Interview with Lisa Williamson

Published 2013-08-30.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born and raised in Nashua, NH before the city grew large, I would run off and hide in the wooded section near the projects I grew up in. There I would make up stories to entertain myself. Being a sick child I didn't have a lot of friends and making up stories with my dolls or about the animals living in the little wilderness pockets let my imagination free
When did you first start writing?
I have always made up stories but I didn't start writing them down till I was around the age of 12
What's the story behind your latest book?
My most recent set of short stories are fantasies with romance in them. I read a lot and I have found that most romances have happy endings but I feel that romance does not always end with a HEA. I have started writing tales with romance, fantasy and that show the other side of romance.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Two things motivated me. The first is my family nudged me along to getting all the stories i have out for the world to read. I went indie because after dealing with the lack of support by publishing houses I felt if I need to do all the work then i should not pay anyone to do nothing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has helped to get my name out into markets that I had no way of entering.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Feeling that I am letting my characters free. Telling these tales bring to life creations of my heart and mind and passing them onto an audience who has a sense of wonder is amazing.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are a new inspiration to me. The people who read my work and enjoy it help me want to write more stories and get better at telling those tales. My goal as a writer is to help readers and fans feel the wonder of the world around us but also of the world inside us all.
What are you working on next?
I am working out a new short stories series with a darker, more horror twist than my usual. Tales that ren't blood and gore but scary in their own way.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Charles de Lint, Mercedes Lackey, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Jo Clayton, Jade Kerrion, Jim Butcher and so many more
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The tales that come to me while i sleep need to be written down.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, watching movies and fun tv shows, painting, gardening, playing with my daughter and laughing with my husband
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Lately the ebooks I read have come from authors I have met in my online writers groups. Many of the indie authors in my field are writing amazing stories that I would have never found without these groups.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes. The first story I wrote down was actually a fanfiction based on Star Wars. I had told stories before but this was the first one I put down on paper.
What is your writing process?
My process varies but most of the time I come up with a scene in my head, work it out on paper and then type it up. Once it is typed up I got back, edit and continue the writing process till the story is complete.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
There were actually two stories that I remember. The first was Black Beauty. I was and have been a huge fan of horse stories. I read and reread that book so many times that the copy fell apart. The second title was Freckles, about a orphan boy trying to find a way to make a living. It was powerful and recently I went and researched it and found out that it had been in print for a long time. I picked up an ebook copy of this book since I had lost my copy long ago.
How do you approach cover design?
This is a bit tricky. As most of my stories are fantasies finding an image that works for the style of story can be fun. I am a photographer so I have used many of my own photographs to make covers for my erotica and the more romantic fantasy tales.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Black beauty, Acheron, Cold Days, Snares of Ibex and Dragonriders of Pern.

Black Beauty I have explained all ready.
Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon is a very well written story that has a main character that has gone through so much to reach his HEA
Cold Days by Jim Butcher has fun twists and turns
Snares of Ibex by Jo Clayton while an older book has so many little bits of science fiction mixed with strong female characters who fight for their lives
And of course Dragonrider of Pern by Anne McCaffrey, This book is a classic and has helped me understand how to write a real feeling world.
What do you read for pleasure?
When it comes to reading for pleasure i am all over the map. Most of my books are fantasy and science fiction but I have branched out to reading mysteries, horror, romances with a paranormal twist of some type and some thrillers.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
At the moment I read books on a pandigital ereader, along with using the computer kobo and kindle readers
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The only marketing technique that has worked has been using social media so far. I don't have a lot of sales but I am slowly building readership
Describe your desk
Currently my desk has on it my computer, a handful of my tiny acrylic paintings, notebooks, my camera and my Ipod speaker dock. Actually I also have a number of little dragons, odd turtle, Bach Choy Boys and Origami cranes and dragons too
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