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About Rissa Blakely

Rissa Blakeley is the author of a fantasy paranormal series, Corvidae Guard, and a post-apocalyptic saga, Shattered Lives, which features a paranormal twist and has been adapted into graphic novel form.

As a native New Yorker, Rissa is now a Georgia transplant who is completely addicted to black coffee and La Croix, obsessively listening to songs on repeat. Her days are packed with characters screaming for more scenes, cats living up to their Harry Potter namesakes, lazy dogs, a teenage daughter, who's bringing Emo back, and a Viking husband, who finds her puns less than funny. When Rissa isn't writing, she can be found procrastinating on social media.

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What genre do you write it?

Currently, I'm working on my Corvidae Guard series, which is fantasy and paranormal romance.

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

I haven't yet. In the future, I want to hit up a few. The studio where Harry Potter was filmed, Platform 9 3/4, Hotel Chelsea. My daughter wants to go to Oscar Wilde's grave.


Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Depending on the scene. If it's a highly emotional moment, I have to set the WIP down to allow myself to regroup.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Comparing themselves and their work to others. Also, stay away from social media drama. Read it if you want, but don't comment.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

Social media.

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

I have two series. Both are separate worlds. My post-apocalyptic series, Shattered Lives, is located on the eastern side of the United States. I toyed around with the idea of adding western and central as new books. We know how the apocalypse ends. It would be more about the fight to keep the virus from spreading but as of now, there isn't a pull to write them.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

My process hasn't changed much. I have specific steps I follow that work for me. The one that is most important to me is after the final beta notes, I read it out loud. You usually catch any odd wording.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

The Secret History by Donna Tartt. All eyes are focused on The Goldfinch right now due to the moving coming soon. The characters are just as compelling and the storyline just as twisted. I dare say, even more so. If you've read The Secret History, you will find a small cameo in The Goldfinch.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

A raven due to their inquisitive nature, and they aren't as social as other birds.


What’s the best way to market your books?

To be honest, I have no idea. The market changes all the time. I don't think there is one way that is best. One thing I do is interact with my readers. It's enjoyable, and I've made a few really great friends.

How many hours a day do you write?

I don't have a writing schedule. I'm disabled so I can't write every day. I wish I could, but I do my best when I can.

If you didn’t write, what would you do for work? Or do you work full time?

Before I became disabled, I worked as an electronics technician, testing and troubleshooting microscopic hybrid circuits. Would I still be doing that? Maybe. I do believe the writing bug would've hit me at some point.

What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

Sleep. Because of my auto immune disorders, I have chronic fatigue. I need a lot of extra sleep and naps. It really gets in the way of productivity. People say it must be nice to take naps, but it sucks and is frustrating.

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