Interview with Lisa Renee Jones, Author of The Poet
09 Mar 2021
What can you tell us about your new release, The Poet?
The Poet is a thriller based on a killer who is judging his victims as unworthy. He has a God complex. He believes poetry is just another form of a bible verse, with judgement in its core. The fun part of the story for me to write is his obsession with Detective Samantha Jazz as his prodigy and her obsession with catching him. Two brilliant minds pitted against each other.
What’s the last book you read?
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. Excellent book. It has a twist in the middle that makes you have to get to the end!
You’re hosting a literary dinner party. Which three writers are invited?
Well that is hard because I have so many writing friends, I could name about 20 friends I’m dying to see again, thank you, COVID. I’ll go with three I don’t know.
Dean Koontz: he’s a brilliant writer, who has a way of bringing sci-fi into a novel and making it not seem fiction at all, it’s incredible. And he loves animals, especially goldens. So I’d have to invite my golden and his as well.
Sandra Brown because she really inspired me in many ways when I first started writing. She’s a talented writer who followed an admirable career path.
Mark Greaney: The Gray Man books! Enough said, but there is knowledge in that man’s head I’d love to explore.
What’s on your writing desk?
Well, considering my desk is usually my bed, blankets and pillows. I know that’s crazy but it’s my best writing spot. I have an office. It’s really just for show.
What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?
My family and my animals. And of course, writing. You have to love what you do to be happy.
What scene in The Poet was your favorite to write?
Anything with The Poet himself. He’s creepy and yet normal in ways that I think makes us all look to our neighbors a little differently. People can seem normal but really none of us are “normal.”
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