We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Fender and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
What’s the saying? Do what you love and the money will follow… I’ve always loved books and I always wanted to write one. Of course, I could never stop at one. No, I had to write a series. And not any series, but one with epic sized books. Although, that’s what I’ve always loved to read. I don’t want the story to end. And with writing comes marketing and the next thing you know, you’ve created a business.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a writer – and I love it! I believe what sets me a part is I took a chance on not writing what everyone else is. The short books that are cut off before the ending, only to sell you another book and another, until you’ve spent a lot of money for a lot of small books. I am a big fan of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and other epic series that take you into a world filled with mystery, fantasy, and pulls you in as part of the story. It has been a major challenge, but one I felt I was up for. I’ve seen many writers who have written several manuscripts but are afraid to take the plunge and hit the publish button. Was it easy? No. Nothing that’s worth it is. I took writing classes, joined writing groups, have learned how important creative writing skills are and I’m a stickler at putting out quality content. My books are highly edited because I want people to appreciate a tight, clean novel that they can simply sit back and enjoy the story, not have things stop them in the middle of a scene because they got lost. Whether it’s from poorly written chorography or head hopping and you don’t know which character’s head your in. A book should relax you and take you away. If you enjoy new worlds, interesting characters and different plots than what you are used to, then give my books a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m not much of a city girl. The mountains are my favorite place. But if I had to show them around Denver, I guess it would be the Art Museum, Eliches, and possibly Union Station. Maybe take them to a concert at the Pepsi Center, or a game at the stadium. And there are quite a few brewery’s and bars in town.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many, but those who have stuck with me and have been a part of my writing endeavor are Heather Martinez and Michael Mc Fadden. One is my critique partner, the other my editor, and tremendous friends. Thank the Gods for both of their loyalty and honesty. I couldn’t have done it without them!