Interview & Contest: Lia Fairchild

Jen: We are excited to have Lia Fairchild as our guest today. Lia, will you please share a short bio with us?

Lia: I am a native Californian who loves reading, writing, movies, and anything else related to the arts. Writing is something I’ve wanted to do all my life, so the completion of my first novel, In Search of Lucy, is truly satisfying. I have a B.A. degree in Journalism and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. My most enjoyable moments are spent with my family, traveling, spending time outdoors, or simply laughing and being together.

Jen: Tell us about In Search of Lucy and where is can be purchased.

Lia: In Search of Lucy is a romantic drama written in the spirit of Nicholas Sparks, King of read em and weep. You’ll find all the elements of an inspirational tale including love, family, friendship and heartache. One minute you could be crying and the next you won’t be able to help but giggle.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Thirty-year-old Lucy Lang is lost. She spent most of her young life sacrificing her own needs to care for her half-sister and deal with their alcoholic mother. Now abandoned by both of them, Lucy struggles to find her own purpose in life; a struggle that is laden with wretched memories and regret. With no family, no relationships and an unfulfilling job Lucy becomes depressed, cynical and self-destructive. At times she’d even contemplated suicide as the only way out.

When she is just about to hit rock bottom, Lucy finds out that her sister is ill and needs a kidney transplant. Lucy is found to be the only match and has no choice but to live; trapped in a lonely existence to save her sister’s life. And, she must battle with her emotions; her bitter resentment for her sister’s heartless departure and her longing to be needed again and take care of the person she once loved most in the world. With the help of new found friends, Benny and Anne, and a possible romance, Lucy sets out on a journey to reunite with her sister and search for the answers she needs to find her own identity.

With simply genuine and endearing characters, In Search of Lucy pulls you right into the story and into the characters’ lives. You’ll find yourself truly inspired and rooting for the happy ending that these characters are working so hard to obtain. This romantic drama about the power of relationships and how they affect our identity will appeal to anyone that has ever experienced love, loss, and friendship.

Amazon US http://amzn.to/i1uX06
Amazon UK http://amzn.to/h2tyuY
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Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Lia: I’ve always loved reading and writing. Growing up I participated in various school activities like the yearbook and school newspaper, but always wanted to do something more creative. From time to time I wrote a poem or tried my hand at a story. Then when I hit forty, that’s when I realized it was basically “get your butt in gear” time. In Search of Lucy is my first novel.

Jen: How does your family feel about your career?

Lia: My family loves that I wrote a book. They are all very proud. My husband is actually helping me with my second book.

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?

Lia: I’m working on that. I think it would help to be more organized. Today’s authors spend a lot of time on promotion, so it’s tough to make time to actually write.

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?

Lia: Sometimes I’ll write little notes to myself. If I can’t do that, then I will actually keep thinking about the idea over and over so I don’t forget it. Kind of like a dream you want to remember.

Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?

Lia: I’ve always been a big love story fan. I’m more old fashion though. I really like old movies and the courtship of it all. To me romance is the building and the anticipation.

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?

Lia: The part I struggle with is the unknown aspects of what I’m writing about. In my first book I had to research medical conditions and I worried that I was getting it all right. My next book is a thriller so I have to make sure I have the criminal elements believable. That’s tough. The most rewarding part is when people tell me, either through a review or personally, that they enjoyed the book. Sounds simple, but I really get a great feeling from hearing that.

Jen: Do you become attached to your characters and have a hard time letting them go, or are you happy that their story is told and you can move on?

Lia: I absolutely love the characters in In Search of Lucy. They seem like friends to me, so it is kind of hard to forget about them. When I was doing some editing of my new book, one of the characters from “Lucy” tried to sneak in. I had to go through and change the name in three different spots.

Jen: Who has inspired you as an author?

Lia: That’s a tough question because my inspiration for writing the book came from my need to create something lasting. However, now I am inspired by the hard working Indie writers I work with and learn from every day.

Jen: Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?

Lia: Not yet. My book is doing pretty well and I’m very grateful for that, but I’ll wait to celebrate when I get the next one out. Then I’ll feel official!

Jen: What’s next for you?

Lia: I actually have a few ideas for future books, but the one I’m working on right now is a thriller. It’s a very exciting, fast-paced story I started as a screenplay a few years back.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Lia: Look for more on me and In Search of Lucy including sample chapters and reviews at http://www.liafairchild.com or follow me on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/#!/liafairchild

My fanpage is https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/In-Search-of-Lucy-by-Lia-Fairchild/183156165059188

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Lia: If I had the chance to get reader feedback, I’d see what their view is on indie authors versus the more established ones. There is a lot going on in the industry right now and Indie authors are finding it difficult to compete on Amazon so I’d like to see if readers would like a way to find us and get to know some new authors.

Contest details:

  • The prize is a download of In Search of Lucy.
  • The contest is open to everyone over the age of 16.
  • You must leave a meaningful comment for entry.  This means your comment needs to be more than “please enter me in the contest”.
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  • While following the blog isn’t required, it is appreciated.
  • The contest ends on Wednesday, October 26.

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