What books did you love as a child? Why?
The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I loved Walter Farley’s books because of his combination of horses and magic. As someone who believed in unicorns as a child, I was drawn into the world Mr. Farley created and the incredible bonds between children and horses.
The Chronicles of Narnia also blurred the line between reality and imagination, which I found fascinating as a child. (And still do!)
Who are your favorite authors? How did they influence your writing?
Jane Austen is my all-time favorite author. She taught me that flawed characters are the most compelling, a lesson I’d never really considered until reading her work. I think this one critical element is what has made people connect with my books the way they do.
When do you find time to write?
Right now, I’m a full-time writer, which is the happiest career I’ve ever had. It was a bit unexpected, but I’m grateful nonetheless. I normally spend about 60% of my time writing and about 40% doing the social networking, marketing, formatting, coordinating with my graphics artist and editor, basically the business side of writing.
What are the joys of writing for you?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a child. I have a crazy imagination, so it’s a happy outlet for me. Aside from writing, I find interacting with readers to be an incredible source of inspiration and motivation. I never, ever, ever thought anyone would like the worlds I created let alone love them.
I make a joke a lot about how – in school – I was always the little girl in the back of the classroom playing with invisible unicorns while everyone else learned the alphabet. To have so many people join me in the back of the class is an incredible feeling, especially when I find I’m also a source of strength or inspiration to my readers.
What are the obstacles of writing? How do you overcome them?
The biggest obstacle to writing time is managing my writing as a business. That means I don’t just write a book and hope it sells. I created (and adjust as needed) an aggressive, long term strategic plan that includes actions and benchmarks for marketing, sales, my website/social media followers, and the other business factors. I believe in making my own luck.
My writing is also a team effort: I work with a freelance editor, a freelance graphics artist, and my husband (who maintains my website and helps me with my online presence). This is my core team. I’m adding beta readers to my process for my next book.
I guess I just try to manage my time wisely and am constantly in communication with my core team, beta readers, and my readers in general.
How would you describe your writing style? How did you develop it?
My writing style … maybe movie-like! This is the feedback I receive from a lot of readers, that reading my book is like watching a movie. It makes sense. The stories I capture are movies in my head, so all I do is try to put them on paper the way I see them unfolding mentally.
What was the inspiration for your book?
Damian’s Oracle, like many of my books, started from a dream. I usually see one particular scene in my dream that gives me the inspiration to build a story around it. Normally, there’s an emotion associated with it, and in the case of Damian’s Oracle, that emotion was loneliness. The heroine, Sofia, didn’t fit into the human or immortal world, and she often feels lonely trying to balance her place in the new world.
Tell us about your book.
Damian’s Oracle is the first in a series of four books about the overarching Good vs. Evil battle, the immortals fighting evil, and the women with magic gifts who help them and become their partners. Damian’s Oracle launches the series and tells the tale of the White God, Damian, and how he meets his mate, the human-turned oracle named Sofi.
The second book, Damian’s Assassin, (released November 2011) is about the White God’s assassin and the woman who heals his heart and body. The third book (released 02 Dec) tells the tale of the White God’s chief immortal and the mysterious, beautiful Magician he risks his life to save.
In May 2012, I’ll release the fourth book, which will be entitled The Grey God.
What did you learn about yourself from writing this book?
As strange as this will sound: Damian’s Oracle was the first book I finished as an adult. I have somewhere around 60 projects in either ongoing or beginning statuses, but Damian’s Oracle was the first I ever finished.
I guess I learned I really could write a full book!
What advice do you have for other writers?
Everyone out there is going to tell you what to write, how to market, what you should/shouldn’t do. Don’t listen to them – plot your own course, create a plan that works for you, and don’t be afraid to take chances.
What is your next project?
I’m currently revising my first young adult fantasy novel entitled Elle’s Journey. It’s part of the Foretold Trilogy about a young woman who grows into a mage while trying to escape the evil forces chasing her. I’m shipping it to my editor and beta readers this week and will release between Christmas and New Years.
What are you reading now?
I’m beta-reading Consumed, the third book in Julia Crane’s Keegan Chronicles. I love this trilogy, so I bugged her until she let me read the third book. Haha!
Anything else you’d like your readers to know?
I’m pretty approachable. My readers talk to me via my website, Twitter, G+, Facebook … wherever they can find me! I welcome feedback and comments on all my books. I also do a lot of giveaways on my website, usually of other people’s books. I try to do at least two a week, just because I want to introduce my readers to other great writers.
By Lizzy Ford
Genre: Sweet Paranormal Romance
Inspired by Slavic mythology, Damian’s Oracle is the entree into the ongoing battle between good and evil over the fate of humanity. The White God, Damian, and his Guardians protect the world from the Black God and his monsters while rescuing Naturals – humans with extraordinary paranormal gifts – from the Black God, who would kill or convert them.
Caught in the middle is cool-headed Sofia, a Natural whose gift will tip the scales in the war. Sofia begins her transformation from human into oracle, the first in thousands of years. Damian rescues her from the Black God in time to complete a ceremony that will bind her to him for eternity. Sofia struggles with her new world and her role as an oracle and Damian’s mate while haunted by a mysterious man from Damian’s past who’s supposed to be dead. Unbeknownst to her, her link to the dead man may be all that saves Damian, his Guardians, and the fate of humanity.
While he wants nothing more than for the petite beauty to take her place at his side like the oracles of legend did his White God forefathers, Damian can’t quite rationalize having to win her over instead of command her. Further complicating his life is the sobering realization that there are spies in his organization who are helping the Black God take out his Guardians. Damian must help Sofia reach her potential fast, especially when a threat from his past returns.
About the Author:
Lizzy Ford is the hyper-prolific author of the Rhyn Trilogy and War of Gods series, both launched in 2011, as well as multiple single title young adult fantasy and paranormal romances. Lizzy’s books have reached into the bestseller lists on both Amazon US and Amazon UK in multiple categories. Through her unconventional online marketing strategies, Lizzy has gone from selling 20 books in January 2011 to around 5000 books in September 2011 and from over 7,000 free downloads of her work in January 2011 to over 40,000 downloads in September 2011.
The Lizzy Ford team consists of: Matt, IT and search engine optimization expert; Christine LePorte, freelance book editor; Dafeenah, graphics artist; and Toni, English-Spanish translator.
Lizzy is considered by most to be the ultimate writing freak of nature for her ability to write and e-publish a new book every 30-45 days. She is also a regular contributor for the Curiosity Quills website and is an active member of a small guild of nine passionate, talented writers, the Indie Eclective. Lizzy’s books are available from Amazon, BN, Smashwords, iBooks/iTunes, and all other eReader libraries.