Of Enchantments and Magic – A Conversation with Author Lisa (Part 2)

This is a continuation of the conversation here

 

R C Bean

Of all the characters in The Elemental, which one’s your favourite, apart from Catherine?

Lisa

Meg. I think people underestimate her, but she’s quite an interesting character.


R C Bean

Which specific trait of hers captivates you?

Lisa

She can see Death. Not in a “Sixth Sense” kind of way “I can see dead people”, but she sees when someone is about to die or when something is wrong with them. Most people think she’s a freak and stay away from, because they ‘feel’ something is not quite right when you’re around her. Catherine immediately accepted her for who she is, that’s why the connection between them is quite powerful.


R C Bean

Ahh, I see… when you mentioned that Meg is underestimated, I presumed you were referring to the readers.

You refer to the people in the book then…

Lisa

Yes. Although readers might underestimate her as well. Her part is not that big, but – *spoiler alert!* – if you read carefully, you might anticipate what her role is going to be further along the trilogy 😉


R C Bean

Oh, so, Meg is going to be increasingly more prominent in the books to come… 🙂

Lisa

There may be an interesting twist, yes.


R C Bean

Seeing and sensing death, is a boon or a bane? I’m asking because in a way, Meg sacrifices her peace of mind in possessing this, which in a fluid sense, makes her an altruist?

Lisa

Well, she certainly looks out for her friends and family, and on a larger scale, mankind, especially whenever Catherine senses something is off balance. Sadly though, Meg has learned the hard way she cannot intervene when she is not supposed to. One cannot cheat Death. At least, not in the long run.


R C Bean

hmmm… all of which leads to a perpetual state of internal turmoil I guess…

Lisa

Which is why she’s an expert in meditation and runs her own spiritual bookshop. I think that besides Leah, who can see the future, Catherine and Meg both understand the burden of knowing something and not being able to intervene.


R C Bean

It’s fascinating as we talk more about people with possible special powers. It may look magical and enviable from the outside, but there’s a huge price they pay for being endowed with such powers…

Lisa

Yes. It was very important to me to show my readers being gifted has a serious downside and though it can bring you joy, it can also bring you sorrow.


R C Bean

Right… it brings to mind the much-quoted advice on how one needs to stop trying to change things they cannot change…

Possessing powers doesn’t make one invincible. Despite their powers, they are all helpless at certain levels. And the key to one’s happiness is to realise and accept where their powers end…

Lisa

Exactly. And also realising that the things you can and do change, have consequences. And you have to be willing and ready to accept those consequences.


R C Bean

Well-put…

Whew, those are some lessons to remember, because we all possess one or some of those magical powers… As you pointed out last week, the powers needn’t always be as dramatic as those in The Elemental… Bringing a smile onto someone else’s face is a magical power too.

Lisa

Yes, and just think of the opposite. I’m sure we all had that moment at work or in your personal life that you just really don’t get along with someone and what do we do? We project negative thoughts. Not consciously, but we do.

How many people leave a meeting with a headache?!


R C Bean

Right…

Lisa

Now isn’t that an interesting thought? Information overload or maybe someone who doesn’t agree with you is projecting his or her feelings across the room? 😉


R C Bean

Yeah, interesting indeed, no doubts…

And on the other side of the spectrum, the unpleasant vibes, the negativity, may be all these are your own sensory powers warning you against imminent danger from someone…

Lisa

It just goes to show that if we pay attention to our own feelings and emotions, we’re more perceptive to those of others. Which, theoretically, would make us more capable to find common ground or understand where someone is coming from.


R C Bean

I agree…

We tend to undermine the importance of such perceptions…

Lisa

Indeed we do.


R C Bean

And it goes on to show, with The Elemental, it’s just not what meets the eye… 🙂 It drives one to do some introspection…

Are the sequels in the trilogy planned sometime soon?

Lisa

The Empath is set for the Winter Solstice 2014, I’m really doing my best to make that dealine. (*looks over her shoulder to make sure her editor isn’t listening*) 😉


R C Bean

Oh, great news then… Two books for the trilogy set in 2014! (The Elemental released earlier this year…)

And how about the following one?

Lisa

Same, but one year later. Winter Solstice 2015.


R C Bean

That seems like a good plan, then! 🙂

Well, it’s been an honour chatting up, Lisa.

Lisa

Hahaha, hopefully yes. I really enjoyed your questions!


R C Bean

Thank you! And you were very patient and indulgent with all my questions! 🙂 I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation…

Lisa

Me too. Oh, this was my tonight’s coffee 😉

http://fs.ilegendsoft.com/files/2014041586276199e404453d9acfd3f6ff1210a6.jpg


R C Bean

Oh, awesome! *waves*

Lisa

Gotta have coffee when being interviews by the magnificent Roasted Coffee bean 🙂


R C Bean

Whoa! You flatter me! Here’s a fan of your’s signing off, then!

Here’s to a better living!

Lisa

Blessed Be to that! 🙂


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6 comments

  1. “Catherine and Meg both understand the burden of knowing something and not being able to intervene.” ….. is to me very profound ! We have all been witness to and reflected on the helplessness we felt knowing a loved one is suffering and not being able to intervene or do anything about it, for various reasons. It IS a HUGE burden !! I must get my hands on Lisa’s book ASAP.

  2. IT was an awesome interview and your questions were well put and some of your observations were really fantastic. I guess a rapport does build between author and interviewer, over time and one is able to get quality stuff out. This one is one such. Great write, Roasted Coffee Bean!

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