Are you a fan of detailed fantasy worlds that will take you far away to a place of dragons and demons and humans with magic powers? I have a series for you!
Lisa contacted me some time ago when I first announced that I was going to do some author interviews. We’ve been author friends on Facebook for a while, and she also writes fantasy, so I thought I’d give her books a go and learn about the magic in her books.
Lisa’s fantasy world is well built. You can tell how much effort she’s put into building her magic system and the world of her characters. There’s a grand scheme to all of it, like most good fantasy books. Her magic users get their powers from God, so there’s a minor nod to that in the books. A kind of C.S. Lewis element for adults you might say. My favorite part was the interaction (and humor) between the wise ones and the dragons. I believe her sister does the art work for the books. Amazing, aren’t they? For a look at the third cover (and to learn more about Lisa), hop on over to https://www.magicintheland.com
Don’t forget to add her books to your Goodreads! Now let’s get to know more about Lisa!
Introduce yourself. Name. Nickname Hello, I’m Lisa Lowell, author of the Wise One series and also that big stack of ideas in my trunk that I started back when I was twelve. I could finish one a year and never get them all written. I’m from Oregon, but have traveled quite a bit and always came back to the quiet green of home. My husband and I have three children and love our life together (25 years next June) despite its unexpected twists. My nickname is unspeakable.
What personality trait has gotten you into the most trouble? The personality trait that has gotten me into the most trouble is a toss-up. When I was younger, it was putting myself down. It kept me from pursuing my writing and made for a lack of attachments. I wrote gloomy prose that no one wanted to read because I was so negative on myself. Then, after an epiphany that I won’t reveal here, I grew up. Now, in my adult years, I find my temper gets me into trouble. I have no patience for people since I didn’t learn how to make friends who didn’t love books and writing, so that frustration bleeds into my work and relationships. However, from my prior experiences with overcoming my first fatal flaw, I’ve insisted that my characters too, can grow, adapt and change.
What genre (of collection) do you write in and why? I started with fantasy, dabbled in sci-fi and even a little historical fiction. I minored in history and love to take a spin on ancient scripture. Why these three? It is the magical element I cannot resist. That’s why I don’t write within more established historical time periods. I need the fantasy that Egypt or Babylon can bring to their long-lost world. I enjoy science fiction for the same reason. Aliens and super heroes bring their own fantastical facets to the writing. In the end, it’s always about the magic.
Where do you call home? Home is western Oregon, in small rural towns all up and down the valley. I’ve never liked living in big cities, although I have done so in my younger years. I need the green of the forest, the splash of waterfalls and the quiet of a long walk in a garden in order to write what I do.
What books are/have you written? At present I have two books published: Talismans and Ley Lines, the first two in Wise Ones series. There are nine in that series altogether, and all are accepted for publication. The third, Life Giver, is about to be published as well. Also, I’ve got several stand alone novels that I haven’t pursued yet. One, Dual, is a nanowrimo attempt that failed because I wanted it to be of better quality, so I took two months on it. I also have an historical romance set in ancient Babylon, Israel and Egypt. In between books for the Wise One series, I’m fleshing out a six or seven book sci-fi series called Markpath that I’ve dabbled with for over twenty years. In other words, I’ve got too much writing to stop and enjoy a bout of writer’s block.
If you are having a rotten day, what do you do to conquer that? My house is at its cleanest when I’m at my meanest. If I’m having a rotten day, I break out the scrub brushes and take my frustration out on the hard surfaces of my house. It’s therapeutic and cathartic as well as safer than taking it out on those loved ones around me. I would do that too easily. Then I go for a walk in the garden.
What would you name your boat? First of all, I would never own a boat. My father-in-law says boat stands for ‘break out another thousand’, and I am a consummate penny pincher. However, if I did own a boat it would be called Talisman, after my first published book.
What’s your biggest kitchen disaster? My biggest kitchen disaster was miserable because of what it meant. I’m not a great cook so my husband Pat used to do most of the cooking. However, he developed Parkinsons about fifteen years ago and the worst day was when he was trying to make spaghetti. He was pouring in a can of tomato sauce and the shakes were so bad that he dropped the nearly full can into the sauce and it splattered throughout the kitchen, even on the ceiling. I had to repaint the ceiling and wash all the cupboards. However, the worst part was taking the spoon away from him permanently. It was one of the first restrictions Parkinsons imposed on the man I love, but not the last. I remember that miserable day every time he loses something more he once loved to do.
Tell me about one of your characters. Owailion, from the first Wise Ones novel, has a place in my heart. He is an engineer, who had his memory destroyed before he was brought to my world and made into an apprentice in magic, taught by the dragons. He is quiet and very intelligent, but can be overwhelmed by beauty. That awe makes him utterly speechless. I like him a lot, but would we get along in real life? I think I would love to go out for dinner with him, but I could not see myself being a friend. He’s a bit too stiff and I would feel like I was in the presence of a prophet. Of course, he would get along with me because I love them, despite his flaws. He is far better than me.
If someone asked to be your apprentice and learn all that you know, what would they end up learning? I am a teacher in my day job. Hence the reason I dabble in writing – to help pay the bills since teaching pays squat and my husband can no longer work. If someone (and several have) asked to apprentice under me, they would have quite a few subjects from which to select. I can teach sign language, writing, public speaking and drawing. I also dabble in Swedish, calligraphy, piano, guitar, voice lessons and genealogy. Take your pick. I don’t limit myself, why should you?
What are your future writing plans? I plan on finishing the Wise Ones series (six more to go) and get Dual and Prince of Samaria up and running. Those are already written and the editing and revision are not nearly as satisfying as the writing portion, so I’d sustain my writing muse by delving into the Markpath series, which I like more than the Wise Ones. It will take more time because of its content and the research needed, but it’s far more dynamic and rawer, which I like.
You’re in the middle of a wizarding duel. What animal do you transfigure into? This is funny because one of the characters in book #7 in the Wise Ones has that ability and he cannot do anything that’s as large as a dragon, or as small as a microbe, so he often wants to become that dragon. I’d probably select a dragon simply because I could get away and yet still be very safe if I elected to stay. I’m a lover, not a fighter, and when I get angry, I’m fearsome. A dragon that would fly away doesn’t strike me as a coward, but also doesn’t have to fight. That’s what I like about it.
You are transported to one of your favorite books. Where are you? I am on Pern, although I don’t think I’d like it there very much. I would probably not be a dragonrider, so the rest of life would be rather inglorious. Maybe I could handle being a harper. I like music and while I’m not overly talented, the teaching of children is right up my path.
Thank you, Lisa, for letting us get to you know and your books a little better. I feel like we could chill over coffee if we were closer neighbors! It’s been a pleasure, and it sounds like we can expect more good literature from you!