Monday, August 22, 2011

Interview with David Liss

Last week I read The Twelfth Enchantment by David Liss which I loved, like love-it-so-much-I-wanna-marry-it loved. Thus, I'm psyched to share my interview with the author. Read on to learn more about him and his writing, and be sure to comment for another chance to win your own copy of The Twelfth Enchantment.

What was the plot of your very first piece of fiction?

The first piece of fiction I ever remember writing was in the second grade. I don't recall the details, but it involved a crashed spaceship and carnivorous plants. The carnivorous plant phase lasted until about the 4th grade.

Do you have any writing rituals or routines?

I am a morning writer. Regardless of what time I get up, I begin to run out of steam around noon, so I like to get to work as early as I can. In the mornings I write at a local coffee shop, where they take ridiculously good care of me, even reserving my space every day. I work on my prose fiction for about four hours, eat lunch, and then get to work on the comics side of my career. I do this until it's time to start the after-school parenting shift.

Was The Twelfth Enchantment the original title of your book?

No, the original title was The Darkening Green, which is taken from a Blake poem.

As you were writing The Twelfth Enchantment, was there a particular scene or character that surprised you?

I think most characters tend to evolve in ways their writers don't entirely suspect. I don't know that it surprised me, because I knew it had to go that way, but I did really enjoy Byron's arc. He was always such an interesting character to work on since he is always a little bit good and a little bit (or a lot) bad. Writing a character like that, and keeping him human, is always tricky, and I enjoyed walking that line.

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

I'm a little bit of a fitness nut, and I spend an hour and a half at the gym every day. I love to cook, drink good wine, spend time with friends and family, spend time outdoors (at least when there is not a triple-digit heatwave going on) and, of course, read.

Read any good books recently?

Some recent titles I've enjoyed include The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler, Diabolical by Hank Schwaeble, Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett, The Devil's Plaything by Matt Richtel and Witches on the Road Tonight by Sheri Holman.

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My thanks to Mr. Liss for his time. For more reviews and info about the book, check out the blog tour.


I'm so excited to offer a copy of The Twelfth Enchantment to one lucky reader. To enter, simply leave a comment. Open to US/CA readers, closes 9/2. For another entry, comment on my review.


  1. I am so very curious about this book, and have added it to my list. This interview was a nice bonus too!

  2. Ooh, count me in for the giveaway please! I almost missed out!


  3. This book sounds amazing!

  4. Just reiterating that my extreme desire to read this novel can be laid solely at your feet, Audra!

    Nice interview - I'm curious about the Blake poem he mentioned. :D

  5. 3 digit heatweave, oh, I would surely die. But then I come from the land of ice :=)

  6. Liss is an author I've been meaning to read for several years, so I'd love to win this one. Thanks! nomadreaderblog at g mail

  7. This book is on my wishlist. Thanks for the giveaway!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  8. love-it-so-much-I-wanna-marry-it loved - LOL - want to engage this one too!

    the title, The Darkening Green, sounds just as mysterious as this one.
    vvb32 at

  9. This book sounds really interesting! Please include me in the giveaway!

  10. Great interview! Sounds like a great book!


  11. Wonderful interview. Definitely interested in a chance to win this one.

    Thanks, Audra.


  12. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  13. I am relieved that my kid only has a truck phase. I can't imagine trying to get him a carnivorous plant toy for his birthdays. =P I'm excited to read a book that earned such an enthusiastic review.

    tiredwkids at live dot com

  14. What a great sounding book and loved the interview. Please count me in Audra; thanks

    bibliophilebythesea AT gmail DOT com

  15. Nice interview - I love learning about the non-writing lives of authors. I'm really looking forward to reading THE TWELFTH ENCHANTMENT. I already know that Liss is a terrific author, but I think this book sounds like so much fun! Thank you for the chance(s) to win a copy!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  16. Sounds like a great book - please enter me in the draw!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. I always love your interviews. This is no exception. Thanks for another opportunity to win the book.

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  19. Nice interview. I'd love to read this book.
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  20. I left a comment on your review post of The Twelfth Enchantment.
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  21. This is a really good interview -- I like your questions!

    And maybe I'll win the book and will love it so much I want to marry it too.

    giliond at oandc dot com

    Rose City Reader

  22. Great interview! I enjoyed reading this book and it's very nice to find out a bit more about the author. Thanks. (Don't enter me for the giveaway).

  23. Count me in! Thanks :)


  24. I am an avid David Liss fan, and would love to win a copy of his newest book! Thank you for this opportunity!!

  25. Amen to characters elvoving in unexpected ways. Sometimes I let them guide me, since they're the ones who experienced the tale. I'm just writing it down. But that's not to say I let them steer me off course. I always have them on a leash yet where they lead can often really bolster the entire story. Writing is a mutual craft, I'd say.

    Please include me in the chance of a giveaway. With an endorsement like that how can one refuse?

  26. Hi! I've always been curious about David Liss, so I was very impressed that you got him on with an interview. Wonderful questions, too, btw.
    I especially loved his answer about his work routine, didn't you? I've seen people writing in Borders and restaurants and wondered if they were authors...
    Truthfully, I've looked at this book and wished I could read it several times, but my husband has been out of work going on 4 yrs. and the economic forcast isn't looking much better. So, I don't buy books anymore. I find other ways to get them from authors and netgalley, etc. I would love to read this one. Eventually, I'll find it somewhere. So, you should give it to one who deserves it.
    Happy to meet you and hope you'll visit me sometime on my blog at:
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