Meowdy. I am absolutely thrilled to be involved in the first ever IQARUS Con, and the timing couldn’t be better. I have a new book coming out just twelve days before the convention. What better way to celebrate my new release than sharing it with all of the wonderful folx at IQARUS!
Sales pitch aside, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Liz Faraim. I use the pronouns she/her, live in the East Bay area of California, and do most of my writing in the wee hours of the morning before sunrise. I have one grumpy chonker of a cat named Harvey, another cat that is a ginger ball of energy named Daisy, plus a two-legged human son and an amazing wife. We (the humans, not the cats) like to explore the beautiful natural areas hidden between cities around here, sometimes even taking to the sea (we definitely don’t bring the cats along for that).
One thing that helps us explore and find fun new places is Geocaching, which I write a little bit about in my book, Canopy. I prefer geocaching in remote areas because I am such an introvert that I don’t want people wondering what the heck I am doing as I search in shrubbery, around rocks, behind guardrails, and even inside hollow fenceposts. If you haven’t geocached before and want to try something new, I highly recommend it. The hides go from super accessible to extremely difficult, and you can filter the map based on your preference. No, the people at Geocaching.com have not paid me to endorse their site, I just really like the activity and hope more people will try it out.
Balancing all life has to offer has been a challenge during the unique times that we are living in, so I hope you’ve all found some great books to help you make it through.
Now, I am so excited! I get to read an excerpt at IQARUS from my new release, Stitches and Sepsis, which is book two in the Vivian Chastain series. The book picks up right in the middle of a confrontation between Vivian and a man who has been following her for days. Vivian is a savvy veteran, and not one to be trifled with, as the man soon finds out.
Top 10 Tidbits About Stitches and Sepsis:
- The main event that Stitches and Sepsis revolves around was originally crammed into Canopy (book 1). My mentor, Pat Henshaw, wisely told me to pull that massive scene out of Canopy and give it room to breathe in book two.
- Stitches and Sepsis takes place in Sacramento, Morro Bay, and Briones Regional Park.
- Vivian finds a new love interest.
- The haters come to town during Pride, and Vivian does her part to make sure they don’t ruin the festival.
- Sexy shower scene!
- Vivian gets an involuntary, drastically new hairstyle.
- I kill off a character for the first time.
- Drag kings!
- Steri-Strips and super glue don’t always make the best stitches.
- I had to research how to remove a foley catheter while writing this book.
I truly hope you will tune in to my reading on May 8th (May 9 in Australia and New Zealand), and stick around for the Q&A at the bottom of the hour.
Liz (she/her) has a full plate between balancing a day job, parenting, writing, and finding some semblance of a social life. In past lives she has been a soldier, a bartender, a shoe salesperson, an assistant museum curator, and even a driving instructor. She focuses her writing on strong, queer, female leads who don’t back down.
Liz transplanted to California from New York over thirty years ago, and now lives in the East Bay Area. She enjoys exploring nature with her wife and son.
She will be reading as part of ‘A Little Bit of Everything; Queer contemporary’ (Reading B2)
Check out the full schedule HERE