Interview with Athena Lyso

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, no better book on human foibles in the English language

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen - one of the most beautiful love stories ever written for falling in love with a place.

Lord of the Rings by Tolkien - need I explain, what utter dedication to world building and total immersion in the craft of writing.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - some of the most elegant prose ever written

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - The imagery, quiet heroism and breadth of humanity in this book simply takes my breath away
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born, raised and still reside in the Pacific Northwest. The majestic landscape inspires all my world building efforts in the fantasy genre. Who couldn't help but be inspired by a mountain that at a whim seems to disappear and appear on a whim of the clouds. There are days when it even floats weightlessly above the foothills upon which it rests. Mount Rainier and the Washington-Oregon coastline has inspired countless day dreams and stories for me.
What do you read for pleasure?
Historical mysteries, can't get enough of them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the process of character building and creating a world where these characters take on a life of their own and come alive in the imagination of the reader. The greatest compliment I ever received from a supportive fan was that she missed the character after she finished the book.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are a cheering section, motivation to keep writing and hold me accountable to always turnout my best work. Without them I would not be.
Describe your desk
Wherever I find the sunniest chair in the house. My actual desk ends up being a forum for junk mail, things to file and bills, sadly not the most inspiring space for creativity.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad, so predictable but true.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The market is changing. While helpful it is no longer necessary for an author to have a large publishing house to get their books in the hands of readers. We sacrifice some mentor ship and marketing resource but overall it is a wonder to have so much creative control over my work.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am learning. So when I have an answer I will let you know. So far I have used: Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and my blog athenalyso@blogspot.com. I have also used Textnovel.com and the soon to be defunct Authonomy.com
What are you working on next?
I am in revisions for the second book in Heir of Duessa series and a third book already in rough draft stage. I have mapped these books as if one big volume for the sake of continuity. However, the art is in the details so that is what I am finessing.
Published 2015-09-08.
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