It’s time for my favorite day of the week, Author Tuesday!
This week we are featuring an interview with Liana Maeby author of South on Highland (see my review here). It currently has a 4.4 star rating on Amazon and a 4 star rating on Goodreads. In addition to her interview Liana is giving away two copies of South on Highland, winners choice of Kindle or physical copy (open to all, international shipping included). So please enter away, using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will be open till 11:59 pm MST Monday, November 16, 2015.
Please provide a quick intro about yourself and your writing.
“South on Highland” is my first book, unless you count “Earl Can Hurl (You Can Hurl Too),” the satirical children’s book I wrote when I was eight. “SOH” is a novel about coming of age in Los Angeles, and it’s also my fictional take on the addiction memoir genre. I wrote it over the course of three years on breaks from various jobs writing comedy stuff for TV and the Internet.
My main interest in this world is hanging out with my amazingly weird year-and-a-half-old puppy, Bigfoot.
1) Why should people read your book?
Because it contains EVERY SINGLE LETTER of the alphabet — including X, Z and that sneaky, sneaky W! There are also only two semicolons in the whole thing, which is something I’m weirdly proud of.
In addition to those incredibly important elements, I think the book is also a pretty fun read! It’s got drama and comedy, drugs and boys, as well as some pretty sentences I spent a lot of time trying to get right without having to resort to semicolons. I’m not sure why I’m coming down so hard on semicolons today; they really are a perfectly fine bit of punctuation.
2) Where is your favorite place to write?
Locked in a hotel room inside a strange city all alone, with access to room service coffee and sandwiches. It seems my favorite place to write is also my favorite place to possibly get murdered… but hopefully not before I’ve gotten to that room service.
3) What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)?
I’m working on a few different writing projects across various platforms (how vague!), and am starting to roughly sketch out a second book. I’m also trying to teach Bigfoot to fetch the newspaper, but so far he’s more interested in shredding it.
4) What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)?
I really love “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann. His prose is perfect, and I’m pretty sure he also used all of the letters. Additionally, there are several Joan Didion essays I’ve read so many times I basically have them memorized.
5) What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile?
I’m halfway through Hilton Als’ “White Girls” at the moment, and after that, I plan to re-read “A Visit From the Good Squad” in the hopes I can vampire some of the brilliance from it and let it seep out into the thing I write next.
6) Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first?
The “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” theme song. An undeniable classic.
7) What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)?
I have just this moment learned that I know all the words to the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” theme song.
8) Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer or reader?
How important is it to you that the characters are likable? Or, more specifically, seem like they’re good people? Laura – I don’t necessarily need a character to be likable or a good person if the story can carry them. I want something to draw me in and make me want to stay in the book’s world, and that can be character driven but not always. I will say that if nothing in the book is likable that does hinder my enjoyment of the book, but the lead doesn’t need to be Mr. Nice Guy. Books should encompass the diversity of the world, and in the real world not everyone is good. Sometimes I want to read about someone who is irredeemable and callous. We all have some schadenfreude in us.