Name: Lizzy Ford
Where are you from: Originally from Ohio.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect
Lizzy Ford is the author of over twenty books written for young adult and adult paranormal romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring.
Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I just released “Charred Heart,” a modern day take on “Beauty and the Beast.” The book is the first in the Heart of Fire series. I’m hoping to release the second book, “Charred Tears,” in December.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing when I was in the third grade. Writing is a calling; it’s what I was put on this earth to do. I like to think that I can help others through my writing, even if it’s only entertaining them for a few hours when they need it!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was a child. I’ve always had a crazy active imagination, so I’ve always been fascinated by storytelling.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’m not sure! I love fantasy and the paranormal, so I’ve always mixed something supernatural into all my books. I’ve also been writing since I was really young, and I finished several books before I published the first one a couple of years ago.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I have about four distinct styles that I’ve developed over time with a fifth, more descriptive style I use for high fantasy (none of which I’ve released!) I’ll switch them up, depending on the series and the tone of the book, and also depending on the audience (young adult, new adult, adult.)
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My latest, “Charred Heart,” was actually something that one of the admins who help me with my street team came up with. We were brainstorming, and Leanne threw out the title. It sounded awesome – perfect for a romance book about a dragon! – and I went with that!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I’m calling this one the retelling of Beauty and the Beast. There are parallels to the fairy tale about learning to overcome ‘beastly’ appearances and also learning to overcome selfishness. Both of the characters in “Charred Heart” must learn these lessons.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Not very much! Haha! It’s about a dragon shifter and a dragon slayer. It’s set in a contemporary setting. So, the settings are real, even if the supernatural elements are not.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Aside from the setting, no. I currently live in Southern Arizona, so I did use the area around where I live and places I’ve visited in Arizona in the book.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. Austen’s writing taught me how to make solid, strong but flawed characters and how to let those characters determine their own fates. Some of them were able to redeem themselves while others never overcame their flaws. It’s an important lesson in writing and just as important in real life. We can overcome our weaknesses, but we’ve got to work on it, and it’s not always easy.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Jane Austen, probably! I’d love to sit down and talk to her about writing, her life, her books.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m not reading anything now. I have trouble finding time to read, because I’m usually writing so much. When I do read, I read high fantasy, which is my favorite genre.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Honestly, I don’t have a chance to read a lot of other authors’ books, whether they’re new or established.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m working on a few things:
Revisions of “Broken World” (#2, Broken Beauty Novellas)
“Charred Tears” (#2, Heart of Fire)
“Kiera’s Home” (novelette)
“Zoey Avenger” (#2, Incubatti)
A co-written book with young adult author Julia Crane
A couple of short stories for a February anthology.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Not sure. Haha! I basically struck out on my own with my husband and family supporting me – and that’s it. Since I started out, I’ve met a lot of other indie authors who have been supportive. My best friend, Julia Crane, is one.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Writing IS my career now. I make a living off my writing currently, which is awesome.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No – nothing at all. I usually work on a book until I’m happy with it.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It was less of an interest and more of a compulsion. Writing is my gift – it’s what I’m supposed to do with my life. So it’s hard to explain that it’s more of a calling than it is a choice.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I rarely release excerpts of unfinished work. I’m too much of a perfectionist, and my stories will evolve and change as I write them.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I am always challenging myself to grow with my writing. My biggest challenge is that I have a short attention span, so I sometimes will work on multiple projects at once. I’ll go between them, depending on what I feel like writing at the moment. It’s a challenge for me to try to focus on one project for an extended period of time, because my imagination is always running away!
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Jane Austen, for her ability to portray flawed – but likeable – characters.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I go to multiple conferences a year to meet other authors, readers and generally just to learn more about the publishing industry.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I work with seven different cover artists, depending on the series/book. For my latest release, “Charred Heart,” the cover was done by Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations. The model is a local talent, a model named James, who I met at a conference this past year.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Being focused long enough to finish on time!
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that I don’t really know what it is about a book that will draw people in! I think I know, but I was really surprised by how much people loved “Charred Heart.” I thought it was a cute story, but I love other books I’ve written better. However, the readers disagreed – they absolutely loved this one!
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep writing, no matter what. Success is built over time, so write and persevere.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you all so much for your continued support! You all make my days wonderful!
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Not really! I like taking walks, playing with my dogs, hanging out with my husband.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love action movies or fantasy movies. Love the Hobbit movies, Star Wars, Star Trek – that type of sci-fi/fantasy movie. As for TV, I am currently hooked on “Revolution,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Almost Human,” and “Gold Rush.”
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Favorite foods: I love good cheese, chocolate, tea.
Favorite colors: teal, pink, blues, purples
Favorite music: very varied. I love any kind of classical music, electronica, some hip hop and pop … a little bit of everything.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’m not sure. I can’t imagine doing anything but writing and being happy. It’s what I love to do.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Lizzy’s links online
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/lizzy-ford