If you go to the Amazon page and read the description for Lisa’s Way, by Robert Collins, you will find a paragraph that says: “Lisa’s Way presents a heroine more interested in reasoning than fighting, and more concerned with doing good than looking good.”
It is such a relief to see a female heroine portrayed in this manner, and I am glad to see that Collins has attempted to craft an excellent role model for teenagers.
Just as a side note, in the author biography on Amazon, among his many literary accomplishments, it says Collins has sold nonfiction to Model Railroader Magazine. I love model railroads and have read the magazine. Anyone who publishes in it is tops in my book!
Thomas D. Taylor
1.) Author’s name:
2.) Most recent novel:
4.) What’s the approximate page count and word count?
75,000 words; about 220 pages.
5.) Is this part of a series?
6.) If this is part of a series, how many books in the series so far and how many more in the series do you plan to write?
This is the first book in the series. As to how many books will be in the series, I don’t know yet. A second book will be a collection of short stories. The third book will be a novel. I can see writing at least two more books, but there might be more.
7.) Give us a brief summary of the novel.
Teenager Lisa Herbert lives in the small town of Mountain View on the planet Fairfield. The “Savage Rain” decades earlier shut down the hyperspace gate and isolated her world. A casual remark from her sister gets Lisa to ask a simple question: “If life was better before the ‘Savage Rain,’ why couldn’t it be better again?”That question starts Lisa on a journey. She reactivates Fairfield’s H-gate and travels to three worlds. Each planet offers her a chance to improve life by hard work, by trade, or by making friends. She relies on her brains, her compassion, and a little sneakiness to solve the problems she faces.
8.) What motivated you to write this book?
Lisa’s Way began in high school many years ago. Lisa Herbert stood out from the other characters, so over time the rewrites focused the story more and more on her. I kept wanting to tell her story and tell it right.
9.) What are some of the major themes that are explored in this book?
I think one of the important themes is community. Lisa finds that recovering from the “Savage Rain” involves reconnecting people with each other. Another theme is how Lisa has to be creative in solving problems. Sometimes the truth works; sometimes it’s being clever; but only rarely does force work.
10.) What is your opinion about the genre in general?
11.) What do you think makes your book something that other people will like to read?
I hope it’s that Lisa isn’t the typical heroine. She doesn’t have to be pretty to accomplish her goals, or give up her femininity. She can be smart, or strong, or nice, or hard as she has to be.A reviewer noted that, because there’s not much high-tech science fiction in the novel, it could be easy for fantasy fans to get into. I encourage people who don’t read SF to give Lisa’s Way a try. I hope it’ll pleasantly surprise you.
12.) Anything else you’d like to add?
Read more books!