I’m hosting an interview today with Lisa Cresswell, author of young adult fantasy series “Storytellers”. Enjoy the interview!
1) Please tell us about yourself.
In my day job, I’m a Great Basin archaeologist. It’s pretty fun and it keeps me in touch with lots of various cultures and histories, which I enjoy. I have two great kids who keep me constantly on my toes. We live in the south central Idaho desert. When people ask me how I find the time to write, I say there isn’t much else to do here. I like to travel in my mind.
2) Tell us about your book.
The series starts off with Lily Lightfoot, a young girl who finds out on her thirteenth birthday that she’s a fairy. She’s always known she has a strange ability to make things happen just by telling a story, which makes her a bit of an outcast in school. What she wants more than anything is to find her mother, who’s been mysteriously missing since Lily was a baby. The second and third books are about Lily’s journey through the fantastical True World to save her mother by fulfilling an ancient prophecy.
3) What inspired you to write the Storyteller series?
I wasstarted reading to my own son and daughter when they were very young. Reading so many wonderful books with them made me want to pick up my own pen and give it a shot. I’d always written stories since I was young, but I didn’t get serious about getting published until my kids inspired me.
4) How many hours per week do you spend writing?
It’s hard to say, but I like to shoot for two hours a day. It varies a lot depending on the day and what’s going on in my real life. Sometimes my writing time isn’t pure writing, but outlining/planning. I figure it all counts towards the finished product so any time spent imagining is time well spent to me.
5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Ray Bradbury, because a touching short story of his that I read as a kid has stuck with me to this day, and because he seems like he would have been such a teddy bear of a guy.
Sue Monk Kidd, because she writes so beautifully. Her writing speaks to me in a way like no other. “Secret Life of Bees” will be one of my forever favorites.
Brenda Ueland, because she wrote “If you want to Write”. I’ve read that book probably a dozen times and it’s sustained me through my darkest “I can’t do it” moments. I wish I could have known her personally.
6) What are you 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. Watch for it!
The Storyteller Series
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.
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.
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.
Lisa, 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!
Facebook Fan page https://www.facebook.com/LisaTCresswell
Pinterest Storyteller Page http://www.pinterest.com/peach83352/the-storyteller-series/
Smashwords Storyteller http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/73944
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
Diesel Galamar http://www.dieselbookstore.com/ebook/9781466146716
The Last Page links
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