Lisa Orchard: Writing by the Seat of Your Pants

Hello Everyone! I’m Lisa Orchard, author of the Young Adult Novel “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer”. I’m guest blogging today for Lisa Greer. I want take a moment and thank her for allowing me to visit you today. Thanks Lisa! (Love your first name by the way! J)


I wanted to talk about being a “Seat of my Pants” writer. That’s right. I’m a died in the wool “Pantser”. I’ve tried being a plotter, but it didn’t work for me. I got bogged down in the process. “Pantser” is the only way for this author.

There are some pros to being a “Pantser”. For example, by pounding away at the keyboard and plowing my way through my story, I get done quickly. That being said, this can also be a drawback, because I have to go back and do A LOT of editing. I don’t mind that though, I would rather edit than outline. J

 That sounds strange doesn’t it? I’d rather edit than outline? I thought so myself, so I put some thought into why and here’s the answer.

 When I write an outline, it’s like those are the rules and I have to follow them. I feel constricted, like I can’t deviate from the OUTLINE. J

 I love the freedom of being a “Pantser”. I know the beginning of the story and the end. I let my imagination run wild in the middle. I love putting my characters in situations and seeing how they get out of them. That’s the “funnest” part of writing for me!

 So take a look at my story “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer.” The blurb is below. See what kind of situations my characters, Sarah, Lacey, and Jackie get into and how they escape!

 Just an FYI: the second book in the series is coming this summer! These stories are full of suspense! It’s a great way to get your teen away from the TV!


This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission. The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…

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**Lisa has graciously offered to give away one copy of “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer.” Just leave a blog comment for her, and I’ll draw a winner by the 6th of June. Thanks!Image


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