Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Meet Lisa Godfrees

My pen name is Lisa Godfrees. Godfrees is an anagram of my real name. If you change the o to an i and switch around the letters you might be able to figure it out. If you do, you'll see why I went with a pen name. ;)  

Several of my fantasy and science fiction short stories have appeared in anthologies, a magazine, and publisher's blog. I live in the Clear Lake area of Houston, a stone's throw from NASA with a fish, a dog, two cats, two daughters, and a husband. There are alligators in our subdivision.

I work part-time for my church as an audio/video production director, but my full-time job is being a mom and wife. Somewhere in there, I try to find time to write. 

How long have you been writing?

I started writing when I left my career as a forensic scientist in 2011. I'd always dreamed of being an author, but for the life of me, I couldn't figure out where story ideas came from. Then I met Nancy Kimball (our wonderful chapter secretary), and she introduced me into the world of Christian fiction. Total God thing.

How did you end up with your first publication? 

I knew a guy that knew a guy. No seriously - a writer in one of the online groups I joined was looking for other writers to join with him in an anthology. All of our stories needed to revolve around his main character, a man named Stelfson. So I wrote a story, and it got published. In 2014, I co-wrote a book with the same author and it is scheduled to be published this year.
How much, and what, do you read?

I read all kinds of fantasy, science fiction, young adult, and middle grade fiction. Both general market and Christian. Aside from the Bible and books on writing craft, I avoid non-fiction like the plague. I read A LOT. Generally, 6-8 books a month.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone just starting out?

Find a writers group. The best place to learn writing is from other writers. And read a lot.

What is your favorite book on the writing craft?

That's hard. There have been so many that have been helpful. One of the most amusing, and helpful, is How NOT to Write a Novel by Mittelmark and Newman. Great examples of what not to do that show you want to do.

What is one thing about you that few people know? Or, if you prefer, what is a hobby you enjoy aside from reading/writing?

I mentioned this before, but people are really surprised I spent eleven years working in a crime lab performing DNA testing. I've been to the FBI for training, I've testified in court as an expert witness, and I've audited other DNA laboratories throughout our country. It was a cool job and I have quite a few stories, some humorous, most not. I like to put science into my science fiction but I don't write crime thrillers because it's too much like work and not enough like entertainment for me.

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