Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Interview with Lisa Shearin and Contest

Welcome to The Qwillery! Today's guest is Lisa Shearin, the author of the Raine Benares series.

TQw: Who are some of your favorite writers? And who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Lisa: Those who have followed me over the years know that Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files is my favorite series. Rob Thurman’s Cal Leandros novels and Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniel books are two of my other favorites. Robyn (Rob) and Ilona are amazing authors, great girls, and two of my author friends. I haven’t had the thrill of meeting Jim Butcher yet, but I have hopes.

Many authors have inspired me over the years. Back in the 80s, I devoured any and all books by David Eddings, Raymond Feist, and Terry Brooks. I also read detective fiction and crime capers by Raymond Chandler, Dashell Hammett, Leonard Elmore, Ed McBain, and Donald Westlake. I mix genres in my books, and I do the same with the books I like to read.

TQw: What inspired you to write your first novel?

Lisa: That I couldn’t find anything I wanted to read at the bookstore. My college roommate got tired of hearing me complain and asked me why I didn’t just write my own. So I did. But it took years before my books got to the point that even I would want to read them. I have three practice books in my office closet, and they’re gonna stay there.

TQw: Who would you pick to play Raine Benares if your books were ever made into movies?

Lisa: That’s easy. Felicia Day. Not only is she a great actress, but she’s also a big fan of my series, and has to be simply one of the nicest people on the planet.

TQw: Do you and Raine have anything in common?

Lisa: My husband says we have everything in common, that I am Raine. Ehhh, I don’t think so. I do wish I had her ability to pop back snappy one-liners in a conversation. Heck, by the time I think of a snarky comeback, the conversation’s been over for three hours.

TQw: If you could have a magical power, what would it be?

Lisa: Oh, I definitely know that one. I want to be able to translate the thoughts/images/sounds in my head onto the page. I’ve heard so many writers say that one of the hardest things to do is to get what’s on the page to be as good as what they see/hear in their head.

TQw: What's next?

Lisa: I’m finishing Raine’s fifth adventure now – Con & Conjure, which will hit bookstores on March 29 of next year. Then I’ll write All Spell Breaks Loose, which will come out in 2012. This winter I’ll be writing proposals for two new series that’ll be challenging and fun to write. I’ll be trying to raise the writing bar for myself with these.

TQw: A big thank you to Lisa for being our guest.

The Raine Benares series

Book 1
My name is Raine Benares. I’m a seeker. The people who hire me are usually happy when I find things. But some things are better left unfound…

Raine is a sorceress of moderate powers, from an extended family of smugglers and thieves. With a mix of street smarts and magic spells, she can usually take care of herself. But when her friend Quentin, a not-quite-reformed thief, steals an amulet from the home of a powerful necromancer, Raine finds herself wrapped up in more trouble than she cares for. She likes attention as much as the next girl, but having an army of militant goblins hunting her down is not her idea of a good time. The amulet they’re after holds limitless power, derived from an ancient, soul-stealing stone. And when Raine takes possession of the item, it takes possession of her.

Now her moderate powers are increasing beyond anything she could imagine—but is the resumé enhancement worth her soul?

Book 2
My name is Raine Benares. Until last week I was a seeker—a finder of things lost and people missing. Now I’m psychic roommates with the Saghred, an ancient stone with cataclysmic powers. Just me, the stone, and all the souls it’s ingested over the centuries. Crowded doesn’t even begin to describe it…

All Raine wants is her life back—which means getting rid of the stone and the power it possesses. To sort things out, she heads for the Isle of Mid, home to the most prestigious sorcery school, as well as the Conclave, the governing body for all magic users. It’s also home to power-grubbing mages who want Raine dead and goblins who see her as a thief. As if that’s not enough, Mid’s best student spellsingers are disappearing left and right, and Raine’s expected to find them.

Lives are at stake, goblins are threatening to sue, mages are getting greedier, and the stone’s power is getting stronger by the hour. This could get ugly.

Book 3
My name is Raine Benares. I’m a seeker. People hire me when they need something found. I’m not usually the one being sought. But that all changed when I found the Saghred, a soul-stealing stone of unlimited power — and the bane of my existence. Now mages and madmen have me in their sights, not to mention demons…

An opened Hellgate leads to a demon infestation on the Isle of Mid, and while there’s never an ideal time to face down demon hordes, it’s hard to imagine a worse one. Already fighting the influence of the Saghred, Raine discovers she is also magically bonded to a dark mage and a white knight, two dangerous and powerful men on opposing sides — and Raine’s stuck in the middle.

But with demons pouring through the Hellgate, Raine can’t afford to be distracted. Turns out, the demons want the key to unlock the Saghred. As a seeker, Raine should be able to find it first. As the axis of light and dark powers, she’s a magical cataclysm waiting to happen…

Book 4
My name is Raine Benares. I’m a seeker. I find lost things and missing people — usually alive. Finding the specters of six evil mages who escaped the Saghred, a soul-eating stone of unlimited power, was easy. Stopping them before they unleash Hell on earth just may be the death of me.

Being bonded to the Saghred wasn’t my idea — neither is hunting down its escapees. Especially not when one of them is also hunting me. He’s regenerating his body by taking the lives of powerful victims, along with their memories, knowledge, and most important of all, their magic. The dark mage wants control of the Saghred, and if he gets it, he’ll become an evil demigod whom no one can stop. The only thing in his way is me.

One of us doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.

Now for the goodies! The Qwillery is giving away 2 prizes - one commenter will win the first 4 Raine Benares books and 1 commenter will win a copy of the latest Raine Benares book, Bewitched & Betrayed.

Leave a comment telling us what magical power you would like to have. I wish I had the power to snap my fingers and perfectly tidy any room!

We’ll put all the names of all commenters in the DubbleBubble receptacle and pull out 2 names - one for each prize. If you tweet the contest, we’ll put your name in for the tweet as well. You can tweet as much as you like, but it only counts once. If you also mention the contest on Facebook, we’ll add your name again. You can mention it on Facebook a zillion times, but you only get one extra entry. You can also mention the contest on your blog to get another entry. So you can get your name placed in the receptacle a maximum of 4 times (comment, tweet, FB mention, blog mention). Provide us a link in the comments so we know that you tweeted or Facebooked or blogged.

The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Monday, May 10, 2010.


  1. I wish I had the power to teleport. Think how nice it would be to wish yourself somewhere and not have to fly or drive. That would be great.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  2. I want to be able to manipulate space: as in make things appear and disappear. I could have whatever books I wanted, whenever I wanted :) sounds perfect to me.

    allison.d.mason AT gmail DOT com

  3. Linda beat me too it, but I've always wanted to teleport, since I was a kid playing Mortal Combat. If I had to choose a different power, I would have to choose the power to control the elements. I would love to be able to make it rain on demand. :)


  4. If I could choose a power, I would have the power of invincibility, then no enemy could ever kill me! Awesome!!

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  5. Jude Dunn

    I would like the power to move time so that there would be enough hours in the day to get everything done :)

    have re-tweeted on twitter @jadlgw

  6. I'd love to have the ability to travel wherever I wanted to in a instant(and be able to take whatever I was holding with me). It would save so much time and gas money to be able to zap to the store instead of driving 30 minutes each way.
    Either that, or telekinesis. Think how much quicker housework would go if you could use your mind for one project while doing something else at the same time. Like washing, drying, and putting away the dishes with out really having to move away from the sink. Or vacuuming while ironing.

  7. i would love to be able to travel through time, so i could see my children's futures now and make the best opportunities for their strengths, it would be nice to undo a few past mistakes too.

  8. I also would want to be able to teleport. Be able to go anywhere in a flash would be a huge timesaver.

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  9. I wish i had the power to heal, anything from a minor scratch to diseases. I know it's kinda lame but, health care is really bad right now, and so many people don't have health insurance.

    Twittered about the contest: http://twitter.com/vanpham88

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  10. I would love to have the ability to manipulate time. There are never enough hours in the day.



  11. I wish I had the power of invisibility...that would be lovely!! I could do so much mischief ;)
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    I would love to win the books!!!
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  12. I wish I had the power to snap my fingers and clean my room too. =) That would be great since I hate cleaning. I also wish I could read minds since I'm often wondering what people are thinking. I'm nosy like that.

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    Thanks for the giveaway!


  13. I'd like the power of time travelling...to go back anytime in time I wanted as much as I wanted :)

    wendyhines (at) hotmail (dot) com


  14. I would love to have very powerful telekenises... because it would mean being able to manipulate anything from a molecular level to planets... so I could make myself not age, be immortal, *fly* (maybe teleport??) move the random object, make fires, ice, play with weather... lol

    If not that, then being able to manipulate and freeze time... which would be a great help with animation deadlines! XD

    Or be able to know every language that was and is... :)

    Wrayth xxxx

  15. Great interview! I'm a huge Lisa Shearin fan, so it's always great to find out more about her! I'm a huge David Eddings fan too! :)

    I'd like the power to heal, whether it's healing someone with a physical, mental, or emotional issue. To make people happy and healthy would be great, I think. Or selective mind reading.




  16. I would love to be able to appear wherever I want with just a thought...that would be awesome
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  17. id like to have the magic powers to cure people from illnesses such as my family,friends and myself that suffer different things wich makes life hard sometimes.

  18. I'd like to be able to be invisible, I think I could have a lot of fun with that.
    I'm adding Lisa's books to my wish list, how did I miss this great series before now?

  19. I would love the magical power to enthrall. Creatures, my husband, and random strangers. Oh, and my children too :)

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  20. Raine kicks serious butt! This is one of my favorite series! Can't wait for the next one!

  21. Oooh, Qwill, that's a good one.

    Like Linda, I've always wanted to be able to teleport, and it's truer now than when I was a kid, because it would mean that I didn't have to live so far away from my parents and sister! Alternately, I'd love to have the ability to insert a few extra hours into the day and include whoever I wanted to in that time bend. Want a couple of hours just to myself? Invent them! Want to be able to spend extra time with my husband and daughter without having to rush off to the next thing? Ta da!

    I wish... :)

    alanajoli at virgilandbeatrice dot com

  22. I think I'd love to be telekinetic. That might be fun!

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  23. I'd like the ability to twitch my nose (like Samantha) and make things happen! Namely a clean house. I'd also like the power to be invisible.

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    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  24. I think i would love to have the power to control elements.


  25. Thinking about powers you might want is always fun but few think of the dark side of them.

    Fro me I would want to have the power to create things. Any thing. I could just think of it and then have it appear. Don't think there is a name for that ! LOL

    Carol T (International)

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  26. If I had magical powers, I'd be able to use them on my children, LOL! With just a look, homework would be completed without an argument, their rooms would get cleaned in a jiffy, and I wouldn't have to fight with them at bedtime. *sigh* Oh, I would so enjoy that...

  27. The power to heal any illness or injury for any living creature. Or truly communicate with animals, that'd be awesome.

  28. I want to have the power to understand other peoples way of thinking. To 'get' them instantly.

  29. I would love to be able to talk with animals!
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    battyaboutbats at gmail.com

  30. I Would love the power of Healing I would love to help people fill better.

  31. I'd love the power to read minds ... and I don't think it would be a burden at all, instant lie-detector, personality-inspector ... awesome :D

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  32. I'd like to be able to make more time- slow it for the rest of the world or something like that (even being a healthy non-sleeper would do)

  33. I seriously would love to have the ability to impart common sense to people. No joke - common sense is so rare, I'd probably be a superhero within a week. And the world would be a better place.

  34. If I could have any magical power, it would be telekinesis. How cool would that be, to be able to move an object just by thinking about it? Not only could I clean my house in an instant, but it would sure come in handy in a department meeting when one of my colleagues says something really stupid. (they'd never see it coming!)


  35. I'd like to teleport. It will be sooo cool. I would not need money or time to be wherever I want to. Imagine any place I could go!

    magabygc At gmail DOT com

  36. I would love to be able to stop time. So I could sit down and read and read and read. :) I would love to spend endless time reading the MANY outstanding books and still get the everyday things done too.

    Thank you for the chanse to read this great sounding series.

    I also posted a link on this contest at my blog.

  37. Love reading all the comments! And thank you for all the linking -- you guys are great!


  38. I wish i had Healing power. so i can heal my self, and can heal other people too !

    i tweeted : http://twitter.com/becunique/status/13536543222

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  39. Oh it would be awesome to be able to teleport. I'd never sit in traffic again!


  40. If I can have any powers in the world I would want the ability to take on any power that someone else held. So I guess you could call it a "Power Shifter!"


  41. I would like the power to snap my fingers and all the cleaning and yard work would be done.

  42. I would love to be able to control the elements (fire, water, earth and air).

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  43. i want to be able to appear food! i mean who doesn´t want to have something to eat without go to the kitcken, it´s awesome!
    ~ dani(dot)prmr(at)hotmail(dot)com

  44. I would like to be able to beam! As in, by just thinking of a place I want to be, pouff I'd be there! It would be so cool to drink my morning latte in Paris, then eat lunch in a cozy Italian trattoria and then shop in the afternoon in NY! *sighs*

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  45. I would love to have the power to magically make everything clean and organized so I don't have to spend so much time cleaning and picking up clutter.


  46. Teleportation, without a doubt. I could visit my favorite restaurants, see my faraway friends and family, and buy British chocolate whenever I wanted.

  47. I would like the have the magical power or blinking an eye and being anywhere I want to be. C-ya 8 hour drives.

  48. Invisibility, teleportation, flight, these are all nice, but I'd like the power to change my body, like plastic man, only more so, to include clothes and body features, or to stretch and spread out to soak up the rain. Or be my own umbrella :)


  49. okay I think if I had any power it would be the ability to move things especially heavy things (having just moved a bit ago that would have made things much easier) :-)


  50. If I had a power it would be to read people's thoughts. I know this could be dangerous, but it would be so I could tell if people were lying. Maybe I would more like the power of being a lie detector:)
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  51. Wow, I love Lisa Shearin, I didn't even know there was a fourth book, though!

    Power: I want to be telepathic in the sense of being able to show my thoughts to someone directly into their mind, without the unwieldiness of words, and understand people the same way.

    kalqamari *at* gmail *dot* com

  52. angie and Mearadh: your comments have been made too late to be entered. The contest ended at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Monday, May 10, 2010.