Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Author Spotlight & Interview: Lizzy Ford
About the Author:
Lizzy Ford is the hyper-prolific author of the paranormal romance Rhyn Trilogy and War of God series, both launched in 2011, as well as 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. In December 2011, Lizzy will launch her first YA Fantasy trilogy, The Foretold Trilogy.
Lizzy is considered by most to be the ultimate writing freak of nature. She writes and publishes a novel every 30-45 days. She is also an active member of a small guild of nine passionate, talented writers, the Eclective.
Lizzy Ford’s team consists of: Matt, IT and search engine optimization expert; Christine LePorte, freelance book editor; Dafeenah, graphics artist.
To reach Lizzy, contact her here through Goodreads or by any method below.
About the Books:
Lizzy’s books are available from Amazon, BN, Smashwords, iBooks/iTunes, and all other eReader libraries. They include:
- "Katie’s Hellion" (Book One, May 2011)
- "Katie’s Hope" (Book Two, September 2011)
- "Rhyn’s Redemption" (March 2012)
- Short story: "Rhyn Trilogy: Origins" (October 2011)
War of Gods (Damian) Series:
- "Damian’s Oracle" (Book I, October 2011)
- "Damian’s Assassin" (Book II, November 2011)
- "Damian’s Immortal" (Book III, December 2011)
- "The Grey God" (Book IV, May 2012)
The Foretold Trilogy
- "Elle's Journey" (Book I, December 2011)
"The Warlord’s Secret" (April 2011)
"Maddy’s Oasis" (novella, July 2011)
"Kiera’s Moon" (August 2011)
"A Demon’s Desire" (October 2011)
"Rebel Heart" (January 2012)
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, writing is now officially my full-time job, and I couldn’t be happier.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I don’t think so. And if I did, I can always do the update myself. The beauty of digital publishing is that you can make updates for free whenever you need to. In fact, I did revise the first two books in the War of Gods series. I released them before I had an editor, so when I had the chance, I had her go through both then I re-released them this fall.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It’s more of a compulsion. Ha! I was born a writer. I took a very long detour to get to the point where I could be a fulltime writer, but I never doubted I’d eventually write for a living.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
When I first started out, I had no one outside of my family members who supported me. Most people thought I was crazy to chase a dream! Now, after almost a year of writing and digitally publishing, I have a huge network of readers, fans, and fellow writers who support my dream.
How much of the book is realistic?
“Damian’s Oracle” (and the rest of the War of Gods series) have a contemporary setting, so the places are real. What isn’t real, of course, are the paranormal elements (oracles, immortals battling over the fate of humanity, etc.)
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I guess a combination of both. One of the pieces of feedback I hear a lot from readers is that they love how flawed my characters are. I don’t try to make them perfect, because my life experience has been that people aren’t perfect – but they can still be beautiful just being who they are. My characters are usually very strong and unique – and flawed. Sometimes it’s our flaws that make us stronger, and I try to capture that in my books.
What books have most influenced your life most?
My all time favorite book is “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. I learned how to portray flawed characters from reading her writing.
Also, when I was younger, I was a huge fan of Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series. Farley was able to mix reality and the supernatural in a way I found intriguing as a child and still today as an adult.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Probably Jane Austen. I’d love to hear how she saw her world and what made her portray her characters as she did.
What do you think is the sole purpose of books?
Storytelling has been around long before books, and I think books simply carry on the tradition of sharing knowledge and inspiration.
How would you convince a young person to pursue writing?
I don’t know that I would! I believe everyone must find his/her own path in life. It takes talent and will to do something like writing. Someone who has both will need some support but no convincing. Someone without one of those two things just isn’t ready to take that step yet.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned something important from writing “Damian’s Oracle,” which is the first book in the War of Gods series and the first book I released this year. Prior to this book, I hadn’t been able to finish a story since I was in school. I think I had to be at the right point of my life to pursue my writing in order to take the final step and complete one of the dozens of stories I’d written.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Persevere, ignore those who tell you there’s only one way to do things, and make communicating with your readers your first priority.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
THANK YOU for your continued support and feedback! Because of you, my writing has improved greatly this year. I look forward to another year of entertaining you!
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