October 13, 2010

Spotlight On... Liz Flaherty

Author Liz Flaherty joins us at the keyboard today. Welcome, Liz, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Thank you for having me here, Sarah. I do love to visit, and I promise not to leave the guest room a mess!

I’m a country girl, married to my true-life hero, mother to three and grandmother to seven. I sew—not well, by any means, but a lot! I write a newspaper column called “Window Over the Sink” for our local paper. Oh, and books. I write books, too.

Tell us about HOME TO SINGING TREES and where we can find it.

HOME TO SINGING TREES is my fourth book and my first historical romance. It’s a second-chance love story that takes place on the farm that’s been in my family since way back when. It will be released electronically from The Wild Rose Press on 10/15 and is already available in print from either the publisher or Amazon.

Escaping her painful past, Sarah Williamson finds a new life for her loved ones when she takes a position as housekeeper with Liam McKissick at Singing Trees Farm, an idyllic place considering the horrors she’s faced. Sarah, her daughter, and young sister-in-law feel at home as her heart warms to Liam, but then her daughter is kidnapped and danger again threatens her serenity. The need to flee and protect her family battles her growing love for Liam.

Widower Liam McKissick endured a loveless marriage. Unwilling to take another chance at love, he devotes his time to work and family. Despite his efforts to keep to himself, his passion grows for Sarah who brings life and love to his home. Notwithstanding her past and the trouble it may cause, he proposes. Can he risk his heart and family to make her stay?


How did you start writing?

It seems as though I always did, but I do remember typing on my aunt’s old Royal portable and instead of copying things or writing letters, I wrote truly terrible stories—single-spaced with lots of typos.

Why did you choose your genre?

Happy endings and empowerment of women, both things that are integral portions of romantic fiction.

What writers have influenced you the most?

Oh, my. Louisa May Alcott started it all—I literally read the covers off LITTLE WOMEN. But since then, Kathleen Gilles Seidel, Lavyrle Spencer, Pam Morsi—the influences (and the pleasure I get) are fairly endless. Lately, I discovered Kristan Higgins and added her to the list.

What are you passionate about?

My family. My faith. Writing. Living every single day because life is just the ultimate gift.

What is something readers would be surprised you do?

I’ve been a postal worker for 30 years. I’ll be retiring in February, but I’ve been so lucky to have had a day job I truly liked for all this time.

What’s next for you?

I’m not sure. I’m finishing up a Baby Boomer romance right now that I just love, but I realize it’s not a particularly popular concept, that people over 40 not only can but do love with great passion and huge commitment.

When I finish that, I think I’m going to try to write another historical. HOME TO SINGING TREES was such fun, I’d like to do it again!

Where can we find you on the web?

My website is at  http://www.lizflaherty.com/

If anyone has additional questions for me, I can be reached at lizkflaherty@yahoo.com

Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

I’d love to know how they feel about older protagonists. I’d also like to thank them for stopping by.

Thank you, Liz, for visiting with us today.


Sarah Grimm said...

Testing...I've been told Blogger won't let anyone comment.

Sloane Taylor said...

You're a beautiful writer, Liz. I fell in love with Sarah and Liam. Congratulations on a story well worth reading.

Lilly Gayle said...

Great interview. And a wonderful sounding romance, Liz!

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Liz,
Great interview. I love the sound of Liam and Sarha's story, you certainly have the writers touch.Can't wait to read it.



Liz Flaherty said...

Thanks for stopping by, and for the compliments! It was a wild kind of day at work, so this was nice to come home to.

D'Ann said...

You asked which one I wanted, and I want Singing Trees. It sounds wonderful. I think an older hero and heroine is wonderful.
When oh when do we see more Early???