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HOOKED releases from HarlequinTEEN on January 29, 2013
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Liz Fichera is an American author originally from Chicago who now lives in the American Southwest. HOOKED is her debut young adult novel. It’s the story of a Native American girl golfer with a killer golf swing who takes on the boy on her team with the killer smile.
It’s Perfect Chemistry meets Catching Jordan with a dash of West Side Story.
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Now let’s hear from Liz Fichera!
Just to get us started, how old are you?
Old enough to remember having a crush on David Cassidy from The Partridge Family. (Me too )
What inspired you to write HOOKED?
Living in Phoenix, Arizona, I’m continually inspired by the Native American cultures and desert landscapes that surround my home. I got the idea for HOOKED as I was driving down a long stretch of desert called Pecos Road about 4 years ago. I actually did a whole inspiration video (set to music!). It’s on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFP9bNCTW4E
Do you have a special affinity for the American Southwest?
Absolutely. I love the desert. I find much beauty in its simplicity and starkness. That said, having grown up outside of Chicago, I never in a million years thought that I’d one day call the desert home.
What made you want to write in the first place?
I’ve loved writing stories ever since the fifth grade when a teacher told me she loved a story that I wrote about my dog. My parents were always very encouraging too. My mother, in particular, loved it when I’d read my stories to her. Those are some of my fondest memories.
What keeps you writing?
It helps to make a few sales. But I write because I love to write. There’s always a story bubbling inside my brain that wants to come out. (Me too. Kind of a blessing and a curse! )
What is the best piece of writing advice you were ever given?
Keep writing. Even as you query, watch your rejections stack up, or start to investigate all of your publishing options, keep writing. You should always be writing your next book, even as you try to sell or market your current one.
How do you discipline yourself to keep at the writing?
I’m fortunate that I’m able to write full-time. It hasn’t always been that way. So, I treat my writing like it’s a job. I’m in my office, butt in the chair, writing, at least 5-6 hours a day. The rest of the time is devoted to other things like promotion and social media. (Atta girl!)
When did you decide, this is what I really want to do? I want to be a writer! Was there a particular ah-ha moment?
I’ve known that I wanted to be a full-time writer since I was ten years old. However, life kind of got in the way and there were other obligations that surfaced—you know, life’s curve balls. But I never stopped working towards my goal. I was able to write full-time 7 years ago.
Do you belong to any cool writerly groups on or off line?
I belong to The Class of 2K13, a group of debut YA and MG authors, along with The Lucky Thirteeners.
Just for kicks… What are some of your favorite TV shows, movies?
I am currently head-over-heels over two shows: HELL ON WHEELS and LONGMIRE. I love angsty gritty shows set in the The Wild West. TEEN WOLF is also a guilty pleasure.
As a kid what was your favorite book?
I loved THE BOXCAR children and all of the Laura Ingalls books. Re-read each a million times.
What is your favorite board game?
Chess and Scrabble. (Yeah for Scrabble!)
What is most special about your protagonist?
Fred Oday is the main character in HOOKED. She’s a Native American girl (Gila). She dreams big dreams and doesn’t let anything get in her way, including being the only girl on an all boys’ team. I wish that there were more Native American characters in mainstream YA. (Ditto)
Other than writing, what do you like to do for fun? Hobbies?
I read every day. I usually have at least 2 books going at once. I also love to hike and run in the desert around my home. I post a lot of my hiking pictures on my Facebook page. (I love hiking too. Check out my Facebook page. )
If your protagonist could give one piece of advice to your readers what would it be?
Dream big. Nothing is impossible. When you can’t achieve what you want, figure out another way. There’s always a way. (Amen)
Any closing words of wisdom for other author-wannabees out there?
Write, write, read, and then write some more. If you don’t love what you’re doing, do something else.
And there you have it! Personal and Real with Liz Fichera!
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