Lissa Bilyk


Lissa Bilyk is an all-singing, badly dancing, Honours degree educated Tasmanian sci-fi and YA author obsessed with kittens, anything purple or shiny, and Finnish metal band Nightwish. She lived in England for two years before kidnapping her Viking-like fiancé home.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
The beauty of being self-published is that I'm free to change my covers as I set fit whenever I want. I have a cover artist, the wonderful Cameo Anderson, for my Storm Force series, and the first thing I do is start looking for reference photos and deciding on a concept for the cover that I like. I discuss the artwork with Cameo and send her some pictures I like the look of. She'll do some concept sketches and we'll decide on an idea together, then she goes off and designs the artwork. After that I get the images back and it's time to insert the title and name on it.

It's important to me to get the feel of the novel across in the cover. For example, in The Edge of Darkness, which is a sci-fi, I really felt that it needed something 'spacey'. The original concept was planets from space, and the redesigned concept incorporates nebulas, which I think are very beautiful. The Storm Force books star Tina Storm, a teenage demon hunter who dresses like a Goth, so Cameo and I were very interested in the fashion she wore. The Archive of Lost Dreams is a collection of paranormal short stories, and the title story takes place in a magical library, so I felt the need to use a book on the cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read all sorts of books for pleasure, but mainly fill it with Young Adult novels of any genre, some classics, and occasionally Middle-Grade or adult books.
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Storm of Blood (Storm Force #1)
By Lissa Bilyk
Series: Storm Force. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,440. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Tina Storm, an Australian teenage demon hunter, must infiltrate a coven of witches to discover who is leading the illegal blood magic rituals.
The Edge of Darkness
By Lissa Bilyk
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,260. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 5 reviews)
When Max Ryan, an unwilling cyborg, is sent back to Earth at the end of an interstellar war, she uncovers a conspiracy aboard the transport ship and mutinies to save the lives of those she has grown to love.

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  • Closing Shift on Oct. 07, 2011
    star star star star star
    Sweet, poignant. This author has real promise in her future.
  • Plantgirl on Oct. 09, 2011
    star star star star star
    Sweet, original, unexpected twist, makes you think, and short enough to enjoy with a mug of hot chocolate!
  • The Nebula Was Empty on Nov. 03, 2011
    star star star
    Sad little piece but beautifully realised.
  • Entasy on March 26, 2013
    star star star star star
    Awesome. Brynn Myers is a force to be reckoned with.