Thursday, June 28, 2012

YANR Blog Stop: Interview for In the Shadow of Vesuvius

Author Liz Carmichael has stopped by today for an interview for the In the Shadow of Vesuvius Blog Tour.
Read on to see the Q&A.

Welcome Liz, to booksbooks&morebooks! I am very happy to have you here to answer some of my questions.
Please describe yourself in 5 words.
Writer, artist, reader, animal lover

What inspired 'In the shadow of Vesuvius'?
When reading that a young slave girl, holding a child wearing a gold chain, was discovered during the uncovering of Herculaneum, I had to give them life.

Tea or Coffee?
Oh, coffee always.

Finish the sentence: When I grow I want to be a writer......

Favorite cartoon growing up? The Road Runner.

What would be the little piece of advice that you give aspiring authors that you wish you had when you were just starting out?
If you get any harsh criticisms – and we all get them – remember it’s only an opinion. It’s not about you as a person.

Convince the readers reading this to read your book in one sentence.
It’s a good fast story with some history, adventure, and a little romance.

What attracted you to create a story based on what happened in Pompei?
Reading about the young slave found during the dig at Herculaneum saddened me and I just had to write about her and the child in her arms.

What is your favorite book of all time?
Lord of the Rings

Who is your favourite character from your books? Is there a character in your books you think the readers will hate?
Mira is my favourite character, and is in two – perhaps three – books.
I think readers will hate Dominus Octavius; I did while writing him.

Are there any authors who have influenced you? If yes, who and how?
Probably the following two: Dorothy Dunnett for her characterization and attention to detail of the period in which their stories are set (she often put in some small detail that brought added depth).

What's the one thing that you can't live without?
Books: I can’t get to sleep without something good to read in bed.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I can be found reading, painting, or walking my daughter’s sweet-natured dog.

Any other book(s) in the works? Upcoming projects?
I have just completed the prequel to In the Shadow of Vesuvius. It’s the story of how Mira became a slave, and is suitable for younger readers. It will be followed, possibly, by her life before the eruption of Vesuvius.
Then I will get back to The Portal a YA paranormal that was interrupted some months ago.

Any last words for your readers?
Yes, thank you, Martha. First I wish to thank you for being a host in this book tour, and for asking such interesting questions.
To your readers: It would be great to hear what you think of In the Shadow of Vesuvius, or anything else you wish to share with me.

About Liz

Although born in Scotland and spent time in other countries, Liz is now happily settled in Melbourne, Australia.
She is an editor as well as a writer and avid reader - especially historical fiction - who loves researching, though she can get so caught up in research she forgets about the story she's researching for.
Liz also draws and paints for relaxation, and will do illustrations for her books whenever possible. She walks her daughter's dog because both need the exercise.
She has a Dip. Art(Professional Writing and Editing), and taught writing and editing for two years until the need to concentrate fully on her own writing took over again.
Her favourite authors, in no particular order, are: Sue Monk Kidd, Sara Donati, Geraldine Brooks, Vanora Bennett, Sarah Dunant, Cormac McCarthy, Markus Suzak, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Robert Harris. For Crime: Michael Connelly, Minette Walters, Jeffrey Deaver, and Dean Koontz for his crime with humour. Newest favourite authors are Anne Obrien and Pauline Gedge - writers of historical fiction, of course.
The book trailer for In the Shadow of Vesuvius was made by Chuck Pride of "American Pride Productions"

In the Shadow of VesuviusWant more info on this book? 
Here is the Goodreads Synopsis: 
This is a tense story of a young slave girl trying to escape the coming devastation of Herculaneum during the 79.CE Vesuvius eruption. It’s well-paced, with great characterization and believable situations. It’s well-researched with a lot of elements of the time period which gives the reader an authentic picture of the era. Mira knows what's coming and her goal is to save her young charge, Remy. The whole book takes place in less than twenty four hours and keeps the action flowing from the first page.

If you're looking for a good fast read with some history and adventure, I highly recommend this book. Although a YA book, it's appropriate for all ages from Middle Grade to Adult. It has something for everyone.


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