Author Interview: Wheels by Lorijo Metz + Giveaway

Welcome to Author Lorijo Metz

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.

WHEELS is Lorijo’s first YA novel and first venture into indie publishing. The book review site, Pocketful of Books, called WHEELS “Brilliant” and said, “It is one I know I’ll re-read, which isn’t something I say about a lot of books.” SFNetcast picked WHEELS as its June, Indie book of the month. The paperback addition of WHEELS will be available in August 2012.

Lorijo is also the author of 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.

In 2013, Lorijo will make 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.



If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I’d stay right here. The future will come soon enough, and I’ve already visited the past.
Skittles or M&Ms?
Peanut or Almond M&Ms…I’m a vegetarian. I need my protein.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I write stories I want to read, with worlds I can get lost in and characters I hate to part with; add to that a touch of humor, some YA angst, a little romance and a lot of adventure—if all that sounds good, then WHEELS is the book for you.
How did you know you should become an author?
LOL! I didn’t so much know, as I was told. If you read the About Me page on my website (, you’ll understand. Suffice it to say, I had no choice in the matter.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Learn to accept criticism. Show your work to other writers (preferably better ones than yourself), listen to what they say and then go back and edit, edit and edit once again! Writing groups like SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators— are invaluable resources. Through SCBWI, I met other writers and learned about the business of writing.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
WHEELS has received some wonderful, unsolicited reviews on Amazon, which thrills me. I’m sure, given enough time, there will be haters too. (That’s where learning to take criticism comes in very handy! You can’t please everyone.) Perhaps my favorite review of all time, however, was for Floridius Bloom and the Planet of Gloom. A young mother told me her son sleeps with my book under his pillow every night. 
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
I especially loved two series by author, C. S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia and the Cosmic Trilogy(specifically, Perelandra). The writings of C. S. Lewis continue to influence my writing and my spiritual beliefs.
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Read Chapter 7 of WHEELS and then listen to Magic Carpet Ride Technoversion. (You can buy on iTunes or check it out on YouTube at:
What is your favorite Quote?
“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” By Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the US (1872-1933)
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
1.      C. S. Lewis: Because he was my first inspiration
2.      Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, and Philip Pullman: Because I can only ever aspire to their vast imaginations. (And they are all equally my number 2)
3.      Erin Morgenstern, author of the Night Circus: Because her writing is so beautiful, I want to cry!
How do you react to a bad review?
I cry, I doubt my writing and myself, and I get depressed—then I get over it. My first bad review was the best thing that ever happened to me. It made me realize that no matter what anyone else thought about my writing, I still wanted to write. I had found my passion and no one could take it away from me. That’s a great feeling.
If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
The Time Machineby H.G. Wells because he’s, like, the godfather of Science Fiction!
Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
Every morning my dog, Henry, and I walk 2 miles to the coffee shop where we’ll sit with friends for the next hour sipping coffee, laughing loudly (not at the same time, mind you) and solving all the world’s problems. (Actually, Henry doesn’t drink coffee or talk politics, he begs for food.) After that we walk home and by 11 a.m. Henry is napping and I’m sitting at my desk where I’ll spend the rest of the day, until about 7 p.m., either writing, editing or working on marketing. (In between, I drink copious amounts of green tea.) After that, it’s dinner and a night out with my husband or catching up on TV shows like Game of Thrones. Then finally it’s bedtime—my favorite time of the day because it’s when I read.
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
Gossip Girl and True Blood.

Favorite smell?
Freshly ground coffee
Print or Ebook?

PC or Mac?
Hands down, I’m a Mac girl.

What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Reading or writing, or sitting outside under an awning with my friends, drinking coffee.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I can’t spell. (On the other hand, maybe they wouldn’t be surprised J)

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.

Giveaway Details:
1 paperback copy open to US only
1 ebook open Internationally
Ends 10/9/12

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