Current Release: Hat Trick
What's your book about?
It’s the 4th book (not in sequence, they are all standalones) of my Black Jack Gentlemen soccer series. Each of the books is about one player or coach, with the rest of the teams’ stories hinted at throughout. This one is about a new superstar stud forward who’s come over from the “EPL” (English Premiere League) which is, arguably the best league in the world. But he’s under a serious cloud, both personally and professionally. Declan MacGuire is a hot Scottish ginger, and is immediately snatched up by a Queen Bee groupie, Cassandra Dean. Things quickly devolve from there.
What should readers expect from you titles?
Unpredictability but in the way of “real life.” My characters may be hot, fit and sexy but they are real people and act accordingly. I’m told it’s a refreshing change from the popular formulas.
What's your writing process like?
I think it’s a little schizo, actually. Since I fit it in when I can around other things (see above: my “typical Wednesday”) I tend to go at it hard core when I have a solid concept and either internal or externally imposed deadline. I marathon write and to use my current WIP(s) as an example, I wrote a 59,000 brand new novel (FireBrew) after being asked to contribute to a killer new anthology with a lot of authors a lot more famous than me in it, in about 2 weeks.
Right now, I’m finishing up Family Love, and realized I broke my own record by writing over 35,000 words to finish it up in 3 days. It’s exhausting, I won’t kid you and it’s “written” but that means it requires re-reading, revision, beta reader commentary, more revision and 3 rounds of hard edits by a professional before anything comes of it. When I’m not in “creation” mode I don’t allow myself to even think about a new project. So when they pop into my head, more or less fully formed and breathing, I can have a break between being a writing-cave troll and a self-promoting (PITA) genius.
What's next for you as an author?
Oh, let’s see….I have the final novel of my best selling Love Brothers saga, FAMILY LOVE, coming September 1st and it’s a nice long epic wrap up of that series. In late 2015/early 2016 I’ll release a new RE Romance (“Real Estate Romance”) pair of books: APPRAISED and CONTINGENT. I also wrote a new novel this spring for an upcoming fairly amazing bundle (yeah, another bundle but this one will have a BRAND NEW LIZ BOOK in it called “FireBrew” along with new books from a bunch of other authors, many of them Big Time Best Sellers). That will drop in November. More details to emerge.
Oh and I am a Realtor in one of the hottest markets in the nation (Ann Arbor, Michigan) so I’m one of those One-Armed-Wallpaper-Hanging type busy people.
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
Drinking too much and watching soccer
What's your day job like?
If you’ll allow me, I’ll use “yesterday,” a fairly typical Wednesday in Liz Land as an example.
Up at 5:30 a.m.
Adding words to FAMILY LOVE until 8 a.m. then shower and minor house clean-up so the place looks less like we just finished a round of Jumaji
Weight Watchers weigh in/guilt trip 9:15
Fresh weight loss resolutions in place, head off to show a few houses to couple that has missed out on 3 houses so far because of the local market feeding frenzy
11:30: stop in at office, write yet another offer for couple, submit
noon: Home. Banana for lunch (see “weight loss resolutions”). More words written
2 p.m: 2nd showing on house in nearby town
3:30: home. More words and a giant diet soda
5:00 p.m. Emerge from writing cave, realize no dinner is made. Send kid who’s hanging around post college graduation pre-pharmacy school underfoot off to Whole Foods hot food bar. 6:30: Negotiate offer written earlier on the phone for an hour
7:30 Write offer on house shown at 2 pm. Send contracts out for “Docu-signing” and submit
9: 00 realize I missed the Women’s World Cup games. Curse. Open wine bottle. Ignore earlier weight loss resolutions
10:00 More words (a total of 12k for the day so a pretty good one, writing-wise)
12 a.m.-ish: bed.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
I’m a little of both, really. Some days all I want to do is not talk, to be left alone to write or to read or to just think. But due to the fact that I talk for a living, either selling houses or offering marketing consulting to start-up breweries, that rarely happens. I do love a good party, though and have no qualms about speaking in public.
I know there are plenty of authors to choose from so let me just say “thanks” for giving me a few moments of your time to learn more about the Liz Crowe unconventional romance style. I have plenty to choose from to get you started, over 25 in the Liz Backlist at last count!