For this week’s Debut Author Q&A, I chat with Liz Borino whose new ebook was recently released by digital publishing newcomer Lazy Day Publishing. (Readers with keen memories will recall that George Pappas, whom I interviewed earlier this month, is also a Lazy Day author.) I found Liz’ description of her book intriguing and thought she totally nailed something that I struggle with: how to describe your book in a tantalizing nutshell. But I’m working on it… :)
Name of book: Expectations
Book genre: Contemporary Romance
Date Published: December 1, 2010
Publisher: Lazy Day Publishing
What is your book about? Expectations depicts the struggle between what we desire for ourselves and our familial obligations. This is personified by Chris and Matt Taylor, identical twins, who are trying to win their overbearing father’s approval and acquire their trust funds. Their best friend and roommate, Aiden O’Boyle, left his family behind in Ireland to pursue a career in dance. Robert Taylor, Matt and Chris’s father, has set certain conditions that must be met in order for them to receive their trust funds. Matt must work at a job he hates, while struggling with alcoholism. Chris has to deny his own desires and deep love for Aiden to get married to Matt’s girlfriend. All the while, their father continues to use extreme measures to ensure his sons’ compliance. The story takes place against the backdrop of preparation for Aiden’s upcoming performance.
What was the most challenging part of the writing process? Knowing when to stop. My book was 130,000 words when I finished it. I had to do a lot of editing to make it publishable.
What motivates you to write? I can’t not write. It’s the only way to get the stories out of my head, thus preventing them from driving me crazy.
Did you experience writer’s block? I didn’t experience block so much with Expectations as with the sequel. As a matter of fact, Expectations was constantly playing in my head. It became an obsession.
How difficult was it to find a publisher? After several agent rejections, I did another round of edits and started researching publishers that would be a good fit for my book. In the midst of that, I found Lazy Day, or rather they found me. One day, Staci was following me on Twitter. Since I always check out new followers, I went to their website and got so excited because they seemed to be just what I was looking for. Fortunately, I was able to convince them I was what they were looking for as well.
What is the biggest misconception about writing a book? That it’s easy! It’s not, but it is fun and definitely worth it!
What was your favorite aspect of the writing process for this book? I love creating. I love my characters. Their story enthralled me, and I’m so glad I have the opportunity to share it with the world.
You mentioned that there is a sequel to Expectations? Yes! I’m contracted for the sequel, which I’m working on now.
Oprah has famously said that there is no such thing as luck, without preparation and a moment of opportunity. Would you agree or disagree with regard to your own success as a writer? I agree completely. I believe in making my own luck. To me that means, hard work, passion, knowing when to toe the line and when to smash the rules!