Even in a world of freaks, being a Firestarter is considered a dangerous Gift.
Lucy was born with the ability to create and control fire. She longs to leave the human world for one filled with Earthshakers, Transporters, and Chameleons, to name a few. When she rejoins the circus, it's everything she hoped it could be - new friends, a potential love interest or two, and a place where she can be herself.
When troupe members begin turning up dead, however, Lucy is suspected of foul play. She must not only prove her innocence but also realize the full extent of her power. To find the real murderer, she must uncover the truth behind her father's fiery legacy while figuring out whom to trust within her new circle. Little does she know the history of the Donovan Circus and its enemies might actually destroy the entire gifted world.
Tell us about your next release.
Currently titled “Super Nova” (not totally set on that), it’s about a 17-year-old girl named Nova. They live in a fictional city, Arcania, that’s being taken over by criminals. A supremely bad guy named Fortune kills her little sister, sending Nova on a quest for justice (or revenge). The catch? Nova’s got her own superpower. It actually is set in the gifted world, but completely different characters and storyline. So the readers will recognize the world and certain traits, but be taken on a totally new adventure.
How do you describe your writing style?
Pretty straightforward, really. I'm not quite as succinct as Hemingway, but I tried to keep it short and to the point, without leaving out details and settings. It's..."direct" I think.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A vet, for about a second before I realized all the math involved. Honestly, though, I always wanted to be a writer. Like so many authors, I was crafting unicorn rides and troll contracts since the first or second grade.
What are your favorite TV shows?
I watch too much TV for someone claiming to be a writer. 30 Rock, Parks & Rec, and Community are all up there (so thanks for your announcement of axing them next season, NBC). I also love Grimm and Revenge.
What group did you hang out with in high school?
I was that innocent, naive nerd who didn't know she hung out with the potheads (even though I didn't smoke, I promise Mom!). But I also joined up with Colorguard to become weapons captain and became a band geek my last 2 years. Thank goodness for my fellow nerds--they made high school bearable.
Are the names of the characters in your novels important? How and why?
I like unusual names. I'm not looking for outta-the-blue names (Apple or Inspektor Pilot for example), but not necessarily Brittanys or Steves, either. They're totally fine names, but all authors want their characters to stand out more than the norm. I especially knew my names in Gifted had to be unique because they're circus folk. Plus "
Who should play you in a film of your life?
I'd probably go with Emma Stone--her hair's certainly redder than mine (well, most days), but I think we have similar personalities--usually pretty cheerful with a large dash of witty thrown in. Plus I think she could conquer my crazy speak when I get excited about something.
What are the most important attributes for remaining sane as a writer?
Learning to make time for yourself---making sure to take breaks away from the computer screen to enjoy what you want to do, even if it's just watching a movie. If you let yourself become consumed, it won't be as fun after a while. Fans might be rabid for a new book, but every once in a while you gotta take a mental break and just relax.
Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?
Night person. My mom's called me a Grump Queen since I was a little kid when it comes to my morning attitude. And I don't really drink coffee, so it's a waiting game for me to become all shiny and cheerful. Plus I do my best writing at night when it's quiet and I can really think things through without distraction.
What one word best describes you?
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
It's like the X-Men meets the circus. That's pretty fun, right?
You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you'll buy?
I'm so dull--I'd totally pay off my school loans and house first. After that, I'd probably buy a new MacBook w/ all the cool stuff on it (and then never leave my office!).
Liz Long has been writing fantasy stories since she could spell the word "unicorn" (second grade). She fears a zombie apocalypse, though admits it would give her a good reason to stay inside and write as long as she wanted. She is a proud graduate of
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