We’re so pumped about our conversation with Lisa Fender. Lisa is the author of the fantasy fiction series – the Lorn Prophecy and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Lisa below.
Hi Lisa, so great to have you join us again. For folks who might have missed our earlier conversations, can you please take a minute to briefly introduce yourself?
I’m basically like most people – I wear a lot of hats. Wife of Rick Fender, mother to Travis and Brandie, grandmother to Madison and Carson. But I am also a fantasy fiction author. I’ve always wanted to write, from the time I entered elementary school, but I let everything get in the way. I guess it wasn’t my time yet. At least that’s what I tell myself. When I was laid off in 2009, along with most of the people in this country, I decided to take advantage of the time at home and started my journey to the land of the Djen. Before I took this leap though my life was chaotic at best. Most of my working years were spent on waiting tables, or restaurant management. I did, however, go to school to become an aesthetician in 1999 and worked in a few spas. I did enjoy performing facials and waxing, though yet again, the walls came tumbling down. 9/11 happened and it pretty much closed down most of Cherry Creek and did cause the spa I worked at – Greenhouse Day Spa – to close its doors. After that, I ended up back in restaurants until the big layoff of half the country. Besides my work history and my family, I do enjoy hiking in the great Rocky Mountains and of course, a nice soak in the hot springs of Cottonwood. I love to travel and I love meeting new friends. But most of all – I love writing!
Since your books are more for a specific audience, a niche, what are the types of readers you believe will enjoy them?
People who don’t want the story to end. Those who’ve read Game of Thrones, or Lord of the Rings. Who love to go on a journey across a new land and discover its wonders along with the main character. And people who love magic, mystery, elves and wizards, mountains and seas, and ancient alien theories. I find the ancient alien theory fascinating. It’s about the Gods of lore. The one’s who came here and created this world and those who live here. It entails the Sumerian culture and Mesopotamia. And the giants that built our mammoth structures that are still around after thousands of years. Mix those fables with magic and you have a great story.
After you are finished with this series, what are your plans for the next book(s)?
I’ve decided to go more into science fiction. The books will take place on another planet, but it will be earthlings that traveled there a hundred years from now and colonized. There will be monsters, and there will be a heroine, but they will be shorter books, just more of them. I’ve found the smaller books seem to be more popular, which, to me, is hard to believe. But I’ll go with it. It seems to be what the readers want. I did consider a witch series, but that genre is getting more saturated by the day. I do love witchy books though.
You have not been able to sell your books at conferences since Covid has hindered any large gatherings. Are you working on other ways to market?
Yes. I created a sales page on my website, Djenworld.com so people can purchase a signed copy of the paperbacks for a lower price. Then I mail them or if the reader is local, meet them and drop the book off. It worked really well with my latest launch – Legend book 5. I’ve also joined a new site – Booksniffer and am planning to write more blogs and I do advertise more on Amazon and Facebook. I also plan to work more on marketing through classes. Several years ago, I signed up to Bryan Cohen’s advertising classes and have learned a lot. I need to get back to it. I do miss having a table at Pop Culture Con (formally Comic Con of Denver). I did that for 5 years. It was a lot fun and I met some great people and gained some fans. I hope when they do reopen next year, they have an author alley as they did before so that I can sell my books there again.
What has been your hardest challenges this last year with writing?
I experienced, for the first time, writer’s block. It was horrible. It took me months to work through it and caused my most recent launch to be postponed until January of 2021. Some of my writer friends wrote like the wind – not me – I fought through every word. Plus, it did not help that I lost one of my critique partners. Not to death or anything like that, but her deciding to move on to other things. It was tough. But I do have another critique partner, Heather, and she totally stepped to the plate and helped me through it all. She’s my life saver, that’s for sure. And I do have a wonderful editor also – Michael Mc Fadden. He had been with me from the beginning of my writing endeavor and has never let me down. He knows my story inside and out and is not afraid to give me suggestions and to critique himself – which he’s really good at. I thank the gods for both of them.
Thank you so much again for sharing all of this with us. Before we go, can you share with our readers how they can connect with you, learn more or show support?
I can be reached through my website: http://www.djenworld.com and you can sign up to my newsletter on there and receive the first book in The Lorn Prophecy Series. Also: Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/fablebookI I am on Goodreads and Amazon and you can follow me on both of those. I have not joined Instagram but I probably should. I used to be on twitter but dropped my acct on there. It’s not my thing. I like to actually get to know my readers. I recently joined http://www.booksniffer.com I believe you can download the app and follow me on there. I hope some of you follow me, and if so, introduce yourself and let me know you found me from this article.
- Website: www.djenworld.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/fablebookI
- Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/lisafender
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/lisafender1
- Other: www.booksniffer.com www.amazon.com/lisafender
Lisa Fender Janet Baltz