In Search of Lucy 


I'd like to welcome debut author Lia Fairchild onto my blog today...

About Lia

I am a native Californian and avid reader. Writing is something I've wanted to do all my life, so the completion of my first novel is trulysatisfying. I hold a B.A. degree in Journalism (advertising). I also now have a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and have been a substitute teacher for the past five years. My most enjoyable moments are spent with my family, traveling, spending time outdoors or simply being together.


What is your latest novel?
 
In Search of Lucy

 

What inspired you to write the book?  I have always loved reading and writing. During high school and college I was so involved in activities and so busy that I lost touch with pleasure reading. Then came careers and children. About four years ago, I began reading regularly again. I couldn’t get enough of it and began to think about writing something of my own. In addition, I was turning forty and felt the need to accomplish something that I could really be proud of. I actually wanted to write a screenplay first. I got about half way through what I thought was a great idea and found that someone else agreed with me when I saw the preview (my preview) at the movies. It was almost the exact movie I had envisioned and was writing. So I went back to the drawing board and decided to try my hand at novel writing. 

What’s your favourite part of writing a novel? I love playing out the scenes in my head as if they are little movie clips. Then you can really see your writing come alive.

Are there any aspects of writing you struggle with? I sometimes feel like I need to find more sophisticated vocabulary. But then I realize that everyone has different tastes so I don’t need to try and write like other books I have read.

Where do you get your ideas from? I consider myself a creative thinker so my mind is always working, always coming up with new ideas. Sometimes I’ll watch a movie or read something and that will spur ideas.

How long does it take to complete a novel? In Search of Lucy was written in about nine months. I guess it was kind of like my little baby.

Did you query agents or traditional publishers before self-publishing? I’m going the other way around. It seems like authors have to establish their books on their own first. Then we can seek some representation based on our own success.

How did you handle the rejection letters? This is my first book, so I actually haven’t received any yet.

What’s your writing process? I don’t like to sit at my computer and try to figure out what to write. Instead I go for a walk or take a shower and think things through when I’m more relaxed and don’t have the pressure of the keyboard. I’ll plan it all out in my head, then head to the computer to get it all down.

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish? I actually don’t think it was as much of a decision as it was a reality. I am self-publishing for now, but I still intend to do anything I can to get my books out there and that may include involving other parties.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Writing is the fun part, so enjoy it. Then realize that you are going to have to do a lot of learning about the industry. Talk to lots of fellow authors and take in everything they have to offer.

What's next in the pipeline? I am currently working on a romantic comedy.

Do you think your books would translate well to the big screen? If so who would you like to see play your lead characters ? It’s funny because I see any project of mine as a possible movie. I am a big movie fan and have also been doing some screenwriting. I’d like to do a screenplay eventually, but really wanted to focus on novel writing first. My leading lady would be Natalie Portman. I kind of picture her when I am writing. Although sometimes I picture a younger me! LOL

Tell me three random things about yourself. I’ve had 15 different jobs in my life so far. I flew a small airplane when I was eleven. My husband and I will dance like crazy all over our house to 80s music.

What do you do when you’re not writing? Working, being a mom, life in general. I spend a lot of time with my family, especially since both my husband and I have the summers off.

Do you use Social Media for marketing your novels? Yes, I am trying to get a handle on all this stuff. I’m basically taking the crash course. I dove in and am learning as I go.

Who are your writing influences? Anyone I read and thoroughly enjoy, whether they are well-known or independent and just starting out.

If you weren’t writing, what would be your favourite job? Would love to be a part of movie production. Working on a big project like that and seeing all the phases come together in the end seems like a lot of fun. Or, I would like to be part of a foundation like Make a Wish where they pull together a ton of resources to make something magical happen.

Which five people would you invite for dinner? Living or not? Lucille Ball, Elvis Presley, Ellen DeGeneres, Shaq, Steven Tyler

Describe your latest novel in fifteen words or fewer. Inspirational story about how relationships can define our lives and our ability to find happiness.

What are you reading at the moment? I always have two or three books going at once so I never run out of reading material. Right now two of them are in support of my fellow writers so I am reading Forever Mine by Elizabeth Reyes and A Walk in the Snark by Rachel Thompson. My third book is Edge of Evil by J.A. Jance.

Do your characters talk to you? They don’t necessarily talk to me, but I feel like I know them; like they are friends of mine.

Have you ever used a friend or foe as a character? I have used certain personality or physical characteristics in my characters, but that’s as close as it gets.

You can purchase In Search of Lucy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Barnes & Noble. You can also check out a sample.

I read In Search of Lucy a little while ago and it's a definite recommend for me! You can check out my review here. 
 
Many thanks for your time, Lia. When I'm writing I also see the scene playing out in my head like a movie. It makes for pretty visual writing, I think.

Happy Reading!

Sibel XX