Inform us about yourself and how many books you could have written.
Hello, my identify is Lisa Fleming, and I’m the writer behind the Fantasy Romance collection Olympian Hearts.
I have a eager for a fat, fluffy cat or a wee Chipin pet to switch my misplaced love Ouija, might he relaxation in peace. However I might accept a stuffed Tribble – one of the rumbly ones that purr.
My biggest aspiration is to buy an RV and use it to spend a summer time shifting my family cross-country to Washington State, ideally Whidbey Island, but I’m not picky. Anyplace close to the Olympic Nationwide Park would do.
Wife to at least one husband, mom to four humans (or in order that they declare, one can never be certain), I take pleasure in Disney films, pleased endings, romance and fantasy novels, magick, mythology and Marvel comics.
What’s the identify of your latest guide and what impressed it?
The identify of my latest e-book is Feathers In Her Palms, Olympian Hearts: Volume I
I made a decision I needed to provide writing another attempt before rising up and getting an actual job that I’d in all probability hate however would help pay the payments. The problem was I didn’t have any concepts. None. Zip.
I knew I needed to put in writing one thing or I might remorse it for the remainder of my life, so I informed myself, “Superb, just decide a narrative, a fantasy a fairy tale, something and write a retelling set in trendy occasions.”
I requested myself what I beloved probably the most as a kid, however fairy tale retellings are a dime a dozen. I needed something different individuals weren’t doing. Then I reread Ovid’s Metamorphoses and was struck by the story of Cupid and Psyche.
I noticed as I read it, that the thought of one lovely lady being worshipped by her group wasn’t all that outlandish, not in this age of viral videos and mega movie stars, but I decided I didn’t need to just do a retelling, I needed one thing unique.
So, I wrote Feathers In Her Palms, not simply as a contemporary retelling of a basic story, however as an entire reimagining of what the couple may go through in trendy occasions. I adopted the essential story to some extent but omitted some issues, then added in others which have been utterly unique and had nothing to do with Ovid’s basic. I switched from the Roman pantheon of Ovid’s Cupid and Psyche to the Greek pantheon because I like and know those gods higher and went for it.
The story you’ll learn in Feathers In Her Arms isn’t even the story I started out writing. To be utterly trustworthy, my first Eros was an entire putz and Zephyr was so ashamed of his pal he tried to take over the story and save the woman.
I needed to promise Zephyr his personal main position in a subsequent novel to get him to settle down and then utterly rewrite the story to turn Eros into a man value preventing for.
I didn’t set out to write a twelve-book collection, however as the thought for Feathers In Her Arms grew, so too did Olympian Hearts. So what began as one small concept for a last-ditch effort to put in writing a novel was something unique that amazed even me.
Feathers In Her Arms is the primary novel in my 12-book Fantasy Romance Collection Olympian Hearts where:
The gods are alive and nicely, dwelling within the Olympic Nationwide Park. People, magickal creatures and immortal Olympians stay aspect by aspect in a tiny town at the base of Mount Storm King, the place curses hamper true love and no one is what they seem.
Do you’ve gotten any unusual writing habits?
Unusual. Who actually defines uncommon? Is it uncommon that I spend a number of hours creating digital paintings representing my characters and settings, most of which the public won’t ever see, just to have a basis for my descriptions? Is it unusual that I select theme songs for each ebook and create playlists to take heed to while I’m writing to make sure I’m setting an applicable temper? Is it unusual that I tend to put in writing in 18 – 30 hour bursts after which sleep for 12 hours? Yeah, that final one’s in all probability unusual.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The one writer who has had the most important affect on me as a author is Diane Setterfield, and her novel The Thirteenth Story. The story was wonderful and stored me continually guessing, however the plot wasn’t what drew me in. No, what grabbed me by the throat and stated, “Take heed to this, I received one thing to say!” was the best way she wrote. Diane Setterfield is a wordsmith. The best way she links phrases collectively to type photographs is gorgeous. Each phrase in a sentence has which means and function and importance and no different word would suffice to hold the identical message, to create the same image in your mind. At one point I truly had a replica of her guide that was so filled with highlighter and margin notes commenting on her uses of images it was barely legible. To me reading The Thirteenth Story was like reading poetry.
Just learn the again blurb on her guide, The Thirteenth Story. It is a quote from her character Vida Winter: “My gripe isn’t with lovers of the reality but with fact herself. What succor, what comfort is there in fact, compared to a story? What good is fact at midnight, at the hours of darkness, when the wind is roaring like a bear within the chimney? What you want are the plump comforts of a narrative. The soothing, rocking security of a lie.”
It just provides me chills. Her words resonate with you, they stay with you, lengthy after you’ve put down her ebook. That’s the type of writer I attempt to be. I would like my phrases to resonate with the reader, lengthy after they’ve learn the words The End and set my guide aside.
What are you engaged on now?
I’m excited to be in the planning levels of the second ebook in my 12-book fantasy romance collection Olympian Hearts. It’s the, as but untitled, love story of Triton & Delphine. Right here’s the teaser blurb:
An attempted homicide, a rescued victim, a grieving widower and an opportunity at love. Can the leagues of grief, trauma and heartbreak separating Triton and Delphine be overcome by a love deeper than the ocean is broad?
What’s your greatest technique or website in terms of promoting your books?
Presently I’m utilizing my private web site https://olympianhearts.wordpress.com in addition to Fb, and Twitter. I’m new at e-book promotion, so I’m not able to say but which is greatest.
Do you will have any advice for brand spanking new authors?
Don’t surrender. When it’s exhausting, once you cry, whenever you really feel like a failure and assume you’ll never get it carried out, maintain going. Maintain making an attempt. Most of all, maintain writing or start writing when you haven’t but. You’ll be able to’t be a writer should you don’t put words to paper, so decide up your pen and start. Even should you don’t assume you’ve an concept worthy of a novel, write it down. Simply write!
What’s the greatest advice you’ve ever heard?
I don’t know for those who’d call it recommendation, it’s extra of a mantra. It’s a Greek phrase: Ḕ tā̀n ḕ epì tâs.
It means: Both with it (your defend) or on it. Which means you either win the battle, or you die making an attempt and are carried house on your defend.
In historic occasions, the Hoplites carried large shields and the one method to escape the battlefield was to toss it aside. So “dropping one’s defend” meant you had abandoned the battle, you’d given up and ran away. It’s a phrase Spartan moms advised their sons earlier than they left for battle. It was alleged to remind them of their capability for bravery, as well as their obligation to Greece, to Sparta.
It reminds me to by no means surrender, to maintain going, because even when you die making an attempt…no less than you tried. The one approach to fail is to stop making an attempt or by no means attempt in any respect.
What are you studying now?
I simply completed A Harvest of Bones by Yasmine Galenorn, and I’d like to go back and skim the entire collection from the start, the story was really entertaining.
In my Kindle right now, ready to be read are Midnight Magic by Jo-Ann Carson, The Fireproof Woman by Loretta Misplaced and An Uncollected Dying (The Charlotte Anthony Mysteries Ebook 1) by Meg Wolfe, amongst others. I haven’t started any of them yet, I’ve been so busy ending up my guide and getting it revealed, but as soon as I can take a breather, the ones I mentioned by identify can be first on my listing.
What’s subsequent for you as a author?
I’m at present engaged on the second novel in my Olympian Hearts collection. I’m continuing to develop the characters of the magickal town of Elysium and have plans for two companion collection set in the identical world once I’ve accomplished the twelve books of Olympian Hearts.
Within the subsequent collection I’ll be delving deeper into the Elysium Wildwoods. I also have plans for a Younger Grownup collection based mostly in Elysium revolving across the adventures of scholars attending Elysium Academy, in addition to two standalone novels set on the earth of Olympian Hearts, however these are a highly categorized secret for now.
In case you have been going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or four books with you what books would you convey?
1. The Thirteenth Story by Diane Setterfield
2. Anthem by Ayn Rand
three. Possessing The Secret of Pleasure by Alice Walker
4. The Collected Works of Langston Hughes
You in all probability gained’t discover the last three on an inventory of my favorite books, but you didn’t ask what my favorite books have been. You requested what I might take if I was stranded on a desert island. A favourite e-book is one thing you like to learn, it’s fun, it’s enjoyable. However a e-book you’d chose to take to a desert island ought to be one thing you couldn’t stay without, one thing you couldn’t imagine your self never studying once more.
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