Interview & Contest: Liana Brooks

author-pic-liana-brooksJen:  Today we welcome Liana Brooks to Romanicng the Book.  Liana, will you share a short bio with us?
Liana:  Liana Brooks write sci-fi and crime fiction for people who like happy endings. She believes in time travel to the future, even if it takes a good book and all night to get there. When she isn’t writing, Liana hikes the mountains of Alaska with her family and giant dog. Find her at or on Twitter as @LianaBrooks

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Liana:  My newest book is DECOHERENCE, the final book in the Time & Shadows trilogy.

When I first started the series the only visual I had was a detective standing over a grave watching her corpse be buried. I could never shake this idea, but I had some false starts with it too. I didn’t want a ghost story. I wasn’t looking for a paranormal book where the detective was having visions. Eventually, I decide the detective was either watching a clone of herself be buried, or that time travel was involved.

I wound up using both.

The Time & Shadows trilogy follows Agent Samantha Rose has she finds a brutalized Jane Doe who looks like her, hunts down a conspiracy to change the history of her country, is hunted by a time traveling serial killer who she will eventually arrest, and that’s just the first two books! DECOHERENCE picks up five years after the last book ends, but is chronologically in between the first and second book (time travel!). Finally, Sam faces her most diabolical opponent: herself.

Here’s a short excerpt:

Day 247
Year 5 of Progress
Capitol Spire
Main Continent
Iteration 17—Fan 1

… three. Rose stood and peered through the frosted, warped glass of the conference room as the speaker turned away. It didn’t matter which iteration she was in, Emir was predictable. She had seven seconds to do a head count. She didn’t need that long.

A quick head count was all it took to confirm that the einselected nodes she’d been sent to assassinate were where they belonged.

Every iteration had nodes, people or events that kept that variation of human history from collapsing. Dr. Emir had created a machine that allowed people not only to move along their own timeline, but at critical convergence points, it allowed them to cross between realities. But the Mechanism for Iteration Alignment’s greatest ability was the one that allowed Dr. Emir and Central Command to steer history by erasing futures they didn’t want.

Rose knelt beside the door, did one final sweep for alarms, and nodded for her team to move in. It was her job to cross at convergence points, kill the nodes, and collapse the futures that no one wanted.

One look at the version of herself watching this iteration’s Emir with rapt fascination was enough to make Rose want to snip this future in the bud.

Chubby was the first thing that came to mind. Rose’s doppelganger was enjoying being at the top of the social pyramid and probably gorging on whatever passed as a delicacy here. The squared bangs with a streak of riotous red only accented the corpulence and lack of self-control the inferior other had.

Even with a heavy wood door between them, Rose could hear that this iteration’s Emir was hypothesizing things the MIA was never meant to do. Everyone with half a brain knew that decoherence didn’t combine iterations, it crushed them. Only the true timeline, the Prime, would survive decoherence. Planning to welcome and integrate doppelgangers into the society was pure idiocy.

The techs sealing the door shut gave her the high sign.

Rose nodded to her hacker.

“Cameras locked. Security is deaf and blind, ma’am” Logan’s voice was a soft whisper in her earpiece. He was a genius with computer systems, a fact that had saved him when they collapsed I-38 three years ago. “We have a fifteen-minute window.”

“Hall cleared,” reported Bennet. “Permission to move perimeter guard to the exit?”

Rose nodded. “Permission granted.” She waved for the soldiers to move out. There could be no risk of failure. No chance for the errant nodes to escape, and no risk that her team would get killed here.


Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Liana:  There are! My mother is a poet and I believe she had some of her work published when she was younger. My father is a novelist, currently unpublished but since he retired last year he’s had more time to write and I hope he’ll be published in the coming years.

My sister has non-fiction publications in her field of science. And my children like to write stories. Last year my son (now 7) started making me these tiny folded books. They’re basic kid’s books with pictures and counting, and they are on my bookshelf right next to all of my books. My older two daughters have drawn a few comic strips.

We present a strong case for the argument that there is a writing gene.

Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Liana:  Murder – Mayhem – Explosions!

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Liana:  Much to my husband’s dismay, my main mode of taking notes is either scribbling them on the mirror with a whiteboard marker, or texting my husband with ideas. Recently I tried switching to emailing myself ideas, but opening up the email and all takes whole minutes and the texting icon is right there…

I also have a notebook with me at all times. And all over the world I have left a trail of notebooks with half-written ideas that make no sense when I find the notebook six years later.

Jen: If you were able to travel in time, where would you go and what 3 things would you take with you?
Liana:  I would love to visit the future while I’m still young enough to enjoy flying cars and space travel. And, I’m going to cheat. I’m going to bring my family (including my dog and my fish), my book collection, and some art supplies in case they’ve run out of paint in the future.

Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book? Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?
Liana:  What did I do? I think… For the release of THE DAY BEFORE (my first published novel) I had a nice dinner with my family, and the following week I went to lunch with Julie Butcher.

For CONVERGENCE POINT, my husband took me out for sushi.

For DECOHERENCE, I sat down and worked on the pitch for my next book.

Isn’t that terrible? I am just not a celebrator I guess. I’m excited for new releases and contracts, but this is still a business. Between when I turned in the final draft of DECOHERENCE and its release I outlined five books. I wrote a novella.

There is never a time where I don’t have a project in production. While one book is releasing I’m editing another one, plotting three new ones, pitching one… I don’t like having an empty desk.


Jen: What’s next for you?
Liana:  Usually, this is where I get to talk about the next book in the series. But DECOHERENCE is the end of the trilogy so, for the first time in years, I don’t have firm release dates or final titles on any of my projects.

I have several novellas and short stories that I’m working on for publication in 2017. I have a novel currently sitting on my agent’s desk and I’m crossing my fingers and toes that she loves it. But I have no firm dates for anything.

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11 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Liana Brooks

  1. Anne says:

    I would spend more valuable time with my grandmother, my parents and other relatives. This fascinates me but it is too late now and I would make up for lost time.

  2. Anne says:

    I would spend precious time with my grandmother, my parents and other relatives, all who are no longer with us and change my outlook and appreciate them. This is something that I regret and is important.

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