The Book Squirrel sat down recently to talk with Lissa Dobbs, fantasy author extraordinaire.
Lissa, it’s great to have you here today.
Thank you! It’s great to be here.
What inspired you to write?
We did a project in the fourth grade that required us to write, illustrate, and put together a book. I was hooked from that moment on.
What’s your favourite thing that you have written?
I’m not sure. I think my characters are more realistic in my YA work in progress, but there’s something about the Ethan Grimley series that I love.
What’s your favourite thing that someone else has written?
Raymond E. Feist’s Midkemia books will always be my most favorite.
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
Oh cool! I love Neil Gaiman!
What are you working on writing now?
I have several projects going, probably too many. I’m working on a YA novel, several short stories, and the ‘story that never ends’, which is a trilogy I’ve been working on for almost three years that just doesn’t want to cooperate.
What is your pet hate?
Have you ever built it into a character or used it in your writing? I’m not a fan of lying and cheating, and, yes, it does sometimes show up.
What movie can you watch over and over again?
The Hobbit trilogy and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Dr. Strange. The Harry Potter movies. The Smurfs (the real ones).
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An author. Ever since the fourth grade. There were times that other things got in the way, and they still do, but that’s the number one dream. I’m just glad I can take some time to work on it now and again.
What’s your favourite season? Why?
I love winter most of all, when we get one. I prefer the cold because it’s easier to adjust your own temperature. Once you get to skin, it’s over, so I’m not a fan of hot weather (says the person born and raised in the US Deep South). There’s also a peace about the winter months, a feeling of rest, that doesn’t exist in the other months.
Who are your three greatest literary inspirations?
Raymond E. Feist, H.P.Lovecraft, and Nathaniel Hawthorne
What would you like people to know about being an Indie author?
Being an Indie author is actually pretty cool, though there are parts of it that are extremely difficult and time consuming. It’s nice to have complete control over my creation, even when what I create isn’t perfect.
Name two things in life that you wish were easier.
I wish it was a little easier to learn graphic design so I could make the covers I really wanted, and I wish it was a bit easier for me to have to confidence to really promote my books.
Where can we follow you on Social Media?
Author Central: http://amazon.com/author/lissadobbs
Where can we find your books?
All my books are available on Amazon, though the short stories are not appropriate for children.
Rise of the Mad Gods: The Slave’s Caress: https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Mad-Gods-Slaves-Caress-ebook/dp/B06XCT53HB/
Rise of the Mad Gods: Broken Treasure/For Love of Her: https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Mad-Gods-Broken-Treasure-ebook/dp/B06W59CBNZ/
Aradia’s Secret: https://www.amazon.com/Aradias-Secret-Lissa-Dobbs-ebook/dp/B06XSRKCXV/
Wolf in the Shadow: https://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Shadow-Annals-Walkers-ebook/dp/B01HNNEHQE/
Yuletide Sparkle: https://www.amazon.com/Yuletide-Sparkle-Short-Story-Grevared-ebook/dp/B01DIR26RG/
The Chronicles of Ethan Grimley III: https://www.amazon.com/Chronicles-Ethan-Grimley-III-Book/dp/B06XCV2S6L/
A Walker is Born: https://www.amazon.com/Walker-Born-Chronicles-Ethan-Grimley-ebook/dp/B01E9A4LVK/
Cronus Attacks: https://www.amazon.com/Cronus-Attacks-Chronicles-Ethan-Grimley-ebook/dp/B01ENYSHOE/
Revenge of Cronus: https://www.amazon.com/Revenge-Cronus-Chronicles-Ethan-Grimley-ebook/dp/B01MFD4CF5/
Toasty Hands: https://www.amazon.com/Toasty-Hands-Fingerless-Gloves-Crochet-ebook/dp/B00U7L39YQ/
Soft and Fluffy: https://www.amazon.com/Soft-Fluffy-Simple-Crochet-Washcloths-ebook/dp/B015CWA0V4/
A Friend for Me: https://www.amazon.com/Friend-Me-Cuddly-Crochet-Heart-ebook/dp/B00U77G0SW/
Daddy’s Little Man: https://www.amazon.com/Daddys-Little-Man-Crochet-Heart-ebook/dp/B00VKPIBMI/
My Cross to Bear: https://www.amazon.com/My-Cross-Bear-Crochet-Centerpiece-ebook/dp/B015ANTRNW/
Great! It’s Pumpkin Time!: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Its-Pumpkin-Time-Decoration-ebook/dp/B016N8JUP8/
Simple Charm: https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Charm-Crochet-Pendant-Necklace-ebook/dp/B00UF0NUN4/
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/
Whoa! You’re prolific! And terrific! And… and…
Aww thanks, Book Squirrel.
You’re welcome, Lissa. Thanks for chatting with me today.
Thanks for having me!