Yellowstone Valley Woman Magazine December 2011/January 2012 : 12

A LOOK BACK Lise McClendon A new pen name, a new book & a new line of work S M Stirring up a new plot has never been a problem for Lise McClendon. Just like a rich stew, ingredients are added and sprinkled until the perfect mystery has been simmered to perfection. When we first met her in 2004, she had a handful of novels under her writing belt. Since then, she’s grabbed a new pen name, has a new book fresh on the shelves and has taken on a new role, that of publisher. “It’s a whole new world of publishing these days,” Lise admits when sharing how she got into the publishing side of the business in the first place. Two years ago, she and a fellow author and friend started a small press with the hopes of bringing back some of their out of print books. The venture is called Thalia Press and since then, they’ve taken a handful of authors under their wing. “We recently opened up our press to a small group of mystery writers who wanted to bring their books back,” she shares. “We are trying to help each other. With electronic readers and print on demand, you can do a lot yourself. You don’t need a big publisher.” And, since she learned the ropes to bring her own books back to life, “You can help others avoid some of the pitfalls.” She shares that with one of her “publishing experiments,” she put one of her books up as a free download for the Amazon Kindle. “This summer, I had ‘Blackbird Fly’ as one of my free books. It hadn’t really gotten a lot of notice so I thought I would just try this. In 10 days there were 57,000 downloads. Then, the price went back on the book and I sold quite a few after that. It was extremely exciting.” Turn the page in Lise’s life and you’ll also find a new pen name – Rory Tate. It’s ambiguous, she says, on purpose. She laughs when she says, “Sometimes men don’t necessarily like to read books by women. Women will read books by men but it doesn’t always go the other way around!” “Jump Cut” is the new Rory Tate novel, one Lise describes as an “edgy, modern thriller” about a television news reporter with a serial killer, some humor and romance all melded together on its pages. While this book just hit the shelves in November of this year, Lise is already brewing up the next plot for an upcoming novel. She’s trying to fine tune a novel about a former Bozeman police officer who comes back after serving in Iraq with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. As this female officer investigates a bombing that killed a university professor, she discovers the victim is not who he appeared to be. In between fly fishing and traveling, Lise never really stops thinking about new ideas for novels yet to be written. She pores over newspapers and magazines, looking for a ripped from the headline idea. “It takes awhile to work up a plot that is deep enough that can sustain a long novel.” Reading “real life” is sometimes stranger than fiction and Lise is quick to point out, “It makes you think about what could really happen.” If you’d like to read up on some of Lise McClendon’s latest work, she’s only a click away at BY JULIE KOERBER BY JULIE KOERBER 12 DECEMBER 2011/JANUARY 2012| YELLOWSTONEVALLEYWOMAN.COM

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