Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Romantic Suspense Author Liz Johnson

Congratulations, Liz, on your new release! Is there a story behind your book, SEAL Under Siege?

There are probably a hundred stories behind this particular book, but my favorite is the summer I spent with my sister while she was pregnant with my now almost ten-year-old niece. My sister and I teased each other and joked all summer long, and I still think about how fantastic that time was and how much our friendship grew during those months. I instilled a lot of those fond memories into this story as Staci cares for Ashley in her last weeks of pregnancy.

While I was writing this book, I was also asking myself a lot of personal questions about what it means to be whole and complete. God was really working on my heart and reminding me that He is enough for every situation I might face. Those questions worked their way into my story, as the characters struggle to find wholeness despite loss and personal pain.

SEAL Under Siege is actually the second book in the Men of Valor series. I first introduced Tristan, the hero of this book, in my last book, A Promise to Protect. Matt and Ashley, the hero and heroine of the first book, make several guest appearances in book two.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

The Internet. I can lose entire hours on Facebook. And don’t even get me started on research. :) I start off looking for really necessary things like the details in a dress blue navy uniform and end up shopping for a new sailor-striped shirt. I’m easily distracted, so when it’s time to write, I really have to put myself in a place where I have to focus. Often I end up a coffee shop or restaurant that I know doesn’t have free wifi.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I love all sorts of books, and lately I’ve been really into historical romance. Karen Witemeyer and Julie Klassen are two of my favorites in the CBA. I just can’t get enough of their books. Recently I read a book by Charles Martin, which was a first for me. He’s much more literary then I usually pick up, but I took a friend’s recommendation, and I’m glad I did. When Crickets Cry is absolutely gorgeous. Also, I’m a sucker for Christmas stories and nearly anything involving a mail order bride. :)

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?

Originally it was Tristan, who’s a long-time navy SEAL. I introduced him in the first book in the Men of Valor series, A Promise to Protect, and I was eager to tell his story. But as I was writing, Staci began to steal my heart. She’s has this deep-seated insecurity that I think so many woman can identify with. She also surprised herself with her own strength. For me Tristan needed a special heroine, and Staci rose to the occasion.

Just for fun, do you have any strange habits?

Oh, I have SO many strange habits. The one that always gets comments at work is my usual lunch. Whenever I eat at my desk, I have a cup of easy mac. Apparently I still think I’m nine sometimes. :) But it’s quick and easy and gets me through the afternoon on those busy days.

My favorite lunch too! I have it with a sliced apple. What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

Accents make me smile. A guy with a Scottish accent gets me every time. But a good Southern drawl makes me grin, too. I have a nondescript Midwestern accent, so when I moved to Nashville and talked with people from all over the South, I was absolutely delighted.

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?

Last summer I visited my family in Arizona for a week, and we took a short trip over to San Diego, which was especially fun, since that’s the setting for SEAL Under Siege. I had it in mind that I would include a special location in the book. When we visited Belmont Park—a carnival and amusement park just off Mission Beach—I knew I had a winner. My nieces and nephews had a blast riding the bumper cars, floating boats, and carousel. I knew immediately it would make the perfect spot for one of the most important scenes in the book. But I can’t tell you what that scene is. :)

Would you share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you?
Isaiah 61:1. “The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”
I just love this verse. It’s a testament to how much God loves us that he would send his prophet to bind up the brokenhearted. And I believe that He’s still doing that. He’s still in the business of healing those broken places in each of us. During difficult times, I cling to this verse and promise.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

My next project is a short story called “Meatloaf and Other Minor Miracles,” which is part of the Guideposts Books fall release, A Christmas Cup of Cheer. After that, I have a couple more books with Love Inspired Suspense in the works, one in March 2014 that is part of a series featuring six authors. Then I’ll return to the Men of Valor series and the guys of SEAL Team FIFTEEN.

Thanks for sharing with us today, Liz!

Connect with Liz Johnson:

Liz Johnson is giving away a copy of SEAL Under Siege. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Anonymous said...

Please enter me for a copy of Seal Under Siege. Thanks.
Brittany McEuen

sam said...

Navy seals and San Diego- that's where I live and love it. Sounds like a good book. I would love to win it. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Patricia Bradley said...

Seal Under Siege sounds great! Please enter me. But mac? seriously? that wouldn't get me though an hour. lol Now, PB&J? That will hold me. pat at ptbradley dot com

Merry said...

I enjoyed the interview and seeing how personal touches became part of Liz's newest book. Thanks for the giveaway!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

bonton said...

Hi, Liz!

Enjoyed learning more about you & your writing. Would love to read Seal Under Siege - thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!


Wilani Wahl said...

This book sounds so intriguing. I definitely want to read it.

Wilani Wahl

wwchildren at gmail dot com

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Katrina E. said...

Great post. Would love to read this book. I always enjoy getting to know an author and their writing style.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the drawing for Seal Under Siege. Thank you. quilteddaisydean@gmail.com

Susan Johnson said...

It is always fun getting to know the authors. Thank you for this chance to win her book. It looks like a great book.

Susan Johnson said...

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