Hello! I hope your day is going well for you. My name is Lissa Gromley, short for Melissa. I’m 39 years old. I was born at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown, OH and grew up mostly in Niles, OH for a majority of my life. When I was a child, we moved quite a bit, living in Niles, OH; Youngstown, OH; New Matamoras, OH; New Castle, PA; Kittanning, PA; New Bethlehem, PA, Amarillo, TX. The majority of my life was spent between Pennsylvania and Ohio. I suppose that’s boring though, so let’s move on shall we?
Interests! Everyone loves an interest. I have them, perhaps too many, or not enough. I am highly into fantasy novels. The more fantasy novels I receive, the more I desire. It’s a losing battle. The same goes for fantasy movies. A box of milk duds, a can of mountain dew and a fantasy movie featuring dragons or elves and I’m in bliss. Of course, you know what I’m about to say next. I write fantasy! Originally when I began writing I started with children’s books. My very first story began with a rescued German Shepherd dog named Rocky and his adventures with some animal friends along the way. There was Max, a cat who knew karate, a Doberman pinscher whose name I cannot recall, another German Shepherd who became Rocky’s girlfriend; I can’t recall her name either. Anyhoo, these four friends wound up together fighting vampires and saving their human family and their friends from becoming vampire dinner. I was twelve when I wrote this.
From there I wrote a story about a young horse called Redbird who had to learn to take his place as prince of the herd and overcome his rival’s plan to overthrow him. This was in reality, inspired by the Lion King. I regret and don’t regret this short story. I did enjoy it though, especially the rabbit friend who always wanted to have a good time.
At the age of 15, I wrote Christian Fiction. Most of it was inspired from a cross between Dawn Rochelle’s Six Months to Live and Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness. In addition, I wrote a horror novel that I never got around to finishing, and a crime fiction where a detective had to solve a series of gruesome murders at an apartment complex. None of these works were ever published, though The Massacre (the criminal fiction) did come close.
When I was 17 I created new characters and a new story. The Warriors, a group of teenagers who had to protect their world from evil. For years, I worked on this story, introducing a world of misery called Tophet, several new enemies who worked for the main villain. It took me ten years to finish this novel, mainly due to constant family deaths and situations. I self-published this work in 2007 using a vanity publisher. I didn’t know any better back then and I don’t recommend it. It was a couple years later when I realized how awful it was and how much I hated it. I took the liberty of completely reworking the characters, giving them more of a background and history behind them. I opened their personalities farther and changed several things about them. This resulted in The Warriors: Crimson Chaos, published through KDP and Createspace, and through Smashwords.
Today you can find this novel on Amazon and Smashwords websites. Its sequel Storm: The Last Aleantylar is in progress and will be published this year. No date given because I’m not actually sure when this year.
Should I mention I’m an anime fan and a Supernatural fan?