Thanks for joining me today on Night Owl Romance.
Tammie King of NOR: To get us started can you please start by telling us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
Liza Curtis Black: I've just released "Endland Chronicles Book One: Salvation For Three". This is a science fiction menage with a m/f/m theme. It's the story of Keer, a female bounty hunter who is a rare Terran female with the ability to breed. She's safely hidden her fertility to keep from being imprisoned in the ranks of the skin trade. Keer is about to meet her match(es) in Tirin and Cian (pronounced Sean), two totally male, alpha warriors who know that she is the third in their Endland Triad.
Tammie King of NOR: Could you please tell us a little about yourself?
Liza Curtis Black: I'm a working wife, mother and avid reader. After I finish my day job in the office, you can usually find me either having a glass of wine outside with my spouse or typing away at my next book. My favorite writing companion is my giant dog who listens to me mutter and thinks I'm a genius. (Since he can't talk, I'm just assuming since I'm the one who feeds him....)
Tammie King of NOR: If you could be one of the characters from this book - Who would you be? And why?
Liza Curtis Black: Well Keer is the obvious choice. She's more daring that I would be and VERY strong. I think she's already got my sense of humor (she tends to mutter to herself now and again...) but that language! LOL! I'd have to clean that up a little.
Tammie King of NOR: Who or what influenced you when you wrote this book? Did you have a CD, Songs, environment, etc?
Liza Curtis Black: I listened to a little elektronica and spa to get the feel while I was writing. Hard rock worked in the scene where Keer is trying to fly out of the Endlands. Boy did I type fast!
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek into the book?
Liza Curtis Black:
She stretched out and forced herself to begin a fast jog, pulling the runner with her. He continued laughing wildly as they ran toward the descending freighter, the dust swirling in dark clouds around them.
"Too late, bond hunter. The storms are coming. When the storms come, they come."
The freighter gate dropped and she scrambled up the gangway, pulling the man behind her. Keer pushed the runner into the jump seat and yelled over the rising wind at the security drone.
"Keer Teho requesting return to prison ship Agreeb. Now."
The gate began to rise as the security drone repeated her commands and accessed the space coordinates of the Agreeb. She watched as the metal wall rose, creaking, pulling the door in a slow ascent. The storm had swirled so much dust into the cargo bay that she could barely make out the shape of a trawler as it flew toward the ship across the reservoir. She saw two figures jump out and begin a forward run.
Even from the distance, they were huge, muscled men with squared shoulders wrapped in the traditional Endlands robes against the sand, faces covered from the raging wind. They did not pause against the blow of the red storm but accelerated the pace.
"Gate Closed!" She nearly shrieked the command, knowing full well that it would not hurry the process on the old ship. "Terran mother, get that thing up before they get to the ship. Before they get to me!" The pace of the two giants running across the dirt toward the gate, as if no red lunar dust existed, chilled her blood.
Keer knew they did not come for the runner who continued to laugh from the jump seat. She could see intent in those strides. They knew she was here. They knew she was ripe for mating and were coming for her.
As the gate finally reached near closure, she focused on the face of the closest man, terrified. His stare pierced through the dust, the color of Terran sun and precious amber. His hair, the wild gold in her hallucination, escaped the headcover, blowing against his face.
She ran to the gangway, still watching, grabbing a gate hold to pull up as the door closed, and peered out before the latch engaged. The blond giant ripped the cover from his head and looked across the plain at her. His jaw clenched in anger. He cupped his hands and called through the winds of the lunar storm.
"Woman." The voice boomed, echoing into the cabin. Keer gasped. She could hear him. In her mind, the voice resounded, loud and penetrating. Telepaths and hunters. Gods knew what else they were capable of. "Woman. We come."
Tammie King of NOR: Please tell us what you have planned next?
Liza Curtis Black: Right now I'm diligently finishing "Endland Chronicles - Book Two". This book is another science fiction erotic menage, m/f/m. The characters from "Salvation For Three" will be appearing in this story as secondary characters.
Tammie King of NOR: What kind of research did you do for this book? Did you enjoy the research process?
Liza Curtis Black: I absolutely love doing research! To get my head into a sci-fi mode I surfed the net for hours reading interviews with science fiction writers like Heinlein, who I have always admired. I also reviewed alot of science fiction art from various people around the world. That brought my vision of the Endlands to mind. Also, I had traveled to Red Rocks, outside Las Vegas a few years ago and driven up into the hills. I remember being on Lake Mead in the heat of August thinking how alien the landscape was. The red orange soil there really is very much how I envision the Endlands.
Tammie King of NOR: What would you like to tell your readers?
Liza Curtis Black: Salvation For Three is really just the beginning of what I hope will be a great series. I'd love to hear from you and what you'd like to see happen with the Endland Chronicles!
Tammie King of NOR: Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
Liza Curtis Black: I spend my time writing a few other authors, mostly from Siren-Bookstrand. We bounce ideas off each other regularly and provide support to each other. It's really a pleasure to talk to the author's I've been reading for quite a few years now!
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Liza Curtis Black:
Endland Chronicles - Book Two is the story of Aldiss Loe, an Alliance reporter who's found a way onto the prison ship Agreeb. Aldiss is unusual in that she's a Terran female (a/k/a an 'earther') who has no genetic enhancements. Aldiss has gotten herself into trouble and two alpha males, Merrick and Xan get heavily involved in her investigation. She's about to find out about an Endland triad with two pretty hot guys!
Tammie King of NOR: Is there anything else you would like to share with readers?
Liza Curtis Black: Look for a western from me, hopefully by January 2010. I'm a huge history buff and Siren is working on a line of western themed erotica that will be historical. This isn't your 1970's bodice ripper, it's made of sterner stuff!
Tammie King of NOR: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Liza Curtis Black: You can email me at lizacurtisblack @ yahoo.com (no spaces) or find me lurking on the Reader's boards at Siren-bookstrand. Give me a shout out, I'm always happy to chat with another reader!
Tammie King of NOR: When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?
Liza Curtis Black: I had been writing for many years but was frustrated with my inability to get a publisher to read my stuff. Fiction is a very tough market to crack! Finally I thought about what I read, what I really found enjoyable and what seemed to be popular. Fortunately I had found electronic publishing early on, before Kindle was so immensly popular and that made me think "Hey, I can do this!"
Tammie King of NOR: What was your first published work and when was it published?
Liza Curtis Black: Not counting various forays into poetry when I was a high school student, I was published about nine years ago writing some online erotica and received some great feedback. While I wasn't paid for that work it gave me the push I needed!
Tammie King of NOR: What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
Liza Curtis Black:
The best advice was "Don't give up!" from my family who had great faith in me.
The worse advice was "Electronic books are just vanity press. They aren't 'real' books."
Tammie King of NOR: Do you outline your books or just start writing?
Liza Curtis Black: I tap out a few notes but no, I do not outline. I have tried but I find that just blasting away works best for me.
Tammie King of NOR: Who is your perfect hero? And why?
Liza Curtis Black: Oh he's definitely the fairly traditional TD&H, tall dark and handsome. He's also very, VERY alpha male and smart as a whip. I've always been drawn to the dark hero who becomes the devoted mate.
Tammie King of NOR: Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Liza Curtis Black: The western that I'm hoping to start soon!
Thank you for this opportunity!