Today’s Muse guest author is Lisa Owens. She’s sharing a book from one of my all-time favorite romance authors, Sharon Sala.
When asked what book inspired me to write, I am at a loss. Reading has always been such an important part of my life. I was the kid in school who always had a book in her hand; I would often sit on my own at recess, reading. No one book inspired me to become an author; it’s just what I have always wanted to do.
Looking back over the years at all of the books I’ve read, my interest in romance novels really stemmed from author Sharon Sala. I have always been inspired by the emotional chords in her stories. She is able to capture your heart from the very first page and keep you interested until you close the book on the last page.
My favorite book by Sharon Sala would have to be King’s Ransom. One strong and stubbornly independent woman who is forced to face the love of her past when she suffers from a traumatic event. The story opens with her being assaulted in her bedroom by a man with a knife. It goes into the psychological damage that this inflicts on her. It is an inspiring love story with a real-life twist.
Those are the kind of stories that I absolutely adore. And those are also the kind of stories that I do my best to write. Heroines who are strong enough to stand on their own two feet and swoon-worthy heroes that take your breath away. Stories that make you want to laugh and cry.
My ultimate goal when it comes to my writing is to write a novel that tugs at your heartstrings. It’s quite simple. I want to do more than simply entertain my readers. I want to make them fall in love.
The writing bug bit Lisa M. Owens at an early age; she was writing short stories and poetry by the age of seven. At the age of eight, she entered a writing contest at her elementary school. About fifty books were written, but Lisa was one of the thirteen writers chosen who received a certificate and the chance to meet Oklahoma writer Sandy Miller.
A former victim of domestic violence herself, Lisa worked at the courthouse for over seven years. Almost three of those years she worked on the Marriage License/Protective Order desk. She helped women file protective orders and worked closely with the staff and counselors at D.V.I.S.
Frustrated with books that merely gloss over the subject of domestic violence, Lisa wanted to write a book that told the whole story. Her dream is for her words to help give someone the courage to leave an abusive relationship.
She resides in Oklahoma and has two children. This is her first published novel, and she is currently working on the next novel of her If Only series.
Readers can contact Lisa at P.O. Box 9643, Tulsa, OK 74157-0643, by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on my website, www.lmowens.com. I can also be contacted through my Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-M-Owens-Author-Page/401065116637549
Also on Twitter https://twitter.com/_lisamowens
If Only is now available at Liquid Silver Books.