I’m interviewing Lisa Cresswell today, the author of the Storyteller Series, a series of young adult fantasy novels.
1) Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Definitely a plotter. I’m a complete evangelist for outlining now. For years, my writing projects wandered around in circles. I never knew how to end anything and consequently, I never finished anything. It wasn’t until I took some writing courses and learned about outlining that I began to finish stories.
2) Where did you get the inspiration for the Storyteller series?
I’ve always enjoyed fantasy and mythology. I knew I wanted to write about a strong female character that discovered she was so much more than an ordinary kid.
3) Did you always know this was going to be a series?
Yes, I outlined all the books at the same time. There was a bit of a time gap between writing books 2 and 3 while I worked on another project, but I always knew there would be three books.
4) What is your daily page or word count record?
Oh gosh, I don’t know, but it’s probably a very low number! I’m the world’s slowest writer. The last time I started a NaNoWriMo novel, it took me probably a year and a half to finish it. If I can get ten pages written in a single day, I am VERY happy. I don’t think speed is necessarily a good thing. It’s important for me to take time to imagine everything through completely before I write it. If I don’t, I get stuck until I do.
5) Please tell us a little about the Storytellers series!
Storyteller is a creature feature like no other. I always loved reading mythology growing up, so I incorporated all kinds of fantastical critters in these books – dragons, manticores, griffins, trolls, harpies, elves, pixies, and of course, fairies. The books center on Lily Lightfoot, the last of the winged fairies, and her journey to save her mother. To do so, she must fulfill an ancient prophecy and save the entire True World. It’s a great adventure.
6) What is your favorite story of all time?
So far in this life, it’s probably The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Kidd writes so beautifully and her story speaks to me in so many ways. I can’t remember loving any other book in quite that way.
7) What are you working on right now?
Currently, I’m rewriting a draft of a paranormal romance with ghosts and pirates. It sounds a little cheesy, I know, but I had a lot of fun writing it. I hope to have it ready for submission by New Year’s. After that’s done, I’ll be working on edits for my young adult scifi tale, Vessel, 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
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