The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I'm a novelist, screenwriter, adventurer and odd jobs specialist with contract assignments that have taken me from driving trucks in Antarctica to working behind the scenes on reality TV shows in Hollywood. I've got a BS from UC Berkeley, a CPA, and an MBA from UCLA.
I'm known for writing out-of-the-box romance novels with fast-paced, unique plots and lots of kick-butt action. My previous works include Cosmopolitan Magazine Book Club Pick What a Girl Wants, PRISM/Daphne finalist The Shadow Runners, Golden Leaf winner Crimson Rogue, and Waldenbooks/B&N bestseller Crimson City, the first book in the multi-author continuity series I created for Dorchester Publishing. My newest project is WIRED (July 3, 2007), the launch title for Dorchester's innovative new Shomi line.
My books and I have been featured on Fox's Geraldo at Large and in USA Today, Cosmopolitan Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Toronto Star, Publishers Weekly and more. My home on the Web is www.lizmaverick.com. Stop by and say hi!
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
I'm probably most like Roxanne in WIRED. She sounds the most like me, anyway. If I could be anyone, I'd be an insanely wealthy vampire chick like Fleur in Crimson City.
What's your favorite genre to read?
I like to read non-fiction books about organization. For a moment, there, you actually believe there will be an end to the clutter and chaos. That by some miracle you will be cured of throwing your dirty clothes on the ground and failing to file your receipts. It's a genre chock full o' hope. My other favorite is the office supplies catalog genre. I could pore over the Staples catalog for hours. I love office supplies. I've written entire blogs about the pen wall in Staples.
Who or what influences you when you write?
Movies and television with really strong visuals influence me. Special effects, graphic images, and fabulous illustrations from comic books. That kind of stuff.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
I wish I had something really exciting to say for this question. Basically, a typical writing day involves coffee, excessive quantities of starchy foods, and some good music.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
I'm still not sure I believe in writer's block. For me, writer's block is basically anxiety related to expectations of perfection. So when I start freaking out about whether what I'm writing is good or not, I try to think in terms of restarting the clock on the day. I'll make myself go walk outside and do an errand or something with the idea that when I come back to the page, it's a clean slate (in a good way).
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
My upcoming release, WIRED, just got a starred review in Publishers Weekly. I couldn't describe it any better than they did (bless them). It's out on July 3, 2007.
Liz Maverick. Dorchester/Shomi, $6.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-505-52724-0
If Maverick's fast-paced, genre-bounding novel is any indication, Dorchester's new imprint, Shomi-which aims to hook a younger generation of readers-should catch an audience quickly. Maverick grabs readers from page one, throwing together romance, science fiction and cyberpunk-a mash-up hinted at in the anime-style packaging- to tell the story of L. Roxanne Zaborovsky, a high-strung freelance computer programmer whose reclusive life gets tossed on its head when two men show up looking for her. Appearing mysteriously one night, the pair immediately set to fighting over Roxanne; before long, she realizes one is an old college acquaintance, Mason Merrick. Taking off with Mason, Roxanne learns that the men are each after a valuable bit of her work-a piece of code she hasn't even written yet. When even stranger things follow-like close friends showing up with entirely different lives-Roxanne discovers that her pursuers are playing with the threads of reality, trying to gain advantage over the other. Maverick's roller-coaster ride doesn't always stay grounded, but it's easy to get drawn into her world of twisting realities and shifting identities, especially with superb heroine Roxanne handling narration. This excellent piece of genre fiction shows much promise for both Maverick and the imprint she spearheads. (July)
Please tell us what you have planned next?
I'm currently finishing a screenplay I sold to Lifetime Television and am in talks to work on some manga. Of course I have new book ideas...I always have book ideas.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? In general and in you're writing career.
In5 years I'll hopefully be living in some exotic country, still writing on my laptop. Careerwise, I couldn't say. But in 5 years I'll still be a writer.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
Clive Owen comes really, really close. Do we even need to ask why? Heh.
What do you do for inspiration?
I travel a lot. I like to settle in to a foreign country with my laptop and write. Most of my books have been inspired in some part by a particular place where I worked, lived or visited. Adventures of an Ice Princess: Antarctica, The Shadow Runners: Australia, What a Girl Wants & Wired: San Francisco, etc... Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Nope. What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I'm already writing them. :) What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
Research? Ugh. I happen to like amalgamations of people, places, and things which means that I can put a character influenced by the English Regency in a futuristic version of an Australian penal colony. I do make sure I get this stuff vetted by experts when necessary. For example, author Carolyn Jewel was gracious enough to review the Regency references in The Shadow Runners. Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
Without deadlines, I would not finish anything. LOL! As mentioned, I'm a perfectionist. Painfully tight deadlines hinder the muse...reasonable ones help.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
Reading Angela Knight's work in 2002 made me realize that the romance genre is not made of the formulaic stereotypes outsiders still assume it is. Her work made me realize that there could be a place in the genre for what I wanted to write. What would you like to tell your readers?
Your support continues to make it possible for me to write the books I love; the ones that live outside the box and outside the lines. So: THANK YOU!! What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
"Your agents and editors are not your friends. Keep it that way." Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I managed to make an art out of writing a synopsis that camouflaged the fact that I didn't have a clue how the plot really played out. *g* I don't recommend this and I've forced myself to stop doing it. The point being that I find it very difficult to outline and I usually just start writing. And when I write, I'm definitely not linear. Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
No. I have some writer friends who are there if I ask for help and vice versa, but otherwise, no. What was your first published work and when was it published?
Kiss or Kill, Secrets 8. A futuristic erotic novella. 2002. It's a very unconventional novella and I think it established from the beginning that I could write really edgy, fresh stuff and people would want to buy it and read it. I still think that is one of the best pieces I've ever written. What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
The best way to reach me is through my Web site at www.lizmaverick.com.
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
Same. www.lizmaverick.com. Stop by and say hi!
Thank you for this opportunity!