Saturday, 3 December 2011

'An Affinity for Shadows' - an Interview with Liz R. Newman

Today I am delighted to be joined by Freelance Writer and Novelist, Liz R. Newman, whose atmospheric love story, ‘An Affinity for Shadows’ has recently been published by Gypsy Shadow Publishing. Here’s a little information about it:

‘Award-winning broadcast journalist Kate Theodore has it all under control, until she rushes to the scene of one of the greatest tragedies in American history in pursuit of the perfect story. Having pressured her cameraman into accompanying her, she feels responsible for his untimely death. Her guilt opens the door to transformation in a desperate attempt to rediscover her soul.

Brushing aside a chance meeting with a handsome Italian stranger, Kate soon becomes captivated by his charms, but he is a man whose heart is shrouded in secrets. Can she open her heart to the possibility of true love, or will she be lost forever to her past mistakes'

Catherine: Welcome, Liz and congratulations on ‘An Affinity for Shadows’. It is described as a story of ‘love and rediscovery’. Can you tell us a bit more about it ?
Liz: An Affinity for Shadows is a mainstream literary romance, and it is my first novel.  It is the dynamic story of Kate Theodore, a journalist for one of the highest rated cable news network shows around the time of 9/11.  She rushes to the scene of one of the greatest tragedies in American history in pursuit of the perfect story.  Pressuring her cameraman into accompanying her, she feels responsible for his untimely death.  Her guilt opens the door to transformation in a desperate attempt to rediscover her soul. Along the way she meets a gorgeous and sexy Italian gentleman who turns out to be much more than he appears to be.  There is a surprise ending, and she discovers although she falls in love with him, she could never have guessed just exactly what she was getting into.

Catherine:  Why did you decide to become a novelist and who or what has inspired you most?
 Liz: There's this miraculous moment in every writer's life where they just realize they have a story to tell, and they start putting it down on paper.  The words are difficult at first, clumsy and labored, but after umpteenth drafts and learning more about the craft, they simply begin to flow.  I think the greatest challenge for us writers isn't necessarily finding the stories, but recording the stories the way we feel them, see them, hear them in our imagination. We can only hope the reader sees, hears, and feels them with us.

I think the first moment I realized I had a passion for telling stories was in sixth grade.  I had this lovely teacher named Mrs. Kennedy, who was so warm and inclusive.  She read a creative writing essay I wrote for school: this somewhat corny piece in retrospect about how the wind was like the choreography of a dance.  It was autumn, the leaves were blowing around, and I just stared outside of the window and recorded that on paper.  She read it aloud to the class and gave this wonderful sigh of happiness, flashed her huge smile, and plied my writing with compliments in front of the entire class.  Flash forward a few years later and I'd won some school awards for writing.  Flash forward another few years and I was doing everything to suppress my creative voice, trying to stop writing since I was going through somewhat of an Edgar Allan Poe stage (although looking back I really wish I would've kept all of that morose stuff), and drown out thoughts which were displeasing to the overtly religious views I was raised with.  Flash forward to now and I'm at peace with who I am, and amazingly and coincidentally I completed my first novel. 

There are medical theories that say suppression of a condition will make it stronger.  Let's take, for example, the allergenic response and the popular treatments of suppressing allergic symptoms.  Discontinue the treatment and the allergies sometimes come back even stronger than before.  In some strange way, this is what happened with my writing.  Writers as well as any other artists get that reflective insight into the human condition mostly from the intense life experiences of joy, happiness, pain, love, and suffering.  Maybe not all of us do, but that's how it turned out for me.

Catherine: That’s really interesting, Liz. I can see where you’re coming from with that. Now, where can readers pick up a copy of your book?
Liz: The book is available pretty much worldwide through Amazon, and it is also at several ebook sites and on the shelves at some stores in the SF Bay Area.  The book is now on sale at Barnes and Noble and it can also be purchased through the Gypsy Shadow Publishing Company website. 
Barnes and Noble
Gypsy Shadow
Readers can find me on  Facebook or at www.lizrnewman.net.  

Thank you so much, Catherine, for having me as a guest on your blog.

Catherine: Thank you for joining me, Liz

2 comments:

  1. Interesting analogy with allergies. I guess I've always told stories but stopped writing them down when kids and job consumed all my time. I'm glad I'm writing again. Sounds an interesting book.

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  2. Spot on. I recognise that moment when the story just has to be written. Interesting interview.

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