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Indie author of sci-fi and paranormal books, and resolute defender of the Oxford comma, Lissa was born and raised in Australia and has an Honours degree in English Literature.

Every year I prepare a writing playlist specifically for NaNoWriMo. Sometimes I need absolute silence to write, other times I can do with some tunes to get me in the right frame of mind. I find that film soundtracks work best of all. This year I discovered Spotify. It’s a free web player with a […] Read more of this blog post »
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The Edge of Darkness
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A Storm is Brewing (Storm F...
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Weather The Storm (Storm Fo...
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The Raie'Chaelia
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This book is known to me as "The book with the name I can't pronounce."

I read half of the preview of this book available on Smashwords to decide if I wanted to read the rest or not. It is a Young Adult high fantasy, the genre I feel most at home in,
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I can't bring myself to say that I liked this book.

I've decided to shelve it and maybe wait a few years to see if I actually do care enough to find out what happens next (like China Melveille's Perdido Street Station, which I shelved a mere 20 pages
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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
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A mostly interesting road trip across America and back as Percy is framed before anyone even realises he exists...

Yeah I suppose it was OK. It's not really my thing. I found it in our living room and was really drawn into the first few pages. But mos
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Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
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Paranormal Addict...: August 2012 Challenge ~ Summer Sun 60 269 Sep 03, 2012 07:51PM  
Toni Morrison
“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
Toni Morrison

Stacia Kane
“Readers have the right to say whatever the fuck they want about a book. Period. They have that right. If they hate the book because the MC says the word “delicious” and the reader believes it’s the Devil’s word and only evil people use it, they can shout from the rooftops “This book is shit and don’t read it” if they want. If they want to write a review entirely about how much they hate the cover, they can if they want. If they want to make their review all about how their dog Foot Foot especially loved to pee on that particular book, they can."

[Blog entry, January 9, 2012]”
Stacia Kane

Philip Pullman
“I'm trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief... I'm not in the business of offending people. I find the books upholding certain values that I think are important, such as life is immensely valuable and this world is an extraordinarily beautiful place. We should do what we can to increase the amount of wisdom in the world.

[Washington Post interview, 19 February 2001]”
Philip Pullman

Flannery O'Connor
“Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I'm always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it's very shocking to the system.”
Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose

Ray Bradbury
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

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message 1: by Anila

Anila I was just thinking about sending you a request! Thanks.

message 2: by Anila

Anila It might make us geeks, but that's not a bad thing at all.

A Shakespeare scholar? That's so cool. May I ask which of his plays is your favorite?

message 3: by Kiki

Kiki Yo. Kira got shelved. This is my new disguise.

Wendy Darling Hi Lissa--thanks for the friendvite! You could have a crush on a literary girl, too, you know. ;) Look forward to chatting with you.

message 5: by Kiki


I finished Dadewalker.





It was fucking amazing.

message 6: by Cait

Cait Yes, of course more bunnies!

And here's one more, because I'm also pretty obsessed with them:

Okay, I lied. One more:

message 7: by Cait

Cait You're welcome! The little brown one with the huge, anime looking, eyes is my favorite :)

message 8: by John

John Egbert Ahaha, I'll say!

Alyssa Thanks for the friend request! Lets talk books :)

message 10: by Karen

Karen Thanks for the friend request Lissa!
I'm really glad that you enjoyed my review :D
I look forward to reading your book and becoming friends on Goodreads!

message 11: by Saniya

Saniya Thanks for the add (:

message 12: by Steph

Steph Sinclair Thanks for the request! For some reason I thought we already were friends. Perhaps it's because we have quite a few friends in common. I look forward to reading your reviews! :)

message 13: by Choco

Choco Thanks for the friend request!
Umm, I've wanted to friend you, but I'm just too shy and you're too awesome.

Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* Thanks Lissa! I enjoy making them. :) I've thought about making some kind of career out of it ... It'd be super cool. XD

message 15: by Cait

Cait Why thank you very much, Lissa! I was so pissed off at that bitch, but I managed to be semi-coherent. Your comment on Kira's other review for the Hush, Hush series was fucking awesome, as well. Seriously we're like troll warriors or something.

message 16: by Laurel

Laurel You like Tuomas Holopainen as well?! My heart is melting, I'm so excited! And Bruce Campbell is a big sweetheart. It's near impossible to hate a man like him. :D

message 17: by Laurel

Laurel OH MY GOSH! I'm jealous you get to see him live! Hopefully I can get myself some tickets for Nightwish's Imaginaerum tour.
That's so weird! I've had that dream too! I've written to Nightwish so so many times that it'd be horrible for him not to score my series-turned-films (if they get far enough to be published I should say xD).
Agreed, Bruce Campbell has some excellent cameos. He also has the ability to strengthen any film his in. Or so I've seen. :P

message 18: by Lisa

Lisa No worries, Lissa. I don't mind if non-friends comment on my statuses or else I would make them private. Besides, I see you around quite a bit so I knew who you were. It's hard to keep track of who's a friend and who isn't when we can all see each other through our mutual friends posts. I'm glad we're friends now. :)

P.S. I knew Elizabeth Bennet would be popular. You must see some interesting responses.

message 19: by Steph

Steph Sinclair Lissa, I was reading Edge of Darkness eariler today and I happened to fall asleep (view spoiler) and I had a dream I was a cyborg on The Eden. LOL! This is completely random, but felt I needed to share that with someone. hahaha. :)

message 20: by Steph (last edited Oct 12, 2011 10:20AM)

Steph Sinclair Lissa, I can remember off the top of my head the few books that have ventured off in my dreamland: Harry Potter, Mockingjay, The Iron Queen, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Across the Universe, and Wither. Oh, and Star Wars Episode III, lol. Usually, I'm just so fascinated with the story or the book disturbed my soul so much that my mind just doesn't want to let go. I've never read a book about cyborgs and I think it's so cool! It's a breath of fresh air after reading Twilight.

message 21: by Steph

Steph Sinclair The loose ends didn't really hurt the book. They crossed my mind while I was reading, but I was too busy trying to help Max solve the mystery to dwell on them. It's kind of like how in The Matrix Reloaded (not sure if you've seen that movie) no one really understood what the Architect (creator of the matrix) was trying to explain to Neo, but at the same time it didn't bother people too much because the story was so fascinating.

I'm glad you liked the review. I will be eagerly waiting for Dadewalker!

message 22: by Steph

Steph Sinclair Well, Good luck! I I hear Harry Potter was rejected many, many times before it was picked up!

KJ Shadows Will do thank you!

Taneika (Flipping Through The Pages...) Hey! No worries :) It's always nice to see another Aussie on here!
I love the Last Vampire, I'm going to reread for review soon so maybe once I get that done, you can make your decision as to whether you'd like to read them :)
Looking forward to getting to know you!

Carmel (Rabid Reads) Ooh yes! The Riley Jenson Guardian series by Keri Arthur. Let me know what you think!

Carmel (Rabid Reads) I aim to please! You'll be buying copieS. The series gets better and better as it progresses.

message 27: by Karen

Karen I'm done with my review!

Sorry for the delay though...

I can't thank you enough for giving me a copy, I really enjoyed it :D

Taneika (Flipping Through The Pages...) I have just downloaded the first three Tina Storm short stories from Smashwords (yay! It sounds awesome!) and I'm really keen to read Edge of Darkness, however I'm not thrilled on purchasing it on Smashwords if it doesn't have paypal (I know it's only $2, I'm just really funny about personal details online thanks to my dad), so do you happen to know if I'm able to purchase with paypal, or if there is any other place I could purchase your book? :)

KJ Shadows posted up my glow review ;) glad 2 see you liked it too!!

message 30: by Lucy

Lucy Speaking of taking it to the next level, I'm gonna ask you to move in with me next month. Be prepared!

message 31: by Leah

Leah Thank you :) I'm definitely enjoying it.

message 32: by Laurel

Laurel YES!!!! YES I HAVE!!
Oh my gosh I'm dying. Tuomas is a mastermind. He really is. I cannot wait for the rest of the album. I'm so bummed that I can't purchase it until January. :(

message 33: by Laurel

Laurel Ohh you're so lucky! Please let me know how it is once you get it! And I'm glad it's really helping you with NaNoWriMo!
I'm right with you! I will be listening to this most certainly all day. Fresh writing fuel this shall be.

message 34: by Hayden

Hayden As promised . . .


Taneika (Flipping Through The Pages...) I just wanted to let you know, you have one of the coolest Tumblrs ever! I'm following you cos I didn't even think of looking for Disney on Tumblr! <3

Taneika (Flipping Through The Pages...) Yeah, I think it was from a link on your Twitter :) I love Disney too , you could call it obsessed! haha

message 37: by rameau

rameau It's not just the ten first pages of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo that are boring, it's the first hundred or so, but after that the story takes off. It also helped that I read the Finnish translation and not the English one, and I believe our translators have more experience with the language than others.

Lisbeth Salander is one of the best female characters I've read in a long time. Or at least this was true a year ago when I decided on that question. I might have to change it for the new year.

message 38: by John

John Egbert Yup XD

Back by popular demand.

Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead Lissa wrote: "Thanks for the friend request! I'm about to look at some of your reviews but first, can you tell me more about Dicey Tillerman? I've never heard of her."

Hi Lissa, First, I've seen lots of your reviews on GR and I love how you write so thanks for accepting my friend request! Dicey Tillerman was the female protagonist from the book Homecoming. I think my love for this character is personal (our lives were a bit similar when I read the book) but it is a childhood favorite and she is definitely a favorite character- male or female!

message 40: by Melissa

Melissa Thanks for the add! Looking forward to sharing books with you!


message 41: by Shirley

Shirley Marr Lissa wrote: "I read your review of Pan's Whisper. Do you think it is a sign of Australian-ness to have simple and plain writing? I was accused of having plain writing but if it's typically Australian then I won..."

Now that I think about it, the answer appears to be yes! Lots of authors voices come to mind, esp in contempt Aussie YA, which is just beautiful in its simplicity. I think it's part of the charm for overseas readers too.

And Lissa, if that is your natural voice, then use it. I haven't heard it, do you want me to?

All I know is that if you try and talk in a funny-funny fancy voice then writing will become a painful experience, the joy will go, you will no longer want to do it and then life will no longer be worth living*

*disclaimer: as depicted by my own personal opinion

message 42: by Shirley

Shirley Marr Well it probably goes without saying that I am totally for you querying those Australian agents! I have a pretty strong opinion that I like seeing Aussie authors mantaining a sort of Aussie flavour to their work - not saying that everyone should start writing about cattle farming in the outback... but...

Lara Morgan with her Rosie Black Chronicles for instance, I'm very impressed that she's writing for an international SF audience, but her world-buidling is based on Perth in 100 years time... and the little things... such as the diets becoming very Asian influenced because of where Perth sits in terms of migratory routes, is wonderful.

It makes me sad when I see Aussie authors writing intentionally for certain overseas market or riding the coat tails of a certain trend and making their books have that same homogeneity that makes those books popular. Not going to name anyone, but the comments on their books tell all!

Have a good think Lissa. I wouldn't worry too much about the writing, as long as your roots are true;-)


message 43: by Relena

Relena Hello there :)
Yes thank you for accepting the request.
I could imagine that Jane Austen characters are a popular choice. Which character do you get the most?
Um, I believe that Alice and Lizzy have some thing in common: they are both rather strong headed.

message 44: by Katherine (last edited Dec 13, 2011 04:34AM)

Katherine I just had a minor freak out when I saw your comment/reply about the Mistborn book waiting for you in Aus! It's still there though - freak out over! *wipes forehead in relief*

Also, I listened to the audio books for the trilogy, and I liked it, though I'm not a fantasy reader. Julian is though, and he really liked it.

message 45: by Heywot

Heywot Hello! I wanted to drop by and say thanks for the friend request. I look forward to chatting with you. :)

KJ Shadows hey!! droppin by to let you know i started reading ur book ;) been on hiatus and wondering how your doing :D

message 47: by Steph

Steph Sinclair Hey Lissa,

Do you still want to do the Hunger Games read along? :)

message 48: by Steph

Steph Sinclair That's fine. That timeline actually works out perfect for me. I still have to knock out some of my Winter reading challenge books. Just let me know! :)

message 49: by Reynje

Reynje Hey Lissa, you beat me to it :) I've been meaning to send you a friend request.

Looking forward to chatting with you - and all the best for the move back to Australia!


message 50: by Rachel

Rachel Hartman Thanks for accepting! I'm shy too, believe it or not. Writing may be a profession that attracts shy people. :)

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