Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who you are, where you’re from, what got you into writing in the first place, and what inspires you.
Hey all! Thanks for having me. My name is Rissa Blakeley and I write post-apocalyptic and paranormal romance books. I’m a Georgia transplant, with a husband of almost 22 years, a 16 year old daughter, and 4 furkids.
Here’s where my story gets complicated…
In 2004, I was in a car wreck that changed my life. When I wasn’t getting better with physical therapy, occupational therapy, and chiropractic care, my doctor sent me to a Rheumatologist to be tested for auto-immune issues. I failed a few tests. After returning to my job three times and failing each time, my doctor told me if I kept it up, I would kill myself and that it was time to stop working.
In 2010, we packed up our house and moved to Georgia. My husband is in the automotive business and with the economy not thriving, we needed to move somewhere that we could survive financially.
I have always been creative. My mom told me many times that I should write a book. I shook it off until an idea popped into my head. It was loud and not going away any time soon. So I decided to get it on paper. From that came my Shattered Lives series. Writing is a hobby for me. As much as I would like to make in a career, I just can’t. There’s no way I can keep up with the demands of today’s market. My health issues won’t allow for it.
Tell us a bit about your books and what you’re working on right now.
My post-apocalyptic series, Shattered Lives, is complete. It’s five full length novels that follows relationships and real life issues all while battling to survive the zombie apocalypse. The series starts at Henry and Elaina’s wedding. As the story unfolds, their mercurial relationship is tested repeatedly because of Henry’s lies and deceit. Once Elaina learns Henry’s truth, she has to make difficult choices. Some of which break her as a person. Others help her mature.
We’ve adapted the Shattered Lives series into graphic novel form titled Becoming Henry. It is a dream come true to see the story in color. The first issue, This Must be the Place, is out now. My artist, Diamant, is starting the second issue, Young Americans. I’ve read the script and I’m very excited to see it unfold.
Right now, I’m working on The God’s War, the third book in my paranormal fantasy romance series Corvidae Guard. I’m hoping to get it out by early fall.
What is it about the apocalyptic genre that you love? Why write books about it?
I like being able to place the readers in situations that they know and understand, then show them the other side of things. Sucking them in, bleeding them dry. I feel if I can write with enough emotion and develop the characters into people with which the reader can empathize, the overall storyline would be a true escape, enhancing their experience. The genre is just a vast umbrella of what an author can create. The subgenres are what makes it unique. As a writer, the ‘what if’ is too tantalizing to ignore.
Name your favourite author or book.
There is no way to pin that down. I have so many from many different genres. I’m a HUGE Harry Potter nerd. #hpforlife When I found out J.K. Rowling wrote under the penname Robert Galbraith, it opened my mind to try all sorts of new things, like crime fiction.
If you could be a character from a movie, who would it be and why?
Not necessarily a character, but I would love to be dropped into the Harry Potter Universe. Who wouldn’t want to use magic? I could clean my whole house with a flick of a wand. Accio crispy bacon? Hell yes.
What is your top tip for surviving the apocalypse?
You just have to keep fighting. You cannot give up…ever.
Where can we find out more about you and your books?
Thanks for having me!
My website: www.rissablakeley.com
My books are available on all platforms.
You can follow me on social media.