|Lisa Fender, author|
Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog, Lee, this is a really exciting time for me. I have wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. Reading has always been one of my first loves and I excelled in it through school. But as time went on, life got in the way, or should I say, I let life get in the way. I always held onto one day writing a book though, and once the opportunity presented itself, I jumped on it. I guess there’s always a ‘right time, right place’ for everything.
Let me begin by saying, I am literally the waitress that wrote a book! Besides going to school and getting a license in Aesthetics, the only other work I did was in restaurants. I did try to move up the ladder, but with two children at home and I was a single mom for a while in my life, waitressing was the best alternative. The hours were daytimes and I could be there for the kids.
After the kids were on their own, I could begin to fulfill my own dreams. I found myself laid-off from work and that’s when the world of the Djen came to fruition. I sat down one day and began making up this world and what powers they would have and what their purpose was. The last thing I wanted to write about was the typical Vampire, werewolf, and the like, so I thought maybe a takeoff of the Djinni. That evening my sister, Toni, came over and I told her about my idea. I asked her how I should spell the world’s name, Genrye or Jenrye, she said “how about Djenrye, like the true Djinn. Thus, Djenrye was truly born.
|Lisa with sister and co-author|
I wrote the rough draft in 3 months, but I knew the manuscript needed a lot of help. I asked my mother, who was an editor at one time in her life to help me, but she couldn’t quite put her finger on the issue either since she edited non-fiction. I then sought out a writing coach and found out what the problem was, I needed to learn creative writing skills. After that, my writing got better and better and I brought my sister into the mix as a helper with editing. She fell in love with the story so I asked her to co-author with me, and the rest as they say, is history.
We have had a lot of fun with this story and getting the book finally launched on Amazon was the most amazing day for us! I don’t think I could ever capture that wonderful feeling again. When the first books arrived for my launch party, I cried for an hour. I couldn’t believe it! Holding the book in my hands was the most surreal moment, other than when my kids were born, in my life.
It was a lot of hard work, four and a half years to get it to this point, but it was all worth it! The title is Fable – Book 1 of The Lorn Prophecy. We have several more novels planned, and we also are writing novella’s in between each novel that reaches into the world of Djenrye with more depth and understanding. The first novella should be out this fall. Its title is Fated – From the Chronicles of Djenrye.
Fated gives you a look into how my main character, Stevie Barrett, ends up growing up in Golden, Colorado, and the events that led up to it. Both books are filled with adventure, action, magic and also, love. I hope that some of you will give our books a read and then let me know what you thought.
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Stevie’s mom is attacked by men with glowing gold eyes. A strange being spies on Stevie, hidden in shadow. She has waking visions of a people called the Djen and their archaic world. And when her and her BFFs don’t think it can get any weirder, Stevie heals a stranger with a touch. The abilities build until they are a tidal wave awakening within her and threaten her sense of reality.
Her efforts to understand what is happening lead her and her friends to discover a group known as the Rebellion. These warriors from another dimension are hunting her. Their leader is a man bent on destroying Stevie and possessing her legacy. In order to stop him and save everyone she loves, Stevie and her friends must embark on a quest to find and return Tecton, one of the five Orbs—relics—of the other plane she comes to know as Djenrye. The journey will alter everything she believes, propelling her into another world and another life.
For those of you who leave me comments, I will put your name in a hat and draw a winner of a copy of my book and a Starbucks gift card for 10.00. The winner will be announced on my blog site on Sunday evening June 9th. I look forward to your questions or comments and until then enjoy the blurb and excerpt from the book!