by Lizzy Ford
: October 25th 2015
: Dystopia, Young Adult
In a modern world ruled by territorial Greek gods, the human race has been oppressed, exploited and now, nearly destroyed by the constant infighting of gods.
However, a human girl with the power of a goddess is coming of age. Alessandra is the Oracle of Delphi – the last prophesized – and bears the mark of the double omega. Soon after she turns eighteen, Alessandra is told her destiny: to step between the warring gods and the human race and save her world from certain ruin.
For the gods, her appearance marks the beginning of the end – their end. They and the Triumvirate – leaders of the human elite – who serve them will stop at nothing to preserve their power.
Alessandra emerges from the forest where she spent her life hidden from gods and men and immediately plummets into a race against time, gods, and herself to discover who and what she is in a world where everyone she meets has a hidden agenda, and those pulling the strings remain in the shadows.
Before she can determine exactly what kind of savior her world needs, she must first master her power by completing three trials devised by the Triumvirate to enslave her.
One lone girl stands between warring gods and the people she’s destined to protect, but it’s the battle to understand who she is that she must win first.
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1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, note cards, post-it notes, etc.?
I always explain it like this. I have three to five televisions playing in my head at any one time. Each one has a story that’s being worked out by the Muses. When I’m ready to write, I sit down and pull up the television I want to work on and just start writing. The stories are unplanned in the sense of an outline and yet, they’re constantly being updated mentally. I call it intuitive writing - I don’t consciously know where the story is going, but my subconscious does, and I trust it to guide me!
2. How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
I don’t really know. I’ve been told I channel them. They basically just come to me - dozens of them. I don’t have time to capture or write or even jot down all of them!
3. How long have you been writing?
Since I was about nine! I finished my first novel when I was twelve, and I think it’s buried somewhere in my mother’s basement. I started self publishing in January 2011.
4. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
Write no matter how you feel, persevere when you face obstacles, and surround yourself with positive people who support your dreams and believe in you.
5. How important are names in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds, or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
I do both, depending on the book and series. Some names I make up, because they sound pretty or exotic, and some names I research. For example, all the names in Omega, I researched. Each has a special meaning or came from a certain era of Greek history that’s reflected in their personality. I don’t really have resources - you really can find anything by just Googling and digging around!
Some fun questions:
Book: “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
Author: Jane Austen
Genre: I read non-fiction! I don’t read fiction, except on very rare occasional I’ll read epic fantasy.
Movies: anything with action, beefcakes and explosions
TV shows: Love Doctor Who! Any series that’s sci-fi, dystopian or fantasy based!
Music: Various. I love classical and can listen to just about anything but country.
Food/writing snack: I’m a total foodie. I love anything from a bakery and/or anything that’s homemade and fresh. Love experimenting with other countries’ food, too.
Social Media Site: I’m not a huge social media fan. I use it to reach my readers, but I don’t have a preference for any of the sites. I’m an extreme introvert. If I never spoke to anyone, I’d be happy but it’s not realistic when I’m in a business that requires me to be more social than I usually would be!
Lizzy Ford is the author of over forty titles written for young adult, new adult and adult romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series,” “Zoey Rogue” and the “War of Gods” series. Lizzy’s books span multiple subgenres of romance, to include contemporary, paranormal and dystopian, among others. She began her self-publishing career in January 2011 and clocks between 80,000-120,000 words a month on projects destined to be published as well as pet projects she writes and squirrels away in secret folders!
In 2014, Lizzy launched an erotica line under the name SE Reign and hopes to branch into the mystery genre in a year or two. Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring. Her books have been featured in Publishers Weekly, Romantic Times, USA Today, Huffington Post, Kirkus Reviews, and many other places. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, sister, three dogs and a cat.
Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords.
Lizzy’s links online
Website – official
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