Everything you wanted to know about Lyssa but were afraid to ask

After procrastinating on it for quite some time, I’ve decided to post a little bit of an FAQ about myself so that if you see me mentioning something on social media you won’t be like, “WTF is she talking about?”

Book Stuff

The Iamos Trilogy

Q: I heard that Fourth World includes ace characters—who are they?

The main books of The Iamos Trilogy (i.e., not including Different Worlds) are narrated in dual-POV by Isaak, a teenage boy living on Mars 60 years from now, and Nadin, a girl from Mars’ ancient past. (Hello, time travel!) Both Isaak and Nadin fall on the ace spectrum. Isaak is demisexual, which is addressed (on page/word used) in the first book. Nadin is asexual; however, as of the first book, she is just starting to realize that her experiences are different from those of others, but she doesn’t have a word for it yet. Her experiences as an ace are described in book one, but the word “asexual” is not used. It will be in book two (New World, releasing in 2017), so look forward to that!

Q: Is the asexual representation in The Iamos Trilogy #OwnVoices?

Yes! I go into it more below (see “Queer Stuff”), but I am ace. Nadin’s experiences very closely mirror my own.

Cheerleaders From Planet X

Q: When is Cheerleaders From Planet X releasing?

Due to fun and special health times (see below), I’ve had to push back the publication date for Cheerleaders. I don’t have a firm date yet, but I will be sure to let you know as soon as I have it set in stone. You can find more details here.

Personal Stuff

Health Stuff

Q: What’s going on with your health? I’ve seen you mention it periodically/noticed it’s affecting your book releases…

I try not to go into this too much online because it’s a bummer, but it is something that unfortunately does have to come up every now and then, because it has a huge impact on my writing capacity and is a major part of why my books are published so far apart despite the fact that I’m an indie author, which usually means a shorter gap between books.

The condensed version is that I have a number of unpredictable health problems stemming from a (non-cancerous) pituitary tumor that first reared its ugly head about four years ago, and has recurred twice since then. These include chronic fatigue, a weak immune system that catches every virus and bacterial infection that crosses its path, and random extended periods of brain fog that make it incredibly difficult to concentrate. I also have a seizure disorder that may or may not be connected to the brain tumor, but the medication I’m on for it right now has largely contained it, so it’s more of a minor inconvenience than it was when I was first diagnosed. All these things combined with the ongoing treatment for the tumor and the necessary follow-up and monitoring take their toll on my writing in two ways—first, it means that when I get sick, it often lasts upwards of a month or two rather than just a few days, and that cuts into my writing time significantly. Second, it means that when I’m not sick, I have to work twice as hard, because my medical bills are very expensive. Writing (so far) is a great career, but it’s not consistent enough to pay my premium, so I work a number of freelance jobs doing everything from graphic design to book formatting. In months when I have a lot of clients, writing has to take a backseat. I don’t like it, but the alternative is not paying my bills, so for the time being, that’s just part of it.

I’m still learning my limits and trying to set my publication goals accordingly, but even when I give myself a generous deadline, life has a tendency of just happening—for example, the Cheerleaders From Planet X fiasco. So basically, please know that if you’re looking forward to a book and it’s not coming out very fast, I’m not doing it to be a jerk, I promise.

Queer Stuff

Q: 💗💜💙♠️?

As mentioned above, I (like Nadin) am asexual. This means that I do not experience sexual attraction—which is, of course, different from romantic attraction. Unlike Nadin, who is heteroromantic, I am biromantic. That’s a large part of the reason why some of my books have m/f romance and others have f/f; just like how I’m (theoretically) happy dating any gender, I’m happy writing romance between any gender. I do have an upcoming book planned with a bi heroine, but for the most part I just don’t go into it and you get the pairings you get. (If you get pairings at all. Because I also don’t write that much romance to begin with.)

I struggled for a while trying to figure out whether it was “okay” for me to write m/f and f/f both under the same pen name, as these two genres tend to not have much overlap when it comes to readership, but I ultimately decided that I was writing these books for me and for people like me. (And mostly for sci-fi/fantasy fans who [hopefully] don’t care.) So if either m/f or f/f are not your cup of tea, just be aware that I write both and maybe check the reviews of each book before you buy.

However, I am very unlikely to ever write sexual content, regardless of gender. I stay PG-rated, and my PG is probably most people’s G.

Political Stuff

Q: How do you feel about [insert political issue here]?

No.

Q: But…

Nope.

Q: Really?

Yes.


I intend to add to this FAQ as more questions become frequently asked, so if there’s something you want to know more about, please feel free to leave a comment below!

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