{Tour} Hello? by Liza M. Wiemer (Character Interview + a Giveaway!)

Welcome to Swoony Boys Podcast! This is our stop on the Hello? Tour hosted by The Irish Banana . We have an awesome character interview and giveaway to share with you today and we can’t wait for you to get to know more about author, Liza M. Wiemer and this book! Ready to go?


{Tour} Hello? by Liza M. Wiemer (Character Interview + a Giveaway!)Hello? by Liza M Wiemer
Published by Spencer Hill Contemporary, Spencer Hill Press on November 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 400
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One HELLO? can change a life. One HELLO? can save a life.

Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma's death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.

Linked and transformed by one phone call, Hello? weaves together these five Wisconsin teens' stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.

Told from all five viewpoints: narration (Tricia), narration (Emerson), free verse poetry (Angie), screenplay format (Brenda), narration and drawings (Brian).

Character Interview

Thanks for joining us, everyone! This is the first time we’ve done an interview this large, but we are so excited for our readers to get to know you all a little better today. We promise to try and go easy on you, let’s get started…

(Tricia) – If you had to describe your Grandma in 3 words, what would they be?

BFF, accepting, nurturing

(Tricia)- If your Grandma had met Emerson, what do you think she would have liked most about him?

My grandma was always amazing at reading people, seeing them for who they are under whatever persona they might be showing the world. She used to say real beauty comes from the inside. Someone can be absolutely gorgeous, but the most ugly person because they’re cruel, rude, or unkind to others. She would have loved how genuine and caring Emerson is, thoughtful in an introspective way.

(Emerson)- What made you stay on the phone with “Frankie”? Most people would have hung up. Why didn’t you?

Truthfully, at first I did want to hang up. Alarm bells were going off in my head, especially when Frankie said, “You don’t know me.”

But then…

It was weird. I felt this unexplainable pull. Maybe it was because I heard a boatload of pain in her voice. And when she started crying, I just…couldn’t. I would have driven myself half-mad wondering about her. My family would say I have this need to help people. As much as I hate admitting that they’re right, facts are facts. Caring is a part of who I am. I’ve wondered a million times over if I’m this way because of the trauma I had when I was five. I hope not. I hope that it’s just me being me and that I would have been this way regardless of what happened. I like who I am. I like that part of me.

Also, I had Frankie’s grandma’s old phone number. I was curious, and that, too, was enough to keep me from hanging up.

(Emerson)- What are the things about seeing Tricia for the first time that you’ll always remember?

The first time I saw her, I didn’t know it was actually her. But the thing that struck me was that this petite girl knew how to take care of herself. She put Brian in his place and I admired that.

When we actually met… Well, obviously you can’t see me, but I’m shaking my head. Because WOW! Meeting Tricia for the first time, seeing her alive and real…I could barely believe it. I was dumbstruck and awed and wanted nothing more than to wrap her up in my arms and hold her. Since we hung up the phone so much in my life had gone wrong. But finding her, being with her… It was the first time in what seemed like forever that the scar across my chest no longer ached. A person can get used to pain. But to be free of it is something I’ll never forget.

(Angie)- What is it about poetry that makes it such an easy way for you to express yourself?

………..allows me
to reveal
………..the parts
I’m afraid
………..to show
the world.

to say
what I need
to say.


I can be

(Angie)- Describe Jordan in 5 words.

Perfect forme.

(Brenda)- You had kept your secret for so long. From everyone. What made you decide to finally share it? How would you encourage others to handle things in a situation similar to

SPOILER ALERT! But I’m going to be honest here, so you decide if you want to read this before reading Hello?. I’ve spent so much of my life keeping secrets that it feels pretty darn good to just say what I want to say. I’m not going to tell you specifically what happened. You WILL have to read the novel for that. 🙂

What made me decide to finally reveal my secret? Emerson. Damn him and love him. It never occurred to me that he perceived me the way he perceived me. You know the—Don’t make me say it because it still pisses me off that he said something to Angie. You know what they say about assumptions, right? What an ass.

The whole situation sent me into a tailspin. Terrified me. I had thought I was doing a great job of living with the past and taking charge of my life now. But then I realized I wasn’t really living at all. Angie was right. I was more comfortable in the world I created on stage or wrote about in screenplays.

I hated Emerson and hated Angie. Even though they were completely clueless about what I had gone through. Most of all, I hated myself for being stuck in the past. I knew I had to face it or I’d spend the rest of my life reliving that defining moment. It was too much. Too painful and I couldn’t run away from it anymore. I didn’t want it to define me. That’s why I called my dad. That’s why I got help.

Please, please…I know there are people out there right now hurting the way I was hurting. You deserve more. I know it takes a lot of courage. I know it’s terrifying to reveal a secret. But there is no bigger prison than the one you create in your mind. Find someone to tell. Someone you can trust. What you’ve gone through is awful, incomprehensible, but it can’t define you unless you choose that. I didn’t think it was a choice. Not until I was so sick and tired of it defining me. No freaking Devil deserves that much power. No one should own you that way.

If you could, would you write a screenplay about what you went through? Would it be healing for you?

I’m not sure. Maybe when it’s not so raw. Telling my secret freed me. For now, that’s everything. I just want to move on, get to New York, and start my life.

…oh wow. WOW!

Spoiler Alert!!!!! Maybe people shouldn’t read this yet? Maybe wait until after you read Hello? because…

…uh, there’s something I just realized. This very moment! I’m not so sure I want to write screenplays and act anymore? I mean, I do love it and I guess I could decide once I’m studying at Tisch. I GOT INTO TISCH! But—But now, there’s a part of me that just wants to experience life, to see where it takes me, to discover me.

Sorry, I need to go. I need to call my dad. I need to talk to him. Oh God. What am I going to do with my life?

(Brian)- Do you have a favorite piece of work that you’ve done? Tell us about it and why it speaks to you differently than other things you’ve created.

Arrrrrrrrrg! How do I answer your question? I could tell you it’s the first mask I made out of clay, adding details to the face and making it so life-like that people did double-takes. It’s when I realized I had talent. A gift. From that moment on, I didn’t wanna do anything else with my life, but art.

But truthfully, and it pains me to admit this, my favorite piece is a drawing of Tricia that I made when she was sleeping. Before her grandma died, before we broke up, obviously. Before everything between us crumbled. She doesn’t even know about the picture. No one knows about it. It’s mine. Just mine, and I loved pulling it out of my drawer to look at a moment in time with her that belonged only to me. But now…I dunno what the hell to do with it. There are moments when I wanna tear it to shreds, get in my kayak, and dump it in Lake Michigan. Seems morbid, though. Like I’m spreading the ashes of someone I’ve loved. I can’t do it.

Despite everything, I still care about Tricia. Plus, we’re making our way back to being friends.

(Brian)- So much of your life story has involved Tricia. What is it like to move on from that?

Once again, arrrrrrrrrg! You’re asking some really tough questions. Have I moved on? I guess so. But I have these moments when it’s really tough. Like now. In the past, every time I thought about my future, Tricia was a part of it. We were gonna get married. Yeah, I’m relieved we’re over. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. For so long we were TriciaandBrian, BrianandTricia. Now I’m just Brian.

And you wanna know the real kicker? Emerson. One phone conversation and this guy changed her life? Okay, I get it. I do. Tricia needed someone and he was there for her. I should be grateful. I am grateful. But what. The. Hell?

See? That’s the crap that runs through my head. I’m trying. The good news is that I’m going off-island this summer and am gonna work with a master potter. I’m looking forward to learning some new techniques and helping out in his gallery. I’ll even get to sell some of my work there. It’ll be great experience for when I open my own gallery on the island. At least I have that part of my dream for my future to hold onto, even without Tricia.


***About Liza M. Wiemer***

Author Liza M Wiemer

Liza is the author of two non-fiction adult books, short stories, and newspaper and magazine articles. A pre-school to high school educator now writing YA fiction full time, she’s a diehard Green Bay Packers fan.

Her unique “job” experiences include spending a summer selling popcorn in a Koepsell’s popcorn wagon while listening to awesome music on the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee. She also knows her way around a fender and a quarter panel and under the hood of a car. She spent a few years driving to accident scenes, scrapyards, hospitals, and auto repair shops as a claims adjuster for an insurance company.

Liza started WhoRuBlog to address YA issues and share her passion for reading.

Find Liza Here:
Website | Twitter | Facebook| Goodreads



$25 Amazon Gift Card (Int) and 3 annotated copies of HELLO?
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Good luck!

Make sure you check out the other stops on the Hello? Tour:

Week 1:
Week 2:
Nov. 10: Forever Bookish
Nov. 12: Reading W/ABC
Nov. 13Stuck In Books
Week 3:
Nov. 16: Mundie Moms
Nov. 17: Fiction Fare
Nov. 18: Andi’s ABCs
Nov. 19: Bookiemoji


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