My name is Liesalette Sarelli, sometimes I just use my first name when writing, I am the Author of Lalin, part one of the Bayou Moon Series, also some short stories, poetry and other anthologies.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes, ever since I was a little girl.
Tell us about your book, and the story behind writing itLalin, which means moon in creole French, is about a Woman who is depicted as this tormented person who has clairvoyance but was unaware of what that means until she was older, because up until then she was always misdiagnosed, she has a bit of rough background she’s very tough, growing up for her was awful she was hearing voices and seeing shadows, and became extremely closed off from others and had to fight for her way through the city’s harsh south-side and she eventually became a fighter through a man who took her under his wing and started to train, she is also haunted by dark family secrets and inherits a home in New Orleans, and from here the story starts to unfold as she learns about her great-great grandmother’s mysterious disappearance and she starts to learn about herself, it’s a southern gothic tale a gothic tale it’s got everything from Voodoo, to vampires, werewolves, but the interesting twists I used were to actually take those New Orleans historic figures and factor them into this story and along with a local folk legend the “Rougarou” I created a Marie Laveau character as close to her actual persona as I could, Jean Lafitte the pirate and a few more thrown into it the story that spans generations.
What’s the biggest challenge about being a writer?
For me it’s a personal journey being a writer, I like to do all the research and studying I can on all topics, so I would have to say Time is the biggest challenge there’s never enough of it.
Do you have a specific writing space?
At home in the quiet into the wee hours of the night.
What’s your number one piece of writing advice?
Write what you feel, even it means stepping inside the character. I have been lost in them and sometimes it’s hard to come back, but worth it in developing just the right edge you need to really bring it and not sound as if you are on the outside looking in, and this may be what happens if you do this or that or experience this or that I like to feel it.
What books do you currently have on your bedside table?
Who have been your biggest writing influences and why?
Truman Capote, Anne Rice, Tennessee Williams, I’m seeing the New Orleans connections now, because I lived there as well, each writer has inspired me because of their versatility and ability to create wonderful stories that can cross over into other fiction genres.
How do you market your writing?
Amazon, writer’s blogs, Horror Author blogs and all other online ebook sellers and social media also the print copy is being released with special artwork not like the ebook, and this will be in local bookstores here in Arizona and New Orleans, I’d get a billboard if I could or do a Banksy and have it painted on the side of a building someplace.
Lastly, something fun. What’s something our readers might not know about you?
I can be a tomboy in high heels, I box, I ride ATV’s I love dirt bikes and motor cross, I have been involved in the Art industry for over a decade and If I could merge my writing and gallery skills together with the opportunity to bring back one of my favorite shows the Night Gallery I’m totally doing it, I’m practicing my best Rod Serling eyebrow and look of consternation, it’s on my wish list.
By Liesalette Sarelli
Voodoo, Vampires, Werewolves, this story travels back in time from Chicago to New Orleans on a supernatural odyssey with Julia, an artist and a clairvoyant who has fought through the rough streets of Chicago as a tough as nails street fighter while keeping her gift a secret. She is haunted by her family’s past in New Orleans as she inherits the house she remembers visiting as a child and the source of intrigue in her life as well the City of New Orleans. She begins to unravel the mystery of her great-great grandmother’s disappearance and discovers her sinister past, while encountering the Legends of Antebellum Louisiana, she meets the mysterious Aristide Pierson a man who changes her life, in this Southern Gothic tale of a woman’s descent into darkness.