... friends, momentarily excuse this diversion into things you already know.
Hi, I'm Lise.
This is me with my plush chicken, Oksana. Tim Powers told me that a writer must choose a spirit animal, so this is her.
I'm in my 30s and live in Central Massachusetts. I'm married to my soulmate and have no kids (by choice) but three cats. I've been writing fiction--mostly fantasy--since I was about twelve. I attended Vassar College, where I studiously avoided majoring in anything close to English or creative writing, choosing cognitive science instead. Recently, I attended Viable Paradise, an SFF writing workshop on Martha's Vineyard, which renewed my interest in writing as a career.
For Pitch Wars, I submitted Gods and Fathers, my 93,000 word adult fantasy in an Indian-inspired setting, which was also my VP workshop piece. It's just your average tale of a god-touched prince and his
My inspirations for this in particular were Zelazny's superb book Lord of Light, coupled with the original 1968 Planet of the Apes. Also looking at a lot of pictures of David Bowie as the Goblin King. Because reasons.
My day job is as a front-end web developer, which has very little to do with writing, but which is a ton of fun, too.
When I'm not writing or working, I enjoy LARPing (more of the index card than foam sword variety, although I do both), games of all sorts, knitting, embroidery, and costume history/construction.
And I read, naturally. I read a lot of fantasy, a dash of SF and horror, history, Victoriana, poetry, and novels of manners. Currently I'd name some of my favorite authors and books as:
- Steve Brust -- specifically his Dragaera stuff. I even wrote a larp in his world.
- Tim Powers
- Kage Baker, who was taken from the SFF community far too young
- Scott Lynch and his elf hair
- Lois McMaster Bujold's fantasy (I've read some Miles, too, and liked it, but fantasy is really more my bailiwick
- Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
- Christopher Priest's The Prestige
- Nora Jemisin's Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, to which Gods & Fathers has been favorably compared!
- Leigh Bardugo's Grisha trilogy
- H.P. Lovecraft in general, and his Dream Cycle in specific, for all that I understand how deeply problematic some of his works are.
- Lord Dunsany, too, while we're talking about dream-like
- I've recently binged on Wodehouse, and I would love to turn a phrase like Plum did.
- I need to read more Dumas, but I love The Three Musketeers, and have seen nearly every movie version ever made. I like the character of Milady de Winter so much I'm writing a novel which is basically fantasy vindication of her.
- I apparently have a thing for poets who went to my alma mater, because I love me some Edna St. Vincent Millay and Mary Oliver.
There's more, but it's time for...
- I have a predilection for getting stuck in bathrooms. Definitely the most dramatic time was when I got stuck in the second floor bathroom of a philosopher I was house-sitting for. I ended up climbing out onto the garage and jumping off, then convincing his neighbor to help me break back into his house. Runner-up would be when I got stuck in an airplane lavatory and the flight attendant had to pry the door open with nail file.
- I know a stupid amount about the lore of the Elder Scrolls games. If you need to know what was happening in mainland Morrowind at the end of the First Era, or the names of Divayth Fyr's clones/daughters, or what the Khajiit call Sheogorath, I'm your girl.
- I own a plush moon-beast named Disher. Also TWO plush Cthulhus, a plush guar, a plush Pikmin, a plush slime, and a plush bantha. I think it's pretty clear what this says about me.
- Smell is my favorite sense. Also my least favorite, at times.
- I lived in France for a year. While I was there I drank the abomination which is Stella Artois with grenadine syrup. I also ate paté and gherkin sandwiches, which are exactly seventeen times more delicious than they sound.
- Seventeen is my lucky number. It might be a Dragaera thing.
So, uh, pick me? I have a lot of stories to tell, and I'm willing to work hard to tell them.
Or, you know. Go back to the mentee blog hop.