Lisa Jade is a fiction writer based in the UK. She currently lives in Shropshire with her husband and mostly specialises in Science Fiction but has been known to dabble in Dystopian and Post-apocalyptic fiction. She has been writing novels for seven years.
I was born in Telford in the early nineties - so I was the perfect age growing up to experience some really good books. When I was small, Enid Blyton and Goosebumps filled my days. As I grew older, I experienced the Harry Potter phenomenon and the resurgence of YA Science Fiction.
I challenge anyone else who experienced all of those things to say that they were not in some way inspired by what they read. Stories of wizards and fairies turned into robots and dystopian universes - all so well-done that by the time I was twelve, I couldn't imagine my life without writing.
The first few things I wrote were, admittedly, pretty awful. I recently found an old notepad full of things I wrote when I was ten or eleven. By adult standards they were pretty bad, but I was actually impressed by how much better I am now.
The main reason that I write fiction is to get the stories out of my head. I have a wild imagination and strong characters pop up in my head daily, so I have to put in place filters to keep track of which ideas are good enough to write. I think that, if I didn't have writing as an outlet, the stories would have driven me mad by now.
I have opted to become an independent author rather than submitting my works through agents and publishers - maybe some time in the future that will change, but for now I'm thrilled about the idea of having total creative control. Having said that, I'm certainly no stranger to a good critique - no decent writer ever existed without receiving criticism and praise in equal parts.
I have a very distinct writing style; I favour strong female leads, deep internal conflicts, and settings which - with imagination - create stunning landscapes. An equal share of violence and affection, romance sometimes shows itself but never takes centre stage. I place a heavy emphasis on newly formed relationships, platonic opposite-sex friendship and unusual realities. I try to give my characters a wide range of personality, from outgoing to incredibly introverted. I spend hours poring over the character designs and trying to make them as close to reality as I possibly can.
The one thing you can definitely expect from me is that I will only ever share with you my very best, and only my most intriguing pieces.