In the almost 5 years since Conversations came out, I have read it, at minimum, 25 times. The other two aren't far behind. Something about Liza's writing style grips me from page one, and her characters are complex and beautiful. They are flawed yet sympathetic. Confused, but strong. Amazing women who are insecure and loving and powerful and frightened and REAL.
After Seeing Me Naked came out, I emailed Liza to give her some fanmail (cause who doesn't love that?). Here is a part of what I wrote - I can't put in any better than this:
And once again....the characters you write are amazingly complex, sympathetic, and I can see parts of myself in almost all of them. Even the characters I want to dislike have redeeming qualities, and I find myself wishing them well and with all characters, imagining the great lives they have coming. I cry with them, laugh at them, and at times, want to sit them down and give them a dose of reality.For me, letting a talented author know how much I love her work was enough. Imagine my surprise when she not only responded, but made my day when I got her reply:
Thank you for creating these lovely worlds of people and places, and letting your readers explore them for a while.
Okay, so this is officially the awesomest email ever. Seriously. What a...lovely, lovely thing (things?) to say. It has soo made my day. Just lovely...i can't stop saying lovely-i know more words, i assure you.I also got a signed copy of the UK print of Seeing Me Naked.
I'm working on Book three right now-and this is by far the highlight of my day.
You're awesome--thank you so much.
Not only does Liza write amazing books, but she cares about her fans. We have definitely had a few Twitter conversations (Billy Squier love!) and she just seems like the most down-to-earth, fun person.
For me, that's icing on the fabulously written cake. Knowing an author is so...human...makes her so much more appealing to read, because it makes all her words feel real.
And I can't wait to read whatever she releases next.