Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann is the author of the series Wake, which I am currently reading and loving. 

Wake is about a seventeen year old girl, Janie, who get sucked into dreams of other people’s dreams. She soon figures out that the abilities will be useful. I didn’t want to give much away.

But for here is an interview of Lisa McMann.


1.    Where were you born?

I was born in Holland, Michigan, a fine little Dutch-type city on the shore of Lake Michigan. If you hold your right hand in front of your face so you can see your palm, look on the left edge. About halfway between the base of your pinky and your wrist is where Holland is. Michigan rocks.

2.    Do you still live there?

No. I moved to Arizona in 2004 with my husband, Matt, and my two kids, Kilian and Kennedy. No, I am not a snowbird. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

3.    What’s a snowbird?

Snowbird is the term for retired people who spend the winters at the Applebee’s® in Arizona.

4.    Isn’t it hot in Arizona?

Yes, in the summer it’s extremely hot unless you’re in the mountains. The first summer we lived here, we totally tried frying an egg on the sidewalk. Basically, it made a mess. We try to go on vacation during the summer to get out of Phoenix, and I usually do a conference or two if it’s in a nice-weather city in order to escape the heat. In the fall, winter and spring, the weather here suits me just fine.

5.    Stephenie Meyer lives in Arizona. Do you know her?

No, not really. I met her once. We talked for about ten minutes. I’m sure she doesn’t remember it, but she was very nice.

6.    What do your parents do?

My father worked in a factory for 47 years before he retired. My mother is a hairdresser and she used to play the organ at church.

7.    Do you have brothers and sisters?

Yes, I have two older brothers and a younger sister, and my husband Matt has two older sisters. They are all married. I have a bunch of nieces and nephews as well.

8.    What are your hobbies?

I like to cook, swim, read, and hang out with my husband and kids. I also love watching reality TV shows, even the sappy ones that make me cry, and I’m not afraid to admit it.

9.    Did you always want to be a writer?

Since 4th grade, yes.

10.    When is your birthday?

February 27.

11.  I need more information from you.  Can you answer more of my questions by e-mail?

I’d love to be able answer your questions by e-mail, but I’m honestly really busy with writing and touring and all the other behind-the-scenes stuff that makes me able to bring you books fairly regularly.  So I’m sorry, I just don’t have the time to do that, but you can check out my VYou page where I’ve answered lots of questions on video.  If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you can ask questions that way and within a few days (or a week if I’m touring or on writing deadline), I’ll answer.  Also, some nice people have set up aWikipedia page about me.  There’s some more info there.


1.    Is there a sequel to WAKE?

There are three books in the series: WAKEFADE, and GONE.  All books are now out in both hardcover and paperback.

2.    Is Cabe in all the books?


3.    zomg he’s so hot!

I know!

4.    How did you come up with the idea of a girl getting sucked into other people’s dreams?

I had a dream about it. True story. I dreamed that I was in my husband’s dream, watching what he was dreaming about.

5.    What was he dreaming about?

Rainbows and kittens.

6.    Seriously?!?!?


7.    Do you have any other books coming out?

Yep.  In addition to the WAKE series, I have two stand-alone YA novels. CRYER’S CROSS is about a girl named Kendall who lives in a tiny farming community in Montana, and in a very sinister way her classmates start disappearing, including someone very close to her. <a href=””>DEAD TO YOU</a> is about 16-year-old Ethan who, at age seven, was abducted from his front yard. Now he’s found his family back…but he doesn’t remember them. 

I also have written THE UNWANTEDS, a dystopian fantasy series.  It’s about a society where strength and intelligence is rewarded, and creativity is outlawed. Every year, the 13-year-olds are sorted into categories. The strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the creative, artistic Unwanteds get sent to their death. The book follows twin boys, Alex and Aaron Stowe, as they await their fate. THE UNWANTEDS: Island of Silence comes out Sept. 4, 2012. This series is great for fans of my other books, but you can also let your younger siblings read it too. It’s good for the whole family.

8.    Will there be a Sequel to CRYER’S CROSS?

No, CRYER’S CROSS is a stand-alone.

9.    Where do you get your ideas?

I’d like to tell you, but I can’t. Top secret.

10.    Come on, please?

No. Stop whining.

11.    How long does it take you to write a novel?

It depends. The rough draft of WAKE was written very quickly. GONE took several months. But normally I write fast and furious.

11.    What’s your writing schedule like?

Mostly I write during the day while my kids are at school. I also do other author business during this time, like answering interview questions, editing, figuring out what kind of contests to have, updating my various web pages… stuff like that.  Luckily, I now have the help of the best assistant evah so I can keep on top of all the awesome fan mail and other administrative stuff I hate doing but need to do because I’m famous.  Casey rocks!

12.    Can you come to my school or city?

I’d love to! Someone in charge of things has to invite me. Here’s the information on how to book me for an event.

I generally tour a bit when one of my books comes out, too.

13.    You should totally make a movie out of WAKE!

You’re not the only one who thinks so.  WAKE has been optioned for a movie by Paramount/MTV Films. This doesn’t mean a movie will happen – I’ll keep you posted on twitter and Facebook just as soon as I hear anything more.

14.    Do you have any advice for aspiring teen writers?

Sure. If you can possibly do another job instead of writing and still enjoy your life, do that instead.  Writing is hard. There are a lot of disappointments and no guarantees. Be prepared to write a second or third or fifteenth novel if the first ones don’t sell. Be prepared to put the words you love in a drawer for a long time while you work and work to get better at writing. Once you’ve focused on WRITING instead of GETTING PUBLISHED, you’re doing the right thing. Then, go find a writing message board where you can learn how this business works – it’s pretty complicated. There’s a lot of research you need to do to figure it out. But remember, you won’t get anything published if you don’t put all your effort into simply writing first.

15.    Don’t you have anything positive to say about writing?

Apparently not. 😉 But I love it, and I’m not trying to discourage you, I’m just trying to tell you it’s hard so you’ll be prepared. And I certainly wouldn’t do anything else. If you are sick like me, go for it!

Thanks all i have for you. If you ever read a book by Lisa, tell what you thought.

Got a question or comment, ask it below or email me at


~Penny Scribbles


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