Interview with Liz Durano

What is your writing process?
I'm usually a pantser (write by the seat of my pants instead of outlining first), and usually, visual cues prompt me to write. I see something in my head, a vision of a scene, though sometimes it could be a phrase, like the lyrics of a song, or even a smell, like a man's cologne - and my imagination goes crazy. While I write to capture the mood without outlining first, I then use Joseph Campbell's "hero's journey" as a loose outline for me to follow. I also usually know what the ending already is - a throwback from screenwriting.

Once the mood and tone of the story is set, then I set about outlining loosely, and keeping my eye on the finish line.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Loving Ashe which started as a short story prompt back in 2012. The first two chapters are that short story. A year and a half later, I revived it for NaNoWriMo14 and turned it into a novel after the character's kinda came to life inside my head and just started telling me their story. I've worked with people in the Hollywood industry and I've always been amazed at how ordinary their lives can be once the cameras are turned off, and this is my attempt at that. I also love exploring relationships between people from opposite ends of the social spectrum.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story that left such an impact on me was Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" and definitely not the Disney version where she lives happily ever after. In the original version, the prince marries someone else and on the eve of his wedding, her sisters come up to the surface and give her a knife that she has to use to stab the prince through the heart before sunrise so she can get her fins back and return home. But she loves him too much to kill him and when the sun rises, she becomes the foam of the sea.

I could never understand how the prince could pick someone else just because she couldn't speak. I also felt for her not killing him because she loved him and sacrificed herself instead even when her sisters had to give up a lot to get the enchanted knife from the sea witch for her.
Published 2015-11-01.
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Books by This Author

Date Night (A Short Story Collection)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,320. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Since when did love stories only belong to the young? Did they have to end the moment one got married, had children and got saddled with a mortgage? Sometimes, Esme forgets... until Evan reminds her that some love stories last forever.
Finding Sam (A Novel)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 131,930. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
For single mother Sam Martin, her life as far as she knows it, is broken. But when she meets a man who accepts her just the way she is - scars, juvie records and even the constant self-doubt - she knows that accepting his love is not enough to live the life she deserves. For to move on with her life, she needs to let go. But is letting go really so easy to do?