This week, we’re delighted to welcome new author Liz Shoaf to Love Inspired Suspense! Here is her story…
I’ve loved reading romance and suspense since high school—I even won a writing contest during my junior year—but the idea to actually write a book took root when I lost three fingers in an accident. I stayed with my mom for several weeks during the surgeries (hubby missed me terribly), and while enjoying the special pampering only a mother can give, I read every romance I could get my hands on during my recovery.
Writing for Harlequin is every girl’s dream, and I’m no different. I submitted several manuscripts to them early in my writing career, but wasn’t far enough along in my skill-set to sell. I had a lot to learn, so before I made another attempt, I wrote several full-length novels and sold them to a print-on-demand publishing house. It was a good place to start and they taught me a lot.
Then I felt it was time to give Harlequin another shot. By this time I had been in a critique group for several years and had attended conferences and such. The yearly ACFW conference was coming up, and I had started writing a Love Inspired Suspense, but was only on chapter four. I really, really wanted to pitch the book and took a chance.
I pitched the book to Tina James and she told me to go home and finish the book as soon as possible and get it on her desk. I worked like a maniac, finished the book by the end of the year, and sent it in as soon as I finished the synopsis and cleanup.
Months passed while I waited, but I was ecstatic when I received word from Dina Davis that she wanted some rewrites on the book. I calmed down and went to work. After sending it back in, time seemed to slow to a crawl, but on December 1st, 2016, my agent sent me a magical email saying that Dina was interested in offering me a deal. She asked my agent if she could speak to me on the phone, and I said YES!
So, after fifteen years of writing, and sweating rejections, along with a few successes, I FINALLY GOT THE CALL.
Dina wanted to know if I could meet several deadlines, and if I could, she offered me a release date in September 2017. Of course, you all know my answer, Yes, I can meet the deadlines, then I hung up the phone and had a nice little private panic attack. 🙂
After my heart settled down, I got to work and met all those deadlines.
Ever since I lost those three fingers (and yes, I can type just as fast with seven fingers), writing has become my passion. The pen is infinitely more powerful than the sword, and I hope to touch people’s hearts and lives through the words that I hope will never stop flowing through me.
Look for Liz Shoaf’s debut Love Inspired Suspense Betrayed Birthright September 2017!
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