Hey, guys. Today we have an interview with Lizzy Stevens, author of a really fantastic amount of books. She also happens to be the CEO of Solstice Publishing. Enjoy.
Tell us about your book.
My latest book is “Ravencrest book two Preparing for Battle” Book one is “Ravencrest book one Lucinda’s story” in book two Lucinda has learned how to be the head of the Ravencrest family. This was all kind of thrown on her. She didn’t even know she was a witch. After finding out she is a witch she learns that she has to take the family into the battle of a lifetime and lives will be lost. The more she learns about this battle she finds out that a previous battle with this clan is what killed her father all those years ago. She had to deal with a lot in book two.
When did you realize that you were a writer?
I think I have always wanted to be a writer. I can remember being young and always reading. My older sister would make fun of me and call me a nerd LOL I always had my head in a book. As I got older, I wanted to tell the stories running around in my head. So, I took all the English classes in high school. I took the creative writing classes. I was that kid LOL I always wanted to write.
Do you have any books coming out this year?
I have released two so far this year.
“Locked In A Castle”
“Ravencrest book Two Preparing For Battle”
I’m sure there will be many more from me.
If readers are looking to connect with you, what’s the best way to do it?
I love Twitter. You can find me there almost every day. @lizzystevens123
What are you working on right now?
My mind never stops LOL I just did a couple contest so that took me away from my next book but they were fun to do. Now I am onto my next one. Not sure which one I’m going to start though. I have a couple different ones that I’m thinking over. We’ll see which one wins LOL
Tell us about submitting your book. What was that like for you?
Oh it was for sure nerve wrecking. I mean I had never done anything like that before. I had no idea what I was doing LOL Then you submit and you get told it’s not really what they are looking for. But you keep trying and keep working on it. Then you find the publishers that do want your writing. I signed with one company then I kept writing. I signed with two others. Then I decided to become a publisher. So now I write my own and help others fulfill their dream.
What author would you say inspires you the most?
There are way too many. Going way back. I loved Winnie the Pooh as a child. So for sure A.A. Milne, also Dr. Seuss. Then as I grew I loved the Sweet Valley High books by Francine Pascal. Then we move into the older days. I loved Stephen King books. My grandmother and I would take turns checking them out at the library. She would read one and give it to me and I would read one and give it to her. So that whole experience probably helped my writing along. I also love Nicholas Sparks, Janette Oke, Cassandra Clair, All these authors are amazing. I could go on and on. I told you there were too many for me to name LOL
Who is your current favorite author?
I have too many to list a favorite. The above question pretty much says a lot.
What was your first favorite book as a child?
Winnie the Pooh
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you first started writing?
Just do the best that you can.
What would you consider the best thing you’ve ever done for your writing career.
I don’t know if it was the best for my career, but the best thing for me was writing a book with my kids. It was really fun. “Don’t Make A Wish” me and Steve, my husband, we wrote that with the boys. We all sat in the living room. I had a notebook in hand and we hammered out the story. Then I went to the computer and wrote it. That was so much fun for me.
What would you consider the most fulfilling moment you’ve experienced as a writer?
I enjoy making people happy. If a reader likes my book after reading it then that is great.
What book would you suggest to anyone who wants to write?
I would say if somebody wants to write then my advice would be to do it. I wouldn’t suggest a book. I would suggest just do it. Throw out all thoughts that you can’t and sit down and start writing.
Of course, in addition to being an author, you’re also the CEO of the publishing company Solstice Publishing. What can you tell us about working in Publishing?
I love the publishing industry. It’s not an easy job. But books are my passion. I love to help authors make their dreams come true.
What’s your favorite part of being in the publishing business?
Interacting with everyone.
If someone wants to submit to Solstice Publishing, what should they do?
Stop by our website and read the guidelines all the way through before submitting. www.solsticepublishing.com
Can you tell us if you’re looking for anything in particular right now? What sort of book would you be most excited to see?
We want to see original stories. Don’t submit your book by saying it is like and name something else that might be well known. That story has already been told. We want to know what you wrote. What is your story about.