Please tell us about yourself using 3 verbs, 1 quirk and a pop culture addiction
Create, read, and cares. I am very messy. I’m obsessed with Once Upon a Time (and basically anything fairy tale related).
Top 3 Pet Peeves
People that chew with their mouth open.
People that don’t read
People that bump into you and don’t say ‘I’m sorry’ or ‘Excuse me’.
Top 5 Favorite Things
Nook Glow Light
My collection of Ever After High Dolls. (The secret is out! I collect dolls.)
What are your thoughts on book covers- in your opinion do they make or break a book?
People always say don’t judge a book by its cover but it’s the one thing that author’s need to be very careful with. The cover can make or break your book. You need something that represents your series. A mistake that some authors make when it comes to their covers is that they try to put TOO MUCH on the cover. I’ve seen covers where there is a mountain, a cottage, a photoshopped moon, with the couple embracing on another corner and then add the title and the author’s name to the mix and it’s a giant mishmash.
My advice is to look at royalty free image websites like www.fotolia.com and find ONE image that stands out. One image that represents what your book is about and ask your publisher to consider it for the cover of your book. Your publisher is usually willing to work with authors.
Tell us more about how Morgan came to be
I posted on my blog (many years ago) that I was thinking about writing a novel. It would be a love story between a werewolf and a vampire. And a stranger left me a comment saying that I would never be able to write a horror novel. BIG MISTAKE. I took that as a challenge and I ended up writing a short story about Morgan (you can read it in the Epilogue of the novel). I figured that Morgan was an interesting character and I could use her in a novel. So after doing a bit of research on werewolves, vampires and a terrifying woman named Elizabeth Bathory (one of the first female serial killers in the world that lived in the 16th century) I ended up with enough material to write Morgan.
Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?
Read everything you can get your hands on. Learn how to write a proper query letter and synopsis. There are a lot of great how-to-write books at the local library and bookstores. I would also check out Writers Digest & The Writer magazines, there are a lot of great articles in there.
This or That-
*Paranormal or Dystopian?
*Winchesters or Salvatores?
*Morning or Night?
*Vanilla or Chocolate?
*Summer or Winter?
Liz DeJesus was born on the tiny island of Puerto Rico. She is a novelist and a poet. She has been writing for as long as she was capable of holding a pen. She is the author of the novel Nina (Blu Phi'er Publishing, October 2007), The Jackets (Arte Publico Press, March 2011) First Frost (Re-realeased through Indie Gypsy Summer 2015), Glass Frost (Re-released through Indie Gypsy Summer 2015), Shattered Frost (Indie Gypsy, Summer 2015) and Morgan (Indie Gypsy, July 2014). Her work has also appeared in Night Gypsy: Journey Into Darkness (Indie Gypsy, October 2012), Twice Upon a Time (Bearded Scribe Press, Winter 2015) and Someone Wicked (Smart Rhino Publications, Winter 2013).
Liz is currently working on a new novel and a comic book series titled Zombie Ever After (Emerald Star Comics, Fall 2014).
By- Liz DeJesus
Publication Date- June 2014
In an instant, Detective Morgan Carbone's life changes from day to night. Sociopath, serial killer and charmer, David McAllister won't reveal where the bodies of several young women are located but Morgan is determined to get answers. She gets more than she bargained for when during an interrogation he attacks her by sinking his teeth into her hand. Though the wound heals quickly and perfectly, it leaves her with an insatiable bloodlust as she has now turned into a werewolf like her serial killer nemesis. With her world no longer as she knew it, she is propelled into a dramatic, action-packed journey that includes being forced to leave the country to kill an ancient vampiress. However, when Morgan sees her intended target, she finds that not only does the woman remind her of her one true love whom she lost years before, but she is falling for her as hard as she did with her former lover. Now Morgan must decide whether to complete her mission or risk her own life by giving in to her heart's desire.