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July 3, 2015

Just in time for your holiday weekend beach reading IN THE BLOOD download is on sale for $1.99!


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June 29, 2015

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Published on June 29, 2015 06:50 • 54 views

June 13, 2015

I’m so excited to announce that Bouchercon (the largest mystery conference in the world) will be held in St. Petersburg in 2018! It seems so far, but I’m thrilled to be the toastmaster and can’t wait to see the other guests of honor Karin SlaughterMark BillinghamSara BlædelTim DorseyIan Rankin, Sean Chercover, and all the wonderful readers like you in my hometown area! Hope you will join us!

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Published on June 13, 2015 17:13 • 34 views

May 25, 2015

It was such an honor to participate in the beautiful Eugene Lang College commencement ceremony! And it brought back so many wonderful memories of my time at this amazing school.  Congrats to Stephanie Leone (winner of the Eugene Lang Dean’s Alumni Circle Award) and all The New School 2015 Grads!


Lisa Unger speaking at the Eugene Lang Commencement Ceremony

Lisa Unger speaking at the Eugene Lang Commencement Ceremony

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Published on May 25, 2015 09:46

It was such an honor to participate in the beautiful Eugene Lang College commencement ceremony! And it brought back so many wonderful memories of my time at this amazing school.  Congrats to Stephanie Leone (winner of the Eugene Lang Dean’s Alumni Circle Award) and all The New School 2015 Grads!


Lisa Unger speaking at the Eugene Lang Commencement Ceremony

Lisa Unger speaking at the Eugene Lang Commencement Ceremony

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May 17, 2015

Booklist Mystery Month exclusive – Gregg Hurwitz and I were supposed to disagree, in print, on some topic — any topic! — for Booklist.  But we couldn’t find anything to argue about!  Read the result


 

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Published on May 17, 2015 13:47

Gregg Hurwitz and I were supposed to disagree, in print, on some topic — any topic! — for Booklist’s Mystery Month.  But we couldn’t find anything to argue about!  Read the result


 

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May 5, 2015

Last night I spoke at the brand new Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton, Florida about my journey from aspiring to published writer, libraries, and early influences – including my librarian mom. The talk benefitted The Manatee County Library Foundation and it was a wonderful crowd of warm and engaging readers. I opened talking about my mother and her love of story, as well as her work in the Chester Library in New Jersey where I spent a lot of evenings doing my homework while she worked. I count her, and her love of books, as one of the major reasons I am a writer today. So, thanks Mom! And Happy Mother’s Day!


I also talked a little about showing up. Showing up as a writer, meaning that a writer shows up for work every day, puts pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and goes to work. It’s the only way to be a writer and the only thing you need to do to call yourself that. Just write. But readers need to show up, too. It’s not enough to follow writers on Facebook and Twitter, to download copies of ebooks. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that! I love my ebook readers and social media followers!) But libraries, bookstores like Bookstore1 in Sarasota, which sold at the event last night, and places like the Manatee Performing Arts Center need support from the community, people in the venues. And authors need you to turn out for events. It’s hard these days to get out there. Everyone is so busy. But places like these – stores, libraries, and performance spaces – are the backbone of the publishing business and our communities. And authors, well, we like to see your faces, answer your questions, and sign your books. So, whenever you can – show up. I promise you’ll be glad you did.


Last night was the best possible event, benefitting the library, with sales offered by a local bookseller, meeting longtime fans, and earning new readers. The talk was dynamic and chatty with lots of great questions from the audience. I know I had fun and hope the audience did, too. The event last night epitomizes the reason authors are out on the road. Because no matter what you do online, nothing matches the human connection of a great event. So, thanks to The Manatee Library Foundation, the Manatee Performing Arts Center and everyone who showed up last night.


Here are some photos from the event, and the reception at the lovely Palmetto Riverside Bed & Breakfast.


Doris Pope (The Library Foundation) & Lisa Unger

Doris Pope (The Library Foundation) & Lisa Unger


Lisa Unger greeting members of the Manatee Library Foundation

Lisa Unger greeting members of the Manatee Library Foundation


Sherry Oehler (The Library Foundation) & Lisa Unger

Sherry Oehler (The Library Foundation) & Lisa Unger


Ava Ehde & Lisa Unger

Ava Ehde & Lisa Unger


Elsie Souza (Bookstore1), Jane Plitt & Lisa Unger

Elsie Souza (Bookstore1), Jane Plitt & Lisa Unger


Manatee Performing Arts Center. Lisa Unger

Manatee Performing Arts Center. Lisa Unger


Manatee Performing Arts Center

Manatee Performing Arts Center


Jane Plitt (The Library Foundation) & Lisa Unger

Jane Plitt (The Library Foundation) & Lisa Unger

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April 27, 2015

The Hollows is a very interesting and unique place. It started out simply as the setting, a fictional town I created, for my novel FRAGILE. But, over the years, it has become much more. Last week, I visited with one of my favorite book groups, run by the wonderful Pat Dowling at Clearwater Yacht Club. And one of the members, Kurt, had a very insightful comment and question about The Hollows. He said:


“To me, The Hollows is a symbol of the Universe.  My question is, does The Hollows act more upon the characters or do the characters more influence The Hollows?”


I loved answering because it so gets to the heart of what The Hollows has come to mean to me.


The Hollows is, in some sense, how I see life. It has an endless number of shades and layers, and it shows various parts of itself to everyone. The Hollows is someplace different for Jones Cooper than it is for Eloise Montgomery than it is for Ian Paine. They all see what they want to see in the place, and they all take away a unique experience. Jones, who is a very practical, feet-on-the-ground type of guy, views The Hollows as he would view any other place. Eloise sees — and hears — a totally other perspective, something beyond the buildings and trees. Someone like Ian — troubled, addicted, sensitive — is having another experience yet again. They are all acting upon and being acted upon by The Hollows in different ways. Like life, The Hollows is exactly what you expect it to be, exactly what you put into it — and yet there are many elements that are totally out of your control.


Thanks for the great question, Kurt! I realized that I have been speaking to Pat’s group since my first book ANGEL FIRE was published in 2002 — so thirteen years! Wow! What a blessing to have such loyal — and fun — readers!


The Hollows Roadmap.  The Hollows is not a series in the traditional sense, because the books feature different people and stories, however they share moments with regard to place and connections that form when we inhabit a place.  Whether it’s your first visit, or you are returning to The Hollows, here is a tour guide you can follow that just might give you the richest experience…



FRAGILE. This is the best place to start, it’s the first book to feature The Hollows, Jones Cooper and Eloise Montgomery.  ( ebook on sale for $1.99! )
THE WHISPERS, THE BURNING GIRL and THE THREE SISTERS. These three e-short stories span 30 years in the life of Eloise Montgomery and explore what The Hollows means to her and her family. Their tendrils reach back before FRAGILE and ahead through CRAZY LOVE YOU and beyond.
DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND. Introduces Willow Graves. And is the second book to feature Jones Cooper, including an exploration of his past.
IN THE BLOOD. Introduces Lana Granger.
CRAZY LOVE YOU. Introduces Ian Paine & Priss.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you in The Hollows!


The Hollows

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April 18, 2015

The first place I ever loved was New York City. I had a very glamorous aunt who lived a fabulous life in a Park Avenue apartment, and from my very first visit, everything about the place—the buildings, the people, the noise, the smells—mesmerized me. As soon as I was old enough to know what I wanted, I knew I wanted to live there. And nowhere else. Ever. And so it was. I went to college in Manhattan, and after that, into publishing–the only real choice for an aspiring writer who needed a “real job.” And the years ticked by.  Continue reading at Tips on Life & Love!


Tips on Life & Love from Simon & Schuster.  Lisa Unger.

Tips on Life & Love from Simon & Schuster. Lisa Unger.

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Published on April 18, 2015 11:53 • 22 views