Ready to meet another wonderfully talented aspiring writer? Well, I've got one for you! Let's welcome Liz Czukas. Liz is a 31 year-old, married mother of a 3 year-old. She lives outside Milwaukee, WI and her "real" job is as a Labor & Delivery RN. Amazing!
Good to have you here, Liz. Tell us a bit more about yourself.
How long have you been writing?
The first time I really remember writing was when I was nine years old. I've been writing pretty much continuously since then. Almost always novels--even when I was way too young to turn out more than 25,000 words or so.
And now you've written a few more books that you'd like to get published. What is the name and genre of your current manuscript?
Right now I'm in the middle of revisions on my manuscript THE SORBET GUY which is an adult romantic comedy.
Nice title. What’s the story about?
THE SORBET GUY is the story of Joss (Jocelyn) and her ridiculous journey through the unstable world of dating, and her unique arrangement with her good friend Matt, who is always there to help her "cleanse the palate" after a break-up.
Sounds great, and I think it could have date-night movie potential. How did the idea of the story come to you?
I love music-inspired stories. What is your next step – are you self publishing, querying for an agent, etc.?
Right now I'm polishing the manuscript (I hope!) to get back on the querying journey. I'm looking for an agent. I know I don't have the business savvy to manage my own career. I've always thought expertise should be left to the experts.
Agreed! Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?
All of the above. I'm generally a pantzer type writer--that is, I don't plot or outline, I just write until the story is done. Then I let it sit and mature in an oak barrel for a few weeks. Then, I do an editing pass on my own before sending it out to some beta readers and my critique group. The final say is always mine, of course, but I would say I get an average of six pairs of eyes on a manuscript before I think it's done.
Hehe, I need one of those oak barrels. What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Having enough time! I work part time and take care of my son the rest of the time. My husband is a very loveable workaholic, who is gone long hours. The only time I'm really free is after bedtime. I wish I had more!
Wait! You're describing my life, lol. Any tips you’ve learned about writing you’d like to share?
I'd give all the basic writing advice, because it's all true. Read, and read widely, not just in your genre. Write everyday if you can. Show your work to other people, and take their advice when you should.
Agreed again! Let's talk about your inspirations.
My favorite authors run the gamut from Stephen King to Maureen Johnson with frequent stops in Nelson DeMille and J.K. Rowling, just for starters.
My favorite YA books of all time are The President's Daughter series by Ellen Emerson White.
My role models for romantic comedy/chick-lit would have to be Megan Crane, Caprice Crane, Meg Cabot...and that's just the C's.
Let’s get to know you on a deeper level. What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
For instance, I was just working on a very romantic scene and I had to shop around figleaves.com until I found the right bra for my heroine. Weird, right?
Not weird to me; I think that's awesome. Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Who would you like to give a shout out to?
My husband, who has learned to live with my loud typing as the soundtrack to his evenings.
My extended family, who is doing a marvelous job of pretending my quest for publication is not at all outrageous.
My crit group, The Inkslingers, who have brought me out of my fetal position of shame for wanting this life, made me a better writer every time we talk, and put me into fits of giggles every single Wednesday.
And finally, where can people find you online?
I've got a website www.lizczukas.com
a blog http://lizczukas.blogspot.com
a facebook fanpage http://www.facebook.com/lizczukaswriter
and a twitter profile https://twitter.com/lizczukas
Thank you so much for talking with us, Liz.
Thanks for this opportunity. I really enjoyed myself!
Me too. And please let us know when you've reached the next stage of publication. I'm crossing my fingers for you.