Welcome to the 2018 author interview series. Author interviews will be posted every Friday throughout the year.
I am honored to continue this series with author Lissa Dobbs.
For those of you that have read my interviews in the past, you’ll find a new set of questions in this series. You can catch up with all of my past author interviews (nearly 200) on my Author Directory page.
If you’re an author interested in being interviewed in this series, I still have limited spots available for 2018. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, please enjoy this interview with Lissa Dobbs:
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Even thought there really isn’t anything completely new, I try to be original in my writing. I want a world that’s a bit different from the norm, at least in some respects, but that readers can relate to.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Consider writing as a viable career instead of the hobby everyone else says it should be.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
I love the works of Raymond E. Feist. Sure, there are some issues with the writing, especially in the later books of the Midkemia series, but his world and characters come alive in a way some others don’t. There’s depth to the books, and the earlier ones don’t gloss over the story.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I do read all my book reviews, the ones I see anyway. I love to see good ones, but I take the bad ones into consideration to see if there’s something I need to change in my work.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Not really. There are a few names here and there that 80s fantasy readers might recognize, but nothing beyond that.
Do you Google yourself?
What is your favorite childhood book?
The Dorrie the Witch series by Patricia Coombs. Those were my end-all, be-all favorites to the point that the school librarian would hold the new ones and let me be the first one to check them out.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
I would locate some writing groups and workshops and attend those instead of music camp.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
That depends on the book. Some of them flow, but others like to be contrary. Since I don’t write full time at this point, I also have to make sure everything else that needs doing gets done. Sometimes, as much as I would like it otherwise, the day job stuff just gets in the way and lengthens the process. I’m hoping to remedy that this year, though.
Rise of the Mad Gods: Life of a Star: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XCT53HB
Rise of the Mad Gods: Broken Treasure/For Love of Her: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06W59CBNZ/
Aradia’s Secret: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XSRKCXV/
Wolf in the Shadow: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HNNEHQE/
Yuletide Sparkle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DIR26RG/
The Chronicles of Ethan Grimley III: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XCV2S6L/
A Walker is Born: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E9A4LVK/
Cronus Attacks: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ENYSHOE/
Revenge of Cronus: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MFD4CF5/
Windows to the Soul: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074WHZJSJ
Jerrung and the Kwaad Cavern: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074VC2721
Inheritance/Ol’ Jeb: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071JSXY7J
Blood of Shadows: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075FTW3P4
Connect with Lissa:
Lissa Dobbs has always been an avid reader of horror and fantasy. From Dungeons and Dragons to comic books to mythology and folklore, she’s spent most of her life in worlds of ages past. She’s an avid follower of J. R. R. Tolkien, and H. P. Lovecraft, and she’s still waiting for her Hogwarts letter and her lightsaber. (How long does it take anyway?) If she ever needs rescuing, she hopes Dr. Strange is the one on duty.
With knowledge of things that ceased to be relevant two hundred years ago, she turned to writing to get some use out of the stuff in her head. Thus, was born the world of Grevared, a world that exists solely in a void space with no celestial bodies. There you will find her heart and soul and see just how many random interests she really has.