is …
the act of creating new worlds and finding readers who appreciate my work.
19) Pencil versus pen—who wins and why?
I’ve always preferred the pen. I like good pens, too. I like the weight of them. I’d rather cross out than erase.
20) Finish this sentence: One word or phrase people will never read in my writing is …
I love beets.
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