Author Lissa Dobbs Interview Questions
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
There really isn’t much to tell. I got a BA in English years ago, and now I work as a freelance editor/proofreader as well as working a day job. I love to read, of course, and I enjoy making things. I used to make dolls and dollhouses, but I’ve gotten out of that over the past few years. I’m hoping to get back into it sometime this year.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing when I was nine. We had to do a project at school, and I was hooked.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Was it a gradual decision or did you just suddenly know?
It’s one of those things that was always there. Life got in the way some, and still does, but it was always there in the back of my mind that it was something I wanted to do.
What genres do you write?
My primary genre is fantasy, though I do a little in horror and paranormal as well.
What is your favorite story or character that you have written?
Ethan Grimley III is my favorite. I guess because it’s for younger readers and not as serious. I have others, of course, that I love almost as much, but there’s an innocence to Ethan that the others don’t have.
What time of day to you prefer to write?
I write on my off days, so it’s mostly all day then. I prefer night time, but my day job starts early, so that isn’t an option during my work week.
Do you have a special writing space?
Not really. I’m hoping to set one up in a few months, though.
Do you outline your books ahead of time or just go for it?
A little of both. I usually start out with an idea and dive into it. I may outline later if there are points I need to remember.
Who are your favorite authors?
Raymond E. Feist is my end-all-be-all favorite. I fell in love with Pug when I was 13, and I’ve been reading and rereading the books ever since. J.K.Rowling, Jim Butcher, Kay Hooper, Tolkein, and others also rank pretty high on my list.
Your latest book Aradia’s Secret is a fantasy, what was the inspiration behind it and is there anything you would like readers to know?
This one started off as something to put on my blog site. I don’t particularly like the main character, Gwennyth, but I think she has potential for later. All of my books and stories, even those for children, fit into the larger scheme of where things are going in the world of Grevared. Of course, I can’t say what that is, but there is a plan.
Is this a series and if so how many books are planned for the series?
I’m pretty sure there will be at least one more book about Gwennyth, but I’m not sure if there will be any more past that. It all depends on how other stories fulfil the main goal and whether or not I need her again.
When is the next book due out?
I’m planning to release Aradia’s Secret on March 21, 2017. I haven’t set any dates beyond that one.
Where can readers find out more about you?
I have a website at http://www.lissadobbs.com, a blog at http://shadowwwalkersofgrevared.net, and I’m on Twitter (@LissaDobbs), Facebook (The Shadow Walkers of Grevared), and Pinterest (The Shadow Walkers of Grevared).
Is there are question I haven’t asked that you would love to answer?
The idea of the Shadow Walkers came about as the result of a dream I had years ago. They were originally set in the modern world, but the idea of a world that existed in a void space, where all types of beings had to live together, just wouldn’t go away. It can be difficult, sometimes, to remember that there isn’t a sun, moon, or any visible celestial body, so I have to make sure that all my references to things like shadows and whatnot are consistent with that.
Aradia’s Secret by Lissa Dobbs
My Dearest Gwennyth,
As you know, we witches and wizards claim to be the children of the goddess Aradia. This is true in essence; however, there is a secret known to the Grimsbane family that can only be shared by Aradia herself. Seek her out, but look not in the places of the gods. Hurry, my child, for the fate of our power may rest in your discovery.
This is the legacy Ravyn Grimsbane leaves for her daughter Gwennyth, a bookworm with little knowledge of the world. Though all she wants is to remain in her beloved library, Gwennyth has no choice but to set out and fulfill her mother’s wishes. The fate of the wizards of E’ma Thalas depends on it.
Be sure to check out Lissa’s website for more information about her and her books.
Until next time,