Writing, // February 20, 2015
Denise Liebig – WRITER
Interview with writer Denise Liebig —
1. Who are you and what do you do?
Hi, I’m Denise Liebig, and I write fiction. My current book, “Dear Maude,” is the first in a trilogy with the second book coming out later in 2015.
2. Why writing?
Writing, for me, is my “go-to” form of expression. It’s both a creative outlet and a way for me to put things into perspective. I also paint and find that art is often what inspires my writing.
3. What is your earliest memory of wanting to be a writer?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to write in some form. My favorite subject in school was creative writing, and I especially enjoyed adding an illustration to my stories.
4. What are your favorite subject(s) and style(s)?
I enjoy strong female characters; especially those who must travel outside their comfort zones. Books that are set in other time periods and countries are also favorites, including works of historical fiction. I like mysteries or mysterious elements, as well. I don’t have a specific style preference, but I do enjoy a book that sucks me in and takes me somewhere else in my imagination.
5. How do you work and approach your subject?
Before I start writing, I spend a considerable amount of time researching. My trilogy has many historical elements, and I researched these time frames before and after I started writing. I’m constantly reading non-fiction books, googling and watching documentaries and costume dramas to better understand the social and historical side of the subject I’m writing about. I’m kind of a research nerd and find a lot of satisfaction in doing it.
6. What are your favorite written works, writers?
Beatrix Potter has always been one of my favorites. From an early age, I enjoyed having books read to me. There’s just something about how the spoken word can carry the imagination away. I enjoy a good illustration, as well. F. Scott Fitzgerald is another favorite. Art deco, flappers and anything from the 1920s fascinate me. Fitzgerald was a good spokesman for the time. Another author I enjoy is Agatha Christie. I became hooked on mysteries due to her stories, plus I like her writing style. I have always appreciated stories written about another time and/or place and feel that has greatly influenced my own writing.
7. What are the best responses you have had to your work?
It’s a great feeling when someone takes the time out of his/her day to talk about my book and its characters. I have received many wonderful responses and appreciate it when people say that they are looking forward to the next book. That makes it all seem worthwhile.
8. What do you like about your work?
I enjoy writing and am grateful that I have the opportunity to do what I love. Plus, it’s a good excuse to perform a little research. I have always been interested in life during the early 1900s. So, for my book, “Dear Maude,” I combined the research I collected on this period and created a story around it. I enjoyed the main character, Emily, so much that I carried her story on in two more books; the first of which is now being edited. It’s all a creative process in its many forms, and I really do enjoy it.
9. What advice would you give to other writers?
My advice would be to write something every day. It doesn’t have to be anything substantial – a journal entry or short poem work well. The more you write, the better your skills become. I would also recommend having someone else critique your work. We tend to get too close to what we write and need another set of eyes to gain a fresh perspective on our writing. Beyond all else, my advice is to just keep writing.
10. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
I see myself typing away on my laptop or old typewriter somewhere, traveling and publishing more books.
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