Welcome to the blog, Lorijo Metz. Lorijo is the young adult author of the book Wheels, which was published earlier in 2012. Read the interview below to learn more about her.
I live with my husband and little brown dog in a suburb just north of Chicago, IL. Though I have a degree in acting and directing, I much prefer the anonymity of the keyboard, allowing my characters to revel in the spotlight while I sit quietly sipping tea or coffee, nibbling on cookies, and dreaming up new ways to complicate their lives.
In addition to WHEELS, I am the author of the picture book Floridius Bloom and the Planet of Gloom, illustrated by Matt Phelan and published by Dial Books for Young Readers. I’ve also written over 25 nonfiction, educational books for kids, published by Powerkids Press. In 2013, I will be making my début as a lyricist on children’s singer and songwriter, Owen Duggan’s new cd, Puppy Dog Jig, for which I wrote the lyrics for the title track.
Why do you write?
LOL! Why do I write? Suffice it to say, I have no choice in the matter. If you read the About Me page on my website (http://www.lorijometz.com/About_Me.html), you’ll understand.
Do you have a favourite line or two from one of your book(s)? What is it?
I love the opening poem from Floridius Bloom and the Planet of Gloom. You can read it below, or hear me read it on YouTube at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVoG03rljDs
A tiny star fell
to the planet of Gloom,
into the yard
of Floridius Bloom.
Shining so brightly
it pierced Gloom’s gray night,
and Floridius thought,
“I must have this Light!”
So a wall he began
and he built it so tall,
that it captured the Light—
encircled it all.
What is your favourite thing about writing?
Power! The ability to create whatever I want is completely open and up to me. (It’s sort of a God complex thing.)
How do you relax after a long day of writing?
My absolute favourite time of the day is bedtime. I make a warm glass of milk, go to bed and read!
How many finished stories did you write before seeing your first book published? Do you think you'll ever go back to them and try again?
I wrote 3 epically long picture books for my daughter that will never see the light of day, then I wrote Floridius Bloom and the Planet of Gloom, and after approximatly 25 rejections, it was picked up by Dial Books For Young Readers.
If you weren't writing what do you think you'd be doing?
Drinking…coffee—I’d be drinking coffee! Honestly, the only thing I can think of is acting or being absolutely miserable.
What is your favourite TV show? Favourite movie?
When I was a teen, I watched Chariots of Fire 9 times in a row. I have no idea why. When the new Star Trek movie came out, I went to see it 5 times in 3 days. I love Star Trek. It’s my happy place.
What is the first line of the first book in your bookcase?
Pup is up.
(From Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss)
What was the last thing you ate? Did you enjoy it?
I just ate 3 Chocolate Chip cookies, which I enjoyed very, very much!
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What advice would you give your teen readers about life?
That’s a great question. I thought you were going to ask me for advice about writing. I’m so glad you didn’t. Here goes…
When I was young, I used to worry about fitting in and making friends. I imagined that it must have something to do with looking a certain way or saying something especially witty or interesting. Then, somewhere along the way, I stopped focusing on me and I started focusing on others. Being of service to others, that is…whether it’s sharing a smile, listening to someone complain about their day, or offering to lend a hand, when possible—being of service is the surest way to make friends. More importantly, it’s also the surest way to end up liking yourself.
Thank you for sharing with us, Lorijo! Here is some more information on Lorijo Metz. and her book Wheels:
Summary for wheels:
McKenzie Wu doesn’t know her great-great grandmother married an alien or that her great-great-great uncle is alive and systematically eliminating a race of beings on a tiny planet light years away—she has enough to worry about. Molecules keep rearranging themselves to suit her slightest wish, but only at the most inconvenient times. If that weren't enough, she’s been dreaming about an accident; one she’s had no memory of until now and, if true, means McKenzie is responsible for her mother’s death.
When McKenzie stumbles upon a portal, transporting her and her friend Hayes to the tiny planet of Circanthos, she learns the inhabitants believe she is the “One” destined to save them from H.G. Wells, a name that sounds strangely familiar, and his Tsendi warriors. But while her newfound ability might give her superhero status back on Earth, halfway across the galaxy it’s commonplace—all Circanthians can particle-weave—and if they can’t stop H.G. Wells, what can she hope to do?
With the portal closed and no idea how to get home, McKenzie must learn to use a power she does not want and accept her mysterious past, or risk losing everything—her father’s love, her new alien friends and the boy.
WHEELS is a sci-fi adventure filled with mystery and romance—a coming-of-age tale that proves it takes more than super powers to save a planet.
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Lorijo Metz lives with her husband and little brown dog in a hamlet just north of Chicago, IL. Though she has a degree in acting and directing, she much prefers the anonymity of the keyboard, allowing her characters to revel in the spotlight while she sits quietly sipping tea or coffee, nibbling on cookies, and dreaming up ways to complicate their lives.
Lorijo is the author of the picture book Floridius Bloom and the Planet of Gloom, illustrated by Matt Phelan and published by Dial Books for Young Readers; as well as the author of over 25 nonfiction, educational books for kids, published by Powerkids Press.
WHEELS is her first YA novel and first venture into indie publishing. In 2013, Lorijo will have another first as she makes her début as a lyricist on children’s singer and songwriter, Owen Duggan’s new cd, Puppy Dog Jig, for which she wrote the lyrics for the title track.
To find out more about Lorijo, visit her on her website at: www.Lorijometz.com.
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