Friday, April 18, 2008

Interview with Jude Liebermann



Author Interview Questions: Jude Liebermann

CA: What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?
JL: I guess you could say that my main genre is romance, but I use different sub genres in every book. For instance my newest book, Faith's Portrait is a time travel romance. I have recently finished writing my first occult/paranormal trilogy that has a very subtle romance foundation. My other books have varied from futuristic sci-fi to psychic action/adventure. I definitely don't stick to one genre, since I write whatever inspires me. I have never felt that I create the stories but merely just type what comes to me.

CA: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

JL: I don't think I ever first realized it, since I've been writing most of my life. I'm at my happiest when I'm knee deep in a story, so I try to stay in the creative pool as much as I can.

CA: Who or what was your inspiration for writing?

JL: The only person I can remember being an inspiration is Johanna Lindsey. I remember I was about 13 when I first read Fires of Winter and fell in love with historical romances. Though I never have, and most likely never will, write an historical romance, I still love to read them. She made me want to create such an intriguing world, and I wrote my first romance shortly thereafter.

CA: What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

JL: Hard to say, since it fluctuates. When I'm really on a roll, I can finish a book in less than a month. Of course that requires doing some writing just about every day. Lately, I try to write at least once a week. I'm currently working on another story, and I've been taking my time. I think working on my forum is mostly to blame, since I've been putting a lot of my time and energy into making it as good as it can be. I think Faith's Portrait took me about 6 months. Having a household to run and an outside job definitely impacts how much time I can dedicate to writing.

CA: Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?

JL: I've released a lot of my books, so this is nothing new. Though I am more excited about Faith's Portrait, since I feel it's one of the best things I've ever written. It's a story I've been wanting to write for at least a decade and finally had enough of a plot and inspiration to write it. I'm really excited about it.

CA: What do you like to do when you're not writing?

JL: I spend a lot of time on the internet. I have a website and forum that takes up a lot of time. I also have a myspace page and other sites I visit frequently. Sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day. When I'm not on my computer, I enjoy watching movies with my husband or going out for a relaxing game of pool and a cold beer.

CA: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

JL: Without actually counting them, I'd say about a dozen. I've actually published 7 of them. Once I get the 3rd installment of my trilogy published, that will make the total 8. My favorite would have to be a tie with Faith's Portrait and Drew's Destiny, which is actually the unpublished 3rd installment of my A Modern Myth trilogy. If someone put a gun to my head and forced me to choose between those two, I'd have to say Drew's Destiny. The main character touched me so deeply as I wrote it, I truly fell in love with him. Yes, a writer can fall in love with her characters.
CA: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

JL: When I first started writing, the characters were based on real people, but as I aged and my writing evolved, totally original stories began to inspire me. The characters took on a life of their own, so that I could actually see them in my head when I wrote them. That is a wonderful feeling, creating a person in your mind. They become like your children, which can make it really hard if you have to kill any of them.

CA: How can a reader contact you or purchase your books?

JL: It's very easy for anyone to find me and/or buy any of my books. If they want to save a few bucks on the older books, they can visit my site at http://www.judesplace.com/ and buy them directly from me. My 3 newest books can be found at www.lulu.com/judesplace, or if they prefer amazon.com, all 7 of my published books can be purchased there. If they want to contact me, I can usually be found on my forum at http://www.judesplace.com/forumm/forum. There is contact page there for guests, but new members are also welcome.
CA: Thanks again Jude for taking time out for me :)

5 comments:

Reading is fun said...

Jude great interview, I love your website!

Crystal Adkins said...

Hi Jude I wanted to say hello, I hope you find a minute to stop in and chatter around this week :)
Hugs, Crystal

Anonymous said...

Faith's Portrait, huh? I like that title, very gripping!

A wonderful interview!

Thank you for sharing.

Besa

Lynnsplanet said...

Hi Jude,

I write sub-genres of romance as well, also cross genres.

Has this been a hindrance for you, or do you readers take it stride?

Bekki

Jude said...

I love changing my sub genres actually and can't imagine sticking to just one. LOL...thanks for the comments! :)

Jude