Today I’m fortunate to drop 5 questions on Liz Borino, a very talented writer. Liz is published by Lazy Day Publishing and has two novels currently available. For a brief synopsis of what’s between the covers;
EXPECTATIONS depicts the struggle between what we desire for ourselves and our familial obligations. This is personified by Chris and Matt Taylor, identical twins, who are trying to win their overbearing father’s approval and acquire their trust funds. Their best friend and roommate, Aiden O’Boyle, left his family behind in Ireland to pursue a career in dance.
Robert Taylor, Matt and Chris’s father has set certain conditions that must be met in order for them to receive their trust funds. Matt must work at a job he hates, while struggling with alcoholism. Chris has to deny his own desires and deep love for Aiden, to get married to Matt’s girlfriend. All the while, their father continues to use extreme measures to ensure his sons’ compliance. The story takes place against the backdrop of preparation for Aiden’s upcoming performance. Amazon Barnes and Noble
WHAT MONEY CAN’T BUY, the sequel to EXPECTATIONS, finds the two couples, Chris and Aiden and Matt and Carley, eagerly anticipating parenthood. However, their personal struggles continue. Though Matt overcame his dependency on alcohol, new temptations present themselves. And with Carley on bed rest, these temptations put a greater strain on their relationship. Chris continues to deal with issues regarding his father. These issues increase with greater proximity. When tragedy strikes, the best and worst in everyone is revealed. Can they stick together, or will their reactions tear them apart? Amazon Barnes and Noble
Hi, Liz. For starters, could you tell us a little about what drove you to write?
Hi! Thanks for having me. I’ve always been a reader and books ignited my own storytelling passion. Now, though, I couldn’t live without it. Writing, and having people read it, excites me beyond measure.
As a writer myself, I find my books somewhat thought provoking. But then, that’s the effect they have on me. How about you? When you finish a book, Liz, what effect does the completed work have on you? Is it relief, or is it a subject and theme that lingers on your mind?
My books and characters linger after I complete a book. I think that’s partly why I write a series! I’m always thinking about my characters, different adventures and ways their lives could change. Heck, I still think about my first main character, Nick, from a book that will (probably) never get published.
I’m sure finished products affect each writer differently. Considering that, do you sometimes find an element inyour last book something you may want to expand upon in the next volume, or in another title?
Yes! For example, there’s a mention of Ally, Chris’s ex-girlfriend in Expectations. Let’s just say she plays quite the interesting role in A Change of Heart, the third book.
Here’s something I struggle with. Maybe your answer to my next question can help writers that share this particular concern. When you write a story, what core values do you adhere to? And if you adhere to any, do you sometimes want to break out and be chaotic? (E.G., not a happy ending?)
Core values? I don’t really think about it. I don’t write stories with main characters that have violent tendencies. One of the minor characters, Chris’s ex, was abusive to him. However, he is only there as foil for Chris’s relationship with Aiden. I try to make someone happy in the end of a book. Now, if it’s the end of the series? Everyone gets their happy, but realistic, ending.
How about characters? What method do you use to come up with character names?
I love my characters. My books are best described as character studies. I believe they drive any story, but especially mine. You have to grow to love them, even the villains, or else you won’t be able to spend the amount of time with them needed to write a book. As far as names? I try different ones out and test what works with their personalities and partners.
Thank you, Liz, for taking a moment to tell us about you an your books. I look forward to more of your books in the future and I have to say, you’re one of the more positive people I’ve met and it’s a privilege to know you. Thanks again, A.T.