Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Virtual tour stop and interview with author Lisa Rusczyk

Today I'm happy to host author Lisa Rusczyk as she does a virtual book tour with the Virtual Book Tour Cafe.

Lisa Rusczyk is the author of Chasing the Dark, The Blue Pen, Sam the Night Person, Full Moon in December and A Dream of the Past. She lives in North Alabama with her husband and six beloved cats.

Tell us about your current release, Unloved.
I contributed to Unloved with six other authors. It is a collection of shorts about bullying and suicide. My story focused on suicide.

Bullying was once considered a harmless rite of passage. Some were either bullied in school or they were the bully. What was once considered an acceptable practice has now been drawn into the limelight by the national attention of highly publicized suicides due to bullying.

Bullying can take on different forms. Bullying is not just a physical act but can also be an emotional, written, or verbal act as well. Bullying can take place in the workplace, school, online, and even while we are traveling in our vehicles on the road. Bullying is a form of abuse that has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and civilized nations across the globe.

When bullying goes too far, the end result is sometimes suicide. Suicide should never become an option. One life lost to this senseless way, is one too many!

I've joined six other authors to send one message. That message is, “You are not Unloved!” Unloved is an anthology dedicated to those who have been the victim of bullying, or know someone who has been bullied.

All proceeds from Unloved will go to charities in support of Bully Prevention and/or Suicide Prevention.

What inspired you to contribute to this book?
HD Hatcher asked me to participate and I gladly agreed. It was a great experience.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m working on two right now. One is a suspense thriller and the other is sci fi.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I got a job writing content on the Internet and once I was getting a paycheck from writing, I considered myself a writer.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I don’t write full-time. I edit manuscripts for indie authors and write content for Demand Studios, mostly eHow articles. I’m having a hard time finding a few minutes to write fiction these days.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I read a large portion of the manuscript I’m working on before I continue writing on a project.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an actress or a vet.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Please stop by my Web zine Hazard Cat for some cat fiction, cat poetry, and cat art from all over the world. I have six beloveds and one is pregnant. I can’t wait for kittens!

My next blog stop is here on April 9.

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