• Welcome

    Welcome to the website of Lyssa Chiavari, author of inclusive sci-fi and fantasy for teens. Here you’ll find the latest news about my current and upcoming writing projects, new releases, and more. Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to get a free short story and be the first to know about my latest releases. Thanks for visiting!

  • Guide to rep in my books

    A lot of my books have LGBT rep in them, but not all of them do. So I thought it would be helpful to make a quick guide to all my books and short stories so that you have an idea of what to look for based on your interests! The Iamos Trilogy + Tie-Ins Fourth World, New World, One World: demisexual main character, asexual main character | m/f ace/demi…

  • 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?” Writing & Book Stuff Q: Who designs your book covers? Most of my covers are created by the ever-awesome Najla Qamber Designs. The exceptions are Magic at Midnight, which was…

  • Listen to me on “To All the YA I’ve Loved Before”

    Last month I recorded two podcasts, and the first of those went live today! To All the YA I’ve Loved Before featured me and Cheerleaders from Planet X as part of their “Alien April” month, including an interview with me and then a review of the book. I really enjoyed talking with fellow YA author Kaycee Racer about what life was like as a teen, which honestly was kind of…

  • My somewhat unusual proof process

    My first proof for One World has arrived! Note that I said my first proof—there will be more. Several years ago (back in 2017, when I was writing Cheerleaders from Planet X), I figured out a handy little writing hack for myself. I’ve mentioned in various places (such as in the podcast I recently recorded with Jewel Riders Archive, which will be available for you to listen to soon) that I…

  • Why I’m excited about the Draft2Digital + Smashwords merger

    If you’ve read this blog in years past, you know I have been down on Smashwords before. You know I’ve said some not-very-nice things about them. But truth be told, for many years, the Smashwords store was my go-to place to buy books as a reader. When I got my first Kindle, I ran to the Smashwords store and browsed a special sale they were holding, grabbing all sorts of…

  • The anatomy of a symptom flare

    It’s been a long, long time since I’ve been active on this blog, or sent out my newsletter, or posted anything decent on social media. My amazing assistant, Esther Hadassah, had been doggedly continuing to post content on Facebook like a trouper. I appreciate her keeping it going even as I’ve given her nothing new to post about in well over a year. I’ve discovered that when you get out…

  • The Martian calendar system in The Iamos Trilogy

    In preparation for the last book in the Iamos series finally? coming out?? soon??? (we can all hope and pray), I am getting together some supplementary material for the series to help readers out, especially those who want to be able to jump into the final book as soon as One World is out without having to start over from the beginning. Right now I’m working on detailed recaps for…

  • There is no magic bullet

    Something that’s been really bothering me for a couple years now is this pervasive idea in indie publishing that there’s a formula to success, and anyone can be making five+ figures from their writing if they follow the formula. You’ll see it a lot on social media, especially on Facebook in writers’ groups. Authors will post that their book isn’t selling, and the peanut gallery will come racing in with…

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