Interview with Liz Michaels

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I check the genre, the title page and if it appeals to me I read the blurb. If still interested, I read the first few pages.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. I remember a few of the stories I started to write but never finished.
What is your writing process?
It takes a few hours to write a new scene, but just about forever to revise it until it is what I wanted it to be.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I really loved was a picture book about an old woman who lived in the forest and rescued an injured deer. They stayed friends even after the deer was released. What impact it had? I have no idea.
How do you approach cover design?
I look through pictures until I find something that reflects the mood of the story, then ask a photographer friend if she has something similar I could use.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have far more than five favorite books. The first book that jumped to my mind is Janet Evanovich "Between the Plums." I like books with humor and optimism. Generally, I like happy books. If I want to read something depressing I can read the papers. Why read depressing fiction?
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly romances, books my friends recommend, nonfiction books about spiritual life. If I come across any new scientific discovery, or any new idea, I read more about it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Netbook.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am new at self-publishing; I need to learn more--a lot more.
Describe your desk
It's the kitchen table--with a nice view.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Hungary but, thanks to my parents, lived in different European countries. That's why my books, though based in Europe, have no specified location.
When did you first start writing?
In Grade 1. I've been writing diaries off and on since age thirteen, but throw them out after a year or two. I am more a story teller than a story writer. It was only a few years ago I've decided to write down my stories. I enjoy making up stories a lot more than writing them.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Enchanted Tower: On a stormy, rainy summer evening cuddled under my duvet in my attic bedroom, listening to the rain drumming on the roof, I wondered what it would be like to be out in the forest in this storm with nowhere to go. What if I found a shelter, but had to risk my life to stay there?
Aaron’s Bride: I’ve always been fascinated by the question, “What would I do if someone I’ve met turned out to be supernatural?” So I made up a story about it. The supernatural being, Aaron, is associated with death because I wanted to explore what I have learned about death and dying.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Learning about the publishing industry. Too many hoops to jump through, too many pitfalls. By self-publishing I can write anything I want. If people like it, that's wonderful, if people don't like it, that's fine too. Luckily, I don't make my living selling books. I can write and publish for the fun of it, although I work very hard at making my books the best they can be. I want readers to enjoy the time they spend with my characters, too, and I’d like to think that I’ve created interesting and thought-provoking stories that people will want to share with others.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By having the book out there for anyone who wants to read it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Thinking up the stories. Actually the stories seem to have a life of their own and just pop into my mind. The POV is always first person, but the main character is not me at all.
What do your fans mean to you?
They and their comments mean a lot to me.
What are you working on next?
A story about a young woman who becomes guardian of her deceased sister’s eight-month-old son. Her struggle to keep the baby, and to overcome her inferiority complex that seems to drive her life.
Who are your favorite authors?
Janet Evanovich, Sophie Kinsella, Jill Mansell, Marian Keyes in the easy reading category; Lao Tzu and Meister Eckhart in spiritual; Roald Dahl, Judith Viorst, and Dr. Seuss in poetry, J.K. Rowling in YA.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have so much energy I can't stay in bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I garden, meet friends, practice Tai Chi, and read a lot. When tired I play Sudoku or Bookworm on the computer.
Published 2014-08-01.
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Books by This Author

Aaron's Bride
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,080. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
“He will destroy you. Do not trust him,” she repeats. I finally find my voice. “Who are you?” “Heed my advice.” She disappears. Sarah Burke is a medical student, whose life takes a turn as she longs to follow her love of singing and as she meets a psychopomp — a being who escorts souls to the other side.
The Enchanted Tower
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,470. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
He’s a cursed prince from the twelfth century; she’s a spunky university student from the twenty-first. Toss in a powerful wizard, deadly enemies, a boyfriend-stealing best friend, sprinkle with a dash of humor, and voila: the lighthearted story of the Enchanted Tower.