Indie author of sci-fi and paranormal books, and resolute defender of the Oxford comma, Lissa was born and raised in Australia and has an Honours degree in English Literature.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I believe in going indie for a reason, and not just to make money or churn out rubbish. My first book, The Edge of Darkness, was completed at 52K words, which is enough for a Young Adult novel, except that it was an adult sci-fi book. 52K is far too short for traditional publishers to pick up on, and I still loved and wanted to share the story, so I self-published.
Likewise, traditional publishers don't publish short story collections from unknown authors, so my next two books, Storm Front and The Archive of Lost Dreams, were self-published.
Storm of Blood also was never going to looked at by traditional publishers because it's already got a prequel out. I didn't plan on expanding Tina Storm's story, but by the time I did it was too late. Although it's got far more of a traditional narrative than my other full-length novel The Edge of Darkness, I knew that because Storm Front was available I'd also have to self-publish Storm of Blood.
Another motivating factor of being an indie author is that I'm not in this to make money but to share my stories. I don't have any deadlines, and the flexibility of publishing a book with a kitten on my lap is appealing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love every aspect of publishing. I love having that great flash of inspiration, sitting down to plan out a novel, and then writing, editing and polishing. The only thing I don't love is thinking up titles!
Tina Storm, an Australian teenage demon hunter, must infiltrate a coven of witches to discover who is leading the illegal blood magic rituals whilst juggling the attentions of the hottest male witch and her Chinese shapeshifting demon boyfriend, and has to do it all without the use of her lightning vanquish.
Tina Storm has never been a normal teenager. She’s a demon hunter with the gift of a lightning vanquish – an inherited power from a long line of Storm demon hunters and researchers.
Storm Front is the prequel to Storm of Blood and consists of five urban fantasy ultra-short stories (under 5k) that trace Tina’s adventures as she moves to a new town and starts a new school.
Four short paranormal tales.
The Archive of Lost Dreams: a little girl discovers the importance of dreams and wishes.
Roses Are Red: Loren meets her guardian angel who is struggling with jealousy issues.
Don’t Even Peep: Eight year old Susan investigates the secrets in her Victorian home.
Round, Round The Fairy Ring: Seven year old Abigail’s new baby sister is replaced with a fairy changeling.
When Max , an unwilling cyborg, is sent back to Earth at the end of an interstellar war, she uncovers a conspiracy aboard the transport ship and must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about before her world and everything she knows is lost to darkness.