Author on the Couch: Liz Talley


Today I’m conducting a session with…Liz Talley!

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Me: Tell me about an experience that had a profound impact on your life.

Liz:  Wow, you come out swinging on the questions. LOL. I think one of the most profound experiences I’ve had occurred when I got married and then moved to New Orleans, which was over six hours away from my small hometown. Until that point, I had lived in a safety net…or bubble. In the blink of an eye, I was a wife and away from all I’d known. It was scary but I grew and became independent.

 

Me: What personality trait of yours helps you most as an author?

Liz: I’m incredibly focused on my goals.

 

Me: What personality trait of yours hinders you most as an author?

LizImpatience. I want everything yesterday. LOL.

 

Me: Lol… Me too!
What was your high point as a writer?

Liz: I supposed beyond the regular flow and ebb of being a writer, getting the RITA nomination was a high point.

 

Me: That’s one of the highest accolades you can get! Congratulations!
What was your low point as a writer—a time when you questioned your path?

Liz:  I think when my line Superromance was pulled from stores and made digital only (outside of Harlequin). I realized that instead of progressing as an author, I had taken some steps back, not because digital isn’t viable, but because the sales of Superromances digitally were weak. I loved writing those books – they were big, emotional and perfect for me. It felt a bit like starting over. I got over it by forming a new plan, targeting a new publisher and dedicating myself to my stories.

 

Me: What’s the most painful review you’ve ever received? How did you get over it?

Liz: 
Oooh,  I had a horrible review on the second book of the Morning Glory series. Really, really terrible with lots of gifs of heads exploding. I mean, it was BAD. But I got past it by remembering that I was true to my character and his situation…and the fact that in all my reviews on GoodReads and Amazon, no one else found my hero to be insulting. Some of my words hit hot button issues for this particular reviewer and they were her issues. Not mine. 

 

Me: You’re right… Her issues. Not yours.
If you could have dinner with any famous author who would it be? Why?

Liz: I’d absolutely choose Nora Roberts. She fascinates me with her determination, professionalism and work ethic. Not to mention she’d been in the business a long time, had ups and downs and still maintains a stable product. Who’s going to set that up for me?

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Me: I would love to join you!
What’s your writer’s mantra? Why does that mantra speak to you?

Liz: “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.” – I got that from a conference somewhere and pinned it right beside my computer.

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Me: Tell me about your contemporary romance, Prince Not Quite Charming (Novella).

Liz:

A city girl can survive…

Or at least that’s what New Yorker Frances Genovese hopes when she agrees to stay in Morning Glory, Mississippi for a few weeks after her brother’s wedding. Though she may not know much about small-town living, she does know a thing or two about the new restaurant her brother’s building. But she didn’t bargain for a big country boy naysaying her vision. And she darn sure didn’t expect to be so attracted to the infuriating contractor.

Clem Aiken knows two things: what it means to be a country boy and the target market for the new eatery. When he and Frances clash on her ideas, he figures there’s one thing to do – teach the sophisticated beauty what it’s like to live in a southern small town. Frances reluctantly gives Clem three days to change her mind about the restaurant design. After all, how hard can it be to bait a hook, fry chicken or go honky tonkin’?

Opposites attract in this warm, fun novella set in Morning Glory.

 

Me: Share with us a favorite paragraph or two from your newest release, Prince Not Quite Charming.

Liz:

In this novella, my heroine is a feisty New Yorker who is advising her brother on opening a Pizzaria in Morning Glory, Mississippi. She soon realizes she doesn’t know anything about the people of the town, so the contractor Clem volunteers to give her “country girl lessons”. Here they are visiting his neighbor and gathering eggs for her. I think it showcases the humor in the book.

Frances chuckled, swinging the basket, wondering what her friends would say if they could see her wearing flip-flops and a sundress. Not to mention “moseying” beside Big Country on her way to gather eggs. They would pee their pants laughing at Frances’s version of Marie Antoinette playing milkmaid.

“I’ll watch the rooster, you get the eggs,” Clem said, unhooking the gate.

“No way. I’m a city girl, remember?”

“It’s easy. Reach underneath them. Get in. Get out. Unless you really don’t want to learn how to be a country girl?”

“Look, this has nothing to do with my brother’s restaurant, so I’m not taking the bait.” She jabbed the basket toward him. “I’ll watch the rooster.”

Clem jerked the basket from her hand. “Fine.”

They both entered the coop, and Clem tiptoed to the henhouse. Frances stared at the rooster, who kept nervously shifting, looking like a very funky chicken. She heard Clem talking to the hens. In fact, the man sounded like he was seducing them with honeyed words with all the “Easy now, sugar” and “That’s a sweet girl.” Even though Frances was scared as hell of the fidgety rooster, she couldn’t help giving a chuckle at the endearments.

Clem emerged, looking sweaty and relieved. “Good night, I feel like I should buy ’em all a steak dinner.”

 

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  1. bn100 - Mar 02, 2017 Reply

    Pizzaria sounds fun

    • Liz Talley - Mar 05, 2017 Reply

      It does, doesn’t it? I happen to be a huge fan of pizza, especially the kind that has fun toppings. I’m particular to goat cheese and artichokes 😉

  2. Linda Moffitt - Mar 02, 2017 Reply

    Great interview and I wouldn’t worry about your bad reviewer there’s always trolls out there that you can do nothing about. Though it would be nice if you could eh? That Clem sounds like quite the old dog LOL I would love to be able to read your books. Thanks for the great interview and the chance to win.

    • Linda Moffitt - Mar 02, 2017 Reply

      RT’ed the blog post 🙌😍https://mobile.twitter.com/LindaMoffitt02/status/837385779861159937

    • Liz Talley - Mar 05, 2017 Reply

      There are, Linda, and I don’t usually pay attention to them because everyone has a particular taste and particular triggers. I love a well-thought out critique of my stories, even if I don’t always agree.

      Thanks!

      • Linda Moffitt - Mar 05, 2017 Reply

        Yes or the ones that have nothing to do with the book they tangent on about something totally different and their review has nothing to do with book or ones that say I didn’t read the book but I’m giving it one star????

  3. Kathleen Bylsma - Mar 02, 2017 Reply

    “I feel like I should buy them all a steak dinner” …. snicker….great interview and it is a huge change when you leave everything you’ve known to be a “grownup” and a wife.
    Really enjoyed this interview! Thanks Abbie and Liz!

    • Liz Talley - Mar 05, 2017 Reply

      I love that scene, Kathleen 🙂 And lots more. There’s a fun one at the Iron Bull, the local honky tonk, too.

      Yes, growing up is hard to do….but necessary. lol. Thanks for popping by

  4. April Kirkland - Mar 02, 2017 Reply

    Oh I’d love to read this. It sounds like such a fun read. Country girl lessons lol! Love it. Thanks for the interview and the chance to win.

    • Liz Talley - Mar 05, 2017 Reply

      Sure thing! I wanted to write a fun, fluffy novella in time for Valentine’s Day so, yeah, country girl lessons. LOL

  5. Marin McGinnis - Mar 02, 2017 Reply

    Lovely interview, Liz! Those bad reviews are spirit killers, aren’t they? I like your way of dealing with them–I will keep similar thoughts in mind on the next bad review.

    I just finished Perfectly Charming last night, emitting a dreamy sigh as I closed the book. 🙂

    And Abbie, please exclude me from the drawing–I’ve read both books and someone else should definitely have the opportunity. They’re delightful. 🙂

    • Liz Talley - Mar 05, 2017 Reply

      Thank you, sweet Marin! I’m so glad you liked it. I LOVE this series so much. Something about small town girls stretching themselves, just like I had to do. And, yes, it’s best to let bad reviews be water off a duck’s back. I write as authentically as I can and if someone doesn’t “get” me or makes assertions about what I write, I DO consider it but I’m also very willing to let them go.

      Thanks again 🙂

  6. Stormi - Mar 02, 2017 Reply

    Great interview! I love Liz’s book titles. I’m definitely adding her to my TBR list.

    • Liz Talley - Mar 05, 2017 Reply

      Thank you, Stormi! I’m honored to make your list. Let me know what you think. I love having new readers and new friends!

  7. Sandra McMahon (Sam Mc ☘) - Mar 02, 2017 Reply

    Great interview! I loved the blurb from “prince Not Quite charming”! Clem is charming with the hens! I also love the fact that Liz would have dinner with Nora Roberts! I’m a huge JD Robb fan and I think I’d pass out if I ever got to meet Nora! Shared tweets (@irishsami)☘

    • Liz Talley - Mar 05, 2017 Reply

      I’ve brushed against Nora several times, sort of “oh, excuse me” “let me get that for you” sort of moments. She’s always such the professional – perfectly kind, held back a bit, but sincere. She’s a great talent and to have the longevity and the quality she’s had is amazing. Thanks, Sandra!

  8. abbieroads - Mar 02, 2017 Reply

    Hi Liz!

    Thanks so much for being an Author on my Couch today!

    • Liz Talley - Mar 05, 2017 Reply

      Thank you for having me, Abbie. I must apologize for being so late to respond. I spent a writer’s retreat at the lake with Kim Law and Lizzie Shane and there was very poor service. I couldn’t for the life of me get on the blog and then I rolled right into a writer’s conference where I had to wear TOO many hats. I barely had time to breathe. So I think I chose a bad time to visit your couch, but I thank you so much for the delightful interview and letting me chat with your friends. You rock!

  9. Erika Kelly - Mar 02, 2017 Reply

    Hi Liz and Abbie, I think we’ve all gotten those horrible, shocking reviews! My first book got one that had me reeling. I couldn’t believe how much this woman hated my book. It was the longest review I’d ever seen, filled with quotes. The next day she put up a review for the second book in the series, and I got a little kick out of that. It was the quickest way for me to understand that romance readers are passionate about their books. And they’re reading through their own lenses. I don’t know what she hated my book, but I do know that my story, my characters got her all worked up. And isn’t that our end goal, to give the readers an emotional experience? So I guess I did my job!

    • Liz Talley - Mar 05, 2017 Reply

      That’s a great way to think of it, Erika. It is, indeed, our job to elicit emotion in the reader and even if it’s the one we don’t want, we must embrace that our characters, our story, our journey brings forth emotion. Bad reviews are part of being in this business. But I have to say, I much prefer the good ones. LOL.

      Thanks for sharing!

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