I am so excited!
This is my very first guest post and I’m so happy my first blog guest is my critique partner and friend, Lisa Fender. Her debut novel, Fable – Book I of the Lorn Prophecies is slated to launch April/May of this year. I’m ecstatic for her! I’ve been critiquing her work for the past two years and know exactly how much this means to her.
Not only did Lisa answer my questions about her book and writing, she brought Jack Snow, one of her characters with her. Jack is the long-time friend of her protagonist Stevie Barrett, and one of my personal favorites.
So, let’s jump into the world of the Djen, the inhabitants of Djenrye, a parallel dimension to our own.
I’ll start with some questions for you, Lisa.
RG – Lisa, I know you’ve been working on this book for four years and you’re looking forward to seeing it in print. What has been the most rewarding thing for you as you’ve gone through the process of writing and revising?
Lisa – Seeing the book actually become a wonderfully written novel! When I first wrote the rough-draft I knew there was something wrong, but I couldn’t fix it. I had to take classes, hire a writing coach, and once I realized what was missing, (creative writing skills) the book became something I wanted to read!
RG – You’ve been working with a co-author, who is also your sister, Toni Burns. How has that been and do you feel the two of you are closer for working together?
Lisa – It has been a great experience! We are now closer than ever. For some reason we are in sync with each other. We are always in each other’s head. But, to try and do it alone, well I am at a blank. I’m so glad she loves the story as much as I!
RG – Fable – Book I of the Lorn Prophecies, is the first in the series. How many books are planned?
Lisa – That is a question I don’t know if I can answer. Originally there was going to be 3, a trilogy. But, we decided to add short stories about Djenrye in between releases of the novels. And, we have discussed there being 5 novels, so that’s a lot of books…we’ll see.
RG – Okay, Lisa, give us a blurb about Fable . . . Jack, put your hand down, it’s still Lisa’s turn. Where was I–oh, I think the readers will be fascinated by the world you’ve created.
Lisa – At eighteen, Stevie Barrett, discovers that she has powers, visions, and is from another dimension parallel to this world. Most startling yet, she is destined to save both worlds from total destruction. Her nemesis seeks to control the five ancient Orbs (Orteh, in the Djen tongue) that maintain the Earth’s balance—the spheres she is meant to protect—but to do so, he must drain her blood and powers. Stevie’s challenge is to embrace her birthright as the last surviving Guardian of the Orbs, learn to use her abilities, and accept exile from the only home she has ever known, if she is to save herself and everyone she loves.
Okay, Jack. Now it’s your turn.
RG – How old are you, Jack, and how long have you known Stevie Barrett?
Jack – Old enough to know better and young enough not to care. (Glare from Lisa) Okay, okay, eighteen. I’ve known Stevie since we were kids. Maybe, twelve or thirteen years? But, she didn’t succumb to my manly charms until about eight years ago. (Lisa shakes her head)
RG – I know you were pretty put out about the appearance of Colton in Stevie’s life. How’s that working for you?
Jack – Seriously? Like I have anything to worry about from a warrior god from another dimension who is my best friend’s soul mate…okay, never mind. We’ll always have Golden.
RG – Are you ever serious?
Jack – Like a heart attack. Hey Stevie’s still my bud, and Alyssa’s still my…well, that’s turning out to be another story all together.
RG – What’s the first thing you thought when you found out your friend isn’t human? That’s got to be a mind blower.
Jack – You aren’t kiddin! But hey, having a superhero friend is pretty intense. A cool kinda intense.
RG – These Djen guys are pretty serious and dangerous. Are you afraid for your life?
Jack – Nah. I’m mean, look at me…
(Jack winks at RG)
RG – (rolls eyes) You and Detective Wood play a big part in Stevie and Colton’s quest to find the missing Orteh (orb). How does is make you feel to be included in the search?
Jack – Included? Why wouldn’t they include me? I’m Colton’s co-warrior and Wood’s IT guy.
RG – Okay, final question. Now that you know Stevie is spoken for, is there a new love in your life?
Jack – I don’t know if I’d say L…O…V…E. But, well, have you met that cute nimble little gymnast Stevie and I hang out with? Anyone who can do a back bend like Alyssa…I’m just sayin.
(Lisa sighs, RG raises eyebrows)
Jack – What?
RG – Thank you Lisa and Jack for visiting with me today.
Lisa – Thanks for having us, Robin! Wouldn’t miss it!
Jack – Anytime doll-face. And if you need any help fighting off warriors from another dimension, give me a call (Lisa punches Jack in the arm). Hey! I’m just sayin…
Fable – Book I of the Lorn Prophecies by Lisa Fender, with Toni Burns will be available soon. I will post the launch date as soon as that’s decided. You can follow Lisa and Toni at the links listed below.