Liz Johnson grew up reading Christian fiction, and always dreamed of being part of the publishing industry. After graduating from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with a degree in public relations, she set out to fulfill her dream. In 2006 she got her wish when she accepted a publicity position at a major trade book publisher. While working as a publicist in the industry, she decided to pursue her other dream-becoming an author. Along the way to having her novel published, she completed the Christian Writers Guild apprentice course and wrote articles for several magazines.
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. Keep up with Liz's adventures in writing at www.lizjohnsonbooks.com.
Don’t be afraid of revisions and listening to editors. They really do know what they’re talking about. Who knew? :)
I borrowed this question from Author Carleene Brice, What is your author fantasy?
In all honesty … I’d love to see someone I don’t know reading my book.
What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?
That I don’t say no to going out with friends because I don’t want to spend time with them. Finding time to write and work a full-time job means that I have to say no to some things. It’s hard for me to say no to the fun things, but it’s part of being a writer.
What was the best advice you’d ever gotten about the publishing industry? The worst?
The best advice: Good stories are important. Good writing is more important.
The worst: Write what you know. If all we did is write what we know, most of our stories would be really boring. We’d have no wizards or fantastical worlds or wild suspense rides. We’d have no vampire books or very many adventure stories. Sure, put things you know into your stories. But don’t limit yourself by your own experiences.
If you could visit any place in the world where would you travel to?
I can’t wait to visit Prince Edward Island where L.M. Montgomery wrote some of my favorite books of all time, the Anne of Green Gables series. I’m taking my mom for a trip this month!
What is something readers would be surprised you do?
They might be surprised that I’m in the fantasy football league at my work. I even won last season!
Our theme for this month is STAYING OUT OF THE SLUSH PILE? What advice would you give someone to make sure their manuscript stays out of the slush pile?
Well, the slush pile is usually reserved for manuscripts that come in without an agent’s representation. So first advice, is get an agent. Sometimes that’s easier said than done. So I guess, I’d say, remember that your first draft probably isn’t ready to be submitted. Neither is your second. Editing is so important. Have friends read your manuscript and give you feedback. Keep fixing, keep editing. And then, after all that work, you have to let it go. That’s hard, but it’s worth it.
Oprah always asks, What do you know for sure?
I know for sure that I’m nothing without a God who loves me.
Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?
My next book is Code of Justice, another book with Steeple Hill’s Love Inspired Suspense. It features a familiar character from Vanishing Act, FBI Special Agent Heather Sloan. Her sister Kit is killed when their sightseeing helicopter crashes. But when someone keeps trying to kill Heather, she teams up with Deputy Jeremy Latham to follow the drug ring behind Heather’s worst nightmare. It’s scheduled to come out in March of 2011.
How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)
They can follow my misadventures in writing at www.lizjohnsonbooks.com and e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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