Can you please share with us a little about yourself
Let’s see…Southern girl by birth, Midwesterner by fate, world traveler and semi-professional ex-pat American by luck I own a microbrewery, handle guys who brew and sell beer daily including my own Tap Room staff. I love my day job. But I also love to write.
Have you always wanted to be an author?
Not really, no. I wanted to be a veterinarian for a lot of years, then toyed with med school until I hit organic chemistry and my essential missing math gene made me pick up my minor in English as a major. I’ve worked my entire life in sales, public relations and some non-profit fundraising and wrote everything from press releases to ad copy. Spent 8 fairly lucrative years as a licensed real estate agent, and now, I own a brewery. But I never thought I’d do that either!
What is your most interesting writing quirk?
I can flesh out an entire plot in my head and actually have to do that before I sit and write at the keyboard.
Can you please tell us about your latest book(s)?
The 2 books that have released this month from Decadent book end the trilogy of stories I wrote for their popular 1NightStand series earlier this year. The Diplomat’s Daughter is the prequel and tells the “forbidden love” story of the Deniz parents—she the daughter of the American Consul General, he the son of servants.
Flower Passage: Tarkan’s Story is the final novella of the series and brings back a very popular but short lived character from the early trilogy.
How did you come with the idea for this story?
I wrote Turkish Delights (the 1st of the trilogy for the 1NightStand series) and quickly concocted the other 2. Each one of about one of the siblings in the Deniz family (see: Diplomat’s Daughter for their parents’ fairly romantic story). When I decided to have one of the family members die in a terrorist attack I sort of knew all along that there would be “more” to that story but not until the family had more or less moved on or at least come to terms with the tragedy of his death.
Can you share with us your current work(s) in progress?
Sure! What writer doesn’t want to go on (and on…and on) about their projects? I have an entire series as a spin off to my popular Stewart Realty series coming soon and am in the middle of hard edits for a brewery-based romance coming from Ellora’s Cave later this year. I am also going off in a slightly different direction and coming up with a slightly more mainstream/less erotic second chances story about a woman who spent years as an ex-pat trailing spouse and the collapse and re-assembly of her marriage.
Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?
Margaret Atwood—she is my hero. Barring that John Irving, same reason.
Also, Orhan Pamuk, Pulitzer prize winning, Turkish author.
What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Don’t ever submit anything without a very hard round of critique. It wastes your time and the publishers and costs you credibility.
Can you share with us something off your bucket list.
I want to spend a month in Germany visiting all the famous breweries for like, 2 months. And write a book about starting my brewery business. I’ve saved all the pretty hilarious chains of emails I have shared with my 2 biz partners, our brewer, and now my Bar manager.
What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
I cannot wait to start John Irving’s new book In One Person.
Want to learn more about Liz and her books? You can find her here