Wednesday, September 12, 2012

{Book Spotlight/Interview} "Persistence of Vision" By Liesel K. Hill

In a world where collective hives are enslaving the population and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper, an independent 21st Century woman, must find the strength to preserve the freedom of the future, but without the aid of her memories. 

After experiencing a traumatic time loss, Maggie is plagued by a barrage of images she can't explain. When she's attacked by a creep with a spider's web tattoo, she is saved by Marcus, a man she's never met, but somehow remembers. He tells her that both he and her creepy attacker are from a future in which individuals are being murdered by collectives, and Marcus is part of the rebellion. The collectives have acquired time travel and they plan to enslave the human race throughout all of history. The flashes Maggie has been seeing are echoes of lost memories, and the information buried deep within them is instrumental in defeating the collective hives. 

In order to preserve the individuality of mankind, Maggie must try to re-discover stolen memories, re-kindle friendships she has no recollection of, and wade through her feelings for the mysterious Marcus, all while dodging the tattooed assassins the collectives keep sending her way. 

If Maggie can't fill the holes in her memory and find the answers to stop the collectives, the world both in her time and in all ages past and future will be doomed to enslavement in the grey, mediocre collectives. As the danger swirls around her and the collectives close in, Maggie realizes she must make a choice: stand out or fade away...

Interview with Liesel K. Hill:
1. {Twitter Challenge} In 140 characters or less describe your book
When individuals are hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie must preserve the freedom of the future, but without the aid of her memories. (I did exactly 140 characters. How good am I? :D)

2. What inspired you to write Persistence of Vision?
Two things. The very first part of the first chapter--where Maggie has a time-loss episode in Vegas--is actually a true story. My sister's co-worker had that exact thing happen to her and her husband. They were sure it was a tourist trap that had to do with not watching their mixed drinks be made. (Crazy scary, huh?) Anyway, my sister told me the story and my imagination just kind of went, "Huh. Well, what if..." Even after figuring out the main Maggie story line, I still felt like the story as a whole was incomplete. It needed another major element to off-set the first. My final semester in college I took a 'Literary Science Fiction' course. It was really fascinating. Most scifi (at least the literary stuff) has an agenda, and many of the pieces I read I actually didn't like because they had political agendas I didn't agree with. That said, I did like a few of them. And when I liked one, I really  liked it and it set my imagination afire. I became obsessed with thinking about the exact moment in time when a choice is made. What happens when someone who has been making really bad choices for so long suddenly decides to make a good one? What happens on a physical level? A psychological level? An emotional level? A human level? From that, David's story was born.

3. I noticed that the cover model is one of the "tattooed assassins". Is there a reason you chose to feature one of them on the cover instead of Maggie or Marcus (two of the main characters)?
No particular reason other than that it was a cool image. I wanted the cover to be dark and broody, and I told the art department at Tate Publishing about my creepy-looking assassins and they thought it would make a great cover image. I really thought it would only be one part of the image, rather than the entire thing, but I LOVE the way it turned out. It's so evocative. The only (somewhat) negative thing is that they made him kind of cute. I've had so many people (and by people, I mean women) look at the cover and go, "Ooh, he's cute!" I have to explain to them that he's the bad guy and not the kind of person you'd want to spend an evening with. Now ladies, stop lusting after him and start focusing on Marcus. Or maybe David. :D In all seriousness, though, I couldn't be happier with the way the cover turned out.

4. Do you have a ritual or routine you go through while writing? ( Ex. you write at a certain time, certain place, listen to certain must, eat or drink something specific every time, etc.,)
I sure do! When I'm getting ready to write, I have to do seven laps around my room, mediate on the Wheel of Time pictures I have hanging up, eat 2 ounces of dark chocolate, then stand on my head for 30 seconds and crack my knuckles...(crickets chirping). Don't worry, guys. I'm SOOO not serious! Actually I have a nine-to-five sort of job right now, so my writing takes place mostly on the weekends and a few evenings. I also just moved in with my sister and her 2-year-old, so I'm learning to write while balancing my laptop on one knee and keeping it away from a toddler's slapping hands. Other than that, my only routine is just to find a semi-quiet place (usually just sitting on my bed) and go for it! :D

5. What is the best thing that has happened to you since becoming an author? OR What is the best thing about being an author?
The best thing by far is getting a book picked up by a publisher! :D The best thing about being an author is the instant credibility. People find out you're writing a book and they immediately thing you're the Great and Powerful Oz and are willing to tell you anything. I dare you to try it. Start a conversation with "Hi there. I'm writing a book and I was wondering..." People will open right up to you, which is great as I've never been a particularly social person.

6. If you could be any paranormal creature what would you be and why?
Ooh, that's a tough one. Does shape-shifter count? That way you could be whatever you wanted. Rotate through the paranormal creatures, you know? :D

7. What is the weirdest thing you have used as a bookmark?
Probably food. I have a bad habit of snacking while reading. (I have to not do this with borrowed books because I end up getting stuff on the pages--and by stuff, I mean chocolate.) I've been known to set a bowl down on an open book to hold my place, or wrap up a half eaten granola bar and stick it between the pages. Needless to say, you can always tell which book is mine!

8. Daylight or Nighttime? Daylight

9. Rain or Sunshine? Definitely rain.

10. Coke or Pepsi? Root Beer

11. E-Book or Physical? Either, depending on the situation. 

12. Chocolate or Vanilla? Did I not mention my dark chocolate fetish earlier? :D

Thank you so much Liesel for joining me on the blog to do a super fun interview! I really enjoyed your answers and just FYI you are totally not borrowing books from me with those food bookmark habits LMAO. If you highly enjoyed this interview and spotlight as much as I have please feel free to leave some nice comments for Liesel below and make sure to click the links above to check out her and her novel.