Lisette Prendé is an author, actor and tarot reader from New Zealand. She lives in Wellington with her partner, their two sons and a Burmese cat called Cheesecake. Lisette dreams of one day living on a lifestyle block and having pet peacocks, but for now she settles for the friendly tui who drinks sugar water from his perch on the balcony while she writes.
You can follow her on instagram @lisetteprende_fulltimeunicorn
- Tell us about your recent publications/projects?
I’m about to release my debut novel, Bianca De Lumiere, so that is incredibly exciting!
It’s an urban fantasy story set in the fictional town of Pentacle, Oregon, centring around the title character. Sixteen-year-old Bianca is an assumed albino and auric empath — able to see and feel the colourful auras of those around her. She knows she’s not normal, but throughout the course of the book Bianca is forced to question what normal really means, and if it’s perhaps a little overrated.
The idea for this book came to me in a dream. It was insanely vivid and it woke me up with a start in the middle of the night (Well, it was either the dream or my crying baby boy in the next room).
As soon as I had a spare minute I started writing down everything I could remember; a very pale girl running through the forest at night, dappled moonlight reflecting off her skin and the feeling that something else was in the forest with her; something demonic and dangerous.
Over the next few days the rest of the story kind of presented itself to me through strange synchronicities. The name ‘Bianca’ kept coming up and then a friend mentioned that it’s Italian for white and I swear I heard the girl from my dream say “that’s my name.” It gave me chills. I just had this deep sense of knowing that I needed to tell her story.
I’m currently working on the next book in the series. So far I haven’t had any dreams!
- What has been the best publishing or SF community experience of your career so far?
I’ve been working on this book on and off for the last four years. At first I attempted to publish traditionally but I got tired of the super slow query process and felt called to pursue indie publishing. And I am so glad I did! The Indie and SF communities in New Zealand are so amazingly supportive. I’ve only just started getting involved properly but so far I’ve felt really supported. Everyone is eager to help each other succeed and there is zero competitively. After working as an actor for twenty years that’s incredibly refreshing!
- Which recent Australian/NZ work would you recommend to international fans interested in expanding their Antipodean spec fic knowledge?
I’m currently reading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and I am obsessed! It’s incredibly distracting when you have a book launching very soon (8/8/20) AND another book to write but all you want to do is READ. It’s such a rich and delicious story! I’m quickly becoming a total fangirl.
I’m also really enjoying the paranormal reverse harem books by Steffanie Holmes. I definitely recommend her work for fans of YA spec fic!