1. Tell us about your book:
A sorcerer is bent on wiping out shapeshifters, particularly dragons. The FBI's shifters are running out of time to stop him before he kills again.
2. Why do you want to attend Backspace?
Why wouldn't I? It's an incredible opportunity to learn, connect, and share with writers, agents, and publishers. It's probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me.
3. Are you afraid to eat lunch with a Shark?
Not afraid of the Shark, just wary I'd be served a bucket of chum. If you call it "sushi" I'll probably be okay with it.
4. West Side Story: Jets or Sharks?
Since I'm a Pasty White Girl, I'm stuck with the Jets. I wouldn't want to fight the Sharks, either. Can't we all just get along?
5. If you could save the life of any one fictional character, who would it be and why?
Lucy Westernra, in Dracula. Poor silly girl. No one noticed she was succumbing to the monster until it was too late to save her.
6. Is there a book that makes you think "If I could write one thing like that, I'd die happy."
Perfume, by Patrick Suskind. It's creepy, haunting, and original. I read it in one sitting fifteen years ago, and I've been slightly squicked ever since.
7. What's the most terrifying thing you've lived through?
Hurricane Andrew. Please don't make me talk about it. I'd need a lot more than 25 words to convey the horror and anguish of it.
8.When you're published, what will you do to Pay It Forward?
I wouldn't ask my agent to read 410 manuscripts for a contest! *wink, wink* I would help other writers navigate the shark-infested waters, though.**
**for the record, the contest was MY idea, not Liz's.