I had the privilege of spending some time with Liz during Chicago’s April Spring Fling. She’s a true lady, kind and considerate and graciously willing to help a scared "green" girl prepare for an Editor pitch. Each night of the Chicago event, we chatted about writing with our friends: Robyne Harris, Nan Reinhardt, Jim Cangany, Brenda Maxfield and Cathy Shouse.
I discovered Liz enjoys sweet wines, and luckily, I had a bottle of Crapple on hand. I bought the bottle while in southern Illinois with my Mom. We were at a winery in Grafton, which sits right on the shore of the mighty Mississippi. This was all after a fantastic lunch at Josephine’s Tearoom, in Godfrey.
Check out Liz Flaherty’s blog post today, About the beauty of being ordinary.
THE GIRLS OF TONSIL LAKE / The Wild Rose Press
BACK TO MC GUFFEY'S / Hqn Heartwarming / 10-14 / Pre-order now!
JAR OF DREAMS / ONE MORE SUMMER / Carina Press
A SOFT PLACE TO FALL / Harbourlight Books
And now answers to Liz’s questions:
What am I working on?
I am editing, editing and editing. My current contemporary is titled, Ember’s Center.
The center for a pro-football team’s offensive line meets a shy girl with an abusive past.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My villains. I think you’ll love to hate them. Another difference is that I like to include a little American History. Plus, I touch on some environmental issues without being overly preachy.
Why do I write what I do?
Because I’m nuts!
I had a story in my head for two years before I ever put it on paper. Then I joined RWA and IRWA and went even more nuts. My first story was solely a learning experience.
Seriously though, I love to read. I want to write books, I would enjoy reading. And if I can make a little money, well that ‘s a nice side benefit.
How does my writing process work?
I outline a story in my head, then on paper, then on computer, then I research. Then I type, type, type non-stop. The story may drift from the outline or it may stay on course. Once it’s all on the computer in a huge lump of poo. I transform it by sharing with my critique partners. Then edit, tweak, and edit some more. Then I send to a beta reader, who cleans up my commas and points out if my guy is riding a moose instead of a horse.
Thanks Liz, for asking me to be a part of this Friends Blog Tour.