Nicole Humphrey Cook: Hi Liz, I am excited to be interviewing you today. Can you tell us a little about yourself so we can get to know you better?
Liz: Well, first of all I feel so lucky to get the chance to be interviewed here. I love to tell stories, travel, and spend time in the city (New York City). I must say, I’ve been to London twice and it’s my all time favorite city in the world. The mix of cultures there is incredible. I always feel so inspired after having visited.
Nicole Humphrey Cook: I’ve never been to London, but I’d love to travel there one day. If it’s anything like New York City it has to be exciting and busy and full of all kinds of cultures. I think it’s great that you enjoy traveling as well as writing. When did you start writing?
Liz: I’d say I was eight or nine when I started writing stories. Before that I’d just tell them to whoever wanted to listen. I’d scribble them long hand on legal pads. Problem was I had horrific handwriting. So…no one, including me, knew what they said a few hours later.
Honestly, though, I was a weird little kid and I wasn’t very good at socializing, or making friends. So, I used my stories as an escape. I’d be able to alter reality just a little bit to make things go my way. Maybe that was more than a little bit, but it was my way of exploring the world.
I eventually came out of my shell, but I never lost my passion for stories.
Nicole Humphrey Cook: Honestly, I’m sure a lot of people can understand where you are coming from. Most writer’s seem to start when they are young, often because of books they read themselves. What books from your childhood/teen years captured your imagination and gave you the thought that you might like to write books?
Liz: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. I devoured that book repeatedly before I reached out and found more of her novels. I learned a lot from reading her. The two biggest things that caught my attention were that she wrote from a male POV, something I tend to do and she was published at 14. I love that fact. It’s part of what kept me writing when other people told me I was too young.
Nicole Humphrey Cook: Do you have a favorite genre or one that you tend to write in more? If you do, why?
Liz: This is fun. Ok, I don’t know what drew me to this genre. As a matter of fact, up until I got my publishing contract, I didn’t know what genre I wrote in! No, seriously, I asked my editor on Twitter one day. I just tell the story and this one happened to come out as a Contemporary Romance, but I like it.
Nicole Humphrey Cook: Wow, that’s actually interesting. I wonder if there are other authors that are like that too? What authors do you admire and what about them do you love?
Liz: Besides S.E. Hinton, I love Michael Cunningham. If you haven’t read him, you really should. A Home at the End of the World continues to influence my writing every day. He was also directly responsible for turning that book into a very powerful movie.
Nicole Humphrey Cook: I have read A Home at the End of the World, and it was excellent. I have not seen the movie, though I’d like to. I understand that you are one of the founding authors of Lazy Day Publishing. Can you tell us a little more about that?
Liz: It’s a dream come true. No, really, when you’re writing a novel you hope against all hope that someone else out there will get it enough to be able to want to publish it. I got that and more. They’re excited about my novel and supportive through the editing and promoting process. All the other authors feel the same. Incredible experience.
Nicole Humphrey Cook: Congratulations on your publishing contract through Lazy Day. I understand your first novel is due out on December 1. Can you tell us a little about Expectations?
Liz: Expectations depicts the story of twins Matt and Chris, who are trying to win their overbearing father’s approval and ‘earn’ their trust funds. This requires both of them to make huge sacrifices in what they want in life and they have to come to terms with whether or not it’s actually worth it.
Nicole Humphrey Cook: I cannot wait to read it, the story sounds as if it will be very inspiring. What are your future aspirations with your writing?
Liz: My aspirations are really two-fold. First, I want to be able to ‘comfortably’ support myself with my novels. And maybe more importantly, I want to inspire people with my writing. I want people to look at something I conveyed in my story and stop to think about how they view that issue.
Nicole Humphrey Cook: And what do you think the future will hold for you?
Liz: I can only tell you what I hope the future holds for me. In five years, I want to be living in or near a city with two dogs, making enough money to support my Snapple habit. Oh, I guess my future husband can live there too. How about just most of the time?
Nicole Humphrey Cook: Liz, I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to get to know you better and I really look forward to the release of your book. I hope I have the opportunity to interview you again down the line to see how everything is going with you. Congratulations again on the upcoming release of your new book.