Guest Post (A World Without Books) + Interview with Liz Schulte

As part of her book tour (Orangeberry Book Tours), we today have the wonderful Liz Schulte visiting with us. She'll be telling us about what a world without books would mean (I can't even imagine the horror!!!) and she was even nice enough to answer a couple of questions (find out all her secrets about writing). Now this is all in honor of her debut novel, Secrets, the first installment in the Guardian Trilogy. So let's show her some love people!

A World Without Books
by Liz Schulte

A world without books isn’t a road less traveled by, it is a barren wasteland of dashed dreams and lost inspiration—one where imagination is feared and whimsy is met with suspicion.

A Cat In A Hat would be absurd and Green Eggs and Ham would be seen as nothing but bad. No one would say Goodnight Moon or know Where The Wild Things Are. Charlotte’s Web would just be another spider in a barn and The Diary of a Wimpy Kid might go unread.

Harry Potter would never learn who is and still be living under the stairs. Voldemort would win and Captain Hook persuade Peter Pan. The yellow brick road would stay empty and Dorothy would never meet the Wizard of Oz. The Hunger Games would go unwatched and no one would see Katniss Catching Fire or her Mockingjay pin.

Romeo would never meet Juliet and Pride and Prejudice would go unchecked. Jane Eyre may never find her way to Thornfield Hall and Mrs. Rochester may kill them all. The Importance of Being Ernest would still be unknown and The Dubliners would be on their own. A Hitchhiker would have no guide to the galaxy and the Lord of the Rings would still be Sauron. The Thirteenth Tale would never be told and Atonement couldn’t be had.

Pet Sematary, The Shining, and It would never frighten a living soul and redemption wouldn’t be found at Shawshank. Gone With The Wind wouldn’t turn curtains into couture and James Bond wouldn’t Die Another Day. The Godfather wouldn’t make an offer that couldn’t be refused and Atticus Finch would never try the case of his life. The world would stay East of Eden and Fear and Loathing would spread far beyond Las Vegas.

While Olivia Martin observed life through her camera, the Abyss gazed back at her.

She discovers mysterious men follow her around, people close to her are dying, and her dreams are no longer her own as she falls head over heels for a perfect stranger.

A chance encounter leads to an obsession that could destroy everything she has ever known or loved. Olivia is about to find out there is a lot she doesn’t know and sometimes what you don’t know can kill you.

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When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing after a lot of encouragement from my mom. She kept telling me I should try writing so I finally sat down and did it. I think it was 2008. I wrote my mystery novel then I had no idea what to do with it. The traditional method of publishing wasn’t for me, but the more I looked into things the more appealing self-publishing looked to me.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
My writer’s group. I was lucky to join a wonderful and supportive group who were in a similar phase in their writing as I was. I have made wonderful friends with these people and they so often inspire me and prop me up with I feel down.

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? 
I learn from every book I write. Writing Secrets I learned about pacing and world building. And I also tried something different with this story and wrote from two points of view.

What is your greatest strength as a writer? 
Dialogue. I am good at realistic dialogue.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? 
I am currently working on the second book in my Easy Bake Coven series. The book is called Hungry, Hungry Hoodoo. I will share a piece of that.

I stood in my scorched, hollowed-out yoga studio, turning in a listless circle, too numb to feel. The store front was a wet, smoldering pile of ash and the studio merely a shell.

“Was anyone hurt,” I asked, barely recognizing my own voice. Numb was too small of a word—shell-shocked was more accurate.

“No,” Femi’s voice came from the doorway. I didn’t even know she was here. She prowled around the room silent as death, her green cat eyes collecting every detail. “It happened overnight.”

How did you come up with the title? 
There is a progression in the Guardian Trilogy that is also reflected in the covers. The first book is about exposing all of the secrets being kept and catapulting the main character, Olivia, into a supernatural world.

Can you tell us about your main character? 
Olivia Martin is nice, loyal woman whose life is going pretty well. She loved her family, friends and job, but then she meets two men who began to open up a new world to her which threatens to destroy everything she knows.

How did you develop your plot and characters? 
I did it pretty organically. I let the characters take the lead and I allow the reader to discover what happens as Olivia does.

What was the hardest part about writing this book? 
Making multiple point of views work without being too similar. I originally wrote the book from one POV and then I read it and realized that the story had to be told from both for the reader to fully grasp each character.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 
I think the message in this series is about finding your place in the world regardless of what others think or where destiny may lead. I think there is also a message about not judging people by what they appear to be.

Can we expect any more books from you in the future? 
Yes. I have 4 more books planned for this year.

When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have? 
That I put something worthwhile into the world and I brightened strangers lives with my words.

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