Thursday Word-Slingers – Guest Lianna Brooks (200th Blog Post)

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!

1) How long have you been writing?

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.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

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)

3) Can you tell the audience about your recent release, Even Villains Fall in Love (EVFiL)?

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.

4) What is it about the sci-fi (SyFy? – sorry, had to do it) genre that you like so much?

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.

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

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.

6) Sweet or sour?

Spicy! I love hot food.

7) Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

Chocolate if it’s plain, vanilla if I’m loading up an ice cream sundae with everything.

8) What’s with the socks? I know I’ve seen you respond to this question (or one like it) before, but my readers might not be as familiar with you as I am, so I want to share your sock obsession with them!

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)

FAN/CONTACT INFO
* Author Website * http://www.lianabrooks.com/
* Liana’s Twitter Page * https://twitter.com/#!/LianaBrooks
* Buy Page* Breathless Press   Amazon    Amazon UK     Bookstrand
Liana Brooks was born in San Diego, California. Years later she was disappointed to learn that The Shire was not some place she could move to, nor was Rider of Rohan an acceptable career choice. Studying marine biology  so she could play with sharks seemed to be the only alternative. After college Liana settled down to work as a full-time author and mother because logical career progression is something that happens to other people. When she grows up, Liana wants to be an Evil Overlord and take over the world.
In the meantime, she writes sci-fi and SFR in between trips to the beach. She can be found wearing colorful socks on the Emerald Coast, or online at http://www.lianabrooks.com.

BLURB
If you believe the rumors you know that Doctor Charm, the wickedly sexy super villain, retired in shame seven years ago after his last fight with the superhero Zephyr Girl. The fact that the charming Evan Smith – father of four and husband of the too-beautiful-to-be-real Tabitha – bears a resemblance to the defeated Doctor is pure coincidence. And, please, ignore the minions.
Everything is perfect in the Smith household until Tabitha announces her return to work as a superhero. Evan was hoping to keep her distracted until after he rigged the 2012 presidential election, but – genius that he is – Evan has a backup plan. In his basement lab Evan has a machine whose sole purpose is keeping Tabitha hungry for him.
But children and labs don’t mix. The machine is broken, and Tabitha storms out, claiming she no longer knows him. World domination takes a back seat to meeting his daughters’ demands to get Mommy back right now. This time his genius isn’t going to be enough – he’s going to need both his evil alter-ego and the blooming super abilities of his children to save his wife. But even his most charming self might not be enough to save their marriage.
EXCERPT
“Daddy!” Blessing screamed from upstairs. “Mommy’s in a fight!”
Evan whipped around. “Hert?”
“We didn’t schedule anything, Master.”
He took the steps three at a time. “What’s going on?”
“Mommy’s in a fight,” Maria repeated calmly.
Picking up Maria so he could claim a spot on the couch, Evan watched as Zephyr Girl whipped around a giant lizard thing, the unholy offspring of Barney the dinosaur and Godzilla. Zephyr Girl darted in, pulling a trip wire past the reptilian legs and dodging a heavy fist.
His heart skipped a beat. Right after Election Day, he was finishing the body armor he’d planned for her. It hadn’t seemed necessary when she was a stay-at-home-mom, just kinky in a fun way.
A heavy green claw swiped downward, and Zephyr Girl didn’t move fast enough. She bounced off a building, her neck snapping back.
“Mom!” Delila rushed to the TV screen. Tiny fingers fanned over the live image of Zephyr Girl plummeting toward the ground.
“Move back!” Angela ordered, pulling on her sister’s shirt. “Let me see Mommy.”
“Move, Tabby. Move, baby,” Evan whispered. He hugged Maria tighter. The TV needed to be off. Now. The girls shouldn’t watch their mom die. He shouldn’t watch his wife die. Anger burned through the fear. Whoever created that abomination was going to pay.
CONTEST
Liana is offering a copy of her e-book to one lucky person who comments below! So get to commenting. With an excerpt like that, I wanna win! 

Remember, this is your last day to comment for a chance to win a copy of Kassanna’s Keep Me Satisfied!
Have a great day, everyone.
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