Origin Story: Lisa M. Collins

//Origin Story: Lisa M. Collins

Origin Story: Lisa M. Collins

Every Super Girl needs an origin story and mine begins on the bridge of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) with a bit of the Jetsons thrown in for good measure. My dad was a science fiction buff and back-in-the-day that meant watching each week to see what Kirk and Spock would get into, that Bones and Scotty would have to save them from. But it also meant watching movies like The Day The Earth Stood Still, Planet Of The Apes, or 2001: A Space Odyssey on the old black and white. As I got older I watched TV shows (now in color, mostly reruns) like The Greatest American Hero, The Hulk, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, and of course I watched the Super Friends.

Reading was also very important around our household. I had books by Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Frank Herbert along with comic book/strip classics like Archie, Beetle Bailey, Dick Tracy, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, and The Girls from 3-G.

From the time I was little and running around the yard with a pillowcase cape I wanted to be SUPER. To have the ability to read minds, bend steel, or walk through walls, those were my greatest wishes. But like all little girls we grow up and put away the GI Joe that married our Barbie because let’s face it Ken is a pansy…I won’t lie to you I had my turn on the teenage hormone merry-go-round, but in the end this Sci-Fi geek just couldn’t be molded into anything other than who she really was down deep.

The thought of writing always appealed to me, but it wasn’t until 2008 that I started writing my first novel length work for NaNoWriMo. I busted out 53,000 words that month and really never looked back. I still haven’t published that first novel, and to be honest it may never see the light of day. But the fact remains that first novel proved to me that I do, indeed, have what it takes to write. You can read my bio if you want to see some of the highlights, but 2013-2014 is when I really buckled down to get my fiction writing off my hard-drive and into the light of day. Between now and summer of 2015, I have three short stories from three different publishers coming out, and currently I am editing the Lightweight series from Metahuman Press. It is an exciting time for me, professionally.

Honestly, there are tons of books out there about real life or some snazzed up version of real life. I read books, watch movies, and play video games to escape reality. I want to see new worlds, meet new types of people, to “Go boldly where no one has gone before!” I want adventure and excitement, not day-to-day fiction based on everyday life. I know that there are readers out there who feel the same. I write for them. I write so that maybe for a few hours out of the day my readers can relax and feel the wonders of the universe—to see something new that sparks joy in their soul, and that’s why I write Sci-Fi and Super-Powered fiction.




By | 2014-07-15T12:37:47+00:00 July 14th, 2014|Lisa M. Collins|3 Comments

About the Author:

Lisa M. Collins wants to live in a galaxy where she can vacation on the Moon or sip black chai tea while sightseeing on Saturn. As an author, she’s been published across a range of print and digital media, and was honored with a Sally A. Williams grant from the Arkansas Arts Council. When she’s not writing, you can find her playing XBOX with Desmond Miles’ family tree. “What is a man but the sum of his memories? We are the stories we live, the tales we tell ourselves!” Lisa’s latest releases are available on Amazon. Sign up to get the latest info on book launches and special newsletter only promotions on her website lisacollins.wordpress.com.


  1. Jeffrey Allen July 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Everyone loves an origin story. Thanks for sharing and thanks for joining us at PCS.

  2. ianthealy July 16, 2014 at 12:54 am

    I’m a big fan of NaNoWriMo, having successfully defeated it every year for a decade. Eight of those books have made it into print, including Jackrabbit (the most recent JCU). I think the enforced-deadline style of writing is really conducive to shutting down the “what if I suck?” voice and just letting yourself go. I’ve gone some really odd places with my NaNo books, as well as some strangely beautiful ones.

    If you’re going to do NaNo again this year, we’ll make a PCS party out of it.

    • Lisa July 23, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      OH we should have a Pen and Cape NaNoWriMo party!

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