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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sensational 7 Q & A with Lisa Klein (Author of Cate of the Lost Colony)!

Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to hang out with your favorite author(s)? In an attempt to get a better understanding of authors, my Sensational Seven Q & A takes a closer or more personal look at these authors to give you a glimpse of the personalities behind the writing of your favorite books.

“Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am a lifelong reader and lover of words who said to myself one day, "Maybe I can write a novel." So in 2001 I sat down and began writing Ophelia, which was published in 2006. By that time I had completed a Ph.D., taught English literature as an assistant professor for nine years, married, had two sons, and finished two nonfiction books. Oh, and read more books than I can possibly recall. But one of my favorites growing up was Gone With the Wind, which I read seven times as a teenager. Thirty-odd years later, I wrote my own Civil War novel, Two Girls of Gettysburg. And the high-school parody of Macbeth that won our class first place in the homecoming skit competition eventually morphed into more sophisticated retellings of Shakespeare: Ophelia and Lady Macbeth's Daughter. I love doing research for my novels and retelling history and Shakespeare's plays from a fresh, female-centered perspective.

I live in Columbus, Ohio with my husband, two teenage sons, a dog and a cat.

You can visit my website at

Cate of the Lost Colony  is in stores today!

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
Depends on what book I’m working on. But if I had only one opportunity, it would be London around 1590, when Shakespeare was beginning his career as a poet and playwright there. I actually don’t think I’d choose Roanoke Island in 1587, because I doubt that I would have the grit to be one of the lucky survivors—if there were any.

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Cate loses love, leaves homeland, finds adventure.

Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
My favorite book as a teen was Gone With the Wind, and I had a huge fictional crush on Rhett Butler. I don’t know why; maybe because he was such a bad boy. My other big fictional crush was Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. Doesn’t every young woman want to save the tormented poetic soul with her love?

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?
Not to be egotistical or anything, but I’d want to be one of my own heroines: Cate, or Albia, or Ophelia, because they are the other selves I dream of being. Plus, I wrote some really great love interests for them. I would get to kiss Sir Walter Ralegh!

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play thelead role as you/ Why?
Hollywood would never make a movie about my life, unless it’s along the lines of “Housewives of Columbus, Ohio.” Bo-o-o-ring. It would lose money big time. Not even as a much younger person did I have an interesting life. (Why do you think I read book and now write them?)

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
Lisa Klein: The Life of a Shy Girl who Grew Up to be a Writer but Never Outgrew the Teen Within. Because I can remember exactly what it felt like to be in high school. 

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
Read, write, eat, sleep, love my family.


**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**
I’m trying to write a Shakespeare-themed comic novel—that just means upbeat rather than tragic. It won’t be laugh-out-loud funny. But I want to prove my husband and sons wrong when they say I have no sense of humor. Yes I do!!%#$@^

Thanks for stopping by Lisa!

For more information about Lisa Klein and her books, please visit her website here.


  1. A Shakespeare-Themed comic novel?!?! That sounds fantastic!!! I would read that in a heartbeat!!


  2. I was going to comment much along the same lines as Erin. A Shakespeare Comedic novel sounds perfect for my senses. Fab Q&A!

  3. Thank you! We've posted a link on our Facebook page:

  4. I agree that a Shakespeare comic novel would be great!
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  5. Thanks for the interview!
    I totally agree with the time period you'd like to travel to-- the Shakespearean time period just seems so magical!

  6. I'd love to travel to Shakespearean time period too ^.^ Thanks for the interview! It was fun to read :)

  7. I think you could have squeezed in one more word by leaving out the word "my."

  8. I was never a fan of Rhett or Heathcliff by I love Lisa Klein's reasoning behind her crushes. That's cute!

  9. I loved Lisa Klein's answer to the fictional crush question. I totally get it. Who doesn't love a good bad boy?

  10. I have this thing of liking the bad boys too! This book sounds soo good! thanks for the interview!

  11. I like the words she use to describe her novel. Thanks for the interview!

  12. Great interview. Love how she looks at her characters as extensions of herself; I totally understand that feeling.

  13. Great interview! I love historical fiction so this was perfect. I'm also a huge fan of Gone with the Wind so this just makes me love her even more! =)


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