Liz Flaherty, a lovely fellow-IRWA member, asked me to be a part of this "Friends" Blog tour.

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.




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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.






06/09/2014 12:06pm

Thanks, Jill. I loved the time we spent in Chicago. Can't wait for retreat!

06/09/2014 7:15pm

I enjoyed reading this, Liz and jillian. That's an interesting photo included in your post. Do you know anything about it?

06/11/2014 9:20pm

The website builder I use has stock photo's. I picked this one because Liz likes quilts.

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