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What genre do your books fall into or is it a genre blended?
I think I fall into that little women’s fiction-romance niche, where some readers say, “Where’s the romance?” and some say, “Too much romance, not enough woman’s journey.”
What inspires you to write?
Oh, good heavens… Little bits of life, I think, that change as I get older. I used to be inspired by seeing young, beautiful people doing their bit to change the world. Now it’s seeing seniors interact. I’m much more fascinated by being these days than I am by doing.
Do you listen to music or set the mood somehow to get writing?
I have to have quiet. Sigh. I remember when my last child left for college and the nest was empty and silent, I thought I’d never write another word. It didn’t take long to discover I could, and that noise was no longer my creative friend!
Do you come up with the plot or characters first?
Characters. I’ve been saying for years that I can’t plot my way out of a paper bag, and that doesn’t seem to change. I love writing people and conversation and moments of discovery—things that require action not so much!
Oh, this is one of those, Which is your favorite child? things, isn’t it? But the truth is, I do. One More Summer is my favorite. It took years to find a publisher who liked it as well as I did—thank you, Carina Press!—and even though I get attached to every new story, there’s something about that one that still draws me.
Who would you consider an influence on your writing?
I’m not sure about that, to tell the truth. From the earliest days of my writing, LaVyrle Spencer, Muriel Jensen, and Kathleen Gilles Seidel had warm voices that resonated with me. Now, I can’t read Robyn Carr or Kristan Higgins while I’m writing because I’m afraid I’ll inadvertently try to sound like them. They’re all such talented women!
Tell me something quirky about yourself.
I make quilts. I don’t do it well, but I do it a lot. I said when I retired from the post office that I would make bed-size quilts for my grandkids, the Magnificent Seven, and I only have one to go. (I think more grandchildren would be in order, but you know how kids are—they want to live their own lives!) I also make small quilts for the regional children’s hospital. I love doing it.
What do you aim to make people feel when they read your books?
Emotionally satisfied. I hope they’ve sniffled a little and laughed some. I also hope they feel at home with the people I write, that they can identify with even the ones they may grow impatient with. (I’m a pleaser and think I tend to write pleasers—drives some people nuts! J)
A SOFT PLACE TO FALL will be released April 26 by Harbourlight Books. It’s my first inspirational romance and a book of my heart. I’m both excited and apprehensive because it’s a real departure for me. As for what I’m writing now, I’m close to the end of the project at hand—it’s not sold yet so I don’t want to jinx it by saying too much—but it’s going to require some extensive rewriting, which I love!
Do you sing in the shower?
Nope. I sing in the car. With the windows closed.
Liz has of decided that “new and wonderful” is a good life motto, so she’s spent the time since retiring from the post office searching out and finding stuff that fits the criteria. Parasailing, anyone? She and Duane, her husband of…well, a long time, spent their first winter in Florida as snowbirds this year. It’s been a fun new adventure in which he’s played golf every day and she’s wandered antiques shops and restaurants far and wide with her sister-in-law Lynn.
Her website is http://lizflaherty.com and she’s also a contributor at http://wordwranglers.blogspot.com/ Find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lizkflaherty Her Twitter handle is @LizFlaherty1 and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org She’d love to hear from you!