Interview with Lizzi Tremayne

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle Paperwhite, because I no longer wake up in the middle of the night with my night-lamp on, and my partner can sleep while I read!
It's a win-win!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Building a broad social media platform, guest blogging and having my books available widely across many platforms. I also love to do talks for groups!
Describe your desk
Mine is a corner desk, with a big sliding glass door to the left. Light shines in onto my desk from a skylight and said slider. I've stacked up two more layers of desk. one (a big angle shelf supported by narrow cinder blocks) holds my keyboard and the other, atop two briefcases and a wooden box, holds my monitor. This homemade stand-up desk has made my life better in so many ways. My back is MUCH improved, and it helps keep the writer's butt from developing! Anyone can have a standing desk!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains, with a wonderful mother who told me I could do anything I was willing to work for...(she forgot to tell me I couldn't do everything at once, but that's for another time) free as a wild thing, riding and running about. I think it taught me to think outside the square and to never take no for an answer, and to keep on going.
It's stood me in good stead as a writer!
When did you first start writing?
I always liked writing, but generally limited it to personal journals (I have journals I've kept since I was 14… plenty of story material there!) and after veterinary school, I wrote for horse magazines and veterinary journals. Sure there were stories in me, but I was too busy to seriously contemplate them, being a solo mum of two with my own solo equine veterinary practice and a farm. An injury forced me to stop in my tracks and reevaluate my life. I finally had time to write, and began writing A Long Trail Rolling a few years ago, and haven't stopped. There are many books in line now waiting to come out!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'd just returned from Poland and was thinking of the Polish Immigrants as I researched one of my favourite things, the Pony Express and the history around the time it was running in America. Did you know the 'Pony', as it was called only lasted for eighteen months, and several of those months, it wasn't running at all because of the Indian attacks?
That started it, and it went from there. California history has enthralled me since I started studying it in the fourth grade.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always been a bit of a do-it-yourself-er... and I began writing at a time Indie was exploding. :) I sometimes present my work to editors and agents. Their comments are positive, but they don't see how they can fit my stories into their boxes... Neither did people like JK Rowling. :)
I like designing covers and formatting's gotten easier, plus, I don't mind putting myself out there. Indie is for me!
What are you working on next?
The first draft of The Hills of Gold Unchanging, Book 3 in The Long Trails Quadrilogy, is complete. The first draft of A Sea of Green Unfolding, Book 3, is nearly complete and Book 4, Tatiana, is about half completed. :) I also have some equine veterinary books on the go. :) you can see it all on my website at
Who are your favorite authors?
Mary Stewart, Phillipa Gregory, Diana Gabaldon, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Jean Auel. :)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Being alive and making a difference.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Swinging a rapier or shooting a bow in medieval garb, riding, driving a carriage or playing on my farm, singing, or working as an equine veterinarian or science teacher.
What inspired you to write A Long Trail Rolling?
My love for history, the Pony Express, the wilds of my country of origin, horses, adventure and veterinary medicine. When I was a young teen, I wanted to enter a long distance horse race running over the Pony Express Trail, from coast to coast. It didn't eventuate, but in A Long Trail Rolling, Aleksandra gets to do what I dreamed of doing.
What are you hoping the reader takes from your book?
First, I'm hoping they feel great for having a satisfying ending, and second, that they have learned more about the history of the Old West, the people from many backgrounds who made up the early American West: Indians, Scots, Poles, Russians, and about horses!
What were you career plans as a child and what is your career now?
When I was seven, I decided to become an equine (horse) veterinarian. A little later, I heard one needed good grades for that… Sooooo…I did it. I stuck to it and made it happen, despite everything that came along!
Now, I'm a writer… I take it seriously! However, I am just starting out, and must still feed my family until it takes off! Following an injury four years ago, I've limited my time in my equine veterinary dental specialty practice and I relief-teach chemistry, biology and physics at local colleges.
Share one random fact about yourself.
Although I can get a bit messy and cluttered in the rest of my life, home and farm, my spices and herbs are in alphabetical order and everything in my veterinary vehicle occupies its specific tiny niche… always. Am I a little pedantic about it? Weeeelllll…. Maybe? Just ask one of my long suffering sons!
Published 2016-11-27.
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Books by This Author

Lizzi Tremayne Sampler of Books: An Historical Fiction First Chapter Collection from The Long Trails Series: Old West, New Zealand, and Russia
Series: The Long Trails. Price: Free! Words: 13,710. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Romance » Historical
This tempting, FREE, sampler, comprising the first chapters from Books 1-3 (A Long Trail Rolling, The Hills of Gold Unchanging, and A Sea of Green Unfolding) of The Long Trails series plus tidbits from the author’s other writing, will leave you wanting more! These tales of horsey historical fiction follow Aleksandra, Xavier, and Tatiana as they travel across continents and seas through the1860’s.