Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Thomas Drinkard Interviews IAN Member Liz Borino




This interview was previously published at Thomas Drinkard's blog http://brinson1.wordpress.com/

Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to Liz Borino, the debut author of Expectations, was published by LazyDay Publishing on Dec. 1.

Throughout her education, including a Bachelor’s Degree from Hofstra University, she’ s kept her stories to herself, but this only child is all grown up and wants to share them with the world. Her roots are in Bethlehem, Pa, but she loves to experience new cultures. As fun as that is, Liz likes nothing better than curling up at home with a good book or her work in progress.

T. When did you start writing?
L. I started telling stories as soon as I could talk, but writing in earnest? Twelve.

T. Was there a favorite writing teacher or mentor?
L. Hmm, writing teacher…I’d go with Mrs. Chickey. She was my ninth grade English teacher. I’ll bet she doesn’t remember me.

T. Please tell us about your current book.
L. My novel, Expectations, depicts the struggle between what we desire for ourselves and our familial obligations. Chris and Matt Taylor, identical twins, who are trying to win their overbearing father’s approval and acquire their trust funds, personify this conflict.
Their best friend and roommate, Aiden O’Boyle, left his family behind in Ireland to pursue a career in dance.
Robert Taylor, Matt and Chris’s father has set certain conditions that must be met in order for them to receive their trust funds. Matt must continue to work at a job he hates, as he struggles with alcoholism. Chris has to deny his own desires and deep love for Aiden, to get married to Matt’s girlfriend. All the while, their father continues to use extreme measures to ensure his sons’ compliance. The story takes place against the backdrop of preparation for Aiden’s upcoming dance performance.

T. Do you have a sequel or prequel in mind or in progress?
L. Yes! Escape has also been contracted by Lazy Day and will be released in February…assuming I get it written on schedule.

T. What are your ideas about the future of digital publishing?
L. I think soon most of our media will be consumed digitally. In a few years, paper books will be a luxury item.

T. Anything else to share?
L. I feel so lucky to have found Lazy Day, not only are they very supportive, but it’s such a great community of authors each willing to help the others.

T. Thank you for your time. I’ll be looking forward to reading your book.
L. Thank you very much for the opportunity.


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