Liz Fichera

1. Coffee or Tea?
Can’t a girl have both? Actually, I prefer tea in the morning and coffee in the afternoon. When it’s summertime in the desert where I live—and I’m talking triple-digit temperatures—I drink gobs of iced coffee.
2. If you could go back in the past and talk to your high school self, what advice would you give yourself?
Lighten up. That’s what I’d like to tell my sixteen-year-old self. I was such a serious kid, my nose always buried in a book or studying for some math or chemistry test that I’ve probably yet to apply in the real world. Oh, and go to art school, but that’s a really long story.
3. When you’re not writing, what do you like to do to kick back and relax?
Believe it or not, I’m one of those freakazoids who really and truly likes to run. I’m not talking marathon runner, please, but I like to run in the desert. It’s the only time my mind can go a little blank. Other than running, my husband and I like to go to local theatre productions in Phoenix where I write reviews for several Phoenix blogs.
4. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve done for the sake of research?
While researching for CAPTIVE SPIRIT, I tried preparing and eating some of the food that Aiyana and the Hohokam Indians ate when they lived in the Sonoran Desert. Keep in mind the Hohokam lived around 1500 AD, so we’re not talking vanilla ice cream with fudge sauce. They would have eaten things like cactus berries, mule deer, and agave. While I’m not much for deer meat, I did try roasted agave. It’s like a cross between cucumber and squash. Not bad, actually!
5. If CAPTIVE SPIRIT were made into a movie, who would play the hero and heroine?
Hero is easy: I pictured Adam Beach in my mind for Honovi from the start. I think Adam Beach of SMOKE SIGNALS fame is all sorts of hot. Plus, he’s so talented to boot. The heroine is harder. I had a picture in my mind for Aiyana, and the Carina Press design team nailed it with the cover art. The woman on my book cover is exactly as I pictured Aiyana, right down to the unusual green eyes.
6. What inspired you to write CAPTIVE SPIRIT?
My inspiration came from a little known piece of history regarding the Hohokam Indians. The Hohokam lived in the Sonoran Desert in what is now known as Arizona from 300 BC to around 1500 AD. For some reason, they left their villages and fields and no one really knows why. There are all sorts of theories—drought, famine, war, migration—but no one knows why this thriving population up and left their whole lives behind. Archaeologists and historians still ponder it to this day. Plus, my sister kept asking me “what happens next?” after every time she finished a new chapter.
7. Okay, give us the back cover copy. What’s CAPTIVE SPIRIT about?
Sonoran Desert. Dawn of the sixteenth century.
Aiyana isn’t like the other girls of the White Ant Clan. Instead of keeping house, she longs to compete on the Ball Court with her best friend Honovi and the other boys. Instead of marriage, she daydreams of traveling beyond the mountains that surround her small village. Only Honovi knows and shares her forbidden wish, though Aiyana doesn’t realize her friend has a secret wish of his own…
When Aiyana’s father arranges her marriage to a man she hardly knows, she takes the advice of a tribal elder: Run! In fleeing, she falls into the hands of Spanish raiders and finds herself being taken over the mountains against her will. Now Aiyana’s on a quest to return to the very place she once dreamed of escaping. And she’ll do whatever it takes to survive and find her way back to the people she loves.

I keep the first chapter of CAPTIVE SPIRIT on my web site, along with a pretty cool book trailer. In fact, some of the shots you see in the book trailer are taken close to my home. Believe it or not, there are parts of Arizona that look pretty much the way it did over 500 years ago, practically untouched. It’s the perfect rugged setting for CAPTIVE SPIRIT.
Liz Fichera is an author from the American Southwest by way of Chicago. She likes to write stories about ordinary people who do extraordinary things, oftentimes against the backdrop of Native American legends. Her historical romance debut CAPTIVE SPIRIT is available from Carina Press. Please visit her web site at or hang out with her on Facebook or Twitter where she can be found dishing about books, writing, the best types of chocolate, hunks du jour, and LOST reruns.
Anyone who leaves a comment or asks a question on today’s blog will be entered into a drawing for a free digital copy of CAPTIVE SPIRIT.

Capturing Liz Fichera’s Spirit
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10 thoughts on “Capturing Liz Fichera’s Spirit

  • July 1, 2010 at 3:39 am

    The story sounds very interesting; I've always been fascinated with Indian culture and customs.

  • July 1, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Thanks, Host! Me, too. In Arizona, it's almost impossible to avoid. There are dozens of tribes, lots of history and Native American culture. My neighborhood is surrounded on two sides by Indian Reservations. The land and the people are simply gorgeous.

    Do you have any favorite cultures or customs?

  • July 1, 2010 at 7:37 am

    I can’t wait to get my hands on the book, it sounds vary interesting? Now, I have a whole list of questions for you?
    1. Do you plan on writing more novels about Native American’s and various tribes?
    2. Is there anything you’re writing right now that you intend to publish? If so, what is it about?
    3. My husband and I never had a honeymoon when we married 2 years ago. Now we are planning a belated honeymoon vacation and are looking at all the western states. What can you say about Arizona? What are some of the tourist attractions?
    4. I’ve been living in Chicago for 16 years now. I’ve lived everywhere from the city, to Oak Lawn, to Tinley Park, and more recently Matteson and Frankfurt. How long have you lived in Chicago and what neighborhood was it in? Do you miss any of it? What are some of the differences between Chicago live and Arizona life?
    5. How many copies of your book have you sold already?

    Sorry if some of the questions are too personal, if you don’t want to answer them, feel free not to. Have a wonderful day and I hope Captive Spirit becomes a Carina Press bestseller. *Fingers Crossed* 🙂

  • July 1, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Hi Lia,

    So nice to *see* you here! And such great questions!

    Q1 and 2. Native American novels. I have a YA novel with a Native American character currently on submission through my agent. Hopefully it will get published. But, time will tell. Most of my short stories and novels contain Native American characters and legends, but CAPTIVE SPIRIT is my debut.

    Q3. Arizona. It's a beautiful state–desert, mountains, rugged terrain; Phoenix is the fifth largest city. The state is HUGE. Where you visit depends on your tastes: The southern part of the state is desert; the northern part is mountainous with snow (yes, snow!) in the winter months. While visiting during the summer is generally cheaper because it gets so dang hot, I recommend the Fall and Spring months. There are lots of parks, museums, sporting events, restaurants. Depends on your tastes.

    Q4. I was born in Chicago but raised in Park Ridge, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. I lived there until I graduated college.

    Q5. Books sold. I really have no idea. This is all new to me. All I know is that CAPTIVE SPIRIT is for sale all over the Internet. And I assume that magicially a number will find its way to my publisher. Hopefully it's purchased by more than my mother and sister. 🙂

    *Hugs* Lia! Thanks for your interest and enthusiasm in my book. I really can't thank you enough.

  • July 1, 2010 at 9:49 am


    I love the picture of your hero…he is yummy!!!

    Looks like a great story, I'm hooked.

    in Germany

  • July 1, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Hi Valerie!,

    Adam Beach is truly hawt! If you love him, you'll love Honovi in my book! 🙂

    Thanks for the kind words!

  • July 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Sounds like a great read!
    I love that picture of Adam Beach.

  • July 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm


    That's probably my fav Adam Beach photo too–and he's got plenty of dreamy ones to choose from. Are you a fan of Adam's too?

    Thanks the encouraging words!

  • July 3, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Whoops, Liz asked me to announce this yesterday and I lost track of time. The winner of Liz's contest is:


    Congratulations, Lia! Please contact Liz through her website: to claim your prize.

  • July 13, 2010 at 6:23 am

    congrats Lia; I, too, think the pictures are very fine indeed.

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