Lyz Russo

Biography

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Writer & musician

Was: Running a vibrant music studio in Pretoria, with my husband. Writing and running a small publisher on the side. Homeschooling our 3 children.

Now: Rebuilding in Ireland. While we miss Iain every day, Ireland is amazing. Every day, coming back from work, I am rewarded with incredible sunsets over water, and half the landscape is in the sky. The people of Ireland have rallied around us and are making us feel welcomed. I have so much help!

Iain has been my inspiration for the past 29 years, and remains so. His energy and initiative are at the basis of most things I attempted. We did everything together. When others said "you must be crazy to try this or that" he was the one to say "let's do it!" He always believed. In himself. In me. In us. In that there is Good in the world.

Because of this, and because I know he's waiting for me beyond the Gate, I am reclaiming me. The me he encouraged me to be. I am rebuilding my violin technique along with my studio, on the principles we found that worked. Stepwise I'm starting to write again, though there isn't too much time for this between all the other work. It may be rough and unedited for a while.

I have not yet had the courage to retake the Solar Wind / Shooting Star series. But I will. Solar Wind fans please be patient still.

Smashwords Interview

Why do you write?
:-) I write because I want to read the stories in my head. I believe that an idea is a wilful little spirit - if you ignore it, it will go to the next author. So you'd better grab onto those inspiration butterflies and catch them if you want to make something of them. Often I write out of curiosity where an idea will take me, once I hand it to my characters. I let the characters to most of the plot development, because after all they are living it. Sometimes I write to shut up the persistent voices in my head...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I run a music studio, together with my husband; we teach violin, viola, guitar, vocals and theory of music. More on that at this blog:
https://violintrix.wordpress.com/.
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Where to find Lyz Russo online

Series

Spooky Reads - Various Authors at P'kaboo
A collection of spooky reads perfect for Halloween - from the supernatural to the natural but dark.
Arcana
Price: $8.99 USD. (Free until May 31!)
From My Cold, Undead Hand
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Split Decision
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Mercury Silver
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The Family Pool
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Suzie
Price: $2.00 $1.40 USD. (30% off until May 31!)
Shortstory collection
A motley collection of shortstories by Lyz Russo. These stories are sometimes the result of dreams or the outcome of observing something odd. Some are funny, some are not. Enjoy!
The Racing Finn
Price: $2.00 $1.40 USD. (30% off until May 31!)
The Family Pool
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How To Become A Professional Ghostwriter
Price: $2.00 USD. (Free until May 31!)
Suzie
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Fanta Claus
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The Solar Wind
A mostly teenage crew of motley pirates sails the Earth's oceans on a freedom ship, the Solar Wind. Their Captain Radomir Lascek is not only a wily old sea-devil, but also a politician with a big picture on who should take over the Earth... and then the solar system... and what hey, how about the neighbouring world... and overthrow the intergalactic forces that be... The Earth is infested with an uncanny military world government, the Unicate, costing countless human lives. They don't seem entirely human; their decisions and actions run contrary to anything one would consider normal. Radomir Lascek doesn't have a solution for the Unicate. The best he can do is rescue precious people and keep them safe. But aboard, he has someone who holds the answers: The mysterious gypsy, Federi. Except that Federi has a split personality...
The Mystery of the Solar Wind
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The Assassin (Solar Wind 2)
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Freedom Fighter (Solar Wind 3)
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Raider!
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The Morrigan
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Nix Romipen
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Books

Fanta Claus
Series: Shortstory collection. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 6,500. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2016 by P'kaboo Publishers. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(4.00 from 1 review)
It is a little-known fact that Santa Claus has a younger brother. Fanta Claus, however, is a mess. When one year he is called on to stand in for Santa and deliver the presents, this can only spell trouble.
Nix Romipen
Series: The Solar Wind, Book 6. Price: $10.99 $4.40 USD. (60% off until May 31!) Words: 122,840. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2016 by P'kaboo Publishers. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
Romania. A place of harsh contrasts; dangerous and beautiful wilderness; a silent invisible people. This is where Federi was born; and this is where he takes Paean in their breakaway from the Solar Wind, their bid for freedom. But Federi is hunting big game now, unravelling the curse of Falco. And something is watching from space...
Suzie
Series: Shortstory collection · Spooky Reads - Various Authors at P'kaboo. Price: $2.00 $1.40 USD. (30% off until May 31!) Words: 3,030. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2016 by P'kaboo Publishers. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
On his meanderings, photojournalist Tom meets a little girl who plays alone in the park. First intrigued by her strange character, then worried for her safety, he accompanies her home, though she never allows him to follow the very last bit to her house. Then one day he misses their appointment...
How To Become A Professional Ghostwriter
Series: Shortstory collection · Spooky Reads - Various Authors at P'kaboo. Price: $2.00 USD. (Free until May 31!) Words: 1,010. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2016 by P'kaboo Publishers. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Kelly has always dreamed of making her writing into a profession. The ad looks like a perfect opportunity, and she is thrilled when her call is actually answered... (Shortstory)
The Family Pool
Series: Shortstory collection · Spooky Reads - Various Authors at P'kaboo. Price: $8.99 USD. (Free until May 31!) Words: 6,180. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2016 by P'kaboo Publishers. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Mary Adams has married into money. At first this is amazing and she is overwhelmed with thankfulness; but as time goes by she begins to realize that all is not well in the wealthy family. She comes upon a creepy volume of genealogy in the library of the house that was given to her and her husband John to live in, and from there, her curiosity turns into an obsession to get to the bottom of it.
The Racing Finn
Series: Shortstory collection. Price: $2.00 $1.40 USD. (30% off until May 31!) Words: 3,640. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2016 by P'kaboo Publishers. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(Short Story.) Finnegan o'Flannagan (Finn) is an out-of-luck musician in the tiny town of Kilkee. The last thing he knows is how to race a horse; but this is exactly what he is requested to do, by his pretty and forceful young friend, the Lady Millen. Who can deny her? A bit of slapstick to entertain you on a rainy day...
The Morrigan
Series: The Solar Wind, Book 5. Price: $10.99 $4.40 USD. (60% off until May 31!) Words: 139,310. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2016 by P'kaboo Publishers. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
“Actually, interesting fact of bygone eras,” said Federi, “in prior centuries pirates chose their captains democratically.” Radomir Lascek is in trouble. Of all the forces that are trying to take the Solar Wind out of his hands, Federi is still the most benign... At the end of a space trip there may be a treasure, or there may not. Is it worth risking the crew's lives?
Raider!
Series: The Solar Wind, Book 4. Price: $10.99 $4.40 USD. (60% off until May 31!) Words: 112,070. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2016 by P'kaboo Publishers. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Alien Touchdown! If the crew of the Solar Wind thought the Unicate and the Rebellion were tough cookies, they haven't yet met the Danaan - from Planet New Dome. Coming to take over Earth - or destroy the planet. Or alternatively, for a mango daiquiri in the subtropical paradise of Southern Free. And then destroy the planet.
Glossary for Solar Wind & Shooting Star
Series: The Solar Wind. Price: $1.00 USD. (Free until May 31!) Words: 3,160. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2016 by P'kaboo Publishers. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A glossary of foreign expressions to supplement the Solar Wind and Shooting Star series.
Freedom Fighter (Solar Wind 3)
Series: The Solar Wind, Book 3. Price: $10.99 USD. (Free until May 31!) Words: 168,810. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2016 by P'kaboo Publishers. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
"Keep an eye on them, Federi!" Captain Rushka Donegal on the bridge! But the young girl doesn't feel up to running a ship full of unruly young crew. And then they come across disaster... So it falls to Federi to pick up the pieces while his Captain is not aboard. And while he rolls his dramatic eyes and gets things done, Paean Donegal arms up and signs on for the Fight for Freedom.
The Assassin (Solar Wind 2)
Series: The Solar Wind, Book 2. Price: $10.99 USD. (Free until May 31!) Words: 162,300. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2015 by P'kaboo Publishers. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
"Remember who you are!" Two data capsules tell an evil story. Both the Unicate and the Rebellion want those capsules - but they are in the possession of Radomir Lascek of the Solar Wind. Hunted by both these forces, Lascek scrambles to keep his Solar Wind alive. But things explode in his face, and he is forced to move. Shattered, Lascek launches his own Master Plan - too early.
The Mystery of the Solar Wind
Series: The Solar Wind, Book 1. Price: $10.99 USD. (Free until May 31!) Words: 140,470. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2015 by P'kaboo Publishers. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
When Paean, a teen musician, boards the 'Solar Wind' with her brothers, all she wants is to escape from those monstrous forces hunting for them. But she is out of luck, because the Solar Wind is a pirate ship. Suddenly all the rules have changed, and she must find her way in this quicksand to figure out whom to trust, what to keep secret, and how to help the high-tech ship evade the law.