(Soft applause welcomes Liesel)
Let us begin. Thank you for joining us today Liesel. Inquiring minds have a lot they'd like to know.
First, when did you know you were born to write?
I don’t know that there was an exact moment. A grade-school teacher told my mom that I was capable of writing, and after that I always thought about it. If I had to pick a moment, it was probably in college when I turned wholly toward writing. It wasn’t that I had a sudden realization, but rather that when I decided to go for it whole-heartedly, my entire life changed. I was happier, more hopeful, more fulfilled. That made me realize it was the right thing for me to be doing. :D
Who influenced you in becoming the author you are today?
Tons of people! My dad was always an avid reader, my mom read to me from the time I was a child, so they definitely both influenced me. In terms of other authors, I’d name Robert Jordan and Joseph Conrad, among myriad others.
What was your favorite book and author as a child?
I don’t know that I had one favorite, but I grew up on the genres I now write. My mom used to read us The Chronicles of Narnia, and one of my earliest memories is of my dad sitting against the doorframe of our room at night and telling us tales of Frodo and the Ring. He had them memorized. I also read a lot of Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew, so I’ve always been drawn to mystery.
Who do you read now?
Everyone! I’m very eclectic in my reading, now.
Do you read as much as you write?
If you could meet any author of past or present, who would it be?
Probably Robert Jordan.
What would you ask them?
I would want to pick his brain about how he came up with particular characters and plot lines; what his thought processes were and what directions he considered for various arcs and then abandoned.
What made you select your genre (which is?)
Persistence of Vision is a dystopia with elements of scifi in it. Picking my genre wasn’t a conscious choice. I had a story in mind, wrote it, then had to categorize it. The story is comprised of things I was thinking about, but I crafted the story to be what it was. I didn’t try to pigeon-hole it into any one genre.
How did you conceive the idea for Persistence of Vision?
The first part of it, where Maggie loses time in Vegas, is actually based on a true story. I just let my imagination run wild with possibilities. I then combined it with things I’d been thinking about while taking a literary science fiction class in college, so POV is a combination of a lot of different ideas that I sculpted together.
What advice would you share with a would-be writer?
Read a lot, learn everything you can about the industry, and NEVER give up. The only difference between a published writer and an unpublished writer is persistence.
Do you write with background noise or silence?
Usually silence. I sometimes put on classical music, just to give me clarity as I write, but I’ve gotten out of the habit of doing that lately. I live with my 2-year-old niece and often I need to be able to listen for any crash-and-burn tactics she might try out.
Describe your writing area, please.
I write in my bedroom. I don’t really have a desk or writing space. I just sit on my bed with my laptop and have at it. :D
Who is the first person you share the written word with?
I have a writer’s group (critique group) that gets the rawest material. They get it a chapter at a time. When I have an entire novel, I give it to them if they want to read it start to finish, and to my dad who is my most ardent supporter.
Can you tell us a little about your current WIP?
I’m currently working on Book 2 of Interchron, which I’m calling Quantum Entanglement. It’s almost finished. I’m also doing editing for a historical fiction trilogy, the first book of which, Citadels of Fire, will be out in September. And I’m doing some planning for a high fantasy series I’m just starting to work on. As you can see, I’m a busy girl. :D
Now for fun:
Salty or sweet? Sweet! Definitely!
Favorite drink? Either fruit juice or chocolate milk.
Cookies, pie or cake? Ooh too hard! Probably cookies, though pie is a close second.
Coffee or pop? If I had to choose, pop, but I’m not big on either.
Happy endings, surprise endings, or cliffhangers? Depends. Mid-series, I gotta go with the cliff-hangers. At the very end, though, it’s always got to be happy! ;D
What is your ultimate goal with your writing(s)? To support myself with it. I want to be a full-time novelist who doesn’t need to do any other sort of work. And to get every story rumbling around in my brain out onto the page.
Thanks so much for having me, Beth! I’ve enjoyed being here! :D
Thanks so much for being with us today Liesel!! We look forward to your upcoming works!
Feel free to read Persistence of Vision and contact Liesel at any of the following venues!
Goodreads Author Page: goodreads.com/lieselkhill
Goodreads Book Page: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15982000-persistence-of-vision