Sunday, May 15, 2011

Guest post by Liz Borino, Author of Expectations

Favorite Part of Being an Author

What is your favorite part of being an author? I just asked a friend this question and thought I’d answer it for all of you. Let’s see, is it needing to borrow money all time? No, probably not. That’s less than fun. How about eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for two meals a day? The weight loss was fantastic…but no. Is it editing until you bleed? Actually, yes, that’s part of it. I know I’m in the minority here, but I absolutely love editing my own work. I’m sorry, I should clarify. I love editing my work after I get over the ‘how dare anyone tell me there’s something wrong with my baby’ feeling.

Editing allows my vision for my story to emerge. For the writers who hate editing, think of it this way: have you ever said something in the heat of the moment? I mean something that may have ended a relationship or got you a failing grade. Those weren’t the outcomes you wanted. In writing, the rough draft is the moment of regret and editing is your do-over. We can all use a do-over every now and again, right?

That vision I talked about, it’s pretty important. It is, in fact, the majority of the reason I get up to write. Every scene I write is there to emotionally engage the audience. If Chris and Matt are having an argument, I’d hate to have my readers laughing. When Chris and Aiden are making love, I wouldn’t want people to become angry. Unless…well you know…

So, back to the original question: What’s my favorite part of being an author? I love having the ability to make people really feel things with my words. I believe stories have a binding power. They’re something we can all relate to. When a writer does an outstanding job with their characters, you feel exactly what they’re feeling, be it love, desire, or heartbreak. I’d be thrilled it if readers came away questioning what they believed. Or maybe, my books reaffirmed how they already felt. Hopefully, my readers become almost as engaged with my books as I am.
I invite you to read my books and share in my vision. Get to know my boys and see if they don’t challenge you. Thank you.

Liz Borino is the debut author of Expectations and its sequel, What Money Can’t Buy published by Lazy Day. Throughout her education, including a Bachelor’s Degree from Hofstra University, she’s kept her stories to herself, but this only child is all grown up and wants to share them with the world. Her roots are in Bethlehem, Pa, but she loves to experience new cultures. As fun as that is, Liz likes nothing better than curling up at home with a good book or her work in progress.

Expectations blurb: Expectations depicts the struggle between what we desire for ourselves and our familial obligations. The struggle is personified by Chris and Matt Taylor, identical twins, who are trying to win their overbearing father’s approval and acquire their trust funds. Love, money, and desire collide as Matt and Chris decide what’s really important to them. Amazon

What Money Can’t Buy blurb: What Money Can’t Buy, the sequel to Expectations, finds the two couples, Chris and Aiden and Matt and Carley, eagerly anticipating parenthood. However, their personal struggles continue. Though Matt overcame his dependency on alcohol, new temptations present themselves. And with Carley on bed rest, these temptations put a greater strain on their relationship. Chris continues to deal with issues regarding his father. These issues increase with greater proximity. When tragedy strikes, the best and worst in everyone is revealed. Can they stick together, or will their reactions tear them apart?

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