Midnight Seductions Guest Interview
1. Tell us about your most recent release.
My most recent (and only, so far!) is “Moonlight and Magick”, a paranormal romance published by Lyrical Press, Inc. It’s about a young woman who’s on the run from an ex boyfriend and a secret organization who uses paranormal and supernatural beings as test subjects. She meets a man who has secrets of his own, who helps her when the agents come for her. Add in some strange dreams, developing abilities, and her murderous ex boyfriend, and she’s not sure if she’s coming or going!
It was released on May 3rd and I’m so ecstatic!
2. What genre do you prefer to write? Is there a genre you’d like to write in that you haven’t tried yet?
I prefer Paranormal Romance. Oh, yes! I’d love to try Historical Romances, or even Fantasy Romance. I could probably pull off the Fantasy, but I already know the Historical will be my downfall. I always get sucked into the research aspect and I’ll never find time to write the story!
3. What do you like to read?
Paranormal and Historical Romances (Christine Feehan and Amanda Quick). I also love to read cookbooks, and books about whatever my obsession of the month is. Right now, it’s Victorian etiquette. =)
4. What do you feel is your strength as an author? For instance: characterization, dialogue, sexual tension, sex scenes????
Good question. LOL. I’m not entirely sure. I’d like to say while the storyline may be fictional, the interactions between the main characters are realistic. The conversations, reactions are what real people would do. I’ve had readers tell me they can connection with my characters, they’re so real.
5. How did you choose your pen name? Does it hold some significance special to you?
Isobael Liu – Isobael is the name of my first role playing character. She was so well liked that whenever I wanted to role play, people begged me to play her. It’s an old Scottish name, which was a nod to my father’s side of the family, as we hail from Scotland. Liu is my middle name from my mother’s side of the family. She hails from Taiwan.
6. Where do you see your writing career taking you? Goals for two, four, six years.
I’d like to see my career move from e-book to print, but other than that I’m just happy to have my stories published! More stories written, more stories to share with others.
7. Do you ever use people you know as characters in your book, or composites?
No, actually. Not yet, at least. =) I have so many characters all clamoring to get out of my head as it is, I don’t need to base them on real people. Although, I have been tempted to use certain people as cannon fodder or antagonists. *Evil Grin*
8. Do you find that your creativity is more active mornings, afternoon, or evenings?
I’m not sure if it’s more active or that it’s just the best time for me to write but evenings are the best for me. After the kid and the hubby retire for the night, I’m left with quiet, no chores clamoring to get done during the day while they’re off at their respective schools, no interruptions due to deliveries, visitors, phone calls. I can pop in my writing playlist, plug in the headphones, and write.
9. What well-known author would you compare your work to or hope that you've achieved the same level of excitement?
Ack! Ummm. I’ve had readers compare me to Jim Butcher of the Dresden Files fame, but I’ve never read his work so I couldn’t say either way. I’m not really sure I can be compared to anyone else. I’m still too new and do I really want to be compared to someone so well known? I can only hope to achieve the same or close to the same level of talent, but I want to be known for my own talents.
10. What’s your favorite leisure activity? Why?
Leisure? What’s that? LOL – I’m a housewife, a mother, a writer, and a falconer. If anything, writing is my escape from the mundane. I live vicariously through my characters.
About Isobael Liu
Even at a young age, Isobael Liu had a notebook and pen in hand. During regular classes, she'd be scribbling story ideas on her class notes. During choir, she'd be scribbling story plots on her music sheet. Isobael is a writer, through and through.
A deep love of the romance genre, Isobael turned her attention to writing romantic stories, but her true love was the paranormal. Growing up, she'd heard the legends, myths, and ghost stories of her Taiwanese heritage, as well as the Western world's from her Scottish American heritage. With deep and abiding respect to both heritages, she began researching those things that went "bump in the night" and an obsession was created.
Turning her writing to include the newfound obsession, Isobael has penned short stories, novellas, and now novels that include some form of her fascination, from vampires to werewolves, faeries to ghosts, magick, and even a smattering of psychic abilities.
When she’s not writing, Isobael can be found working with a raptor on her falconry license, crocheting, or having tea parties with her daughter. She can also be found in the kitchen, cooking up some treats, like home baked scones!
Isobael makes her home in Washington State, is happily married, and has one daughter. She's currently owned by two Ball Pythons, a dog, a cat, and season willing, a raptor of some sort for her falconry license.
You can find her book at Lyrical Press, Inc: http://www.lyricalpress.com/moonlight_and_magick
Her official website: http://isobael.webs.com/