About the Book:
Dive into the first book of epic young adult fantasy series The Mage Chronicles…Decades ago, the mages went to war with each other in a destructive, decades-long battle that killed thousands and destroyed entire cities. Now, an uneasy peace lingers.
Born into the small, peaceful country of Rionn, Alyx Egalion knows little of mages or battles. Yet soon after her sixteenth birthday, the pampered daughter of nobility has her entire world shattered when she learns that she is the daughter of a mage and must travel to the distant country of Tregaya to learn her magic at DarkSkull Hall.
Stripped of everything familiar to her, and surrounded by strangers she cannot trust, Alyx finds herself in a world where courage, magic and wits are the only things that will keep her alive.
Outside DarkSkull Hall, the fragile peace is beginning to show cracks, and Alyx will soon learn that her wealth and status will not protect her from what is coming…
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
As far back as I can remember I was an avid reader – books were my favourite thing in the world and I consumed them voraciously. I’ve also always had a very vivid imagination. My parents used to tell me I should be a writer, but I always dismissed the idea. Then in year 10 of high school (when I was 15/16 years old) I had one of those transformative teachers who completely and utterly engaged me in the idea of writing. I started with short stories for class and didn’t look back!
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
I’ll write anywhere, but my favourite is sitting down in my study in the morning with a steaming cup of coffee. The sun shines through the window onto my bookcases full of all my favourite books, music plays – it’s my happy place.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
Short answer – anywhere and everywhere. Often I’ll be watching a tv show or movie, or reading a book, and at a particular scene I’ll think to myself, ‘what if someone like that had to do something like this?’ Sometimes ideas come from observing real-life interactions between people, or an event happening in the world. A lot of the ideas come and go, more just idle day-dreaming, but some will stick with me and not let go – those are the ones that become the foundation of a story.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
I am most definitely a panster. I plot nothing before I start, I pretty much dive straight in. Usually it’s when an idea I’ve had doesn’t let go, and it kinda germinates in my head for a while and I see all these possibilities of where it could go as a story, so I start writing. It makes editing a MUCH tougher task, but if I already know all the answers when I start writing, it loses its thrill for me.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
My current series, The Mage Chronicles, is you adult fantasy. I have a lot of other partially completed series written, and they’re also either young adult or high fantasy. I adore writing in this genre because you’ve basically got free reign to create whatever your imagination comes up with – you can build entire worlds and cities – but best of all you can incorporate fantastical things like magic and sorcery and people that fly!
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
Haha, this s a great question! I’m a highly visual person, so I’m always trying to picture the ideal people to play characters I’ve written. It’s tough though – real life people rarely match up to what you’ve dreamed up in your head. I’d love to see Liam Hemsworth play Dashan, one of the main characters in the Mage Chronicles, and I could really envision someone like Sir Ian McKellan as the main character’s godfather, Astor.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
Like I wrote above, I LOVE to read. A lot of my reading is in the fantasy genre, but I also love a well-written, suspenseful and complex crime thriller. Having said that, I’ll basically read any good story, no matter the genre (except maybe horror – I scare easily J). My top authors include greats like Isobelle Carmody, Robin Hobb and Sara Douglass.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
I just finished V.E.Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy, which I adored. It’s been a long time since I’ve loved a trilogy so much. Now I’ve just started Megan Whalen Turner’s ‘The Thief’ and so far I’m really enjoying it. The main character Gen is such a cocky smart-mouth – entertaining stuff!
9: What is your favourite book and why?
It’s pretty much impossible to pick an absolute favourite book, so I’m going to give you three series, and they’re written by the authors I outlined above. Not only did I love these stories, but they played a formative role in growing up as well as in my own writing.
Isobelle Carmody – The Obernewtyn Chronicles
Robin Hobb – The Farseer Trilogy
Sara Douglass – The Axis Trilogy
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Write what you love, and do it because you love it. For me, it can’t be about making money or even the goal of getting published (self-pubbing or traditional). At the end of the day I write because I love writing, irrespective of whether another living soul ever reads what I write.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
You can also get me directly via email on email@example.com.
About the Author:
Lisa was born in Melbourne, Australia, but now lives in the nation’s capital, Canberra!
She mostly sticks to novel-length fantasy but occasionally likes to break out with short stories on random things like unicorns and ninjas. When not writing, you’ll like catch her enthusiastically spectating a basketball game (#NewYorkKnickForLife), working for a living, or…well… writing!
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