Happy Sunday! Through September 19th (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of sharing mini interviews with nearly all of the 2020 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! Today I’m beginning with Liz Johnson and her Carol Award finalist book A Glitter of Gold! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE.
FYI – There will be 2-3 posts per day, and a series-long giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!
Liz Johnson is the author of more than a dozen novels, including A Sparkle of Silver, A Glitter of Gold, The Red Door Inn, Where Two Hearts Meet, and On Love’s Gentle Shore, as well as a New York Times bestselling novella and a handful of short stories. She works in marketing and makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona. Visit her at www.lizjohnsonbooks.com
A GLITTER OF GOLD
SERIES: Georgia Coast Romance #2
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: August 6, 2019
Discover a treasure worth more than all the pirate gold in the world
Anne Norris moved to Savannah, Georgia, for a fresh start. Now her pirate-tour business is flagging and paying the rent requires more than wishful thinking. When she discovers evidence of a shipwreck off the coast of Tybee Island, she knows it could be just the boon she needs to stay afloat. She takes her findings to local museum director Carter Hale for confirmation, but things do not go as planned.
Carter is fascinated with the wreck, the discovery of which could open the door to his dream job at a prestigious museum. But convincing Anne to help him fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle is no easy task. And working with Carter means that Anne will have to do the one thing she swore she’d never do again: trust a man.
Hi Liz! Welcome back to the blog!
Q: How has Christian fiction impacted you personally?
Liz: Oh, wow! How much time do you have? I fell in love with Christian fiction in junior high, reading late into the night, devouring historicals from Gilbert Morris one after another. That love of inspiring, encouraging stories made me want to work in Christian publishing. I had always loved writing too, but it wasn’t until I started working in publishing that I seriously pursued writing my own books. My work in publishing took me across the country—from Oregon to Colorado Springs to Nashville—and introduced me to some of my very best friends. I still look to Christian fiction when I need an uplifting read or an exciting escape.
Carrie: ‘How much time do you have?’ – that would totally be my first reaction too lol
Q: When you’re not writing your next award-nominated book 😉 who are your fave authors to read & why?
Liz: I have so many! I love Regency romances, and no one writes them like Julie Klassen. Her characters are intriguing and her plots original and gripping. I love the humor and history of Karen Witemeyer’s Texas-based books. And, of course, the romance. She writes amazing kisses! Rachel Hauck’s contemporary and split time novels are filled with so much joy and hope. In women’s fiction, Lindsay Harrel has consistently inspired me.
Carrie: Four of my very faves too!
Q: Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks?
Liz: I’ve realized—especially during quarantine that I write so much better when I’m not in my own home. I like restaurants and coffee shops and any place with lots of distractions that aren’t actually distracting.
Carrie: I am the exact opposite – if I try to work in a public place I get nothing done from people watching lol
Q: Which of your characters has really stretched you as a writer?
Liz: The hardest character I’ve ever gotten to write is Anne Norris from A Glitter of Gold. I loved her from the beginning, but getting inside the head of someone who spent almost six years in prison wasn’t easy. It was even harder to put on the shame that she carried, to feel that hurt she felt. Unpacking how her past affected everything about her made her more real. And also required more rewrites than any other character. But I loved where she landed.
Carrie: I bet she was difficult to write – but well worth it!
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve googled lately while researching a book?
Liz: I’m currently writing about a lobster fisherman, and I’ve been googling all sorts of weird stuff—like what do lobster fishermen wear and is there a female version of that?
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote A Glitter of Gold?
Liz: While writing this book, I moved, bought a house, and started a new job in Phoenix. It’s not possible to do all that and write a book at the same time. Not on my own, anyway. God reminded me over and over again how much I needed friends and family to support me through each step. For someone who likes to be independent, it’s not easy to rely on others. But writing A Glitter of Gold was a daily reminder of the importance of community and how we are designed for relationships—with God and with others.
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What about you? What makes you want to read the romance Carol Award finalist A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson & what did you enjoy about Liz’s answers?