Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Ten Questions with Lise St. Germain

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Ten Questions with Lise St. Germain

Open Book talks to Lise St. Germain about reading, writing and her book, Catch You Later (General Store Publishing House).

Open Book: Toronto:

Tell us about your latest book.

Lise St. Germain:

Catch You Later is a mixture of mystery, psychology and suspense. It is about relationships through time with a twist: depending on your beliefs, it is one whole cohesive story or two separate unrelated stories. You, the reader, will decide.

It explores phenomena such as love at first sight, dreams and nightmares, strong attraction or revulsion to certain individuals, cultures, places or events, inexplicable but very real symptoms with seemingly no physiological basis, and the quality, depth and nature of various types of relationships. These are some of the topics woven through a tale (or two) which is at times light and entertaining and at times dramatic and tragic.

OBT:

Did you have a specific readership in mind when you wrote your book?

LSG:

No. However, the book has proven to be of interest to both genders ranging from teens to adults of all ages from various backgrounds. This pleases me greatly as it is a book that touches on the human plight – in that, we are all united.

OBT:

Describe your ideal writing environment.

LSG:

Quiet, unencumbered, uncluttered, isolated in my own little world both internally and externally. However, ideas for material are born from the stuff that real life delivers on a regular but unpredictable basis – from chaos to serenity.

OBT:

What was your first publication?

LSG:

Catch You Later.

OBT:

Describe a recent Canadian cultural experience that influenced your writing.

LSG:

There is not one singular Canadian cultural experience that has or does influence my writing because all experiences and all cultures are potential food and fodder for writing.

OBT:

If you had to choose three books as a “Welcome to Canada” gift, what would those books be?

LSG:

That would depend on the individual’s age and interests. As there are so many excellent Canadian authors a newcomer has a great many options. But I might gently mention that no “Welcome to Canada” gift is truly complete without L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables which continues to have universal appeal.

OBT:

What are you reading right now?

LSG:

Recovering the Ancient Magic by Max Freedom Long and Charley’s Web by Joy Fielding.

OBT:

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received as a writer?

LSG:

Write about what you know, about what you’re passionate. And write when you feel like it – no point whatsoever in giving yourself creative constipation cramps.

OBT:

What advice do you have for writers who are trying to get published?

LSG:

Don’t tear your hair out if it doesn’t happen right away. Don’t judge your writing not worthy or your choice to be writer as faulty even after 6.2 million harsh criticisms. Don’t beat yourself up for being a bad businessperson or marketing person when every agent in the world sends you that wretched little polite, formal and typical slip of rejection. Above all, don’t stop writing!!!!!

Please understand I know from whence I speak as it only took me 19 short years to behold my book in print. So you see, the longer the wait, the bigger the thrill!

OBT:

What is your next project?

LSG:

It hasn’t shown itself just yet. But it will when it’s ready. I like to give it as much time to ferment, percolate and ripen as it needs. When it orders me to dash to the computer, then I comply.

Lise St. Germain enjoys investigating anything unexplained, mysterious or inexplicable. The supernatural, supranatural, paranormal, psychological, parapsychological and all such phenomena remain fascinating areas of study.

Edgar Cayce, “the Sleeping Prophet,” his life, his work and his legacy continue to have profound impact on various stages in her life by providing invaluable, apt and transformative information at all levels.

Lise loves to laugh. Well, not at nothing or for no good reason or hysterically or anything like that. Shared laughter about life’s countless delights, anomalies, thrills and absurdities sparks the soul. Best of all, she loves to hear others laugh, especially little children.

For more information about Catch You Later please visit the General Store Publishing House website.

Buy this book at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

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