Monday, March 19, 2012

Liz's Lair: Getting to Know Me

Here it is Sunday night, and I'm tired. I brushed my teeth and was all ready to hop into bed when I remembered that tomorrow is my day to blog. Crap! I have nothing, so I decided to post a few of the questions from an interview that appeared in the Seattle PI by the fabulous Diane Morasco, Morasco Media, who gets me as a writer. You can read the interview in it's entity here.

Anyway, it's always a little exciting to be interviewed and get to tell everyone what makes you click. I'm taking a few of her questions, giving my answers, then I'm going to analyze them.

Are there any stories that have made you cry, laugh, stunned you or rendered you speechless when you heard it, that you had to incorporate them in your fiction?

I get all my funny lines from my Bunko Babes, a group of women -- all grandmas -- with whom I've been friends for over twenty-five years. We vacation every year together, leaving hubbies and grandkids at home. These are some of the funniest women I know. For the original plot in Mortal Deception, I saw a story on 20/20 about a dying child that inspired me to say "what if." For Beef Stolen-Off, I noticed I was seeing more and more stories about cattle rustling becoming the new carjacking in Texas, and my imagination immediately went to work.

I am getting ready to go with my Bunko friends for our annual vacation. I will come back with so many great lines for my next story, it will almost pay for the trip. I'll definitely blog about it when I get back.

What is the most disgusting fact you've woven a story around?

In my ghost paranormal series (with an editor as we speak) one of my secondary characters is married to an ex porn star. Don't ask me why, but I had a blast writing their kinky sex scenes. What does that say about me???

Seriously, what does that say about me? Am I a frustrated perv?

Has your life changed since you've become a published author? If so, how?

It has gotten way busier. In today's economy, unless you're Evanovich or Roberts, you have to do most of the promotion yourself. I did a guest blog every single day in October when LLD came out. I also have to laugh at the number of people who think I'm rich now that I have a published book. Seriously??

This year's taxes--Income - $2500. Expenses- $8500. I rest my case!!

And one last question:

Do you ever fear writer's block or that you'll let your audience down?

Constantly, as most other authors do. We are an insecure bunch. Because reading tastes are so subjective, I know I won't please everyone. I always dread hearing that someone didn't like my story since it is so much a part of me. I guess it goes down to wanting everyone to like me and my books. For a lot of my writing years I didn't let anyone read my stuff for exactly those reasons. I've had to grow a thicker skin and now realize different strokes are what make the world go around.

And that, folks, is where I am today-in serious writer's block. If I don't get started on CHICKEN CACCIA-KILLER, I am going to be so far behind, it will be pathetic. So, I am looking for anything that will bring my muse out of hiding. HELP! I need ideas. Tell me what you do when your muse doesn't want to play nice?

I'll leave you with this-You might be in writers block if you have actually named the dust bunnies under your desk.

Say hello to Fuzzy, Wuzzy, and The Playboy.


Vicki Batman, said...

Hi, Sweetie pie: I'm thinking we'll get #4 plotted at the PP.

However, your numbers of income versus expenses are very interesting. Thank you for sharing this.

Liz Lipperman said...

Yes, yes, yes on the plotting help from my wonderful Plotting Princess friends.

As for the sad state of affairs in my publishing income last year, I have to add a disclaimer. I haven't received a royalty check yet for either my traditionally published book or my self-pubbed one. I've been told April is the month I will find out the good/bad news. And I also went to several writers' conferences last year and a cruise for research.

Still, if i had a nickel for every time someone asks how rich I am now that I've published, well, I'd actually be rich!!

Barbie Jo Mahoney said...

Oh Liz! I just love your posts!!! I swear, though, you work well under pressure/panic. I'm cracking up over Deja Moo!!! (I may need to steal that)

If people only knew the real truth about publishing. Even my own family seems to think that once I "sell" we will be rolling in money. I try not to laugh (or cry). I remember having those dreams, too.... then reality hits and you realize for all of the work you put in, the price tag is very small - AND you don't get it all up front. :-)

Here's to your April royalties - I hope they are all good! And I'm sooo bummed I won't be at Malice for celebratory shooters!!

Liz Lipperman said...

Hey, Barbie, I love that Deju Moo thing, too. And thanks for the good thoughts about my royalties.

We are so going to miss you at Malice.

Anita Clenney said...

Wonderful post, Liz. I can always count on you for a laugh. And I love the picture of you and your Bunco Babes. I would pay to be a fly on the wall when you're on vacation. :)

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Um, yeah....taxes were VERY despressing this year. I can't wait to see my own royalty statement since it will be my first as well.

And I'm with Anita...I so want to be a fly on the wall at your vacation. Your Bunco Babes sound like a hoot!

And Barbie you have NO idea how much I will miss you at Malice. I never go anywhere without my Barbie...gulp...I will just have to pull up my big girl panties and go solo. Then again, I have Liz and Joni to brighten my conference. I'm sure we will have many "stories" to tell :-)