Lisa T. Bergren is Tim’s wife, Olivia, Emma, and Jack’s mom, and an explorer of people, places, and stories in many genres. She’s written over 60 books and sold over 3 million of them, with the help of some good publishing people and readers like you.
More about Estuary:
Can a family bond stand the test of time?
Lady Tiliani Forelli is the epitome of the She-Wolves who raised her, an adept archer with a mind of her own. It is long past time for her to wed, but she deems each young lord who comes to bid for her hand lacking. With battles upon their border, and rumors of war growing louder on every front, Lady Forelli’s decision could secure her kingdom’s peace…or bring about its destruction.
Centuries later, history major Luciana Betarrini takes a summer job alongside her twin, Domenico, as a period actor at Castello Forelli in Italy. As incoming college seniors, this might be their last chance to spend meaningful time together, so she’s soaking up every minute. But when Nico’s theory that their lost Betarrini relatives have traveled through time becomes potentially real—and they might be able to follow—Luci fears they’ll be forever divided.
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Q&A with Lisa T. Bergren
TG: Everyone always asks for an interesting fact, we’re going to flip the question. What is one boring fact about yourself?
LTB: I’m not a morning person or night owl. I’m a middle-of-the-day person.
TG: Where did you get the inspiration for Estuary?
LTB: My passionate River of Time tribe. I’ve never had readers go so crazy for a series. People re-read them (some annually). Gotten tattoos. Named their children after characters (along with pets and guitars). And so I was pulled back into the waters! (And willingly went.)
TG: Do you have any habits or rituals as a writer?
LTB: I do best if I get away from home, plug in my headphones to listen to soundtracks, and just fall back into my story. Library, hotel, or a room with a good view.
TG: What habits would you encourage others to take up to be a more productive writer?
LTB: I feel I am not qualified to answer this. Ha! I am productive in spurts. Some of my friends write every day. I write a ton in a short period of time.
TG: What do you snack on or drink while writing?
LTB: Water and iced tea. Almonds. A little dark chocolate.
TG: How do you overcome writer’s block?
LTB: I sit down and make myself write the next scene. Or if I’m REALLY stuck, I’ll move to the next scene that captures me.
TG: Are you an “edit-as-you-go” writer or do you wait until the very end before you do any editing?
LTB: I edit the last amount I wrote the day before and that helps me get back into the story and roll forward. So I end up with a second draft. Then I do a third.
TG: What would you say is the most common mistake new writers make?
LTB: Point-of-view. If you’re writing first-person, you have to see everything from that one character’s perspective (which makes it very challenging). If you’re writing third person, you need to stay in one character’s perspective for the scene. Don’t “head-hop.”
TG: What is the best piece of writing advice you’re ever received?
LTB: There should be tension of some sort on every page. (Relational, situational, emotional, etc.)
TG: What is coming up next for you?
LTB: Rip Tide, book 2 in the Oceans of Time
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