Aurora: What was your inspiration behind your most recent novel?
Liza: I failed. And it’s like when you trip and somehow time stops as you’re falling to the ground – it was like that. It was such a slow descent to rock bottom that I almost felt robbed of the over-dramatic rending of garments scene that television and movies promised me. I was a stranger to myself. But, that… I think… it rebooted me? If that makes sense? And in the years – and it was YEARS – it took to climb out… I funneled it all into this book. A book I still can’t really talk about without getting choked up.
What character do you most relate to and why?
The main character of the novel, Joan Dixon. 100%. She’s lost and grieving who she once was, who she thought she was supposed to be and the fantasy life she thought would make her worthy and “important.” She’s also really funny, ready to love and let herself be loved and fiercely loyal. We crawled our way through this together and she means so much to me.
Please describe the content of your latest book and what can readers expect from the read.
The Nobodies is about a failed journalist who takes a job as a Junior Copywriter at a tech company. It’s a fish out of water story that anyone who’s ever failed and had to start over can relate to.
What’s next for you in the book world?
I am currently knee deep into Book 9 – many white boards, many index cards. I love every minute of it.
Who is your favorite writer right now and why?
Right this very minute I’m just finishing Sally Rooney’s amazing, Conversations with Friends. I absolutely love it and can’t wait to start her next one, Normal People.