Welcome to the Breaking Glass Blog Tour stop at Gizmo's Reviews.
If you haven't read my review of Breaking Glass yet, I encourage you to do so.
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to those who love a good Ghost Noir Mystery novel. Lisa has graciously offered to answer a few questions for me, and also there is a giveaway near the bottom of this post.
So, without further adieu, let's get right to the interview!
1. Please tell readers who haven't already read Breaking Glass why they should read it and what it is about:
Breaking Glass is about seventeen year old Jeremy Glass, track star and history nerd who hides his dark past and addictions behind the veneer of your basic affable guy. But the night his long time secret crush Susannah disappears everything changes. Jeremy is badly injured and becomes convinced his best friend Ryan, Susannah’s unfaithful boyfriend, might have killed her. Tormented by her mysterious absence, no one in his town seems to care except Jeremy, so he decides he is going to summon her from beyond the grave to solve her murder. Does he actually succeed or is it he delusional? That’s for the reader to find out.
2. Jeremy is such a self-destructive character and yet, you can't help want to hug him and tell him everything will be alright. Was Jeremy's character based on real life, or your evil imagination?
Pretty much one hundred percent from my twisted imagination!
3. You have a pretty interesting background in Graphic Design, what books have you designed in the past?
I was lucky enough to design my own cover as well as about eleven forthcoming covers for Spencer Hill Press, including Copper Girl, Extracted, Obsidian Pebble, Swamp Angel, The Other Tree, The 400 lb Gorilla, and the cover for my next release.
4. Is there something in your background that drove you into writing a ghost noir book like Breaking Glass?
Not really. I’m really the opposite of creepy and noir—I small and bubbly and rather silly! I do think despite my outward cheery appearance I have a sort of reflective and poetic soul, and think too much, so maybe that’s it. I think about weird stuff and the meaning of life and always want to know what makes everyone tick. This tends to get on peoples nerves so it’s easier to just make stuff up!
5. What is your favorite place to write and drown out everything else?
My favorite place to write is a public garden in the Bronx (yes I said the Bronx—I live in the northernmost very green and leafy tip of the Bronx in New York City). I like to go there, sit under a tree, plug in my headphones and drown out the world. I also love a long country drive—I think I have plotted most of my books that way.
6. Besides Vision which releases next year, is there anything else you are working on that you can give us a peek?
I do have an urban fantasy trilogy waiting in the wings, a non-paranormal YA murder mystery I am writing now, and a possible collaboration with very awesome fellow author. But that is just a possibility, not a definite thing.
BREAKING GLASS from Spencer Hill Press, July 2013
by Lisa Amowitz
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.
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.
(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.
We are also going to be making a free download of SHARDS, which is an illustrated preview of BREAKING GLASS. The link will be forthcoming, but here is the button: