I’m happy to present my interview with Liah Penn. Her book Pure Death is the first book in the futuristic Ina Stone and Sam Fujimoto Mystery series! It’s a romantic suspense/mystery that delivers a wild ride!
(blurb and excerpt below)
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Hi, Liah. Thanks for stopping by to talk a little about your writing! Let’s jump right in. So when did you begin writing and why?
I have been writing since I was ten years old and created a picture book series about a man named “Mr. Bee” who had all sorts of adventures with the neighborhood kids, like the zoo. I never stopped, however, I did take a pretty big break from writing when my children were little.
What is your writing process like?
I write every day. It’s the only way to keep the momentum going. I start by identifying the main premise of my novel, then choose my characters. I have a worksheet that I use to identify their motivations and their backgrounds. I often work late into the night.
Are there specific challenges that writers face as opposed to other artists?
I am also a visual artist and I paint. I can start and finish a piece in a day, and there’s immediate gratification with having completed a piece. If you are writing a novel, it’s completely different; months go by before anyone even sees your first draft.
Writer’s block—real or hype?
I can honestly say that I never have writer’s block because when I come to a sort of impasse, I write through it, even if it ends up being kind of crappy on the page. That’s why you edit. I think every writer is different.
Do you prefer to extensively plot your stories, or do you write them as they come to you?
Sadly, I am not an extensive plotter, I’m more of a “panters” and write by the seat of my pants. That can backfire, though, so I created a worksheet, single page, that keeps me on track. I have a general idea of the sequence of events but I don’t outline chapter by chapter.
Any advice to writers just starting out?
Just keep writing. I wrote 3 full length novels with lots of holes before I felt I had a product that I could pitch at a conference. Each novel is easier, but getting through the first few is tough and they probably aren’t publishable.
Thanks again for stopping by, Liah! Readers can discover more about Liah Penn here:
An Ina Stone and Sam Fujimoto Mystery
Genre: Futuristic/Romantic Suspense
Word Count: 65,312
Page Count: 311
Release Date: 12-16-2014
An Impure world, a perfect murder…
A murdered society debutante, her body sprinkled with 89 Costa Rican butterflies. A headless, gutted corpse washed up on shore with a beautiful, dead teenager. The case is anything but straightforward, and in an uncertain future, where resources are limited and the genetically defective are banished to a ghetto territory for Impures, Chief Detective Ina Stone and her partner, rookie detective Sam Fujimoto, must cross into Pure Territory to find a killer. An Impure herself, Ina must overcome her defect. And when her life is threatened, she must learn to rely on Sam, whose interest in her seems more than just professional.
Yet the Pures may have created a world in which even they don’t want to live anymore. Resources have become too scarce to hide, and a black market for medicine comes to light. When a third murder is discovered, Ina and Sam know there’s a connection. With too many suspects and not enough time, they must find that connection before the killer strikes again.
An Excerpt from Pure Death