Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Author Interview: Liz Fichera

The Interview

Hi Liz,

Thanks so much for taking a minute to answer some questions for me.  Before we get started, I would like to congratulate you on having your first novel published. I can’t imagine how excited you must be! 

Thank you!  Yes, I am very excited.  It’s been a long time coming. J

Hooked is your debut novel. Could you explain to us how the process worked for you? It seems like everyone’s experience is a little different.

HOOKED is my first young adult novel.  Previously I published two other novels (women’s fiction) through Carina Press.  My journey is very similar to other writers who choose the traditional publishing path:  write, write, write, query, query, rejection, rejection, find an agent, more writing, more rejection, waiting, sell a novel.  Then write some more.  It’s a very tough business.

Tell us something interesting about Hooked that we should know before reading it that we won’t get from the description.

One of the main characters in HOOKED is a Gila Indian.  The Gila River Indian Reservation borders my home in Phoenix, Arizona, so I drew a lot of inspiration from there.  I’m fortunate to be surrounded by so many Native American cultures and influences.

When I first read the description for Hooked I immediately was reminded of Catching Jordan, which is one of the reasons I was so intrigued by it. I think what reminded me of it was that there’s a girl playing golf on the guys’ team and Catching Jordan has a girl playing football. How did you come up with the idea to have a girl playing golf with the guys?

I was driving down a long stretch of desolate desert road near my home called Pecos Road.  Pecos Road is the dividing line between Phoenix and the Gila River Indian Reservation and, coincidentally, figures prominently in HOOKED.  This girl with long dark hair and equally dark eyes popped into my head and a story was born.  For some reason, she came to me with a golf club in her hand and lots of fire and toughness and I thought that was cool. 

What can we expect from you next? Are you working on something now?

I wrote a companion novel to HOOKED called PLAYED.  PLAYED takes two characters from HOOKED and develops their stories—specifically Riley and Sam.  I’m also in the process of finishing up two more young adult novels that are completely separate from HOOKED and PLAYED.  I’m always writing a novel.  It’s what I love to do.

Is there a moment that you can pinpoint and say, “that’s why I decided I wanted to be a writer?” If so, when was that moment? What happened?

My moment came when I was ten years old.  I had written a story about my collie dog.  My mother and fifth grade teacher gushed over the story and I knew then that I wanted to be a writer; however, then life got in the way as it likes to do.  I wasn’t able to begin writing full-time until about seven years ago.

If being a writer wasn’t an option, what would your dream job be?

 I love art.  I would love to have an art studio and paint all day.  If that’s not an option, I would definitely choose to be a taster at a chocolate factory.  Any factory will do.

Avid readers’ favorite books seem to change week to week based on what they’ve read recently or what kind of mood they are in (at least that’s how I am) What’s your favorite book right now?

I can’t get enough of YA contemporaries.  I love realistic stories with lots of angst, emotion and conflict.  More contemporaries, please! 

Now, on to the this or that portion of the interview. If at any time you don’t have a preference you can choose neither.

This or that:

Coke or Pepsi
Neither. I’m more of a water and lemon fan. *hides*
Chocolate or Vanilla
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
Harry Potter or Twilight
I confess to reading the entire Twilight series.
Answer to Previous or The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games! Loved the toughness that was Katniss.
Vampires or Werewolves
Werewolves. I’m a sucker for that TEEN WOLF show.
Zombies or Unicorns
Twitter or Facebook
Ebook or print
These days, I never leave home without my nook. 

About the Author


I'm an American author living in the American Southwest by way of Chicago.  

Born and raised in Park Ridge, Illinois, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona, after college, never expecting to live more than one year among cactus and people who’d never seen snow. I was wrong.  It certainly didn't hurt that I met my future husband in Phoenix too. 

Most of my stories are set in the American Southwest because I think the desert is a cool place.  Living in Phoenix, I'm surrounded by Native American culture and influences, not to mention intriguing Hohokam petroglyphs and centuries-old canals.  There are over 20 tribes in Arizona and I'm lucky to be neighbors to the Gila River and the Salt River Indian Communities.  

When I'm not busy writing my next novel, I like to travel, visit museums, support local theater productions, hike, and pretend that I'm training for a triathlon.  I post a lot of photos from my desert and mountain hikes on my Facebook and Twitter pages.  In no particular order, I've been chased by javalinas, rattlesnakes, coyotes, and even one curious black bear.  Would love to connect with you there too!

About the Book

When Native American Fredricka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done. 

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile...



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