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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Introducing The Lost Girl by Liz Harris...

      I am so thrilled to welcome my good friend and fellow RNA member, Liz Harris to my blog today. Hi, Liz! So great to have you visit so I can catch up with you and your work. Wishing you huge success and sales with your latest release, THE LOST GIRL! Let's kick off with my questions...

1.    What do you wish men understood about women?

That women want to be loved, respected and listened to.  And they’re not nearly as complicated as men try to make out.

They are different from men in the way that they think and in the way that they socialise, but different doesn’t mean inferior or unworthy of respect.  It just means different.

2.    Do you only work on one book at a time?

Yes.  When I’m writing a novel, I live in the world of my novel.  I have my characters in my head and know how they’d think and act.  I wouldn’t be able to hold a second fictional world in my head at the same time as the first.

I’m always working on a new novel when I get the edits for the last, and it’s a real wrench to drag myself away from the world of the new novel.  I wouldn’t inflict this on myself if I didn’t have to.

Furthermore, if I were moving backwards and forwards between one novel and another, I could easily forget which words and phrases I’d used in each novel and would be at risk of repeating myself.

3.    Who is your favorite fictional couple?

I know that I’m about to say what so many others will have said before me – Lizzy Bennet and Mr. Darcy.  I say this even though I’d hate to sit next to Mr. Darcy at a dinner party as I think he’d be an awful bore.

4.    Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?

My father always used to say, If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.  I think that’s a pretty good philosophy for life.  Of course, that’s how you approach life and not how you feel about it, which is your question, so I’ll add that the more you put into something, the more you get out of it.  It’s not exactly a quote, but the two together come close.

5.    Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?

When I have a clear day, I write between 2,000 and 2,500 words.  That’s my optimum number as I know that when I write more than that, I’ll have a lot of editing to do the following day before I can break fresh ground!

I wish I could write every day, but I’m the RNA Libraries’ Liaison, which is a lot of work, and I run the Oxford Chapter of the RNA.  Also, I have commitments with my families and friends.  All these things stop me from being able to sit down and write every day, much as I’d like to do so. 

6.    What do you like better, Twitter or Facebook? Why?

I like them equally.  Facebook feels more social because it’s slower, but it requires more effort to get into it.  Twitter is much faster, but perhaps a little too fast for much depth.

7.    What are you working on now?

I’ve just submitted another full-length novel to Choc Lit, and I’m now working on a novel set in Darjeeling in 1930.  It’s called The Inheritance.  That’s the most I’ve said about it so far as I’m always afraid of jinxing a novel by saying too much about it when it’s at an early stage. 

What if you were trapped between two cultures?

Life is tough in 1870s Wyoming. But it’s tougher still when you’re a girl who looks Chinese but speaks like an American.

Orphaned as a baby and taken in by an American family, Charity Walker knows this only too well.  The mounting tensions between the new Chinese immigrants and the locals in the mining town of Carter see her shunned by both communities.

When Charity’s one friend, Joe, leaves town, she finds herself isolated. However, in his absence, a new friendship with the only other Chinese girl in Carter makes her feel like she finally belongs somewhere.

But, for a lost girl like Charity, finding a place to call home was never going to be that easy …

Genre: Historical Romantic Fiction
Release Date: 16th October, 2015
Publisher: Choc Lit


Liz Harris lives south of Oxford. Her debut novel was THE ROAD BACK (US Coffee Time & Romance Book of 2012), followed by A BARGAIN STRUCK (shortlisted for the RoNA Historical 2013), EVIE UNDERCOVER, THE ART OF DECEPTION and A WESTERN HEART. All of her novels, which are published by Choc Lit, have been shortlisted in their categories in the Festival of Romantic Fiction. In addition, Liz has had several short stories published in anthologies. Her interests are theatre, travelling, reading, cinema and cryptic crosswords.

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  1. Many thanks for interviewing me, Rachel. I really enjoyed talking to you. :-)

  2. Great interview – really interesting range of topics!

  3. Interesting interview and I always love finding out more about how other authors work. Angela Britnell

  4. Many thanks for your comments, Clare and Angela. I thought Rachel's questions really interesting, too. :-)

  5. Glad everyone enjoyed the interview! Great to have you here, Liz :)