An exciting fantasy author this week, so read on… If you want to promote your book and discuss life as an author, interview with me here.
Lisa E. Parry
Tell us a brief summary of your book’s plot.
On a grey coastal holiday with her family, twenty-year-old Melissa Thames doesn’t expect much excitement – that is, before she goes into a dusty bookshop and buys a blank diary that turns out to be the most powerful book of black magic in existence. Her life turns upside down and inside out…
She’s kidnapped by a battle witch and her bodyguard, who claim she needs protection. To prove their point, a power-hungry warlock makes a devastating attempt on her life. Melissa is left with no choice but to run. Her guardians stand between her and certain death…
Thrown into a world of witchcraft, pursued by sorcerers, and with the threat of a necromancer to boot, Melissa has to figure out: “Why me?”
What was the inspiration for this story?
Other than a wild imagination? It’s difficult to say really. I was in Devon at the time and I was slightly bored. I had always been interested in fantasy books and before I knew it little scenarios were popping into my head. With a smile on my face, I began to note down my ideas. Progressively, my wild imaginings were strung together to make the story that is the Black Sorcery Trilogy. Witch Hunt was written in about six months. So you could say that my surroundings in Devon were key to Witch Hunt coming into fruition.
Do you have any writing habits you would like to tell us about?
Let me see…Which to share? Chocolate for one thing. Of course I need that boost of sugar when I need it. It’s not exactly integral to my writing, but it sure does help. I also find music very inspirational. Certain moments in Witch Hunt were written when I was listening to a specific song – I found it helped with the vibe and gave scenes a pleasing fluidity. I usually go out for a walk with my trusty companions – my ipod and notebook.
What is the hardest thing to manage when you start writing?
I must have a timeline of events written down before I start. I also fill it in as I go along to help with continuity. The timeline is firstly dotted with twists and game changing moments before it’s filled out with new ideas as I progress through the story. Without this structure in place to begin with, I couldn’t even possibly think about starting.
Name the three books currently topping your To Be Read list?
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
How important do you think a book’s cover is?
I like a book cover to visually connect with the story – to have some representation of what’s going on inside. I love the paperback covers to the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. The front and the back convey different representations of the main character. The cover to Witch Hunt relates to the story. There is a moment in the book where two hands are joined to make fire and the intricate decorations framing the book also frame the book of black magic. I can’t deny that I like to see a great book cover.
If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose?
Sarah J. Maas. I love her style and the way she writes fantasy.
If he was still alive, I would’ve also liked to have collaborated with David Eddings. He built a fantasy world so beautifully and managed to make the dynamics of a group of people work comically well. David Eddings hooked me onto fantasy after all…