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Friday, June 24, 2011


Today I'm @ RLJ and decided to post a very special guest spot. Author Liz Strange is a hard working woman on a mission! She writes paranormal/horror/fantasy erotica. Please give her a warm welcome to BRB!

Who is, Liz Strange?
I am a single mom, a hospital secretary and an author of paranormal, horror and fantasy fiction. I love scary movies, sci-fi and am a huge history/mythology nerd.

When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
I think I always wanted to be a writer, but never thought I would actually do it as a profession. My mother says I used to dictate books to her before I could physically write them down myself.

Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?
To be honest, a not-so-pleasant life circumstance prompted me to start doing the things I wanted to do. I figured I’d never know if I could get published until I tried, and I really had nothing to lose.

Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
I find inspiration from many things- music, books, movies, art, myths/legend.

What made you chose to write erotic literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?
This is my first erotic novel, and the image of an angel and a vampire kept coming back to me. It was so vivid I knew I had to write about it. I write in the paranormal/fantasy/horror genres mainly, though I have sold a mystery which will be available soon.

Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?
A new project always comes to me as an overview of the story, sometime just a specific scene or image. I go from there to develop the characters, backstory, etc.

What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
I think the beginning. Finding the perfect place to start and a great way to engage the reader is always difficult.

Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
I like to think that the central female character in The Dark Kiss Trilogy is a fictionalized version of myself. As writers, I believe it’s difficult not to let some of your own life and experiences seep into your stories.

Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?
I do find writing sex scenes difficult, not because I’m squeamish or a prude, but more in making them real to the reader. Just like any other part of your story you want the reader to be drawn in and experience what the characters are feeling.

Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?
I am definitely a less is more kind of girl when I write, but that’d not to say I can’t write more explicitly. I just released my first erotic fantasy, and let’s just say its a lot more in depth than I’ve ever gone before.

Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?
My characters are fictitious, but I do like to give them attributes or mannerisms of people I know to make them more real.

Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?
I would have to say Giovanni. He’s sort of my “dream guy”, mixed with my love of horror and dark fantasy.

Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.
The Embrace of Life and Death:

Kieran is a hundred-and-twenty-year-old immortal, originally hailing from the harsh, famine-stricken life of 1880s Ireland. He has surpassed death and thrived, gaining wealth, power and knowledge. Azrael is the angel of death, but his mission is far from ominous. He is the protector of the grief-stricken, and the champion of lost souls. The two are polar opposites in mission and nature, yet are inexplicably drawn to one another.

The Supreme One sees all, and when he discovers the truth about the relationship he is enraged. Their commitment to be together must be stronger than his determination to keep them apart.

What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?
I am just beginning the edits on a mystery, the first one I’ve ever written. I expect it will be released sometime in the next 5-6 months.

Just for fun–What is your favourite colour(s)? 

Which do you prefer a great hero or a great villain? 
A great villain.

What is your favourite movie, and why? 
Ladyhawke. Reason? Rutger Hauer, of course.

If you could be anyone in the world who would it be? 
Oh, that’s a hard one. Maybe Cleopatra?

Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
I hope that I am still writing, and that it’s become more of a full-time gig. Nothing would be better than making a living from something I love doing.

Website: http://www.lizstrange.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LizStrangeVamp
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3360700.Liz_Strange

MLR Press: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?=LSEMBRAC

Thanks for doing the interview, Liz! Very awesome! I wish you the best for the future! Have a great weekend everyone. I'll be posting June 27! I didn't think anyone else knew who Rutger Hauer is - that's so cool. Love him too!

Happy Yaoi Hunting
Blak Rayne! ^_^!!


  1. Nice to meet you, Liz!
    Congratulations...your book sounds fantastic!

  2. Wonderful interview. The cover looks awesome!

  3. Thanks! Let me know if you enjoy it.

  4. Thanks for stopping by C. Zampa and Rawiya, and thank you for doing the interview Liz!