Interview with Liz S

What is your writing process?
My writing is very heart felt and write what I feel at the time. Writing is organic thing for me. It comes very naturally.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, I do remember reading Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsey. I first the saw the movie when I was teenager. I thought I should read the book. I enjoyed the book even more. It inspired me when I became older to travel Australia. I read the Shining by Stephen King. I guest the impact of the unknown is what inspires to find out and have always been curious since I was a kid.
How do you approach cover design?
I look things while driving like driving on Fridays late at night and look for inspiration from all night diners. This is where I get a majority of my ideas for writing. It just flows. It hits me like lighting. It can be a road sign or a neon sign where I get my ideas from for cover design and how I come with ideas for my writing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My all time favorite H.R. Rider's King Solomon's Mines. Because it is about adventure and finding that lost treasure that somehow can vindicate the hero at the end. My second was Stephen King's the Shining. I enjoyed reading it as teenager and was fascinated the characters and how well the plot was written. My third favorite is Picnic from Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsey. This book had me on the edge of my seat. I first saw the movie and wanted to know what happen to the three girls from Appleyard College. I thought I should read the book. Because the book does it better in some respects of wanting to know more. My fourth was the Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy. I had a military background I understood what was happening through out the story with Captain Ramius and Jack Ryan. I could related of a lot of it. My fifth favorite was the Green Mile by Stephen I enjoy Stephen King's plot lines. This one i found myself empathizing with the main character and how he heal people during his incarceration. I love plot lines that keep me on the edge of my seat. This explains why I am so curious exploring the world and learning as much as about it as possible.
What do you read for pleasure?
Historical novel primarily because I am big history buff. It is why I love exploring and learning new things that I didn't know.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle and Android
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I read plenty of marketing from online posts like Google+ and SEOs' materials. I still new at learning marketing. Once I learn a topic or how do something, it excites me and feel like I am the first to discover it. Even though I am not. It feels like magic. I means feels you are the first kid on the block with new miniature racing car that go over 90 mph.
Describe your desk
My desk has memorabilia all over it. I have Cookie Monster cookie jar and plenty of notes or ideas for writing. Some of my best ideas were on the back of napkins from the restaurant I just ate at. I put them into a word processor to save them for later and review later on in the day.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Austin, Texas. I had been around and heard great musical acts. It always inspired me to right at the moment like lighting. I always like traveling and got my chance few years ago to move to Australia and did so. I wrote recently Come n' Say G'Day because I felt it was time to pay and honor the country of Australia. I saw that many books that are slang dictionary are not telling the story of Australia and just putting words on the page. I thought I should put pictures and quotes along with the slang terms to tell the story of Australian lingo and the story of Australia.
When did you first start writing? Also, what led you to write "Come n' Say G'Day"?
I had been writing since I was a teenager. It was very organic to me. It just flows. I know that when I write that my brain goes faster than I can keep up. As I said earlier my trip to Australia had a major impact on me. I had culture shock when I first arrived. I thought I have one day tell how to navigated. I was unfamiliar with lingo. Most of what I found as far as Australian slang dictionaries were either filled with inaccuracies or treating you like you are an idiot. I felt that it was time to put into words. I thought I could do better job and tell what the real ling is rather a writer who can't connect with the reader their experiences. I felt that if I can put my own experiences with regard to slang terms that I was communicating with every day people. I related to everyday people better than people that can't related to everyday experience.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wrote a Australian slang dictionary because I felt that many authors don't put their experience into this type of book and sounds very academic rather everyday experience. I had lived in Brisbane for 2 years. I knew that my own experience with the everyday slang that is used would translated a lot better and comes from my own experiences living Australia and being very familiar with Australian culture. It just seems natural to write something that everyday people can relate to and understand. I will write more in the future. I just wanted to get the real deal of Australian slang out and my own experience with it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to write something that could be heard. I heard horror stories about trying get your writing heard and seen by the public from publishing houses that would not give the time of day to authors like myself.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has given me the freedom to write the way a writer should write and allow to see who your readers are and to have real connection to the reader.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is I get to see my story come to life and see the readers connect to my writing. This puts a smile on my face.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my greatest sources of what drives me to find new ways to write and stay true to myself and continue the type of writing that I like is from my own experiences.
What are you working on next?
I am going to start on a cookbook. It will contain recipes from my growing up in Texas and living in Australia. It is sort of Texan meets Australian type of cookbook. I will write what ever hits me at the time of writing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I say G-d and having faith in G-d. This is what inspires me to write the way I do.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read lot periodicals, novels and blogs and cooking.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I heard about ebooks a couple years ago. Before then, I had no knowledge of their existence. I try to look on Amazon or Google to see what is out there.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was in the forth grade and was more like Knights of the Round Table. I had my version of Merlin as the King and Arthur as a black knight that has to be turned good before he realizes that he went the wrong way.
When did you first start writing?
As teenager, this when I started to really write more so than my first story in the forth grade. My parents never knew my love of writing had tried to discourage it.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Joan Lindsey, Tom Clancy.
What is at the heart of your writing and where do you get your ideas from?
I get a majority of my ideas from driving to all night diners on Fridays because I can find source of inspiration for characters or what a character would look in the story. My niece was my first source of inspiration for a story that wrote for her especially I am a spiriual person I get my ideas just from being around every day people. I don't watch televsion. I know that sounds strange. I feel that I can get better version of what is playing inside my head than a box that squawks all the time..
When did you move to Australia?
I moved there in 2008. I was in culture shock for a few days and had to re-orient myself on how to do little things. My experience impacted my decision to write "Come n' Say G'Day". Most of what I read was wrong about Australian culture. I felt that I could do better job of imparting knowledge was needed.
What inspired to you to write "Come n Say G'Day"?
I saw that many Australian slang dictionaries were written badly and treated you like you were an idiot. I thought I could write one because I knew the culture better and knew the slang better than the dictionaries did. There were terms i had heard that were not in the Australian slang dictionaries. A lot of times, they omitted words and phrase that I heard all of the time. If you are around long enough you can pick up on it. You know the difference between what is said in book and in academic sense.
Published 2013-12-08.
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Books by This Author

Come n' Say G'Day
Price: $5.75 USD. Words: 10,250. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Phrasebooks, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel - Reference
An Aussie Slang Dictionary for the every day person coming to Australia filled with pictures and inspirational quotes shown in a humorous way to under the lingo that Australia use in their daily lives.