Lisa Burke – Thunder Destroys Me

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

“Thunder Destroys Me” is a dark, unconventional tale about the agony of jealousy. Join Charles, the ugly, ill-mannered accountant, who successfully changes his image to snatch up the prettiest girl in town. Watch him fight the evil Mind Militia, who attack him with messages of doom and hateful judgments. This illuminating story, complete with intriguing characters and scandalous surprises, may make you reassess what you think about thoughts.

Tell us something about yourself.

Talking about myself is incredibly boring, and when I get asked about myself, I just want to make stuff up. That being said, I was born in Monaco to poor Scandinavian parents. Due to my refusal to learn the French language, I was deported at the age of 12. Before I was able to be apprehended by law enforcement officials, I jumped ship and swam to Sardinia, where I worked on an albino donkey farm. I resided there for many years until I sought asylum in the United States in order to escape a wicked scandal involving a foreign Prime Minister, an excavator, 40 pairs of women’s underwear and a shipwreck.

What inspired you to write this book?

My jealous streak! I always say that every book I write helps me to work through some deep-rooted, maddening, exasperating dilemma I can’t seem to shake. By the time I get beside the back cover, I usually feel 1000% better. This is usually accomplished by taking my main character and exponentially exaggerating my own limitations, weaknesses and faults. In that way I can go crazy on paper and return to life a sane, well-adjusted human being… for about five blissful minutes.

How did you choose the title?

Thunder represents thoughts. While it’s lightning that can do actual damage to us, many are broken down by the rumble of thunder. In “Thunder Destroys Me”, Charles allows his vicious, circling thoughts to ruin his potentially good nature and rob him of good judgment – essentially destroying him.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I’ve had a million and one ideas about what I wanted to do with my life. Each of these possibilities received anywhere from momentary consideration to serious contemplation. One day I remembered that when I was a little girl, I wanted to grow up to be a writer. Then I realized that I had been writing since I was a little girl. So it wasn’t really a conscious decision, it was more that I looked down and saw a pen in my hand.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

I usually go onto baby name sites and find names that coincide with the character’s personality. For instance, in “Thunder Destroys Me”, the Jin character is full of goodness, and her name means “benevolence”.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I love the Beat and Existential authors. I was always interested in reading as a kid, but when I found Kerouac, Sartre and Kafka, I had finally found books that read the way I thought (in a more highly developed way, of course). I also love Louisa May Alcott and Vladimir Nabokov.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Keep writing. My father always told me that you should write every single day, even if it’s just a sentence. If you want to get good at anything, writing or otherwise, you need to practice. My father also said that if you’re not writing, you should be reading. The only problem with this advice is that I often forget to follow it.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Being a woman, I think that my books are probably best suited for women. Anyone who has a jealous streak can connect with Charles’ nasty but human side. Anyone who has become fed up with love and relationships will appreciate the troubles Charles endures throughout the book – some of which are his fault, and some are not.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

You can buy my book on Amazon.

My publisher, Bucks County Publishing, is here: