Lisa Harris has more than thirty novels and novella collections in print, including Blood Ransom, a Christy Award finalist; Dangerous Passage, a Christy Award winner; and Blood Covenant, the 2011 winner of the Romantic Times Best Inspirational Suspense Novel.
She and her family have spent over a decade living as missionaries in Africa, where she homeschools, leads a women’s group, and runs a non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry.
What started you on your writing journey?
I’d always wanted to write a book, but didn’t get serious about it until my oldest was born. I was a stay-at-home mom without any transportation, and he was the perfect baby and slept a lot. So I decided to use my time to write a book. I’ve been writing and learning ever since!
Just as all good novels include a plot twist, our Author and Creator often writes one or two into our lives—some that ultimately bless us more than our original plan. Have you ever experienced such a “Divine Detour”?
Yes! I’m actually often amazed at how a book comes together with threads that I didn’t intend or think of. Threads that I know were woven together with help by God. I love those ‘aha’ moments when it all comes together!
Let’s talk about Hidden Agenda (Revell, January 2015). Please tell us about it.
I loved writing this story! If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, you might want to skip this question due to spoilers. : ) While each book in the series does stand alone, there are threads that go through all three books.
Presumed dead by friends and family, the undercover assignment Michael Hunt has been working for the past eight months has just been blown. With a hit out on his life and corruption inside the Atlanta police department, Michael finds himself hunted by both the cartel and the law. His only hope is Olivia Hamilton–the daughter of the man who wants him dead.
What lead you to write this particular story?
I knew from the start of writing this series, that I wanted to tell Michael’s story. I loved the fact that the woman he falls in love with is the daughter of the man who wants him dead, which leads to wonderful conflict and questions of who you can really trust.
Who is your writing hero (and/or who has been your mentor through your journey of writing Christian romantic suspense)?
My first writers group—led by Lena Nelson Dooley—taught me so much!
The group was honest and yet kind, and helped me grow so much. There have been others throughout the years that have blessed me with their encouragement, like Diann Mills. I’m so thankful for all of those God has placed in my life throughout the years.
If you were asked to write a different genre, what would you choose?
I have a story for a historical romantic suspense I’d like to write. I actually love the research on historicals, but also find it a bit intimidating.
A few fun questions…
When the words aren’t flowing—or when you want to celebrate if they are—what is your favorite comfort food and why?
To celebrate, I love heading out to the beach and eating seafood. It’s fantastic here as we live near the Indian Ocean. As for comfort food, when the words don’t come I don’t usually turn to food. Instead, I usually go wash dishes or do some other mindless chore instead of eat. It always works!
If you knew you couldn’t fail, what dream would you pursue?
Wow, this is a tough one. I’m not sure there is another dream out there, at least not at this point in my life. I’m so thankful to be able to raise my children, live where I know God wants us (even when it’s tough), and write for a living. God is good!
What Bible passage or story best describes your journey of faith?
I love this reminder! That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. II Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT)
I’m a dog lover. Please tell us about your pets, if any, or your favorite pet as a child.
We have three dogs right now. Two adopted into our family from other missionary families, and one sweet Golden Retriever. My favorite, Bella, a Jack Russell, died last year. She was a sweetie!
Thanks, Lisa! It’s great to have you as a guest at DivineDetour.
Thank you so much for having me!!
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Thank so much for having me on your blog, Kathy! I enjoyed it and appreciate it! Lisa
I enjoyed it, Lisa! Blessings to you and yours as your serve Him overseas.
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I just hopped over from Twitter to see a hopeful response to my comment that… I never did leave for you, Lisa. LOL. Meant to when I first read this great & encouraging interview. The morning when I originally read this, right before leaving for work, filled me with inspiration. Thanks!
Kathy, another wonderful interview.