11 Nov 2013

Meet the fabulous author Liz C Long

I love it when I get to feature some of my best online pals and so when Liz Long agreed, I probably squealed with excitement (I'm a bit weird like that!). So anyway, come along and meet this fab author...
Because this blog is called Fiction Dreams I'd like to know if dreams inspire your writing? What did you last dream about?
I have some crazy ass dreams, but I can't say any of them have inspired my writing. I'm more visual, so I get ideas from things like magazine ads or movies. I do remember my last dream, however, and it was as though I were Lucy from my Donovan Circus series - and I was being held (and felt super safe) with one of her love interests, Keegan :) I woke up feeling so content!

When did you first start writing? And when were you first published?
I've been writing for as long as I can remember with school newspapers and local magazines. As far as novels go, however, I first started writing Gifted in 2009, when I lived in Nashville. That released in 2012, self-published.

How many books do have out now? What are they called?
I have 2 - Gifted, a Donovan Circus Novel (2012) and Witch Hearts (2013). The second Donovan Circus book will be released hopefully around Christmas or sooner :)

I loved your murder mystery Witch Hearts (review coming soon!), what other genres do you write?
Aww, thanks so much! *blush* I love fantasy so much. Witch Hearts was more of a thriller than I'd expected, so I'd say urban fantasy and murder mysteries are my favorites to write!

What is it about these genres that appeal to you the most? Do you read other genres? If so, which?
I love the escape from reality, especially with fantasy because it transports us literally to another type of world. I do occasionally read contemporary fiction, as well as any action adventure, mysteries, and/or YA/NA.

What's the title of your latest book? Can you tell us about it?
Witch Hearts is a paranormal thriller about a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. Ruby, the main character, gets involved after her best friend is murdered and the brother (who Ruby has always secretly loved) comes back to help get revenge. The killer sets his sights on Ruby and she has to not only protect herself and her old coven, but figure out the murderer's identity to help free Courtney's ghost from the spirit world.

What inspired you to write it?
Honestly, I watch way too much Criminal Minds. It's sort of magic meets murder mystery, which as I've stated, is my favorite :) I hadn't originally intended for it to be so dark, but it took a life of its own once I wrote a particular scene where Ruby finds a body.
lol Would you believe I have Criminal Minds on TV as I'm uploading this interview, Liz!!

Is it part of a series?
Witch Hearts is meant as a standalone novel, though if enough people were to ask, I could pretty easily delve back into that world with another murder mystery as Ruby's coven works with the police department on peculiar cases. 
Yes please Liz! I want more :)

Have you ever spotted anyone reading your books anywhere?
Haha, no not yet, though when I do, that person is getting a tackle hug.

Who designs your covers?
My best friend Erica Dickson. I'm lucky to know talented people!

If your latest book was made into a film, who would you cast?
I love the girl Meghan Ory from Once Upon a Time (who plays Ruby) and think she'd make a great Ruby with dark hair and blue eyes and that strong determination in her expression. Jensen Ackles would of course play Cooper. 
OMG I can so see that!

What's your favourite book that made it to the big screen?
Harry Potter of course ;) (All of 'em - you can't make me pick just one.)

What were the last two books you read? Did you enjoy them?
I read the contemporary NA "Suddenly Royal" by Nichole Chase and loved it - considering I'm a die-hard fantasy reader, I was surprised by how much I loved this sweet story between a girl thrust into royaldom and her relationship with the handsome prince. After that one, I read "The Immortal Circus Act 2" by A.R. Kahler. That was also a decent read and I don't want to give away spoilers, but I was super pissed about the ending. I won't say why, but if you read it, let me know what you think :)

Name one female author who you think deserves to be better known.
Right now I'd totally say Nichole Chase because she made this fantasy lover a believer in contemporary!

Where do you write?
Mostly at my desk, where everything is in easy reach and I can stay away from the TV! But occasionally I'm known to write in bed or on the couch if my husband is playing video games.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A vet, until I realized all the math and biology involved. Then I went back to wanting to be a writer.

In the movie of your life, who would play you?
Photo credit: david_shankbone via photopin cc
I look nowhere near this gorgeous, but I LOVED Anna Kendrick's character in "Pitch Perfect" and could relate to her a lot - her sarcasm in that movie is pretty close to mine!
You are definitely just as gorgeous as she is, Liz!

Speed Round...
Shopaholic or shopadon't?
Shopadon't!!! Clothes shopping makes me cranky.
Sky high heels or closer to the ground? Close to the ground only because I'm practical and like all my bones unbroken ;)
Cry baby or tough cookie? Tough cookie for sure!
Exotic beach or enchanted forest? Enchanted forest. This pale Irish girl burns far too easily to sit out on a beach all day! 

Liz Long is lucky enough to have a dream career in magazine publishing as an editor and writer, yet still have time to create adventures on the side. If you catch her staring off into space or talking to herself, don’t worry – it’s just her imagination at work.
Liz graduated from Longwood University with a BA in English, though her professors might be disappointed to hear she reads more fantasy fiction than literary novels. She also loves action and thriller genres. Her books probably won’t change your life, but she hopes they steal you away from reality for a while.
Her newest release, Witch Hearts, will be for sale on Amazon on April 30th. Her first book, Gifted, a Donovan Circus Novel, is also available for paperback and Kindle on Amazon.

Author Links:
Twitter (Handle @LizCLong)
Facebook Author Page

Amazon ebook

Amazon ebook


  1. Thank you soooo much for having me Suzy!! xoxoxo

  2. Its such a pleasure, Liz! You know you're welcome here any time! xxx

  3. I love Liz's work!! I would love to see more for WITCH HEARTS!!


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