Monday, April 30, 2012

Interview with author Liz Schulte

Welcome to Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. There's plenty of fun stuff going on around here to hopefully take the sting out of starting a new workweek. Today's post features author Liz Shulte. Liz is in the hot seat as I ask some very fun questions. Ready? Let's begin!

Hi Liz! Welcome!

  1. Tell me a bit about yourself, and your writing.
    I'm a scorpio. I enjoy fine wine and mysterious men . . . wait, is that not what you are looking for? :-) Seriously, other than the obvious writing I like to travel. I have been to around fourteen countries on various vacations. I love animals. I have two dogs (named Whiskey and Rachel) and two cats (named Stewie and Ruth). I am a movie fanatic—especially horror films. While most kids were watching Disney and cartoons, my best friend and I were watching Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. I have always loved to read. I remember when I was a little kid mom would take me to the library and I would pick out the maximum number of books and devour them in two weeks so I could go back. I think I may have read every R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, and L.J. Smith book ever written during that time. But, mostly, I am just a normal girl.

    As for my writing, I have three novels and a short story published. I write like a read—a little of everything. I always work on multiple projects at once, and I’m a pantser (I don’t outline).

  2. How long have you been writing? Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
    I have been writing with the intent of publishing for a few years. I used to write short stories in junior high school, but I never considered that I wanted to be a writer. In elementary I wanted to be a veterinarian and in junior high school I decided I wanted to be a Supreme Court Justice, so the writing was only for fun in my mind. It wasn’t until I decided not to go to law school, and I started to seriously contemplate what I wanted to do with the rest of my life that I settled on writing.

  3. What are your favorite genres to read?
    I like everything. I don’t know that a genre itself pulls me in as much as the writing and the characters in the books. My favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, Silence of the Lambs, American Psycho, Catch 22, Night of the Huntress, Dresden Files, Lonesome Dove, and Jane Eyre.

  4. How many books do you have published? What genre?
    So far I have published three novels and a short story. Dark Corners is a mystery, Secrets (Guardian Trilogy Book 1) and Choices (Guardian Trilogy book 2) are urban fantasies, and Sweet Little Lies in Cupid Painted Blind is a paranormal romance. Later this year I will have another mystery and urban fantasy novel coming out. I also have a horror short story set for publication in the Up Close and Evil anthology.

  5. Do you write in multiple genres, or do you just stay with one? If you do not write in more than one genre, do you ever consider it?
    I do write in multiple genres. I read in multiple genres so it makes sense to me to write in multiples.

  6. What are some of your passions and hobbies outside of writing?
    I absolutely love movies, especially horror movies. I see normally see them opening weekend and am a total fan girl. My other real passion is to travel. I sometimes think I was meant to be nomad. I have so many places on my list left to see and so many places I would like to go back to and take my time exploring.

  7. What's the strangest question or thing you've had to ask/do for research purposes?
    Most recently I had to research how to tan hide.

  8. Are you a plotter or do you write from the seat of your pants?
    I am a pantser. I have tried to outline and plot, but it either comes out wooden for me or my characters do exactly opposite.

  9. Name four books that stay on your keeper shelf.
    Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Catch 22, and any of the Dresden Files books.

  10. Ebooks or print, which do you prefer?
    I like both. I have an ebook reader and use it a lot, especially when I travel, but there are certain authors I still buy in print.
  11. What is a talent you wish you had, but don't?
    I wish I was musical. It floors me people can hear music in their heads and create these beautiful songs that touch my soul.

  12. What are you working on now?
    I am working on the final book in the Guardian Trilogy, Consequences, and a new mystery called Dark Passing.

  13. What is a typical writing day/schedule like for you?
    I still work a day job, so my writing schedule is a bit nuts. I write over my lunch, and then I spend from about 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. writing or editing.

  14. Does your mood influence what you write, or read?
    My mood definitely influences what I read. Sometimes I am in the mood for classic and other times I am in the mood something darker. My mood influences what I write in that it effects which project I want to work on, but once I get in my characters’ minds my mood melts away.

  15. What genre of writing style would you like to see make a comeback?
    I love classic literature. I love the almost lyrical type prose. Part of me wishes that would come back.
  16. If you could travel anywhere and do anything, no limits or money holding you back, where would you go?
    I would want to sail the Mediterranean.

Book Two The Guardian Trilogy

By Liz Schulte

Hearts break. Loved ones are lost. Life keeps moving.

Olivia Martin’s afterlife was more dangerous and confusing than her life ever was. She thought she was ready to come back, to forget about Holden and to let go of the rage consuming her. Fulfilling her destiny as a guardian was all that mattered—the past could stay hidden in the crevices of her mind. However, when guardians are murdered and the evidence points towards jinn, she has to do something. To save anyone’s future, Olivia will have to confront the one person from her past she is terrified to see.

Holden waited for Olivia with the hope he would see her one more time. But when she didn’t return, he found salvation in darkness. The black and twisted road made it easier to forget what he lost than to live with the memory of what he had. An unexpected promotion shoves him into a world of intoxicating power and influence. Holden will have to choose between his new life and the woman he thought was gone forever.

From the ashes of Secrets, Choices are born that will change everything.

YouTube- Book 1 Secrets

About the Author:

Many authors claim to have known their calling from a young age. Liz Schulte, however, didn't always want to be an author. In fact, she had no clue. Liz wanted to be a veterinarian, then she wanted to be a lawyer, then she wanted to be a criminal profiler. In a valiant effort to keep from becoming Walter Mitty, Liz put pen to paper and began writing her first novel. It was at that moment she realized this is what she was meant to do. As a scribe she could be all of those things and so much more.

When Liz isn’t writing or on social networks she is inflicting movie quotes and trivia on people, reading, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family. Liz is a Midwest girl through and through, though she would be perfectly happy never having to shovel her driveway again. She has a love for all things spooky, supernatural, and snarky. Her favorite authors range from Edgar Allen Poe to Joseph Heller to Jane Austen to Jim Butcher and everything in between.

Liz would love to hear from you and what you thought of Dark Corners.

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Here's a link to also check out book one, if you are a series in order type person!


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  1. Wonderful interview and excerpt! Book sounds fabulous!

  2. Nice interview. The book sounds really cool. I'll have to check it out!

    1. Thank you. I would love to hear from you!

  3. Great interview. The excerpt was great too.

  4. That's a great interview. Thanks so much for this. I love to learn more about authors and their writing.