Name: Lisa Marie Matlin
What you Write: YA Fantasy
Agent: Naomi Davis
I’m so pleased to introduce you to Lisa Marie Matlin. Lisa’s dark, angsty YA fantasy THE WOLF, THE CROW, & THE QUEEN is a furious romp through an emotional landscape rife with weird magic and frightening forces. Lisa’s work so beautifully ties the internal emotional battle of her main character, Lux, into the chaos of the world around her. You’re going to love it.
What genres do you write? Read?
I write YA anything! Fantasy is probably my favourite genre because I can throw a unicorn into my book and nobody bats an eyelid.
I read any genre of YA (especially fantasy), but I’m not a big fan of contemporary. I also read Women’s Fiction, but, I will read anything if it’s got a great hook!
Plotter or pantster?
Pantser! Plotting doesn’t work for me. I usually daydream out the pivotal scenes, carefully select the playlist, then smash out the book in a few months. Then I send it out to my beta readers and go, “Is it crap? It’s crap, isn’t it?” Then I revise based off their feedback. My #llamasquad mate, Ashley, really helped me fill in the plot holes of this book. Thank you, Ashley!
Drink of choice when writing? When not writing?
Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. I have to make a coffee before I write. Half the time I don’t even drink it, but I can’t concentrate if it’s not there. When not writing, I drink crappy $5 bottles of red wine. But whisky is my favourite drink…I mean water… I meant water, Mom.
Synopses, love them or hate ‘em?
I hate them to death. They must die. But nothing is as bad as the hell that is: The Query Letter.
Do you have a writing playlist or a vision board? If so, what’s on them?
Absolutely! I couldn’t write without a playlist and vision board. The playlist helps me establish the tone and remain consistent. For this book I used six songs from Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life album:
In my feelings.
This was my vision board for this book: https://www.pinterest.com.au/leematlin/nightling/
Day or Night writer?
Night! If the sun is shining, I can’t stand being inside writing. Plus, the MC in my book lives in a cursed kingdom of eternal night, so writing when it was dark definitely helped.
Twitter or Instagram? Or Facebook? Where can we find you?
You can find me on Twitter! https://twitter.com/MissLambchop
I just started an Instagram! If you like pugs, fishing, and pervy peacocks, then follow the hell out of me: https://www.instagram.com/lisa_m_matlin/