Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Warm Welcome to Liz Johnson

What started you on your writing journey?I’m not sure exactly what got me started. I was just sort of always writing. When I was seven, I was given a school assignment to write two paragraphs about a bear. I ended up writing several pages. That was probably the first indication that I was going to be a writer, and I just never stopped. I wrote all through junior high, high school, and college. All of it was great practice.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
ANYTHING! I’m so easily distracted. Anything on my computer seems shiny compared to writing some days. Twitter. Facebook. Spider Solitaire. I’m not picky. Anything that’s easier than writing is a distraction for me.
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I love reading just about anything. I'm a big fan of L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables and other books. My all time favorite book is The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, a Newberry Award Winner from 1955. But close behind that are The Princess Bride and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I'm also a huge fan of Karen Witemeyer's and Julie Klassen's historicals. From dystopian YA to historical romance to biographies and christian living books. I enjoy all sorts.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
I like to think that I'd be something fun and low key. Maybe some southern rock. I'm not really very southern--even though I live in Nashville now--but I love the idea of being cool and relaxed and fun and bouncy, too.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
When I was 19, I decided that I needed a nose ring. At the time, I was working at DisneyWorld, and I wasn’t allowed any visible piercings except my ears. So I had to wait for about two months, but the day before I left Florida, I got my nose ring, which I wore for two years through the rest of college. Then I promptly cut my hair short into a pixie cut. I loved it! But the day I graduated from college I took it out. Sometimes I still miss it, but it doesn’t exactly go with my day job, so I guess we’ve seen the last of my nose ring.

What is your favorite season of the year?
I love the fall. The brilliant color of the leaves (something I missed out on growing up in the Arizona desert) never ceases to enthrall me. Plus it’s cool enough to want to wear a sweater, but a heavy coat isn’t needed. It’s the perfect prelude to Christmas, which is my favorite holiday.

What is a favorite (season) memory from your childhood?
When I was very young, my family lived on an acreage in Iowa, and we had a huge lawn with great big trees. That left leaves everywhere. My brother and sister and I were responsible for raking, bagging, and disposing of the leaves. But we always raked them up into big piles and then jumped into them. I don’t know if kids still do that, but it’s one of the things that I really missed when we moved to Arizona and didn’t have leaves to rake.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
I’m a terrible procrastinator, so I’ll put off just about anything I can. But the thing I’m worst about is cleaning my home, although my house is always cleanest when I’m on deadline. :) When the words aren’t coming, cleaning suddenly seems like the most fun thing to do.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
I’m not much of a cook, but I love my dad’s hamburgers, green bean casserole, and pistachio salad. I’m not sure where the pistachio salad recipe came from, but it’s a family favorite. Just add one packet of pistachio pudding mix (just the mix, not the actual pudding), one can of crushed pineapple, and one tub of cool whip. Mix it up and put it in the fridge to set. Simple, sweet, and a family favorite.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I generally write about whatever God is teaching me. I don’t usually set out to write a specific spiritual theme, but as my walk with God is growing and changing, those things organically show up in my writing. For example, in A Promise to Protect, the hero and heroine both have to learn not to boast in their own strength but to rely on God’s strength. That was something that God had been teaching me leading up to the writing of the book, and it showed up in the characters without a lot of planning on my part.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
I love Romans 5:5. “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” I love that promise. The verses leading up to this one talk about how struggles lead to perseverance, which leads to character and character leads to hope. I cling to this verse in good times and bad, and I never hesitate to hope.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book is due out early next fall. It doesn’t have a title yet, but it’s a follow up to A Promise to Protect and features another Navy SEAL, Tristan Sawyer, who is Ashley’s brother and Matt’s best friend. Tristan rescues an American woman from a Middle Eastern prison, but she’s overhead something that means her life is in danger, even back in San Diego.

To Purchase her book, go here:
Liz Johnson graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with a degree in public relations and works as an editorial and marketing manager at a Christian publisher. She is a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist, and A Promise to Protect is her fourth novel with Love Inspired Suspense. Liz makes her home in Nashville, TN, where she enjoys theater, exploring the local music scene, and making frequent trips to Arizona to dote on her two nephews and three nieces. She loves stories of true love with happy endings.

To Keep in Touch with Liz:,

 Liz is giving away a copy of A Promise to Protect. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown



1 comment:

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. Happy New Year!

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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