Today I am excited to interview author Liz Strange on my blog.
About the Author
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born and raised In Kingston, Ontario, Canada’s original Capitol. I still live there with my own family.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a real writer when I got my first acceptance in June of 2009. Since then I’ve written seven more novels, 2 novellas and several short stories. I also write screenplays, and made the finals in my first ever contest last year.
How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?
I try to infuse personal experiences, and real life situations into my writing to give it a flavor of honesty, something the reader can connect to even if I’m writing in a genre like fantasy or horror.
Do you write full-time? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
At present I work full time in a hospital and am a single mom to 4, so my writing comes in my “spare time”. It’s mostly nights, weekends and holidays.
About her Books
Please tell us about your current release.
My current release is the second book in my David Lloyd Investigations series, A Fresh Set of Eyes, where the title character is trying to find evidence to reverse a murder conviction against two young men. This is a follow-up to last year’s Independent Literary Awards finalist, Missing Daughter, Shattered Family.
What inspired you to write this book?
The book was inspired by the West Memphis Three case, which I have always been fascinated by.
How did you come up with the title?
This is exactly what David is doing, looking at the case with a fresh set of eyes.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I read a lot about the case, and watched the documentaries, including West of Memphis, which was produced by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings).
Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?
There’s a lot of great characters, like Jenny, the former prostitute that David “adopts” as a pseudo little sister, and David’s grandmother who’s a real firecracker. I loathe the character of Jeremy Black, which I think most readers will when they find out his role in David’s life.
Just for Fun
If you could jump in to any book, and live in that world, which would it be?
Oh. I’d love to be in Interview with the Vampire, as long as I wasn’t a victim. I love the idea of being able to move from era to era, and witness history with your own eyes.
What book are you reading right now?
I’ve just started re-reading Kathy Reichs books. I love her Temperance Brennen character and the interesting cases she writes about.
If you could meet two authors, who would you pick and why?
Ok. I’m going to go one classic and one modern. I’d pick Oscar Wilde, not just because I’m a fan, which I am, but because he was also such an interesting and polarizing character. Then I’d also choose Michael Slade, who is a Canadian author I love.
Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.
I’m sure this will ruin my reputation as the “mistress of darkness”, but I love musical theatre, Jesus Christ Super Star, Mama Mia, Little Shop of Horrors, even Annie.
Liz’ s love of mythology and the paranormal often finds its way into her stories, compelling her to create worlds where just about anything is possible. Her characters may fight supernatural beings, solve ancient mysteries, fall in love, or find themselves travelling through time.
In addition to writing Liz works at a local hospital and is busy raising her four children. She loves rainy days, spicy food, and has seen about every horror movie known to man. When she has time she’d like to travel the world. She has her sights set on Greece, Mexico and Easter Island.
Find out more about Liz and her works on her website.
Also you can follow her on Twitter or her Facebook page.
You can purchase A Fresh Set of Eyes on Amazon.