New Book Out October 11

It’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged. Writing my new book + motherhood + teaching took me away from being online too much this past year, but I anticipate a redesign coming up and spending more time here chatting about books, writing, overbearing mothers, love, surfing, and other subjects.
Meanwhile, my third book and the final installment in my “mother-daughter trilogy” — three books, three genres — is arriving Tuesday, October 11th, 2016. It’s called Seeing As Your Shoes Are Soon To Be On Fire and, if inclined, you should totally order it from your favorite indie bookstore.

Special Event! One-Day Writing & Yoga Retreat at Beautiful Land of Medicine Buddha

Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Write your book, finish your screenplay, enhance your poetry, tell your story, get that ‘thing’ done (teacher training manual, dissertation, or whatever you’re feeling stuck on)! Get past saying, “one day” and make that day this day….
I will be leading the writing/workshops portion of a writing and yoga retreat. Open to all writers from aspiring to award-winning. This retreat will be beneficial for experienced writers to the newbie wanting to learn more. New yogis or advanced practitioners are welcome. This will also be great for someone just feeling ‘stuck energy’ in their life and could use the space to do some soul searching, release, and gain renewal and clarity.
More information here and here
Investment: Register by Sept. 15th – $125 (includes all workshops, lunch, access to stunning Land of Medicine Buddha facilities such as hot tub, sauna, and pool) After Sept. 15th the cost will be a sliding scale of $150-$200.
Payment can be made via cash, check, or paypal.
Contact me at liza DOT monroy AT gmail DOT com to register and save your spot – or just click here for a trip to PayPal.

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The Marriage Act in Counterpoint/Soft Skull Winter ’14 Catalog


Columbus Dispatch Q&A

Back when I was in residence in the fall at the Thurber House, the Columbus Dispatch interviewed me about The Marriage Act and other things. Here is the link to the Q&A!

Ending the year with good news

I’m so excited to announce my second book! From Publishers Marketplace:
December 14, 2012
Liza Monroy’s THE MARRIAGE ACT, about the author’s years spent wed to her Middle Eastern gay best friend in order to keep him in the United States, while her mother worked for the US Government preventing immigration fraud, to Delia Casa at Skyhorse, for publication in fall 2013, by Jennifer Lyons at the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency (World except German and Korean).

Cool news.

It’s a good day for optioning things! Here’s my latest news via Publishers Marketplace
November 1, 2012
Film rights
Liza Monroy’s THE PROFILER, a fictional, romantic comedy spin off of a novel-in-progress along a similar storyline as Monroy’s NYT Modern Love column “When Mom Is on the Scent, and Right,” about her mother, a professional profiler, who tries to find the perfect man for Liza via profiling techniques only to have it turned around on her, to Douglas Banker and Alex Garinger of Five All in the Fifth Entertainment, by Michael Cendejas of the Lynn Pleshette Agency in association with Jennifer Lyons of the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.
November 1, 2012
Television rights
Liza Monroy’s MEXICAN HIGH, pitched in the vein of Gossip Girl set in an elite upper class international school in Mexico City, starring a teenage American protagonist who gains entree into this exciting, glamorous, and often dangerous world when her US diplomat mother is transferred to the Embassy there, to Charlie Matthau at Matthau Media, by Michael Cendejas at The Lynn Pleshette Agency working with Jennifer Lyons at The Jennifer Lyons Agency.

The Faster Times review of David Goodwillie’s American Subversive

I’ve been a fan of David Goodwillie’s writing since his first book, the memoir Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, which is set in 1990s New York. The memoir covers the author’s years as a minor-league baseball player, private eye, and Sotheby’s auction house expert, all part of his journey to become a writer. When he finally gets a break, he ends up being chased by the Mafia for publishing an article about them. It also offers a broader look into NYC in a bygone gilded age. So when I heard DG was coming out with a novel I was excited. It’s published in April and it covers some very different (as well as similar) terrain as the memoir, and it’s incredibly imaginative. I reviewed American Subversive for The Faster Times.

It’s here!

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One Big Happy Family

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