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Monday, March 5, 2012

Lisa Norato Interview



LISA NORATO is the author of PRIZE OF MY HEART, published by BETHANY HOUSE, March 1, 2012. Lisa Norato is also the author of two romances previously published by Five Star Publishing.  Her website is http://www.lisanorato.com. She is a brand new member of Colonial American Christian Writers and we are so happy to have her in our group!

Lisa, what got you interested in the colonial time period?
I grew up on the New England coast, exposed to and influenced by its rich history and folklore.  I went on school trips to living history museums like Plimoth Plantation (depicting 17th century Pilgrim life in Plymouth, Massachusetts) and weekend outings to Old Sturbridge Village (depicting early New England life from 1790-1840).  As I grew older, summers always included day trips to historic Newport, where on one occasion I toured a eighteenth-century replica of Captain Cook’s square-rigged ship Endeavor, and family vacations on Cape Cod, including a visit to the Whydah Pirate Museum in Provincetown filled artifacts of the 1717 pirate wreck.  With this long-engrained appreciation for the time period, a New England early American setting seemed the natural choice for my work. 

What inspired your latest colonial work?
Prize of My Heart began with the idea of a man searching for his lost son, the most precious thing in the world to him.  As I thought it over, I was reminded of the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac.  What if he were forced to choose between the son he loved and obeying God?
The novel takes place during New England’s Federal period.  Like most romantics, I’m inspired by the works of Jane Austen.  I love the Regency era, but I knew for my own story, I wanted my characters to be American.  At the end of the war of 1812, well-built sailing vessels were very much in demand in America, and by this time Duxbury, Massachusetts, had developed into one of the country’s leading shipbuilding centers.  My heroine’s home is actually modeled after the King Caesar house, the Federal style mansion of shipbuilder and merchant, Ezra Weston II built in 1809.  During this time, Lloyds of London named him owner of the largest trading company and fleet of ships in America.  The house is preserved and owned by the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society and is opens for tours.

Do you have a favorite colonial place you like to visit and why?
I work in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, where I love walking along nearby Benefit Street.  Benefit Street is its own outdoor history museum, as it’s lined with historical architecture dating from the 1780s and includes churches and residences, from elegant mansions to modest homes, all built in the period’s Federal style.  In keeping with the period architecture, the front doors to these dwellings open up onto the sidewalk.  If not for automobiles parked on the narrow street, the view is literally like glimpsing back in time 150 to 200 years.  Most of the buildings have plaques outside their doors to indicate the year they were built and other interesting information.


Giveaway:  Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Lisa’s new release!!! 

50 comments:

  1. Can't wait to read you're book, I haven't read one of you're books yet, but after I read the above explanation I will be putting you're books on my wishlist :)

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    1. Lisa is a good author, Mirjam. I really loved Prize of My Heart and I also wrote a review of it. You can read that one later. ;)

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    2. Growing up in rural Michigan, I was surprised the first time I saw a street where doors opened onto the sidewalk. It was like being in a foreign country! But reading all the plaques was fun. One plaque declared that "absolutely nothing happened here" and we laughed over that one. :)
      twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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    3. Mirjam (nice name!), thank you for stopping by! Maybe you'll win a copy here today. Good luck!

      Marian, as always, my thanks; you are a sweetheart.

      Pegg, that's a funny story. I just love reading those old plaques.

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    4. Thanks Lisa, actually we have to thank my parents :) all pass it on haha.
      Marian my dear friend as you know as no other......there is always room for more books haha.

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  2. We are so HAPPY to have Lisa join us in the Colonial American Christian Writers group! Thanks for the interview, Lisa, and for coming "on board" with us (pun intended!) Blessings!

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  3. Thank you for having me, Carrie! I'm thrilled to be here as a new member of the Colonial American Christian Writers. I feel honored to be among such talented ladies.

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    1. I am loving your story so far and plan to read more tonight! We are so glad to have you on board CACW, Lisa!

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  4. Lisa, I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, and the interview as well! And that cover is sooo pretty. Blessings on all of your future writing endeavors!

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    1. Diana, I am thinking you and I are both gonna end up doing reviews of this book, too, for Overcoming Through Time - With God's Help!

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  5. I really enjoyed the interview.
    When I was younger my folks took us to several of the historical recreations, and I fell in love with history. Guess that's why I love historical fiction.
    Your story sounds interesting. I would love to read it.
    Shirley
    beekeeper5(at)bellsouth(d0t)net

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  6. That.is.so.cool! A history lesson first thing this morning :) Love it!!! My dream vacation (well, one of them anyway) is to travel through New England and bike across Rhode Island! Yes, I'm very energetic in my mind!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Lisa's book.

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  7. Thanks for the insight into New England, makes me want to visit even more. Oh, how I love history.

    I enjoyed reading Prize of my Heart and look forward to reading more of Lisa's books in the future.

    Janella

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    1. Bless you, Diana! I truly appreaciated your review and all your encouragement. XO

      Shirley, thanks for visiting with me! I wish you luck with the drawing.

      Anne, then you would love Rhode Island, because there is a bike path that travels through the backwoods and urban areas of most of the state. It was once the tracks of a long ago railroad line.

      Janella, thanks so much for stopping by and your kind words. It always brings me joy to hear you enjoyed Prize!

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  8. Thank you so much!! It sounds like you really have great places to do research. How do you choose names?

    ks4readin@yahoo.com

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  9. Hi Lisa, You are a new author for me and I have added "Prize of My Heart" to my wish list. I love American History and I hope to visit more of our wonderful historical areas with Mass. being one state high on my list. Looking forward to reading your book. Great interview ladies. Thanks for this opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Kallie! Thank you for stopping in today. You'll have a lot of touring to do if you visit Massachusetts for historical sites, so bring your sneakers! Good luck to you in winning the giveaway.

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  10. Good morning. Thanks for your question. Do you mean the names of my characters? I make a list of names that strike me as I research the time period and usually choose them from there. Brogan was actually a last name I came across while at work and immediately knew it would be perfect for my hero.

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  11. How I wish I could stroll down Benefit St. with you, Lisa! And then take a tour of that ship builder's mansion. I always salivate out here in Oregon when east coast authors talk about the historical sites to visit in their back yards. So thankful for the internet where at least the photos and in some cases videos of these places are available. And I'm saving my pennies for research trips! I have a copy of Prize of My Heart and look forward to starting it in and amongst the many research books I have going. It's near the top of my TBR fiction list!

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    1. Hi Lori! Thanks for being here & for buying my book! I hope you do get to make that research trip East, and one day we're able to share a historic site together. I, too, have a research TBR pile and a fiction pile. In fact, there's this one sea captain narrative I'm dying to get to. Ah, so many books and so little time...

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    2. I'm looking forward to the father/son aspect of the book most of all. You know how certain themes appeal to us, and as writers crop up on our own works over and over? The father/son relationship in all its varied forms (from prodigal/estranged to admiration/emulation) is a main one for me.

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    3. That's very interesting, Lori! And good point. Yes, I do know what you mean about certain themes attracting us as readers/writers. In that case, I'll be excited to hear what you think of how I handled the father/son theme.

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  12. Hi Lisa. I can't wait to read your book. The cover is simply beautiful, and I'm sure the writing is just as beautiful!

    Loved your other book, so there is no doubt in my mind this one will top the charts (lists).

    Hugs - Christine

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    1. Hugs, Christine! Thanks so much for joining me here today! I know you're busy, but when you have the time to read, I'll be anxious to know what you thought of Prize. Congratulations on your own upcoming releases!

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  13. Lisa, I can't wait to read the book as a book. I've read everything you've ever written, and I love your writing style. But then the first time I heard you read your work, I wished that I could write as well as you. Nothing's changed there. PS: I also love the sweater you're wearing in this picture. LOL. I predict that you will go far with your Christian Romance Novels. You are one of my favorite authors.

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  14. Annette, your words are too kind! I greatly respect your opinion and your writing, and I'm excited to know what you think of Prize as a whole, my brainstorming buddy. Thank you for your encouragement and dear friendship through the years!

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  15. Delighted to read your interview, Lisa, and just jumped over and bought your book for my kindle -- I've loved the two books of yours I read previously and can't wait to read this one!

    Elizabeth Devlin

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    1. Elizabeth, thanks for being here and your kind words. Hugs! I hope you enjoy Prize as much as the others. I remember when you first showed your Kindle to me. I bought mine soon after that and I love it.

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  16. Lisa,
    It sounds wonderful and is certainly going on my TBR list. I also love the cover. Don't you have a story that goes along with the teen on the cover?
    Lyn

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    1. Thank you, Lyn! Yes, I do have a story. I was recently contacted by the mother of the young Christian teen who posed for the cover of Prize. Her name is Arista Metz, and if you'd like to see a picture, I have one posted on my website. Her family is so proud of her, and I'm proud to have her gracing my cover!

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  17. Lisa,
    Great interview! Like you, I love walking on old streets where the doors open onto the sidewalk. I haven't walked Benefit Street, but Stonington, CT is the same way - narrow streets and plaques on the houses. Like stepping back in time. Can't help but peek over fences to see the tiny secret gardens. I feel honored to have autographed copy and am looking forward to reading Prize as soon as I finish my current read. TBR piles? I have TBR totes...the piles were tipping over.

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  18. I love the premise of this story Lisa and that cover is breathtaking! Congratulations on the new release.

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  19. Benefit Street is my favorite street in Providence, too. I believe you are so right, Lisa, it is almost impossible not to feel history in New England, even if you have been transplanted from Michigan, as I was. I am always so astonished at your talent for writing across a wide range of settings: contemporary, time-travel and, now, colonial historical.

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  20. Anita, Nina and Barb, thanks so much for joining me and for your kind words! Hugs!

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  21. Lisa, what an enjoyable interview! I can see why you're so thrilled with the cover. You express my own feelings about Benefit Street and history in general. Best of luck with your new release!

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  22. *not an entry* I just started this one and I'm hooked from the first chapter.

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  23. Can wait to read the book, hope I win!

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  24. I enjoyed reading Lisa's review. Short and sweet. The book sounds great and I have it on my stack of books to read. Lisa was featured in Stepping Stones for Readers this month. Please stop by and post a comment to her.

    http://steppingstones4readers.blogspot.com/

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  25. I love the colonial period in history. Please enter me in the drawing.
    Linda Cacaci
    LinCaca3@aol.com

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  26. Good luck to everyone in the drawing. Thank you all for visiting with me, and don't forget to check out Prize of My Heart on SteppingStones4Readers.

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  27. Late as usual, but I have to add here Lisa, that your story (which I'm almost finished with, by the way!) is beautiful! The idea of a father and son relationship touches on all three levels: not only between God the Father and His Son, but our heavenly Father (my father left when I was around ten) and us, and an earthly father & son. What a story. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Pat! I'm thrilled you're enjoying the story! Another father/son relationship that came to mind when I was writing was that of Abraham and Isaac in that Brogan knew what God wanted him to do, but he felt it meant sacrificing his plans to have his son.

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  28. Lisa, welcome to CACW. Enjoyed the interview very much. Last night, I downloaded a sample of Prize of My Heart on my Kindle [it's actually my granddaughter's Kindle :-)], and knew after the second page that I would order the entire book. Cannot wait to read it.

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    1. Thanks so much for the welcome, Susan! That's a great story. I hope you enjoy Prize!

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  29. Haven't read this particular book yet, but I love reading books based in this era!
    And welcome, Lisa!!! :)

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    1. Thanks for the welcome, Amanda, and for stopping by!

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  30. LINDA CACACI is our WINNER of Lisa Norato's new release "Prize of My Heart" - Congrats Linda!!! And we love colonial, too!

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  32. sorry to have missed this!
    congrats on your new book! and success in all your writing...

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