Author Interview Lisa Cresswell

15 Dec

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We’re interviewin Lisa Cresswell today, author of a young adult fantasy series named “Storytellers”. Thank you for answering our questions, Lisa.

1)         First, tell us about yourself – where  you live, your family, and those sorts of details.

I live in south central Idaho with my family and an odd assortment of cats, dogs, fish, and llamas. In my day job, I’m an archaeologist. In my night job, I’m a mom/writer. As you can imagine, I am a very busy person.

2)         How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since at least 5th grade, maybe earlier. Let’s just say that’s over twenty years and leave it there. I’ve written short stories, flash fiction, poetry, plays, screenplays, and now books.

3)         Do you have a favorite place to write?

Yes, I do my best work sitting on or lying in bed! Sounds lazy, I know, but I need a quiet place where I can close my eyes and imagine. I write pretty slowly in long hand. Computers are so uninspiring to me. I leave that part for later.

4)         Why did you decide to write this series?

It’s hard to remember, the project started so long ago now.  I had been reading some middle grade fantasy books with rather annoying main characters and I knew I could do better. I always start off my stories with a character, a hero.  With Lily, I knew I wanted a strong female character who could dig deep to find the strength inside herself to save an entire world. 

5)         Who is your favorite character in your series and why?

That’s a hard question to answer. I love them all, even the bad ones. I love Lily because she’s so determined she’s not going to let anything stop her in her quest to save her mom.  I do, however, have a fondness for Edan the Troll. I could see myself writing an Edan spin off story for fun in the future.

6)         How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?

Like I said, I love all my characters so it’s hard to have a least favorite, but it’s probably Ashtaroth the Harpy. I don’t like vanity in anyone and her vanity is extreme, even after she is cursed to become an ugly, old harpy.

7)         Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

I am very lucky to have a friend who is a magazine editor for a living. She’s helped me a ton with editing, and I’ve also learned a lot from her about how to self-edit.

8)   Tell us what you’re working on at the moment.

Don’t laugh, but I’m working on a young adult, paranormal pirate/ghost story. I hope to have it ready for submission around New Year’s.  After that, I’ll be working on edits to my young adult science fiction tale, Vessel, that’s due out from Month9Books in early 2015. I think it might be my best novel yet and I can’t wait to share with readers.  Bookmark my web site and blog so you can watch for it! www.lisatcresswell.com

The Storyteller Series

book 1 coverStoryteller Book I:  The True World

Lily Lightfoot can make weird things happen, just by telling a story. It’s a gift she can’t always control, making her the queen of seventh grade outcasts. She can’t make a million dollars appear out of thin air or make it rain cupcakes, but it’s not for lack of trying. More than anything, she wants to see her mom, who’s left her in the care of her unconventional grandmother, Gwendolyn, and her only friend, Peter.

When Lily finds a strange fairytale book, she’s drawn into a fantasy world where her mother waits for her. When her grandmother admits to Lily they are fairies, hiding in this world from dark forces in another place, Lily is convinced the book she’s been reading is real. According to the book, those dark forces now threaten to destroy her mother. What Lily doesn’t know is they are already hunting her as well. Despite the dire warnings of Gwendolyn and Peter, Lily embarks on a mission to find a way into the fantasy world to save her mom. The events she sets into motion with the telling of a story will change all of their lives forever.

book2-coverStoryteller Book II: The Quest of Galamar

The second book in the Storyteller Series, “The Quest of Galamar”, continues the tale of Lily Lightfoot and her friends Peter Everheart and Heather Whipple.  Now that they’ve found their way into the True World, the friends must rely on the help of Lord Gabriel, an enchanted elf, now a manticore, to find Lily’s captured grandmother, Gwendolyn.

Gabriel sends the three friends to find the full moon amulet, hidden deep in the mountains and guarded by a fierce dragon.  The amulet, one of four moonstones created ages ago by the fabled elf warrior Galamar, holds the power of the Northern Portal keeper, Ironblood the dragon.  Whoever possesses all four amulets has the power to recreate or destroy the True World.  Gabriel’s brother, Lord Kane, will stop at nothing to have the ancient powers for himself and keep Lily from fulfilling the Prophecy of Galamar.

On their epic journey, Lily learns more about magic, friendship, the power of forgiveness and finding the strength we all possess inside.

 

 

book-III-cover-finalStoryteller Book III: The Last Page

When her story began in Storyteller: The True World, Lily Lightfoot didn’t know she was a fairy with the power to make things happen, just by telling a story, but then everything changed. Now she’s on a quest to save the True World with only a few friends to help her. Her mother and her best friend captured, it’s up to Lily to complete the Quest of Galamar – a centuries old fairy tale.  All she has to do is figure out how to turn back time. Easy, right?

In Storyteller Book II: The Quest of Galamar, Gabriel sent the three friends to find the Full Moon Amulet, hidden deep in the mountains and guarded by a fierce dragon. The amulet, one of four moonstones created ages ago by the fabled elf warrior Galamar, holds the power of the Northern Portal keeper, Ironblood the dragon. Whoever possesses all four amulets has the power to recreate or destroy the True World. Gabriel’s brother, Lord Kane, will stop at nothing to have the ancient powers for himself and keep Lily from fulfilling the Prophecy of Galamar.

The amulet recovered, Lily loses her guardian and best friend in the process. The only way to save him is to face the remaining portal keepers, the Griffin and the Harpy, and Lord Kane himself. As the True World prepares for an epic battle, Lily races to find those she loves and fulfill the ancient quest before it’s too late.

Author Bio

2013-04-17 17.39.11Lisa, like most writers, began scribbling silly notes, stories, and poems at a very young age.  Born in North Carolina, the South proved fertile ground to her imagination with its beautiful white sand beaches and red earth.  In fifth grade, she wrote, directed and starred in a play “The Queen of the Nile” at school, despite the fact that she is decidedly un-Egyptian looking.  Perhaps that’s why she went on to become a real life archaeologist?

Unexpectedly transplanted to Idaho as a teenager, Lisa learned to love the desert and the wide open skies out West.  This is where her interest in cultures, both ancient and living, really took root, and she became a Great Basin archaeologist. However, the itch to write never did leave for long.  Her first books became the middle grade fantasy trilogy, The Storyteller Series.  Her first traditionally published work, Hush Puppy, is coming soon from Featherweight Press.

Lisa still lives in Idaho with her family and a menagerie of furry critters that includes way too many llamas!

Links

Twitter: http://twitter.com/peach83352

Facebook Fan page   https://www.facebook.com/LisaTCresswell

Goodreads  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5245305.Lisa_Cresswell

YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/LisaTCresswell/videos?view=0&flow=grid

Pinterest Storyteller Page  http://www.pinterest.com/peach83352/the-storyteller-series/

Storyteller links

Smashwords Storyteller http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/73944

B&N Storyteller

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/storyteller-lisa-cresswell/1104562251?ean=2940011412257

Kobo Storyteller  http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Quest-of-Galamar/book-QxxSNDWRnUSjNm4d-icu1A/page1.html?s=gJatK7ciR02GtrisAbqEig&r=1

Diesel Storyteller   http://www.dieselbookstore.com/ebook/9781466041998

Storyteller Series Pinterest page http://pinterest.com/peach83352/the-storyteller-series/

The Quest of Galamar links

Smashwords Galamar https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/103794

B&N Galamar

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-quest-of-galamar-lisa-cresswell/1107712824?ean=2940032860617

Kobo Galamar    http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Storyteller/book-qV4I1eE4IEODu8XXkOM0DA/page1.html?s=gJatK7ciR02GtrisAbqEig&r=2

Diesel Galamar   http://www.dieselbookstore.com/ebook/9781466146716

The Last Page links

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/376709

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18777776-the-last-page


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