Meet My Guest ~ Author ~ Lisa Murphy

I’m a wife, mother of two, lover of the beach and my daily cup of Earl Grey.
I wrote Lighthouse Point because I couldn’t find that perfect beach read on our annual summer trip to Sanibel Island. I wanted to read a love story that took place on the island, and since nothing like that existed—I wrote it—enjoying the experience much more than I imagined.

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Here’s a peak at my current project …

Lighthouse Point 
Beautiful by nature, independent by necessity, haunted by the past.
Twenty-four-year-old Emma Peroni has never been a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of girl, traveling fourteen hours away from her neatly organized life to an island that promises sanctuary and a fresh start . . . until today.
With the weight of the world on her shoulders, and no family to catch her when she crumbles, Emma finds solace on Sanibel Island.
Falling into the arms of Sheldon Barringer, a handsome local real estate investor, was not part of the plan. Emma manages to resist his charms for a time and focus on the reason she came here to be alone to escape the night terrors. However Sheldon’s intoxicating sense of humor and easy personality eventually captivate Emma, sweeping her into the delightful experience of falling in love for the first time.
As Emma and Sheldon begin to plan a future together, trouble lurks in the shadows, waiting and watching.
A rough book cover created until professional one is made.

Excerpt from Lighthouse Point:

I focused on the man in the kayak as he got closer and gasped when I saw that it was Sheldon!  Just as I brought the camera back into focus, he jumped out of the kayak and started swimming with the dolphins. He rubbed his hand down the back side of one of them as it swam by and then he climbed back into the kayak to make his way to shore.
I put the lens cap on the camera and stood there amazed and envious of his encounter with these beautiful creatures, and then realized he was close enough to see me watching him. A thrill ran up my spine and my heart started beating out of my chest.  Oh, God!—Hide Emma! I thought to myself as I looked around for a place to hide but there were no options in sight.  I could lie down in the sand and pretend to be sunbathing. Oh my, I didn’t even see you—have you been here long? I would say as he approached me, waking me from my sun-induced dozing. Yeah, right—lying in the sand sunning with a huge camera around your neck? Really bright, Em. Before I could think of another plan, his tan, wet, muscular body was coming right for me. OK then, just be cool, and for heaven’s sake quit looking at his stomach!
“Hi, I didn’t expect to see you here—must be my lucky day,” Sheldon said as he came toward me with his kayak over one shoulder. I knew my mouth was hanging open when I replied, “Oh my goodness, I can’t believe you just did that!  You actually swam with wild dolphins. I’m impressed and incredibly jealous!”
He smiled at me and my cheeks flushed when I caught him taking in my blue and green paisley bikini.  “You really aren’t supposed to touch them in the wild, but I just couldn’t resist a quick stroke down its back.”
“Aren’t you afraid of sharks when you’re out that deep?”
“No, when dolphins are around, you don’t have to worry about sharks. Sharks are actually afraid of dolphins.”
“Sure, sure. Do I look like I came down the river on a log?” I smirked.
Sheldon threw his head back and laughed loudly. “That’s a new one. Must be a Tennessee saying. And, no, you definitely don’t look like you came down the river on a log.” He looked me up and down with a cocky grin, and I blushed under his gaze.  I stirred the sand around with my toe and looked down until the heat left my cheeks. When I finally looked back up at him, his eyes were roaming over my face and I wondered if I was still flushed.  “I’m serious about the sharks and dolphins,” he said, breaking the uncomfortable silence.
“I came back to get some shots of the lighthouse.” I couldn’t think of anything else to say.  I looked around and took in the scenes on the beach. Everyone was having a good time playing, relaxing, and talking.  I tried to find my confidence and searched for something to say.  What kind of music do you like? No. What’s your favorite restaurant on the island? No, that sounds too touristy. Are you planning on having a summer fling with me, because I can tell you right now that is not going to happen . . .  Good grief, I’m a lunatic standing here talking to my subconscious.

Now let’s get to know Lisa better. 🙂

Why isn’t the number 11 pronounced as onety one?

I don’t know, but I’ve always like the number eleventeen. Maybe a good title of a book.

Which is your most favorite book ever?

Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon. It was the first grown-up novel I read, and I was fascinated with the way the story flowed.

If you could have a luncheon with any three people (real or fictitious/from any time period/dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why?

Jesus Christ—I would like to know why he loves me so, and to say thank you for saving me. Sidney Sheldon—he was a brilliant writer and I would love to know his secrets—where did he write, how did he come up with his ideas? Robert DiNero—I have always had a weird obsession with him.

If given complete freedom to start afresh, what profession would you choose and why?

Oh, this is so not a good question for me. I have always wondered if I have multiple personalities that all know and like each other. One of me would love to be a surgeon, another me would love to be a gourmet chef that creates beautiful and colorful plates, and the third me would love to be a published author that earned her own room in the house made of dark-paneled-book-filled walls, a large desk with all of the necessities and a few old keys. Keys? I just think they’re classic and pretty. Haa haa, I understand this completely. I have so many likes and none of them coincide at all. 🙂

What is the funniest prank played on you or played by you?

My Nana and I still laugh about the time we were in a public bathroom. She snuck out of her stall with a huge wad of toilet paper and wet it under the sink before going back into the stall, standing on the seat, and throwing that huge ball of mush onto my head. It was the time of big, Aqua Net hair—so you can imagine trying to get every bit of that white mashed up mess out of my hair!

If given a choice, which animal would you want to be? Why?

I would love to be a dolphin! They are so graceful as they prance through the deep blue water, always smiling as the sun reflects off of their sleek, beautiful skin, and they can out swim sharks! Great choice. Love dolphins. I got to swim with them in Hawaii. So much fun.

Which is your most favorite place in this earth?

Sanibel Island

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to survive?
This is my dream! I would need my husband, a device for filtering salt water into drinking water, flint for starting a fire, and the last two would have to be pen and paper to journal my enchanted adventures!

It was so nice meeting and getting to know you, Lisa. A pleasure, really. Thanks for stopping by.

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