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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Welcome Author Lizzy Ford

·         Where do you hail from and what do you love most about your hometown?
We moved around a lot when I was growing up.  I don’t really claim a hometown, though we lived in Southwest Ohio when I left the house.  I think I loved autumn best of all in Ohio.  I loved the clear air and the trees as they changed colors.
·         As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your career?
I wanted to be a writer.  At first, it had no affect on my career, until this fall, when I left my line of work to focus fulltime on writing.  I never felt a sense of personal satisfaction in my old work, because my heart is in writing.  I had a heart-to-heart with my husband, and we decided this is what I need to do with my life so I could be happy.
·         Tell us about your latest book.  Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?
I released “Damian’s Immortal” in early December.  It’s the third book in the War of Gods series.  It focuses on Jule, one of Damian’s brothers, and how he meets his mate, the mysterious Magician.  The book also moves the series and their world forward to set the stage for a showdown in the final book of the series and the rise of a new god.
I have about ten books planned for next year, too, to include the fourth book in the War of Gods series and the third book in my other paranormal romance series, the Rhyn Trilogy. 
As for this year: I’ll release my tenth book of 2011 next week.  It’ll be my young adult fantasy debut, “Elle’s Journey” (Book 1, The Foretold Trilogy). 
·         Have you ever used contemporary events or stories “ripped from the headlines” in your work?
Not yet!
·         Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
Writing is as much a business as it is an art.  The largest challenge is balancing the two.
·         What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
No one will market your book for you and don’t be deviate from the alleged path to success.  Success is defined differently by everyone, and there are many paths to your goal, even in the publishing industry.
·         Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
No, not yet!  (Knock on wood!)
·         Who is your favorite author and why? What books have most influenced your life?
·         How did you deal with rejection letters?
Well, when someone bothered to send one, I usually just tossed it and went back to writing.  Whether or not I got published, I’d be a writer.  Don’t get me wrong – rejection letters are crushing.  Most of the times, I never heard back, so it was always a bit of a surprise to receive one. 
·         What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
A plan.  I guess it counts as a tool!  You need a long term strategic plan to define where you want to be in all aspects of the business side of writing.  Otherwise, all you need is some talent and the will to persevere and place your books in the hands of readers.
·         Where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic content?
I write sweet romances, meaning there are no graphic sex scenes.  When I approach one, I fade to black.  I’m not against erotic content, but I feel like a lot of mainstream books have ditched the story in favor of sex.  It works for them, great, but there’s a market out there for sweet romances, too.  As for gory content … I think there’s a place for great detail and a place where less detail will have more impact.  I think it depends on the rhythm of the scene, as well.  Writing is as much about rhythm as anything.  There are times when a very stark, short sentence will hit like a brick, and times when the build-up of graphic content might be needed.
·         What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?
I don’t know if it’s research or just plain mischief (or maybe both!)  I love flawed characters and testing them within my books to see if they’ll rise to the occasion or to try to make them more unique.  Sometimes, I ask random people odd questions, just to hear their rationale or see their reactions, so I can try to convey it in my books. 
·         Don't forget to give us links to your website etc.
Website: http://www.guerrillawordfare.com
Lizzy Ford is the hyper-prolific author of the paranormal romance series: "Rhyn Trilogy" and "War of Gods" series; and the YA fantasy trilogy, “The Foretold,” all of which launched in 2011.  She has also authored multiple single title young adult fantasy and paranormal romances. Lizzy's books have reached the bestseller lists on both Amazon US and Amazon UK in multiple categories. Widely considered a freak of nature by her contemporaries for her ability to write and publish a new book every 30-45 days, Lizzy attributes her success to a team that consists of her editor, graphics artist, I.T. Sherpa, and her rabid readers.  Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Smashwords.
Book links:
Damian’s Oracle

Book trailer- “Damian’s Oracle”

Link: http://youtu.be/4htnduhW46c

1 comment:

Lizzy said...

Thank you so much for featuring me, Brynna!

Lizzy :-)