Friday, May 22, 2020

Garden Interview with Liz Flaherty

Welcome Liz

tell us about you and your books

How did you do in English as a kid?

I did great in English, from the first grade until the last day of Senior English. Since I’m one of those people who tend to disappear into the woodwork—you know, the girl the third from the end whose name you can’t remember—I loved being good in English. I was a little embarrassed about it, too, but when I started writing when I was in the fifth grade, I was grateful. Grammar and spelling came so easily that all I had to do was come up with a story. And a plot. And a voice…

When did you decide to become an author?
Decide? You mean there are people for whom that is a conscious decision? Seriously, it may have been that I was an unhappy kid who enjoyed creating worlds for herself where money was no problem, the heroine had good hair, and her siblings didn’t think she was a pain in the neck. It grew from that, of course, but I think that was the basis for the “decision.”

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
When I was young, I wrote quickly. If I had to take out a bunch of stuff I never worried about it because replacing it would take no time at all. Nowadays, I write so slowly that I have trouble keeping up with the story. I have to check and re-check make sure I have eye color right, last names right, personality points in the right person. I get very impatient with myself.

How do you get to know your story characters better?
By writing them, which admittedly is a clumsy way of doing it, because I might realize that the person on page 154 isn’t at all the same one I introduced on page two, which means going back and inserting things and taking things out to give the person cohesion. I’ve never had a cohesive moment in my life, so I’m not sure why it’s necessary that my people do, but it is. 

and for something fun

Do you have a favorite quote?
Yes. From A. A. Milne. “‘What day is it?’ asked Pooh. ‘It’s today,’ squeaked Piglet. ‘My favorite day,’ said Pooh.” Thanks to Mr. Milne, I make it a point to have as many “favorite days” as I possibly can.

Do you have any hobbies?
I sew. I don’t do it particularly well, but I do it a lot. I make quilts mostly, and projects where there is need. I hardly ever watch TV, but I have it on while I sew, and the combination puts me in a nice, peaceful place.

Have you ever found true love?
If it’s love, it’s true, right? The fact that my first love didn’t end well didn’t make it any less true. I say that, but the fact that my last love is still the beginning and ending of my every day after 50 years—I guess maybe that’s my ultimate truth. So, yeah, I have, and I’m everlastingly grateful.

What is your favorite time of year and why?
Other than February, every time is my favorite. Even February has Valentine’s Day and my younger son’s birthday. I’ve always thought, even more now that I’m…of a certain age, that the journey is so much more fun and exciting than the destination. Therefore, every single time of the year is part of a journey and I like it. Except for February.

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Laura Strickland said...

Liz, I enjoyed your interview so much! I can relate to the image of you sewing with the TV on. I started "watching" hockey because it soothed me while I did embroidery. I got hooked--but alas, no playoffs this year.

Liz Flaherty said...

Thanks, Laura. I've watched the Anne of Green Gables series of movies soooo many times.

CB Clark said...

Enjoyable interview, Liz! Love your favourite quote. That little bear certainly has some wise words. Thanks for sharing.

GiniRifkin said...

HI Liz: Nice getting to learn more about you. And glad to know there is another slow writer out there. Good quote. Can't go wrong with the Pooh bear.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

I enjoyed your interview! Loved your quote.