Today we get to meet the charming Liz Keel who lives in Surrey, England, just a short walk from the beautiful Windsor Park, with her husband Richard and two children. For Liz, writing is nothing short of an addiction and she often finds herself sneaking out to her writing shack for just a few minutes, which can often turn into hours of pure, unadulterated bliss catching up with her characters and continuing their story. In-between writing, she teaches in a primary school where there’s never a dull moment!
Hello Liz, and welcome to An Angell's Life! What is the current book you are promoting?
Enlightenment, (#1 in the Driel Trilogy), a Young Adult Fantasy Romance. Without giving too much away, the story revolves around a girl called Thea who gets thrown into the unknown realm of Faey. Here she is forced to determine the difference between reality and fantasy, in a world ruled by a dark elite and a society wracked by intolerance and prejudice. On this journey, she has the support of her new friends to help her as well as a mysterious dark haired, blue-eyed guardian who watches her every move.
Ooh, sounds like an exciting fantasy adventure! Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
There are two that I can’t choose between! The first has to be Thea, the one the trilogy evolves around. She is feisty, loyal, passionate and determined. You’ll see how her strength of character develops as a result of the challenges she faces.
I’m also rather fond of Bay, one of the friend’s Thea makes in book one. He’s one of those friend’s everyone needs – mischievous and generally good fun to be around.
Thea sounds like my kind of girl. Where do you come up with your stories?
I’d say it’s a culmination of lots of different things. Firstly I love using my imagination to create other worlds. Alongside that, I have a complete addiction to reading and love a wide variety of genres including young adult, fantasy, paranormal and romance which have all inspired me to finally write my own novel. (Enlightenment is the first story I’ve written).
Ha, ha, I feel the same way! I prefer writing because I prefer reading, but if I couldn't write, I would still be a story teller. What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer?
There are so many I’ve already learnt, but the one that stands out has got to be to keep persevering! Enlightenment was published at the end of April and in preparation for this, I had to set up social media sites as well as my own website which has been good fun but hard work. And then it’s about supporting the publishers by getting the word out there about your book, something that takes up a lot of time but is well worth it; connecting with your readers as well as potential audience is so rewarding.
What is your next project?
I’ve just finished book 2, Entanglement, which is currently with the publishers ready for editing and should be released later this year. I’m also working on a young adult paranormal story involving vampires.
Thanks for joining us today Liz! If you would like to keep up with Liz, follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To learn more about her, check out her website.
Want to give Enlightenment a go? You can get it on Amazon for only 99¢.