Here is my Author Spotlight with the lovely Lissa Dobbs and all her wonderful works… Enjoy…
Hello everyone, and thanks to Mercedes for having me.
I guess I’d better introduce myself a little. I’m a fantasy junkie and have been for most of my life. I love Dungeons and Dragons and comic books and can’t say that I’ve outgrown them. I also love to study mythology and folklore, which helped to give rise to the world of Grevared and all the whacked out craziness that is its existence. If you want to learn more about the world and cultures that inhabit it, please visit my website at http://www.lissadobbs.com You’ll find stories for children and adults, recipes, and history.
The Chronicles of Ethan Grimley III: I love children’s literature just as much as I do adult, and I wanted to play around with Grevared and get to know it a little better, to see how the ‘normal’ people lived. The results of that was The Chronicles of Ethan Grimley III series, which currently has three books out. It follows the exploits of twelve-year-old Ethan as he tries to help a stranger. Unfortunately, not knowing who the stranger is leads Ethan into a world of magic and danger that he never knew existed. You can learn more about the characters and books on my website or on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Chronicles-Ethan-Grimley-III-Book/dp/B06XCV2S6L/
Grevared is a diverse world, and I didn’t want to just explore a single corner of it, so I’ve worked to delve into different aspects of the cultures there. I’m working on a trilogy that I’ve not so lovingly called ‘the story that never ends’ (it’s taking forever), and all of the different stories to date are related to it in some way or another. One of the stories takes place twenty years ago and is the tale of three Shadow Walkers who run into more than they bargained for. The story’s importance to the rest of the world is that it explains a bit about characters that are heavily involved in the situation in the trilogy. For more on this one, check out the link. https://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Shadow-Annals-Walkers-ebook/dp/B01HNNEHQE/
Continuing with Grevared’s diversity, I also have a novel about the wizards of E’ma Thalas. This is a completely different group of people from the ones in The Chronicles of Ethan Grimley III and Wolf in the Shadow. The wizards were banished from the Xaggarene Empire over nine hundred years before and sought protection under the Oberon of E’ma Thalas. He gave them the charge to guard the northern borders of E’ma Thalas, and they took this seriously. However, when their leader dies, they are forced to rely on her daughter, a wizard with copious skills but no experience. Throughout this novel, Gwennyth must not only locate a goddess, but she must also find her own strength and courage. https://www.amazon.com/Aradias-Secret-Lissa-Dobbs-ebook/dp/B06XSRKCXV/
Here are some questions I asked Lissa to get to know her a little better…
Question one – Why do you write? And did you think you would always become an author?
I had to do a project in the fourth grade that got me hooked on writing. Since then, the stories have been there, and they stick in my head until I get them written down. I’ve always wanted to be an author, but I never thought I’d ever put any books out. (Pictures below are of Lissa’s work as a nine year old… Hmm me thinks she has always been an author in the making)… 😉
Question two – What gives you the inspiration? Do you listen to music when you write?
I don’t listen to music, but I usually have the TV running in the background for noise. A lot of my inspiration comes from dreams or from things I read. Sometimes, an idea will form as a twisted version of a word or phrase.
Question three – Do you self publish, go traditional or both?
I self-publish for now, but I would love to traditionally publish someday.
Question four – Who is your favourite author and why?
I have several favourites. Raymond E. Feist is my all-time favourite. I fell in love with Midkemia when I was thirteen. It was the world as much as anything else that hooked by attention. I also enjoy Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, Kay Hooper, and Jim Butcher. I just wish I could write as well as any of them. 😊
Question five – You have a lot of books, how do you find the time? Do you have a set routine you abide by or do you write as and when you can?
My day job, both in its nature and schedule doesn’t allow for a lot of social interaction, so it’s easy for me to work on other things. It’s easy to stay focused when you’re the only person awake. 😊
Question six – And lastly what advice would you give to any budding writers out there?
Just keep at it. Write out the ideas and finish them and leave plenty of time between completion and revision/editing.
Here are Lissa’s book Blurbs to give you a little more juice… They all sound fab to me…
After losing her husband and children, Morgan is convinced she’ll be alone forever. In fact, she wants to be. It’s easier. With a heart as cold as the Shizzuria Wasteland, Morgan keeps her distance from all around her. She has no cause or desire to celebrate Yuletide. But a friend sees the pain she tries to hide and gives her a gift she never imagined, something that just might help thaw her frozen soul.
Rise of the Mad Gods: Broken Treasure/For Love of Her
Augustus is a scavenger, plain and simple, and he has no desire to be more. An outcast in town, he dreams of finding real treasure in the Heap, something that will ensure he never has to work. Augustus thinks he’s found his dream when he finds the remains of a clockwork toy. Little does he know that there’s more to the toy than he expects, and Augustus encounters forces that finally give him a useful purpose in life. He once had a job and a girl, but now his thoughts are filled with Her. Her instructions are simple: he must gather Her children, and She will be his. He will bask in the glory of Her love. It’s his dream. But some dreams are nightmares in disguise. After all his efforts, he discovers that the identity he once had was better than the one he acquires.
Rise of the Mad Gods: Broken Treasure/For Love of Her: https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Mad-Gods-Broken-Treasure-ebook/dp/B06W59CBNZ/
Rise of the Mad Gods: The Slave’s Caress
She’s been a slave to the demons for as long as she can remember. Beaten and abused and violated in every way possible, she longs for her freedom. Her only solace is Anrorin’s voice in her head and his body in her dreams. Until the day he steps from her thoughts and into reality. He offers her power and freedom, the two things she can’t resist, and, more, he reminds her of who she is. But all gifts, even those from the gods, come with a price. And this time the cost may be far more than it’s worth.
Rise of the Mad Gods: The Slave’s Caress: https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Mad-Gods-Slaves-Caress-ebook/dp/B06XCT53HB/
The Chronicles of Ethan Grimley III: A Walker is Born
Ethan is just like everyone else in Land’s End. He helps his mother in her bakery, he attends school at the Arcana Maximus, and he enjoys hanging out with his friends. But Ethan has a secret, one others want to know. When Ethan is grabbed in the town square, he runs. He races off to see if his secret is safe, but it isn’t enough. He’s pursued wherever he goes. Now, his parents are angry, and his teachers are on his case. All he wants to do is turn the secret over to someone else. Ethan is pulled into a world he never knew existed, one that shatters his peaceful life. He now must decide whether to keep his life the way it’s always been or to embrace the possibility that has been offered to him. For the first time in his life, Ethan has to make a choice that only he can make, and he doesn’t know what to do.
The Chronicles of Ethan Grimley III: Cronus Attacks
Twelve-year-old Ethan Grimley III was chosen to carry the Harpe of Gaia. Now, he must leave his home in Land’s End and travel to Corleon, where the Shadow Walkers reside. There he will attend school and learn what it means to be a Shadow Walker. Before Ethan can settle in to his new life, the guild hall is attacked. No one knows who’s attacking or why, but Ethan and his new friends aren’t going to sit around and wait for the adults to tell them what’s going on. Instead, they take to the streets of Ymla to find out who is threatening their home. When one of their own is kidnapped, Ethan disregards all warnings and goes out to find her. He’s not sure what he’s doing or how to use his new powers, but he doesn’t let that stop him from doing what he thinks is right.
The Chronicles of Ethan Grimley III: Revenge of Cronus
Ethan has finally settled in to his life as a Shadow Walker. Sure, he has to attend school, but with classes like combat, it isn’t too bad. On top of that, he’s made friends, so his life isn’t lonely or boring.As Yuletide approaches, Ethan is looking forward to going home to see his family. And the best part? His friends are going with him. After a harrowing trip across the void, Ethan finds himself at home, but things aren’t all trees and cookies. Cronus again rears his head, and Ethan and his friends must deal with the threat to Land’s End on their own. And their suspicion about a new student only makes things worse. Toss in Ethan’s mother’s desire to have her child home for good, and Ethan begins to wonder if he wouldn’t have been better off staying in Corleon.
Wolf in the Shadow
Something is killing the good folks of Black Crystal. People are missing, and found remains are unidentifiable. Friends since childhood, Timothy, Eleanor, and Justin know all there is to know about each other, or so they think. But when Eleanor disappears on a routine Shadow Walker assignment, old frustrations come to the surface. While Timothy and Justin desperately try to find her in a forest inhabited by mysterious creatures, Eleanor is forced to come to terms with a secret she didn’t know she had, one that goes against everything she believed herself to be. And the thing in the forest? It’s the least of their worries.
Wolf in the Shadow: https://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Shadow-Annals-Walkers-ebook/dp/B01HNNEHQE/
As a child, Gwennyth dreamed of taking a ship across the void and seeing the lands of Grevared. As an adult, she’s content to stay at home and spend her days researching magic. But all this ends when her mother Ravyn transposes forms at nearly 900 years old. Though she has been trained her entire life, Gwennyth is sure she isn’t up to the task of leading her people, and when their magic begins to fail, Gwennyth knows she can’t do it. But there isn’t anyone else. Her siblings have moved on from Crowrest, and Gwennyth is all that is left. With only her best friend Vonner in tow, Gwennyth sets out into the world of Grevared in search of the goddess Aradia. Her only clue to the goddess’s whereabouts is ‘look not in the places of the gods’. But finding the goddess isn’t her only task. Gwennyth must also find herself.
The Chronicles of Ethan Grimley III three books: The Chronicles of Ethan Grimley III: https://www.amazon.com/Chronicles-Ethan-Grimley-III-Book/dp/B06XCV2S6L/
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Not only has Lissa written many books but she has also written some about her other hobby – Crochet 😉 Here are here links to those books if your also an avid fan of Crocheting…
I see you Crochet too, how do you find the time?
Yes, the crochet ones are mine as well, though it’s been a couple of years since I’ve done much with it. I have plenty of time to write and make other things because my day job is over night and on the weekends, so it limits a lot of what else I can do. There isn’t much to do at three in the morning on a Tuesday 😉
Crochet for Home and Heart
Daddy’s Little Man: https://www.amazon.com/Daddys-Little-Man-Crochet-Heart-ebook/dp/B00VKPIBMI/
Great! It’s Pumpkin Time!: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Its-Pumpkin-Time-Decoration-ebook/dp/B016N8JUP8/
Bootie Slippers for All Ages: https://www.amazon.com/Bootie-Slippers-All-Ages-Crochet-ebook/dp/B00UG33RXS/
Little Purses for Little Things: https://www.amazon.com/Little-Purses-Things-Crochet-Heart-ebook/dp/B00UFXC28A/
Wow thank you so much Lissa, you are a very talented and amazing lady.
Hope you all enjoyed getting to know her.