Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Interview & Giveaway: Lisa Amowitz author of Breaking Glass

BREAKING GLASS by Lisa Amowitz
Published Date: July 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: YA

The Story: On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he’s not sure whether they’re real or if he’s losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.

ISBN: 978-1937053383
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Author bio:
Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.
When she hit her teens, she realized that Long Island was too small for her and she needed to escape. So she went to college in Pittsburgh. Go figure.

On leaving college, Lisa became a graphic designer living in New York City. She eventually married her husband of a zillion years, had two lovely children, and was swept away to a fairy tale life in the Bronx, where, unbelievably there are more trees and wilderness than her hometown. She can see the Hudson River from her kitchen window.

Lisa has been a professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly seventeen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.

BREAKING GLASS which will be released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014, along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future, along with graphic novel style art.

Free download of SHARDS, which is an illustrated preview of BREAKING GLASS


What's the craziest writing idea you've had?
Oh, that’s easy. Two summers ago I became obsessed with the Revolutionary war hero, Nathan Hale, after stumbling upon a plaque that indicated he was hung at age 21 on what is not the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The plaque was on the outside of a Banana Republic. Instantly, I decided I needed to write about Nathan and a modern day counterpart. I plunged myself into research, even visited his birthplace in Connecticut. I am still fascinated by the actual historic figure, but my attempts to turn his story into a contemporary young adult urban fantasy fell totally flat!

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?

That’s actually tougher! I’m running out of space on my shelves and I am not much of a collector of objects because I live in an apartment, so—I guess I’ll go with the Fellowship of the Rings, because that would be worth a small fortune.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

That I am an only child. After all the wacky stories I tell people, that seems to surprise them the most.
How long do you generally let a story idea ‘marinate’ in your brain before
you start the book?

They seem to marinate for years until a character starts talking to me and telling me I must write them or they won’t leave me alone.
Who or what inspired your last book?

The last book I finished is a paranormal murder mystery set in the Catskill Mountains, so I would say the Catskill region itself inspired me. The main character just kind of showed up in a fishing boat with his guitar and dog, had a vision of a skeleton at the bottom of the lake—and I started writing.
If you were President for a day, what is the first thing you would do?

Probably turn completely gray, like most presidents do, realize I could get nothing done, like most presidents do, then get the White House chef to cook me three amazing meals. Then I’d watch a movie in the private screening room after taking multiple pictures of myself behind the Oval Office desk and posting them to Facebook. Yes, I have big dreams and I am idealistic, but being president is not being king.
What hidden gem do you have in your bookshelves?

Great question! The Color of Water by Ann Spollen.
What book do you love that doesn't get a lot of hype?  

I loved the Kneebone Boy, by Ellen Potter. But I am also going to list the books of my critique-mates — Kate Milford’s two books The Boneshaker and The Broken Lands, as well as my other good friend Christine Johnson’s book The Gathering Dark and Heidi Ayarbe’s Wanted.

About how long does it take to write a book?

That varies. This year has been my worst writing year ever. I’m writing at a snail pace because of all the book promo things I am doing (like this guest post!) and I do a lot of cover design. But I wrote Breaking Glass in six months, but even that was uneven-- last half  was completed in two weeks. I wrote the draft for Vision in a single month. So once I get down to it, I can really pump it out.
What made you decide to write in this genre?

I love creepy dark settings with secrets and possibilities—places that have stories to tell… so what else WOULD I write?

Thanks for having me on Books Complete Me!

Thanks Lisa for answering my questions!  I'm curious to see the one with the Catskill Mountains!  I know so many stories from there!

(1) custom pendant like the one pictured on the book cover

(2) signed ARCS
(1) original work of Breaking Glass related art created and signed by the author.

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  1. Wow, this sounds really interesting! Can't wait to read it!

  2. Hi Brianna! Thanks! And thanks for having me at your blog, BCM!

  3. SOunds good, haven't heard of it before but its going on my list!!!

  4. This sounds like such a great page turner!!

  5. I am really looking forward to this book. It sounds amazing.

  6. I am definitely intrigued. I downloaded the preview and am looking forward to getting a little taste. Thank you for sharing with us this is a new title for me and I love finding intriguing new reads :)

  7. I really enjoyed the interview with Lisa. Sadly, this has been a hard writing year for me too. Her speed-of-a-snail pace beats my speed-of-a-rock pace. lol

  8. This book sounds really interesting. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  9. Thanks for your interest, everyone!! See you all around the interwebs!

  10. A really great storyline and I would love to read this book.

    cenya2 at Hotmail dot com

  11. Sounds like a great read!!
    I can't wait to read Breaking Glass!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. The story sounds really intriguing! It seems like it will be a welcome break from all of the dystopian and YA romance that's been overwhelming my tbr pile lately. Added to tbr list!



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