Interview with Liz Roadifer

Describe your desk
Slightly cluttered, with a Wonder Woman statue, a Captain America flash drive, a Be Creative mug from my local library summer reading program that holds my pens, pencils, and highlighters, plus a warming plate from my longtime high school girlfriend that keeps my mug of tea warm in between breaks of writing. It's a small desk with a slant board above the keyboard that I place notes, pages to be revised, and checklists. I guess you could say the desk has three levels, keyboard, slant board, and flat area with monitor and inspirational clutter on the third level.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New Jersey 14 miles out of NYC. With 80,000 people in my hometown of varying ethnic groups, cultures, and religions, there was always something new to learn and explore. Plus a scary woods down the street, before it was cleared away to put in more houses, that did a lot to fire a child's imagination.
When did you first start writing?
I had really good teachers/nuns growing up. They made us write all the time. So I guess you could say I've been writing since I learned to write. As for stories, my first long one was in high school as part of an English assignment. Science Fiction. The only one in class to write a science fiction story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To see how my work compared to others, I entered several writing contests and won quite a few. I had a lot of judges commenting on the score sheets that they couldn't believe the different stories I was entering hadn't been published yet. I've had two agents, one was fairly good and one was a disaster. Both of whom stifled my career for several years. Learned real quick that no agent is better than a bad agent. The final motivation was that I had several different editors tell me they wished they could publish my story, but couldn't. The publisher's committee that determines if a story is marketable didn't believe the stories would be viable and refused to give the go-ahead to authorize publication. I decided that if editors believed in my stories, judges believed in my stories, even bad agents believed in my stories, then it was time to stop seeking validation outside myself and start publishing all the stories that had won multiple contests. A lot of work, but I'm glad I believe in myself enough to self-publish.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I had a great opportunity to speak privately with Mark Coker at a pre-conference writers party. He's a great salesman and extremely knowledgeable. He thoroughly explained the ins and outs of self-publishing and what Smashwords can do to widely distribute my eBooks. I love the fact that Smashwords will reformat my books so they can be available for sale on a variety of venues like B&N Nook and Apple iBooks, among others. Frees up more time for writing.
What are you working on next?
I have the draft of the sequel to The Trouble of Fairies done, titled The Trouble With Pirates. I now need to work on revisions, probably twice more, before sending it to a copy editor to make sure it's clean and ready to be published. Plus have my cover artist start working on the cover.

My critique group is currently working on the last chapter of the sequel to my psychological thriller, titled Ambushed. When they are done, I'll start working through all their comments and suggestions and revising the draft. Eventually, this story will also be sent to the copy editor. I'm already looking through stock photos of images and backgrounds for suggestions to pass along to my cover artist.

I hope to have both books available in 2018
Published 2017-11-04.
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Books by This Author

The Trouble With Fairies
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 110,430. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A runaway fairy accidentally transports Joy Flint to the secret, fantasy town of Peace & Prosperity. As a public school teacher, exploring a place full of elves, dwarfs, trolls, Sasquatch, and a family of Cyclopes should be fun compared to the terrors of her classroom. Except for two glaring problems: the town is in the midst of a deadly wizard duel, and she can't find a way home.
This Time Justice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,300. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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When a hotshot jury consultant from Wyoming and an NYPD detective are forced to work together to stop a bombing on the subway, it’s the beginning of a love-hate relationship, one with deadly consequences as Gillian uses her people-reading skills and Sam his cop instincts to catch a killer stalking Manhattan.