Saturday, November 8, 2014

Interview with author, Liz DeJesus

FIRST FROST (Musa Publishing, June 2012) is a charming novel that falls into my very favorite category, the Young Adult Fantasy. Like the popular TV series, Once Upon A Time, FIRST FROST assumes that fairy tales are real in another dimension, but that’s where the similarities end. The descendants of Snow White seek refuge from persecution by relocating to Delaware…and it works. Bianca Frost and her mother run a children’s museum filled with fairy tale artifacts until an evil witch tracks them down. The witch wants Queen Mirabel’s spell book and revenge. When she kidnaps Bianca’s mother and drags her through a magic portal, Bianca must risk everything to bring her back.

This week I’ve had a chance to interview the author of FIRST FROST, Liz DeJesus. 
What drew you to write in the genre of YA Fantasy? 
I’ve always been interested in fantasy, fairy tales and young adult books. I think that the right story and characters came along when I needed them to. :) 

How did you come up with the idea of FIRST FROST? 
I got the idea for First Frost while watching a commercial for a local children’s museum. I thought about how cool it would be to have themed museums (pirates, dinosaurs, fairy tales) all geared towards children. And once I got the idea for a fairy tale museum I just knew that I have to write this down. And before I knew it, First Frost was born.  

Tell us about the sequel to FIRST FROST, GLASS FROST (Musa Publishing, July 2013). 
In Glass Frost Bianca goes back to Everafter with Ming. Queen Felicia has asked Terrance to find Bianca and ask her for help locating Cinderella’s glass slipper. 

What other publications have you released?
I have written a novel titled Morgan (Indie Gypsy, Summer 2014), The Laurel (Musa Publishing, Winter 2014, and a few short stories that were featured in these anthologies, Night Gypsy, Someone Wicked and Twice Upon a Time. I’m also the author and creator of the comic book Zombie Ever After (Emerald Star Comics, Winter 2014). I’m still working on the third installment of the Frost Series, Shattered Frost. 

This blog tour just happens to occur during National Novel Writing Month. What advice would you give to new novelists? 
Don’t let fear stop you from writing. A lot of writers let fear and anxiety stop them from writing their novel or from finishing their work because they are often worried about what people will think when it gets published. I don’t think about that kind of stuff. I write to entertain myself first and then I worry about what everyone else will think. 

Do you participate in writer’s organizations, critique groups or writer’s forums? How have memberships in these groups helped you as a writer?
Personally, I don’t do critique groups. I had a bad experience in the past and decided that I was better off on my own and I like not having the pressure of impressing my colleagues. But the one thing that has helped is a Facebook group called 250 Plus. The goal is to write 250 words a day and in this group you share your progress and people give each other positive support for however many words you were able to write. 

You’ve published FIRST FROST and GLASS FROST through Musa Publishing. How did you become involved with Musa? 
I LOVE Musa Publishing. I still can’t remember exactly how I stumbled upon their website. All I know is that ever since I signed a contract with them my life and career has changed for the best. I have learned so much about writing through them and I will be eternally grateful for them for everything they’ve done for me.

Why did you choose them to produce your work? 
I chose them to produce my work because I liked the fact that they were supportive of authors and their contracts were available on their website at the time. It was full transparency. They weren’t hiding anything from the authors. 

They have things set up that I can check on my sales any time. I can email them a question and hear back that same day. I can call and speak to an actual person when I need an answer right away. If I need postcards? They design them and place the order for me ASAP. I need a banner? Same deal. They’ll  design it and order it for me and I’ll have it in my hands in a few days. I can seriously go on and on about how amazing the staff is at Musa Publishing.

Thank you for taking the time to share your work with us.

About the Author- 
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 (Musa Publishing, June 2012), Glass Frost (Musa Publishing, July 2013), Morgan (Indie Gypsy, July 2014) and The Laurel (Musa Publishing, November 2014). Her work has also appeared in Night Gypsy: Journey Into Darkness (Indie Gypsy, October 2012) 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).

Find out more about Liz DeJesus and all her published works at the following links:

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