Suspending disbelief is necessary in order for a reader to enjoy fiction; especially with genres such as Fantasy. Imagination is also paramount, but that imagination, once disbelief leaves the playground, must be thrilled and satisfied or else is has nowhere to go and nothing to do. Those successful in writing these types of stories must be skilled enough to keep imagination a happy camper. It must be one of the hardest genres to write in. But authors like Gayla make it look easy.
Don’t let the sedateness of the photo fool you. This woman is anything but black and white and shades of gray.
Her personality is as I had hoped: Lively, colorful, intelligent, and with a sharp sense of humor that many would envy. For those of you who have read her debut novel, The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns, this same wit is easily recognizable in her main character.
At the end of the interview, I asked Elizabeth to sign my copy. In it she wrote: “Thanks so much for reading – Lucy would certainly enjoy your company.”
The feeling is mutual, toward Lucy and her creator.
To make a confession, Elizabeth and I had such a great time chatting between signings, that I never did get to ask her the questions I’d prepared. Thankfully, she was gracious enough to take a printed copy so she could respond by email.
Please don’t get the impression we never talked about her book, or the process of writing and publishing it. We most certainly did. However, she is so personable from the outset, we found ourselves letting the conversation grow and change organically.
Let’s put it this way. This interview took place a number of weeks ago, yet I remember the experience clearly, warmly, and it still makes me smile. I look forward to Elizabeth’s future books. Soon. But no pressure, Zip. Really. [cough-cough]
I had put together a number of questions, but gave her the option of answering any or all. I hope you enjoy her answers as much as I do.