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October 2000 Issue

Isn't She Enchanting; or shall we say...Enchanted?

PNR Poll: We Want More............VAMPIRES!

Lisa Cach

Lisa Cach lives in the Pacific Northwest on the same small farm where she grew up. She has worked at a zoo, a bookstore, and a restaurant, washed dishes, tutored logic, sailed the Caribbean studying eels and pumping bilge water, and spent a year in Japan teaching English. She has degrees in English and psychology, and spent three years working the graveyard shift at a crisis hotline.

Ms. Cach has loved romance novels ever since a friend in junior high snuck one into their comparative cultures class. She read it avidly, certain all the while she would be caught and punished for having such explicit material on campus.

An Interview with Lisa Cach

Barb S: Lisa, OF MIDNIGHT BORN is your third book and also your third paranormal romance. Each of the three stories deals with a different aspect of the sub-genre and features three magical heroines. Elle, heroine of THE CHANGELING BRIDE, experiences a trans-mutative time travel from present to past, Valerian, of BEWITCHING THE BARON, is a woman of supernatural healing abilities, and Serena is a contrary spirit maiden of the medieval era. They are all historical novels. Would you say these books offer consistency as well as variety?

Lisa C: Yes. They're all historical paranormals, but the degree and nature of Magic or otherworldliness in each varies. I must have a short attention span - I doubt I'll ever do a series based on the same characters or magical element. Besides for the general similarities between the books, like any other author I find that there are elements I seem drawn to, and end up at least mentioning in each of my books. Bathrooms and caves are what come to mind first. I have no idea why I feel compelled to put these things in my stories.

Barb S: Okay just curious, have you considered writing a paranormal romance in a contemporary setting, or one is which the hero is the extraordinary being?

Lisa C: Not yet, on the hero being the magical one. It probably goes back to that childish wish to be someone special: I want to be the heroine who travels through time, or heals by touch, or becomes a ghost. It's not as much fun for me to imagine a hero who is the extraordinary being -- I figure it's extraordinary enough that he's a nice, good-looking guy who adores the heroine and treats her well. I'd go for any of my heroes as they are, no otherworldly powers required. As for a contemporary paranormal -- who knows what I might decide to do a year from now? But for the present, I'm happy with the past.

Barb S: Back to OF MIDNIGHT BORN. More often than not ghostly romances feature a ghost from another era who haunts the present and pulls the modern hero/heroine back into a time when the spirit actually existed as a flesh and blood person. A few have had the ghost remain in the present and magically receive a second chance at life. Your book is different in that the hero and heroine both hail from a historical era but they are different ones, set apart by 500 years, correct?

Lisa C: I love those gothic/Victorian ghost stories set in creepy old castles, so it seemed natural to set my story in a similar place and time. I wanted my ghost to be a ghost, a real ghost, with dragging chains, thumps in the dark and all. It never entered my mind to set the story in the present. I guess the present just doesn't seem spooky to me, at least not out here in Oregon where everything is so new, and there's little sense of the history of people.

Barb S: Serena Clerenbold was a medieval maiden who perished in the mid 1300's. Alex Wodin the hero was born at the turn of the nineteenth century, so it is safe to say the no matter the circumstances of Serena's death, her corporeal body has returned to the dust from whence it came by the time she first encounters a then ten-year-old Alex? She is purely a spirit now, right?

Lisa C: That's right! NO NECROPHILIA! I say this because Romantic Times made mention of necrophilia in their review. Of course Serena's not some rotting remnant of 500 year old corpse wandering around, pawing the living. Ewww! Not even in the dream sequence that that review mentions is she anything like a corpse.

Barb S: Enough said. So, Alex encounters her spirit as a child while camping on the grounds of Serena's home and becomes fascinated with falling stars and no doubt subconsciously the vision he spies before falling off his perch and severely injuring himself. This has an effect on Alex's interests as a grown man, does it not?

Lisa C: It's the combination of the meteor storm and the encounter with Serena that make Maiden Castle such an important place to him, whether he realizes it or not. Even as scientific as he is, there is something magical about the place, and that holds an allure for him. That night in the castle ruins as a boy determined the course he would follow in later life.

Barb S: Now Alex is not romantically obsessed with the vision from his childhood, he is a widower? He really had no intentions of finding a new romance? Yet he is searching for something?

Lisa C: Alex *thinks* he has eventual intentions of finding a second wife and starting a family, he just can't seem to get around to it, and does not examine himself closely enough to figure out why not. He's searching perhaps for meaning more than anything else, as if understanding falling stars and astronomy could somehow help him understand the universe and his place in it. In a way, he is a bit of an astrologer, although he would have been appalled to be described so.

Barb S: Serena had has a difficult life, a culmination of circumstances leads her to a desperate act which results in her untimely demise. Shall we say she is distrustful of men?

Lisa C: She's distrustful of men she does not know. She loved her brother. She blames men for many things when really she should be blaming herself -- it's just easier to point her finger at someone else, than to admit to her own faults.

Barb S: Does she know the reason that her spirit is restless, trapped in this plane?

Lisa C: No. She may have ideas, but like Alex she is not so good at examining herself. She needs the interaction of a relationship to figure out why she is the way she is, and what she needs, just like Alex does.

Barb S: Serena is not pleased to have Alex and his all-male household living on her property. There is a great deal of humor in her attempts to remove him. Do you feel humor is an important element in a paranormal romance or romance in general?

Lisa C: I don't think romances need to have humor. Most of my favorite books have no humor at all. In my own writing, I put in humor because it is part of the way I deal with the world, part of the way I express myself in everyday life. I have to admit, though, that sometimes people find me funny when I'm not trying to be.

Barb S: They fall in love in spite of the impossibility of what one might call a "normal" relationship?

Lisa C: Most relationships in romance novels initially seem impossible in some manner or another, don't they? It's not the future of the relationship that matters with Serena and Alex, it's what they can get from the time they have together.

Barb S: I think we can say that this story ends happily?

Lisa C: Of course! This is romance!

Barb S: What is next for Lisa Cach?

Lisa C: I have a story in the paranormal Christmas anthology MISTLETOE & MAGIC, which comes out in October, and then THE MERMAID OF PENPERRO will be out in April 2001. Despite the title there's not a real mermaid in the story, although plenty of characters are fooled into believing there is. The story was inspired by a Cornish legend about the mermaid of Zennor, who hopped and sloshed her way to church and fell in love with a man in the choir. I always wanted to be a mermaid...

Lisa Cach



Nominated for:

Best Time Travel

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Love Spell
September 2000
368 pages
ISBN: 050552399X

Winner of:

MISTLETOE & MAGIC - Winner: Best Fantasy/Magical

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"A Midnight Clear"
Leisure Books

October 2000
400 pages
ISBN: 0843947780

Other Paranormal
Romance Titles

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Love Spell
March 2000
368 pages
ISBN: 050552368

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Love Spell
October 1999
320 pages
ISBN: 0505523426


Coming in April 2001!

Love Spell
April 1, 2001
391 pages
ISBN: 0505524376


Featured in this Issue:

Interviews with:
Julie Kenner
Lisa Cach
Charlotte Boyett-Compo
Romance News:
with Dreams Unlimited Publisher Silke Juppenlatz

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