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Blurb for Captive Spirit:
Sonoran Desert. Dawn of the sixteenth century.
Aiyana isn’t like the other girls of the White Ant Clan. Instead of keeping house, she longs to compete on the Ball Court with her best friend Honovi and the other boys. Instead of marriage, she daydreams of traveling beyond the mountains that surround her small village. Only Honovi knows and shares her forbidden wish, though Aiyana doesn’t realize her friend has a secret wish of his own…
When Aiyana’s father arranges her marriage to a man she hardly knows, she takes the advice of a tribal elder: Run! In fleeing, she falls into the hands of Spanish raiders and finds herself being taken over the mountains against her will. Now Aiyana’s on a quest to return to the very place she once dreamed of escaping. And she’ll do whatever it takes to survive and find her way back to the people she loves.
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Let's get to know, Liz...
1.) How has your experience been with Carina Press? Would you recommend them to new authors?
My experience has been the kind that you hope for as a debut author. Last January, I saw a tweet from Executive Editor, Angela James. “Send us your historicals!” she tweeted. “Our editors are hungry for historicals!” So, I sent her CAPTIVE SPIRIT. By March, I got “The Call.” Soon after, I learned from Elizabeth Bass, Carina Press editor extraordinaire, that I would be one of the Carina Press launch authors and that my book would release on June 28. Oh, happy day! Everyone at Carina Press has been professional, friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic. I feel very lucky and proud to be associated with this cool publisher. The other bonus has been connecting with other Carina Press authors, which I’ve enjoyed very much.
2.) What time in history does your book take place in? Did it require a lot of research on your part?
CAPTIVE SPIRIT takes place at the dawn of the sixteenth century in the Sonoran Desert, the area known today as Phoenix, Arizona, in the American Southwest. The main characters are Hohokam Indians, who also happened to be the first inhabitants of the Sonoran Desert. They arrived around 300 BC and vanished mysteriously around 1500 AD and no one really knows why. That’s the bit of little-known history that inspired me to write the book. There’s not a lot written about the Hohokam Indians, weirdly, because I think their history just begs for a story. I was able to do a lot of my research at the Phoenix Heard Museum, a very cool place in downtown Phoenix.
3.) Are there other genres that you'd be interested in trying to write in the future?
CAPTIVE SPIRIT wasn’t the first book I’d written but it was the first to be published. I love to write in the young adult, paranormal, fantasy, and chick lit genres. I’d also love to write a screenplay at some point in the future.
4.) You've been getting great reviews for Captive Spirit! How does it feel to have your book out there for the world to read?
Thank you! I tell you, getting your book reviewed feels a lot like walking naked in public. I’ve had many sleepless nights, hoping that reviewers “got” my story and my characters. Again, I’ve been fortunate. The reviews and reviewers have been lovely and I couldn’t be happier, although it was a lot easier when my “reviewers” used to be my mother and sisters who, naturally, loved everything I wrote.
5.) What are you working on now and what can we expect from you in the future?
I’m currently finishing the edits for a contemporary fantasy romance, and I’ve got a young adult novel featuring a Gila Indian girl on submission. Once I complete the edits on my contemporary romance, I’d like to start a sequel to CAPTIVE SPIRIT. I can’t get Aiyana and Honovi out of my head!
Thanks, Stacey, for inviting me to blog with you today.
Side note: Stacey was also one of the first writers to “friend” me on Facebook, my blog, and Twitter, something I appreciate to this day.
Liz Fichera is an author from the American Southwest by way of Chicago. She likes to write stories about ordinary people who do extraordinary things, oftentimes against the backdrop of Native American legends. When she’s not plotting her next novel, you can find her on Facebook or her Blog, discussing writing, books, hunks du jour, LOST reruns or the best brands of chocolate. Please visit her web site because it can get real lonely in the desert: http://www.lizfichera.com
CAPTIVE SPIRIT is available from Carina Press, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and wherever digital books are sold.
Great having you on my blog, Liz! You're a wonderful friend, and I wish you mega sales and success with your books. You deserve it!