Hi I’m Lisa, when I was a kid I wanted to be many things when I grew up: a world famous ice skater, an owner of a horse ranch, a nutritionist, an astronaut and a writer. (I also wanted to be She-Ra Princess of power, Wonder Woman, Xena and Buffy).
I was about 11 when I realised the astronaut thing was never going to happen. I spent hours standing in the back yard brandishing the plastic She-Ra sword I got in my Adelaide show bag and crying out “By the power of Grayskull!” at the top of my lungs. I also gave myself headaches trying to get my telekinetic powers to kick in, and sunburns while searching for fairies in our garden. But finally, I accepted that it was unlikely I was going to be a superhero. (I recently discovered when I sent a manuscript to my editor that She-Ra said “For the honour of Grayskull!” which totally explains why it didn’t work).
It was all ok though, because by time I’d accepted my superpowers weren’t going to kick in, I’d discovered a love for science and I completed a Bachelor of Science degree (with Honours) and a fascination with nutrition and herbal medicine (and I completed Advanced Diplomas in Nutrition, Herbal Medicine and Naturopathy).
I’ve done a few other crazy things too… like producing 4 seasons of an indie online cooking show for people with food sensitivities called Alternative Chef Kitchen and at the time of writing this I’ve published 13 books for it (and my work for that has featured in a number of Australian and international print magazines.
As a reader, some of my favourite authors and series are George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, J.R. Ward’s The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, Laurel K Hamilton’s The Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Novels (up to book 10) and Sarah J Maas Throne of Glass series and although it’s not fantasy I’m gradually working my way through the Liane Moriarty collection (Big Little Lies is one of my favourite books). When it comes to movies I love The Lord of The Rings, The Harry Potter movies, Chocolat, Enchanted, The Princess Bride and so many more! When it comes to TV series I love Arrow, True Blood (up to season 5), Game of Thrones, Haven and many more! (I might turn this into a separate post soon as the list is really quite long:-)
As a kid the stories that had an impact on my imagination were The Magic Faraway Tree, The Narnia Chronicles, Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden and The Bridge to Terabithia and I loved fairy tales (preferably the happy ending ones).
I’m pretty eclectic though and love a good suspense thriller, murder mystery, treasure hunt and mythology based action story. I’ve loved Chic Lit, single title and series romances and love stories; you name it and I’ve probably read it. (I regularly quote Sex and the city the TV series and love the Bridget Jones movies too).
I love books… I love stories. I love to be swept up in a good story. I love long books and I love series. I love print books, I love the smell of new books, I love the feel of old books. Leather bound, hard cover, paperback. I love them all. I now love ebooks too, having just recently bought my first kindle. With 9 over-flowing book cases in our house (and more boxes of books that won’t fit in the book cases) it’s safe to say I’m a book addict.
As a writer I like writing stories with contemporary, magical and romantic themes with older heroines (e.g. over 25) as you can see in my novella A Touch of Magic ). I’m currently working on two contemporary/ urban fantasy style series…. you can read a little bit about one of them on my works in progress page, the other, I’m keeping under wraps for a little longer…but I’ll say this, I’m also a bit “over” some of the classic urban fantasy tropes, and so if you want to hear more about what I’m writing, I’ll be sharing the snippets in my newsletter (along with other stuff like a summary of what I’ve been reading for the month, author interviews, links to books by other indie authors and more:-)