Blogger Book Fair Day 1: Interview with Lissa Bryan

The End of All Things

Pre-order from TWCS
Release date January 24, 2013

Read the first chapter here:

After a terrible virus ravages the planet, Carly Daniels, one of the few survivors, hides in her apartment in Juneau trying to survive the best she can with only occasional forays to gather food. With her is Sam, a wolf puppy she found starving on the streets. He becomes her companion and a reason to continue when giving up sometimes seems like the more attractive option. Still dazed with shock and grief, she hopes for the world to go back to normal soon.

She is discovered by Justin, an ex-soldier who is intent on making his way to Florida before the winter sets in. Justin coaxes her out of her hiding place and convinces her to join him on his journey, because a warmer climate will be their best chance against the extremes of Mother Nature.

Together, they begin a perilous journey through a nation laid to waste by the disaster. Challenges abound along the way. The weather, injury, and shortage of supplies all help to slow them down. In time, they discover that they aren’t the only survivors. Some are friendly but some have had their minds destroyed by the high fever. Then there are those who simply take what they want, leaving Carly and Justin with no choice but to defend what is theirs.

But their journey is not without joy and love. Together, they face every struggle, including an unplanned pregnancy. Despite the perils of bringing a child into a world of chaos, their baby is a new beginning for themselves and a symbol of hope for the other survivors they find along the way.

This is the story of their journey to find a place to begin a new life, and a home in each other.


Read the first chapter here:

After being laid off from the newspaper where she worked as a journalist, and losing her boyfriend in rapid succession, Sara Howell is looking to downsize before her dwindling savings run out. Things are finally starting to look up when she lands a job ghostwriting the biography of a popular politician and rents an isolated island house which turns out to have once been the home of her favorite author, Seth Fortner, who mysteriously disappeared in 1925.

But when strange things start happening, as objects break, or go missing, and terrifying visions appear, Sara begins to wonder if Seth ever left, or if she is losing her mind.

What happened to Seth is a secret closely guarded by the family to this day, a family that seems to exist under a terrible curse. Through an old trunk of letters she discovers in the attic, Sara unravels the mystery and becomes caught up in a tale of greed, lost love and the horrors of WWI.

When Sara realizes she is not going crazy and that Seth Fortner’s spirit still haunts her new home on the isolated island, she begins to draw him out of his shell bit by bit. She will discover what happened to the idealistic young writer who went to the battlefields of France to save lives, and to his beautiful bride to destroy the love between them, and what led Seth to make a terrible choice which would have consequences that would echo for generations.

They gradually fall in love in their world of dreams, dreams which swiftly become more attractive than reality, as Sara learns from a ghost how to truly live. Will she be the one to break the “Fortner Curse” by helping Seth conquer his demons, and heal both of their hearts in the process?

And now let’s get to know Lissa!

1. Which books/authors have most influenced you as an author and why?

Emily Brontë: Her Wuthering Heights taught me how important word choice is to setting a mood, and that every line could be a poem. I don’t have anything approaching her talent, but I’ve tried to learn from her work.

Stephen King: In his early works, he could create a character just in a few lines, and write believably from any viewpoint, even that of an animal.

Ernest Hemmingway: He taught me to write cleanly and simply, to be economical and concise with my words.

2. If you could meet one of your favorite fictional characters, who would you choose and why?

Carly Daniels from The End of All Things. She has some qualities I admire: strong optimism, and an unflinching determination to build a better world from the ashes of the old.

3. What fictional world would you most like to visit?

If you mean a fictional world I’ve created, I would have to say the island from Ghostwriter. Though it exists only in my mind, I have a deep and abiding love for that place.

If you meant anyone’s fictional world, it would be J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter universe, but only if I could be a witch.

4. What advice would you give your pre-published self, knowing what you know now?

Go ahead, give it a try.” It was the longest time before I could convince myself to write a story where others could read it, instead of writing them solely in the confines of my own head.

5. We apparently dodged a bullet and avoided the Mayan apocalypse in 2012. But as they say, “winter is coming.” What three things do you want to have on hand when the Others come down from beyond the Wall?

A flame-thrower, a pack of dire wolves, and a Starbucks.  We’ll need a lot of lattes to keep the Night’s Watch alert and warm.


Lissa BryanLissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete’s foot…. though only in her head. Real life isn’t so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.

Her first novel, Ghostwriter, is now available through The Writer’s Coffee Shop (which is the least expensive option), Amazon, iTunes, and Kobo. Her second novel, The End of All Things, will be released on January 24, 2013, and is now available for pre-order. Her third novel, tentatively titled Daughter of the Wind and Waves is in-progress.


About Cindy Young-Turner

Hippie chick who is still hoping to change the world someday. Author of the fantasy novel, Thief of Hope.
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1 Response to Blogger Book Fair Day 1: Interview with Lissa Bryan

  1. alkaplan says:

    Very intriguing. I read the first chapter as well. Of course you had me at the mention of wolf.

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