#Interview: Jordana Lizama, #Author of “Sophia: Within”

Sophia Within

Description: “Only time will tell if Sophia, Alec and the world are ready to accept the mission that has been passed down for many generations. This is more than a story of reincarnation. This is a story that never ended following the reign of the Greek gods.

What has been hidden for thousands of years is about to surface in a small New England town. The impact on this rural village is ageless, but only the chosen time travelers know what is happening, the reason it is happening and how to control the outcome.

The Men of Ages have walked the Earth unnoticed since the time of Greek mythology and have kept their ancient war alive by transporting the lead warrior in a most unusual time machine. There is only one way to stop the cataclysmic demise of the human race and Sophia is the answer. But, Sophia is a teenage girl faced with many human and nonhuman desires that create a tortuous path from antiquity to the present day. Love conquers all; or, so it seems.”

Available at Amazon.

Author website: http://jordylizama.com/

About the Author

What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?
I write fiction. I think I am more inclined to fantasy stories. I love the idea of having an adventure through someone else´s eyes.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I realized that I had to write, it wasn´t a choice, it was just something I had to do.

Who or what was your inspiration for writing?
Jane Austen of course. I don´t think there is a female author out there that doesn´t owe her something. I owe her my passion for the written word.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I like to listen to music. Sometimes when I know exactly how the scene is going to go I put it on low volume, but when I just want to get into the mood and let the creative juices flow I crank up the volume  and see what happens.

What books are currently on your nightstand?
I am currently reading Ana Karenina and the Game of Thrones Saga.

Do you remember the first novel you read?
Yes, the first novel I ever read was “El Naranjo” by Carlos Fuentes. Though the first novel I ever chose to read was “Little Women.”

Your Writing Process

What excites you about writing?
The idea of starting a phrase and not knowing how it’s going to end up. When I first started writing Sophia:Within all I had was the first scene, I didn´t know what it meant, how it would evolve or end, I just knew there was a story there, and I had been the one lucky enough to write it down.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
When I finished writing Sophia I was recently married, so I had a lot of time on my hands, I didn´t have a schedule per se, I just wrote whenever I felt like it. Sometimes I would be at work, so I always took a notebook with me and wrote things down.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
I think I have said this before, write write, and then write some more.

What would you consider is your favorite part of a book to write? The beginning, the middle or the ending?
The beginning, because the characters are just developing and you don´t feel the pressure to finish the story.

Is there any other genre you have considered writing in?
Horror. I don’t think I would be good at it, I have always been a sucker for happy endings.

Most people envision an author’s life as being really glamorous. What’s the most unglamorous thing that you’ve done in the past week?
I have changed a lot of diapers.

How long does it take you to finish a book from start to submission?
Since this is the first one, I don’t think I have a clear reference, but this one at least took about eight years or so. A long, long time.

Do you track work count or write a certain number of hours per day?
No way, I think a writer´s work, at least in my case has to be organic, so I would just write when I felt like it. You get the story out first, you worry about the editing later.

What was the most uplifting moment you’ve experienced during your writing career?
When the book was finally out I felt like I could finally utter the sacred words: “I am a writer”. I still only whisper them, I guess I´ll be more sure when people start reading Sophia:Within more.

Your Characters

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
One of my characters, which is Sophia’s brother Dennis, is based on all of my brothers. There are a lot.

Is it hard coming up with names for your characters?
Yes, I think I might have changed Sophia’s name at least five times.

Have any of your characters ever haunted your dreams or woken you up during the night demanding attention?
Alec and Sophia did many times. I had to wake up early in the morning and write like a mad person.

What in your opinion makes good chemistry between your leading characters?
They are both uncertain about a lot of things, even the feelings they have for each other. Sophia is not sure if Alec is in love with her, and Alec is so sure of it he is afraid to scare her away.


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