Interview with Jordana Lizama, author of Sophia: Within

Publish Date: February 17, 2013

Order Links:  Amazon

Synopsis: 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.

Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.

I didn´t know how this book was going to go, all I had was a vision, which ended up being the prologue of the story.  I was happy to see it was developing into a non pretentious love story, with lots and lots of adventure. And I was excited to see that it became a book I would love to get my hands on. I think the readers will enjoy the story as well as feel related to the characters.

Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to writing?

I have been around books my whole life, in fact, I pretty much preferred them to people, there was  something about books that gave me a sense of security, because even though you don´t always know how the story is going to end, you have the certainty that it will not change since it is set in ink.

I guess I realized I had to write when I started day dreaming in class. I wasn´t really devoted to my lessons, I would be reading a book during class or looking out the window imagining characters. Eventually the feeling that I had to write became so strong and urgent, I just did it.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The hardest part without a doubt is the editing. Because when you are just starting a book, you don´t edit what you write, you just get it out for your system. It´s not until you put the last period that you realize you have a lot of work ahead of you. That´s why I thank heavens for my partner in crime William Rau, without his editing, this book would not have been what it is now.

Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to while writing? If so, what kind of music?

I love to listen to music while I write, and I guess I don´t have  a particular playlist I listen to, I just put on my ITunes lower the volume and start writing. Though I did listen to a lot of Paramore.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I try not to take the story so seriously, so I try to incorporate little jokes here and there to alleviate the tension.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Yes! I have the first three chapters of the sequel and little tidbits of the third one. I hope I can get to them soon.

Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).

I am expecting my second baby, which is great, because now I can tell my babies that I am a mommy and a writer.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

If you are authors never stop writing, maybe the first time you took up your pen, or  computer you ended disappointed with what you came up with, be patient, and read a lot, trust me, the second or third time around, everything will come more easily.

To readers, first that I hope you enjoy my book, I wrote it with a lot of care for the people who would be reading it. And second, that you never, ever stop reading.


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