I have the awesome pleasure of having Liana Brooks, she of the crazy socks, as my guest today. I’ve been a follower of her tweets and blogs for a while, so I’m psyched to have her here. There’s a giveaway of course! Check her out!
That’s a tricky question. I “wrote” my first piece of fiction in kindergarten for the Illinois Young Author Contest in 1987. It was a felt book that I colored with oil crayons while my mother wrote the story of a sea turtle swimming through a polluted reef. In third grade I placed with the story of twin dwarves riding wolves to rescue the rattle of the baby princess. I was heavily influenced by JRR Tolkien at the time.
Throughout my school years I dabbled with stories, but I didn’t start writing seriously until a few years ago. I was transitioning from a fulltime student and university employee to a fulltime mom. I wanted something to do after the kids went to bed, and writing was it. I submitted my first short story for publication in the fall of 2008, and have very slowly started to move my career from Want-To-Be-An Author to a Selling-Books Author.
Do you really want me to count?
I currently have three active writing projects: the debut of EVFIL, polishing JANE DOE for query, and writing Book 2 of the Heroes and Villains series.
I am the fulltime stay-at-home mom for four children, two in school and two at home.
I try to have a date with my husband every Friday.
I plan lessons for a Sunday School class I teach each week.
I’m a community volunteer at the local military base.
I’m an active participant with two writing groups.
With the kids who are at home we have weekly speech therapy for the toddler, playgroup, and sometimes story time at the library.
During the summer we home school, and this year I’m adding a challenge blog for the kids and organizing some group projects.
And sometimes I try to sleep… How many is that? (TM – whew, yikes)
EVFiL is the kind of book I can never find on the shelf. I like the idea of romance, but as a married mom I’m tired of reading about fresh-out-of-college size two blondes whose biggest concern in the world might be their dog. I maintain that it’s easy to be hero when you don’t have a family to think about, kids change everything.
So I wrote Mom Fiction, a book with kids in it where the parents are still the heroes, the married couple does not involve someone cheating, and Happily Ever After doesn’t mean throwing everything you are out the window and becoming a new person… That all sounds fairly lofty and pompous. Really, it’s a book about a guy who falls in love, gets the girls, and fights to keep her. With superheroes.
I love science fiction because it’s the genre that writes the future. Every major invention you use today, from your phone to your computer, was first a goofy prop dreamed up by someone writing sci-fi. The science fiction authors dream it up, and geeky engineers who read our work make it happen.
Science fiction has no limits. You can have magic wielding magi in space (Star Wars) or infantry grunts riding dinosaurs (Orphan’s Journey) or super villains falling in love with superheroes. There isn’t anything that doesn’t fit in sci-fi, everyone is welcome, and that makes it the perfect place to write.
Comic fantasy, probably at the midgrade/early-YA levels so that I can let my kids read my work. They’ve been begging me to tell them the story behind EVFiL and even though the love scenes are all fade-to-black, they aren’t appropriate for my 10-and-under crowd at home.
Also, given the chance, I’d love to turn some of my writing into graphic novels for the younger set. I have a couple of NANO novels written with that in mind.
Spicy! I love hot food.
Chocolate if it’s plain, vanilla if I’m loading up an ice cream sundae with everything.
Okay, this is going to sound silly, but here it goes… I hate sharing pictures of myself because I’m very generic – brown hair, brown eyes, tannish skin – I don’t stand out in a crowd. So I posted the picture of my socks one day and it caught on. One person wrote me a note to tell me she followed my blog just because of my socks. An agent told me to include a picture of my socks in my query so she would know who I was.
And all because I was sick of wearing white socks! When I was a kid all I owned were white socks, functional but boring. Now I have a collection of socks in a rainbow of patterns, colors, and styles so that I don’t need to wear boring white socks ever again! (TM – Oh, I so hear you on being tired of the plain socks, but don’t have much choice at work, tragically. I’m gonna try cool socks though)