Indie author since 2011 and resolute defender of the Oxford comma, Lissa was born and raised in Australia, and writes stories with a distinct feminist slant for readers disillusioned with femininity in traditional commercial literature
Lissa is the author of the cyborg sci-fi THE EDGE OF DARKNESS, the new adult contemporary romance series LIES FOR A LIVING comprising of BACKSTAGE HEAT, CENTRE STAGE, and NAME IN LIGHTS, the young adult paranormal STORM FORCE series comprising of TINA STORM: DEMON HUNTER and DEMON'S BLOOD, and the paranormal short story collection THE ARCHIVE OF LOST DREAMS.
Lissa is also an Episode author for Pocket Gems.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a remote city in Australia, and this has given me not only an outsider's perspective of the world, but Australian English spelling in my books and a large Australian presence, which I do not apologise for.
For example, in Tina Storm: Demon Hunter, the Christmas school holidays are in summertime, and Tina attends college classes that are not university, nor strictly high school, but somewhere in between, just like the college I attended. For Americans, this is the equivalent of the senior year of high school, and for the British, this is similar to Sixth Form.
I write about real life locations and situations I directly experienced in Demon's Blood. Of course, I'm not a super-powered demon hunter, but I have experienced some of Tina's high school experiences, and base it in the suburbs.
In The Edge of Darkness, I drew on my family's history of immigration and made Max's parents immigrants to Australia who only wanted her to embrace Australian culture: that's why Max only speaks English!
In Lies for a Living, both Tori and Cameron are drawn to each other because of their shared Australian background in a foreign country, where I also lived.
I'm Australian and it plays a large part in the presence and influence in my books.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have a full-time day job that I really love, so I don't want to work to anyone's deadline except my own.
I love to write in different genres and for different audiences. I never wanted to be put in a box and branded 'this author only write this niche sub-genre', which is often what happens with marketing traditionally published authors.
Also, the flexibility of publishing a book with a kitten on my lap is appealing.
Curvy Aussie ex-pat Tori Walker never expected to catch the eye of the hottest actor on London's West End. Cameron Campbell is a notorious womaniser, and guys like him don't notice girls like her - except he did, and now he wants her in his bed. Can Tori learn to trust someone who lies for a living, or will Cameron lose her to her inner demons?
But then the paparazzi mysteriously start getting all the scoops on Cameron's location and expose their secret relationship, bringing up questions about the notorious former playboy's faithfulness while swamping them with obsessed fans who hate Tori because she managed to snag the object of their lust. Tori desperately wants to trust her man who lies for a living, but has he gone back to his old ways, or are the paparazzi just after juicy gossip? Meanwhile, a dangerously obsessed stalker might put their liaison to an end once and for all...
Then, when Cameron is on location, Tori meets the enigmatic, irresistible Kai Henderson, resident tattooed and pierced bad boy keyboardist, sparks fly. Cameron may have a reputation as a sleep-around, but Tori trusts him. Can she trust herself with a hot rockstar who won't take no for an answer?
All three Lies for a Living novellas bundled into one novel-length romantic adventure set in London.
Book #1 Backstage Heat
Can BBW Tori learn to trust a man who lies for a living?
Book #2 Centre Stage
The paparazzi have revealed Tori and Cameron's secret relationship, but is Cameron up to his old ways?
Book #3 Name in Lights
With Cameron on location, can Tori resist the new rockstar bad boy?
Tori and Cameron are newly engaged, but Cameron's off to Hawaii for six months to shoot an action film while Tori's stuck in London.
When she meets the enigmatic, irresistible Kai Henderson, resident tattooed and pierced bad boy keyboardist, sparks fly.
Can she trust herself with a hot rockstar who won't take no for an answer?
Tori and Cameron have spent three months flying under the radar.
But then the paparazzi expose their secret relationship, bringing up questions about the notorious former playboy's faithfulness.
Tori desperately wants to trust her man who lies for a living, but has he gone back to his old ways?
Meanwhile, a dangerously obsessed stalker might put their liaison to an end once and for all...
Curvy Aussie ex-pat Tori Walker never expected to catch the eye of the hottest actor on London's West End.
Cameron Campbell had given up on finding love offstage, accepting an eternity of one night stands.
When Tori enters Cameron's life, he finds himself overcome with feelings that he thought were gone forever.
Can Tori learn to trust someone who lies for a living?
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.
Tina Storm: Demon Hunter is the prequel to Demon's 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.