WATCH OUT: Liz Strange
SC: I want to welcome you all to another edition of Watch Out. This week I’m pleased to bring you author Liz Strange. Welcome to Watch Out, it is so great to have you here.
SC: Can you tell us a little about your current release?
My current release is A Fresh Set of Eyes, book 2 in my David Lloyd Investigations series, which follows the trials and tribulations of Toronto-based, former police officer turned PI David Lloyd. His career change had been prompted by a brutal homophobic attack that left him with a partial hearing loss and a bum knee.
A Fresh Set of Eyes has him looking into a murder case ten years cold, at the arrangement of the mother of one of the men convicted of the crime.
SC: What influences the topics, and genre’s that you pick to write a story in?
I’m a bit eclectic when it comes to writing (and reading), I write in varied genres, and sometimes one than one at a time. Predominately I’m a fantasy, horror and mystery writer, though I do dabble in romance/erotica.
I am also a huge mythology and history nut, and often times things I’ve read about influence or make appearances in my stories.
SC: One thing readers might be surprised to know about you?
I love musicals and dance. Some of my favs are Mama Mia, Little Shop of Horrors, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
SC: What is the biggest misconception you think people have about authors, and or the genre that you write?
I think there are a lot of misconceptions about writers – that we’re all wealthy is top of the list! I don’t think most people realize how long it takes for a book to be in publishing shape, and how hard authors work on one individual book. It’s a real labour of love.
SC: Your favourite part about being an author?
Getting to put all the crazy, wonderful, scary, romantic things in my brain onto paper. And the fact that someone else might take enjoyment f from that is icing on the cake.
SC: What are you currently reading?
I am reading The Book of Lies by Gayle Lynds, which I got from my recent attendance at the annual Bloody Words Mystery convention. New author to me and not a genre I would typically read (thriller), but so far so good.
SC: What is your opinion on financial companies enforcing censorships on publishers with regards to the content that they are able to sell and not sell?
Outside of blatant hate/prejudice/discrimination inspired writing, nothing should be censored. Everyone has the right to think, believe, enjoy, and yes write what they want to. My feeling is if I don’t like it, I don’t read it. Simple.
SC: Every author deals with rejection in their career. What is your advice when it comes to rejections?
Keep writing! Plain and simple. For whatever reason, we all face rejection. It’s a tough business, and it’s just a matter of course for this professional. Read, edit, polish and polish some more. I find it’s sometimes a good idea to take a step back, work on a different piece and then come back to something that wasn’t working.
SC: Any advice for new writers out there?
Write in your own voice. It may take a while to find it, but you will. Trying to emulate anyone else’s style will never work. That’s not to say writers aren’t influenced by others, they are, you just can’t be a new version of another person’s style.
SC: Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
My website: www.lizstrange.com