Author Lisette Brodey shares her top 10 songs & special book offer

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to my friend Lisette Brodey, indie author of six novels. Lisette has enjoyed a bi-coastal lifestyle, working in the entertainment industry in New York City, and Los Angeles. She studied drama at Pace University, so you know she knows a thing or two about creating dynamic scenes and characters.

Lisette Brodey

I’m excited to share news about her books, especially her Desert Series new boxed set! Lisette writes in such a wide variety of genres, I’m sure you’ll find one to add to your reading list. And as you know, everyone who joins us here at Radio Head shares her top 10 favorite songs. Check out Lisette’s!

“It is wholly impossible for me to choose my ten favorite songs; I have no idea how to do that. But I can tell you that my favorite artist of all time is Marvin Gaye. So, here are ten of my favorite songs. I could make hundreds of lists just like this one.” -Lisette Brodey

RL: Wow, you’ve written several books in a variety of genres, including Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Womens Fiction, and YA Paranormal. Can you tell us about this diverse approach to writing?

Author Lisette Brodey




LB: I never set out to try multiple genres for the sake of it; I simply had stories I wanted to tell that fell into different genres. If pressed to claim a genre, I would choose literary fiction, as that is likely to describe what I plan to write in the future. For now.

No matter what the genre or no matter how serious the story, humor has and always will be a part of my writing. So, for that reason, I had to write at least one romantic comedy. Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! was a great deal of fun to write and has been well-received by readers, but I probably won’t write another book like it.

I wrote the Desert Series because I’ve had a lifelong interest in the paranormal. Not having written about any of it when I was a teen, as the saying goes: better late than never.

RL: Is there a genre – or category – you’re curious about, but have never tried?

LB: I would love to write a psychological thriller. If I ever find an idea that I’m passionate about, I just might do that, but I don’t foresee it in the near future.

RL: I understand you have some news to share!

LB: Yes, I do. From February 15th until the end of the month, The Desert Series ($4.99 for all three novels) will be reduced to the low price of $2.99 for the entire set. For members of Kindle Unlimited, you can read The Desert Series (and all of my novels) for free. Where to buy The Desert Series boxed set

RL: Can you tell me about your latest boxed set, The Desert Series?

Desert_Series_Box_NBLB: The Desert Series is comprised of three novels: Mystical High, Desert Star, and Drawn Apart. A YA paranormal trilogy, this coming-of-age series takes place over a span of six years in a dying town called Mystekal in the Southern California desert.

While this is a paranormal series, I think of it more as “realistic paranormal.” There are no werewolves, vampires, or shapeshifters. There are teens, their families, and teachers who are all going through very real problems of their own when the paranormal steps in and complicates matters.

The books can be read as standalone novels. There are no cliffhangers at the end of the first two novels. However, because it is a series, a reader will derive the most insight and satisfaction by reading all three books, as some of the stories do go on.

Many issues and themes are covered in the books such as: abandonment, bullying, mental illness, loss, divorce, dating, jealousy, miracles, friendship, soul mates, true love, and much more. There are also different paranormal elements in each book.

That’s the very short version. For readers interested in knowing more, a full synopsis of each novel (or the series as a whole) is available on

RL: I’d like to learn more about the characters in The Desert Series, and why you like them.

LB: River Dalworth has been a favorite to write and a favorite of readers. We first meet him in Mystical High when he is fourteen. While he derives great pleasure in the role of obnoxious little brother to Jessie, he’s much more than that. Having read the entire dictionary at a young age, his vocabulary is far more advanced than most (only when he wants it to be), and he’s knowledgeable about subjects that many people don’t even know exist. River is a talented artist who possesses paranormal gifts. He’s witty and funny, but he’s not as great being on the receiving end of all that he dishes out.

Larsen Davis, a gay black teen who is bullied at home by his alcoholic single mother, is another favorite. In Desert Star, he and River become the best of friends. Also introduced in Desert Star is the Martelli family from Jersey City, NJ. They come from a very different culture yet they experience things in Mystekal that rival all of the craziness they’ve known in Jersey City. Avalon Martelli, a vintage clothing freak and an artist with the gift of sight, has learned to be tough, but she’s an honest and compassionate friend.

In the last book, Drawn Apart, all of the characters I’ve mentioned play a role. A new character, Stephanie Lambert, is Avalon’s best friend. A self-described hopeless romantic, poetry geek, and a true believer in soul mates and past lives, Stephanie is in an accident and falls into a coma only weeks before graduation.

Those are just a few of the characters that I really love. Now that the series is published, I miss spending time with each and every one of them.

Where to buy The Desert Series boxed set

RL: What else have you written?

LB: I have written Squalor, New Mexico (a 1970s coming-of-age novel shrouded in family secrets), Crooked Moon (a story about two childhood friends coming together after 23 years, having lived very different lives), and Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! (a romantic comedy). I have two short stories published in an anthology: Triptychs (Mind’s Eye Series, Book 3).

RL: When you read books for pleasure, what aspects do you like best? The least?

LB: I don’t do well reading books with an excessive number of characters. I like reading stories that really grab me and that I don’t have to struggle to keep the characters or plot together in my head. I said earlier that I’d like to write a psychological thriller. I love reading them, too. But really, good writing draws me in no matter what the genre.

RL: We hear you’re working on some juicy projects you haven’t told anyone about. Our ears are burning!

LB: I want to share that I am currently working on my seventh novel which is literary fiction. I developed these characters when I was only seventeen years old in the form of an unfinished short story. Later, that unfinished story became a one-act play, then a two-act play. The time has come to turn it into a novel. It’s really interesting for me to write characters that I have known my entire adult life. Simultaneously, I’m working on a short story collection. I have four finished stories and write each one as I am inspired to do so.

Last, but not least, Rebecca, I would like to thank you for graciously hosting me on your site. Also, I would like to thank all of your visitors for reading my interview. To all who write: write on!

Lisette Brodey was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After high school, she moved to New York City where she attended Pace University and studied drama. After ten years in New York, several of them working in the radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles where she held various positions at Paramount Studios and CBS Studio Center. Back on the East Coast, she worked for many years as a freelance writer, specializing in PR and the entertainment industry. In 2010, she returned permanently to the Los Angeles area. Lisette hosts guest bloggers and interviews fellow authors on a weekly basis at her Writer’s Chateau.

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Where to buy The Desert Series boxed set

I am one of the lucky ones! Lisette interviewed me at her Writer’s Chateau. Read all about it here.




26 thoughts on “Author Lisette Brodey shares her top 10 songs & special book offer

  1. As an avid reader of your stories, Lisette, it’s always fun for me to catch any interviews you offer. They’re as stimulating as each one of your novels. Although I’m not a teen, I found the characters in your Desert Series to be particularly engaging, and the plots to be thought-provoking. Thanks for stepping out on a limb to write them.
    Thanks, Rebecca, for hosting Lisette.


  2. Lovely interview with Lisette! Her writing is superb and the subjects she writes about touches the heart. Happy to hear that her boxset for the Desert Series is only $2.99 until the end of the month. 🙂 *Keep writing, Lisette!* ♥

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    1. First, thank you, Rebecca, for so graciously hosting me today! I’m honored to be here.

      Thank you Dody and Jan. I have such great respect for both of you in so many ways. Your kind words mean a lot. I really appreciate the time you both took to comment, too. ❤

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  3. What a steal for the entire Desert series! Great interview Lisette. I am a fan of Marvin Gaye as well and still lament the tragic way he died 😦

    7th novel? Wow … really thrilled you are moving into literary fiction too. Your writing is diverse and any genre would benefit from your deft hand.


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  4. This was such a wonderful interview! I love Lisette’s books so much that I would probably read her shopping lists. I hope adults won’t be turned of by the YA label. The Desert series is for everyone. It’s nearly impossible to stop turning pages when reading one of Lisette’s wonderful books. When I ready Molly I could have sworn that Lisette must have been following me around when I was younger! Thank you so much, Rebecca, for hosting Lisette. This was such a treat! Can you tell that I’m a fan?

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  5. This was a very nice interview. Lisette’s books always take on a life of their own. They are well written and original. She’s a refreshing person who knows most of the Marvin Gaye catalog. Really a fan of Molly Hacker. Anyone after diverse writing needs to check Lisette’s work out. She’s not only the next big thing she is just What’s going on.

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      1. Anytime at all Lisette. I enjoyed the interview and subscribed. You deserve all the recognition for creative writing you produce.


  6. What a lovely interview with Lisette! I have had the pleasure of being interviewed by Lisette at her château and I’ve been so lucky to have her continued support since then. When I look at her playlist, I know why we are such good friends – Marvin Gaye of course (I knew she loved his work) but Barbra Streisand as well! We really are kindred spirits 🙂 It was so interesting to read about Lisette’s writing and I wish her well for everything she’s doing.

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely words, Julie. It was a pleasure having you as a guest at my chateau and getting to know you. Ah, I forgot I had told you about my love for Marvin Gaye and his music!

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  7. Great interview! Lisette, you have great taste in music. I have the Desert Series boxed set on my Kindle and I can’t wait to read it, especially since I love paranormal fiction! I thoroughly enjoyed your romantic comedy novel “Molly Hacker Is Too Picky!” You’re a brilliant author and your writing talent transcends genre. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for your latest work in progress. It’s exciting when characters suddenly awaken from a lengthy slumber, often with intriguing tales of their dreams and adventures. Looking forward to seeing how it unfolds!

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    1. Hi, Shykia:

      Thank you so much for taking a moment from your hectic life to stop by. I appreciate all of the very kind words; you’re a special friend and a brilliant writer.


  8. Great interview! I am a big fan of Lisette Brodey and her amazing work! That is an awesome line-up of favorite songs. Thank you for sharing! I highly recommend reading Lisette’s novels. I’ve read SQUALOR, NEW MEXICO; CROOKED MOON; and MOLLY HACKER. They were all enjoyable in completely different ways. I am right now reading MYSTICAL HIGH, and I am loving it. I have all three books (paperback) in the Desert Series, and am looking forward to reading all of them. Superb writing by a gifted author, for sure!

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    1. Hi, Pixie!

      What a great surprise to see you here. Thank you for your amazing support of my work; I can’t thank you enough! 🙂


  9. Interesting she mentions Barbara Streisand. I must confess that I always looked to her songs a bit like “ugh”. But, after listening to this CD, which I guess is almost unknown to most people, I must take my hat off to her not only for her outstanding singing this highly demanding repertoire of mélodies by Gabriel Fauré but also for her musicality. The CD is almost complete in YouTube.


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