If you haven’t read the debut novel THE LIAR SOCIETY by Lisa and Laura Roecker, you’re definitely missing out. The cover is awesome and the book is.. just wow. So read my interview with the sisters behind the book and make sure you get yourself a copy!
IceyBooks: Describe The Liar Society in 7 words.
Lisa and Laura: Dead BFF emails; search for truth begins!
IB: Where did you find the inspiration for The Liar Society?
Laura: I’ll let Lisa explain because our answers will be pretty much identical.
Lisa: I lost someone close to me and started sending him random e-mails about what was happening in my life and how much we missed him. The Liar Society was born when I wondered what might happen if he wrote me back.
IB: How did you two decide to work together and write a novel?
Laura: We have both always wanted to write a book. But it was only until we decided to team up that things started happening. It was one of those, “Are you still serious about this?” “Yes, I’m still serious about this.” situations and once we confirmed we were on the same page, we began outlining. Turns out writing a book is easy, writing a good book is hard. The first one should be burnt, but the second one is The Liar Society.
Lisa: We were bored and we wanted to do something cool and this was pretty much the only thing we were qualified to do outside of shopping and we couldn’t really afford to be professional shoppers, so here we are!
IB: Was it difficult to write with your sister? Was there a lot of arguing?
Laura: The difficult part was the writing, not the writing with your sister. Whenever we go to write a book, there are always words we throw away–usually around 20,000 of them. We call it a writing exercise so it doesn’t feel like a gigantic waste of time. I honestly can’t remember one argument we’ve had. We’re sometimes snippy with each other, but it’s usually only around the time when we’re plotting and annoyed if something isn’t working.
Lisa: Laura asks really annoying questions, but aside from that we honestly never argue. It’s kind of like we’re the same person. Which is actually pretty creepy.
IB: As debut authors, what kind of advice do you have for other aspiring young writers?
Laura: Find an amazing beta reader. There will come a point in your writing where you will get too close to the story and need an outside opinion. It feels incredible to be able to ship off the manuscript to a great beta.
Lisa: Be active in the writing community and open to feedback. You’ll need all the support you can muster up to get your writing published.
IB: What is your favorite part of nature, the sky, the trees, the wind, the earth…?
Laura and Lisa: All of the colors. Since we’ve begun writing, I’ve become much more observant. I am in awe of all of the different colors nature offers up.
IB: If you could transport to any country and any time period, which would it be and why?
Laura: I’d like to transport to the United States in 300 years, just to see what’s changed. But then I think I’d want to come back. Who knows what I’d be walking into!
Lisa: Hmmm…I have a fondness for indoor plumbing, so I think I’d opt for Italy in the sixties.
IB: Tell us a little bit about yourselves.
Laura: I have a daughter named Lydia and a fabulous husband who doesn’t give me too hard of a time when I’m connected to my computer. My favorite season is spring and I love the color blue. I also love a good deal and hit up TJ Maxx and Homegoods more often than I care to admit.
Lisa: I have three kids and an amazingly supportive husband and a love of Bravo’s crappy reality shows. And ice cream. Lots of ice cream.
Thanks for taking the time to tell me and my readers a little about yourselves, Lisa and Laura! The sisters-turned-writing partner’s debut novel The Liar Society just released this week!