Liliana Soare, Australian author of romantic action comedy novel Listen to the Heartbeat, is with us today. She has two children and a 10yo mongrel dog by the name of Dodi. Her (almost) 17yo daughter goes to TAFE and works part-time, her 22yo son is doing his doctorate in quantum computers. Liliana has two other novels awaiting publications later this year, and another one in early 2014. Let’s visit Liliana’s debut novel.
Hello Liliana, so glad to have you coming in. Would you be so kind to give readers a one-sentence synopsis of Listen to the Heartbeat ?
When two powerful business tycoons clash over an orphan’s love, one’s interests will endanger her life while the other’s will keep her alive. Which one will achieve what he wants?
Why is this a must read? How is this different from others of the same genre?
The action of the novel takes place in the ultra-rich world. A world that is fascinating to most of us, untouchable. The book brims with action, humor and snappy dialogues. It is a tale of love and betrayal that takes the readers through a provocative mix of events, and is aimed at women aged between 18 – 40 years. The characters display very strong personalities and constantly challenge each other throughout the novel. The evolution of their relationship will be very appealing to the readers.
Interesting. What compelled you to write this book, Liliana?
Just impulse. When I start writing a book, it’s just ‘on-the-spot-inspiration’. I only know how it begins. Whatever comes next, it’s just a blank page in my mind. It fills up as I go along. Sometimes it works, sometimes I stall for a very long time.
How real are your characters?
Well, not much. I must say I picked some very romantic, ideal characters that would make women dream. Both my heroes and my heroine are gorgeous, ultra-rich young people, but they do go through emotional turmoil, heartache, life blows, just like everybody else. So it’s easy for the reader to step in the characters’ shoes and get engrossed in the story.
How long did you develop the book to its final state?
It took me 16 days to write the book and probably ten times as much to finalise it. The work with the editors was painstaking, but very rewarding I must say. I have learnt a lot from it, a priceless lesson that I will use for all novels to come.
How did you come up with the title?
The title came up naturally from something that happens in the novel. I am very pleased that it fits so well, and it is so relevant to the book.
What’s your favourite paragraph of the book?
Dear God, that’s a good question. I doubt I could pick one, really. ‘Listen To The Heartbeat’ is my baby, I love it from the beginning to the end. If I were to start looking for a particular paragraph, I’d be at it for hours, and I’d still be undecided in the end. Why don’t you, dear readers, choose one for me instead? J
I’m sure they’ll have many favourite paragrahs, Liliana 🙂
Now, when did you first know you just had to write?
I find that most authors believe they had the gift of writing from the moment they were born. They nurtured it throughout their lives, started by writing essays, short stories, participated in all sort of literary activities, you name it. I didn’t have a clue that I could write novels. Then one day, some three years back, I sat down in front of my computer and started doing some bullet train typing, all because an idea had crossed my mind. It sounded fun. Obvious enough, my writing ability must have been born sometime along the way. Couldn’t tell when, because I know no reliable study to have researched the period of gestation of personal skills. One thing is certain, my aptitude had mellowed by the time I started writing my first novel. When I finished it, I thought it was a masterpiece. And a masterpiece it was, being the ripe fruit of my heart and soul. I still love it to pieces, even though it now sits on a shelf, full of dust that makes me sneeze and hazes my eyes with tears every time I look at it.
Who would you say have been the most influential authors in your life? What is it that really strikes you about their work?
It would definitely be Margaret Mitchell. I read ‘Gone with the wind’ so many times, I lost count. The first word that comes to my mind when I think about her writing is ‘perfection’. There is a purity and a simplicity in the flow of her words that I believe no other author was ever able to attain. Simply magnificent.
Any specific reason for writing romantic action comedy?
I think it naturally suits me. I can’t see myself writing something different. Not that I have ever tried…
What story would you like to share about the joy, challenge, or hardship of writing?
I believe that the purpose of writing has something infinite about it. Once the writing bug bit us, we authors fight our entire life to bridge the gap between our vision and its ultimate expression. A perpetual, painful challenge that clings to every word we write, yet the most rewarding experience.
Who gives you the most encouragement? Why is that important to you?
My children represent my greatest encouragement. Knowing that I can make them proud is the most wonderful feeling in the world.
What are you working on right now? Tell us your latest news.
I have just started a new novel, but since it is in its very early stages, I will stay tight-lipped. A little patience, I’m a fast writer. 🙂
Liliana, how much do you have in common with your protag?
Well, I am probably just as stubborn and loud-mouthed. But that’s about it.
What are your hobbies?
Now you are going to find my little secret. I’m absolutely crazy about fishing. I have six fishing rods and a mad fishing tackle kit. I could go fishing and be gone missing for days, that’s how much I am in love with it.
Who are you when you’re not writing? What is your other profession?
Staying at home and writing for the time being. I plan to start a business in the near future.
Who or what matters to you, Liliana?
First and foremost, my children. My relatives. My friends.
What one thing is important for your audience to know about you? Why?
I always strive to be original in everything I do, and that is reflected, I believe, in my writing as well. When I have first submitted ‘Listen to the heartbeat’ to my publisher, I have received an email in return from the head editor. This is what she had to say, I have to boast a little 🙂 , ‘You have an open invitation to send complete manuscripts to me any time you have something completed. If your complete work is a fraction as entertaining as your cover letters, your books are sure to be huge hits. Your emails make me smile and have cheered me up—they are indeed their own little works of art.’
Share with us some unique experiences about living in Sydney.
Well, I guess that everything about Sydney is unique, so every step I take around this beautiful city is a wonderful experience. From the sandy Bondi beach to Paddington’s terrace apartments with wrought iron lace balconies and leafy streets, to the Rocks district with its boutique shops and fine art galleries, and well beyond that, Sydney always has something magnificent to offer. I always enjoy walking around, and I think there’s never enough time to discover it all.
Any tips on reading and writing?
One advice that I would give to anyone: never, ever schedule your writing. There’s no set number of hours of writing a day that can bring quality to your work. Write only as much as you feel like, be that ten minutes or ten hours. Inspiration doesn’t follow a schedule.
Thank you so much for your time Liliana. Best wishes for your work!
Readers, I hope you have enjoyed meeting Liliana Soare. Her book Listen to The Heartbeat is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Musa Publishing. Liliana can be reach at her website, and come follow her on Shelfari, her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads.