Hmm, this is the difficult part. What to say about Lissa Knowles — Author. First of all, it would probably be best to confess right upfront the Lissa Knowles is a pseudonym. When it came time to actually put my real name down as the author of a cozy mystery, I had second, third and fourth thoughts. Book selling today is an art and creating a cozy mystery series, with a memorable author name can be important.
My pen name of ‘Lissa Knowles’ comes from a combination of the first name of one of my maternal aunts’ (Elissa) and the maiden name of a maternal grandmother. Both names are from good solid British stock — something that is important if you’re trying to emulate–if only in a small way–the Queen of cozy mysteries, Agatha Christie. Put together they just sounded nicer to me than my real name. So Lissa Knowles was born.
The ‘Real’ Me
Simply put, I am a grandmother, like my heroine of the Gramma’s Off Her Rocker series, and my husband will tell you I’m generally to be found completely ‘off my rocker’!