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Lija Fisher

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Lija Fisher is the author of funny adventure novels for kids that explore the world of cryptozoology, or the search for legendary animals that might be real. Her debut novel. THE CRYPTID CATCHER (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) received a starred review from Booklist and was a Junior Library Guild Selection. The sequel, THE CRYPTID KEEPER, was written while Lija was the Writer in Residence with Aspen Words and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award in juvenile literature. Lija travels the country speaking at schools, libraries, and Bigfoot festivals where she gets kids interested in reading and science through searching for hidden animals, or cryptids, like the Loch Ness Monster. Prior to becoming an author, she trained for a while (a very sho ...more

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Lija Fisher I try not to believe in 'writer's block' but rather 'I have no idea what comes next!' I am what's called a 'pantser,' meaning I don't outline my books…moreI try not to believe in 'writer's block' but rather 'I have no idea what comes next!' I am what's called a 'pantser,' meaning I don't outline my books ahead of time. I start with an idea, begin writing, and see what happens. Because of that, a lot of my 'writing' time is spent staring off into space as the plot threads weave themselves together in my mind. Oftentimes it'll take awhile to figure out where the story is going, but I don't consider myself blocked, just waiting.(less)
Lija Fisher When I was a little girl growing up in the mountains, I would traipse around the forest creating my own imaginary worlds. As an adult, I still get to …moreWhen I was a little girl growing up in the mountains, I would traipse around the forest creating my own imaginary worlds. As an adult, I still get to do that, which is really fun. I also love being a part of the writing community. I've met so many wonderful and wickedly creative people and am so much richer for knowing them. And of course there are the usual answers that I agree with as well...stuff like spending the day with no pants on while listening to my favorite music and drinking lots of coffee! (less)
Average rating: 4.22 · 183 ratings · 51 reviews · 2 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Cryptid Catcher

4.12 avg rating — 130 ratings — published 2018 — 4 editions
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The Cryptid Keeper

4.49 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 2019 — 4 editions
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