Interview with Valerie Lioudis

Describe your desk
My lap. If I really want to get to get serious I move my work to the dining room table.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Ocean County New Jersey. If you haven't been lucky enough to visit, it is a great mix of shore communities and the pine barrens. This led to a mix of beach and woods days as a kid. There is a kind of duality that shows in my writing. Beach days are laid back and woods days are determined and practical. Add to that the sarcasm and attitude that are inherent of all Jersey residents.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Kristopher introduced me to the zombie genre. Prior to him being in my life, I was too afraid to ever sit through a zombie tv show or movie. When I was finally able to make it through one without watching through my fingers, I sat down to write how I would try to survive. Then Kris sat down and wrote what I thought was the most grabbing sentence I had ever read. It was then that we decided to write the book together. That sentence is now the first of the novel.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy from writing is being able to get a reader to truly feel the emotions of the characters. Getting lost in a book is an amazing experience.
What are you working on next?
As a mom I have been a storyteller for many years. I want to try to put one of my favorite characters that my children and I created in his own series aimed at middle readers. Writing for adults is easy, because I am one, but getting kids engaged in a story is so much more rewarding.
How do you approach cover design?
Covers need to grab your attention. I gravitate towards simple but direct covers when finding a new book to read. I keep that in mind when making a cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything and everything. I love finding a series of books and binge reading my way through them. In many ways I treat the library the way I treat Netflix. I find some thing that in treats me and devour it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a dabbler. When it comes to free time, I spend it creating things. I crochet, paint, sing, build elaborate cardboard creations for my children, make paper art, bake and decorate cakes, and anything else I can find to do that keeps my mind and hands busy. I love adding to the beauty of my surroundings, but I find even more joy in turning something trash into treasures.
What is your writing process?
I have found that my dreams lead to the best stories. I will often go to sleep thinking of a character and wake up knowing exactly where they need to go.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Dr. Dolittle. I bought an old copy at a yard sale when I was 9. It was the kind of book that took over all of your senses. The feel of the pages were soft and smooth. There was a sweet musty smell that filled the air with each page that you turned. None of that compared to the story that the pages held. I spent so many evenings reading and rereading the book that eventually the binding broke and the cover fell away. I have spent the last 5 years trying to find a copy that has the same feel, but have come up empty handed.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read most of my ebooks on my phone. It is convenient and always with me.
Published 2014-12-05.
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Books by This Author

The Spark
Price: Free! Words: 1,460. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
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