Monday, August 23, 2010

Liz Johnson's "Vanishing Act"


We're happy to have Liz Johnson with us today talking about her book, Vanishing Act. To learn more about Liz and her book, read on!

1) How did this story come to you?
The hero of this story, Nate Andersen, is a minor character in my first novel The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn, and I was really excited to get to tell his story. And while the town is fictional, it was great to set the story in Colorado, where I lived for almost four years.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
The road to publication on this book was a blast! I wrote the book at my own pace because I wasn't under contract on it yet, and when I was done I sent it off to my editor. We'd talked a bit about it as I was working on it, but she hadn't seen any sample chapters or anything. While I'd love to say a few weeks after sending it in, my editor bought it, that wasn't quite the way it went. She asked me to make some changes, which I was happy to do. When I sumbitted the second time, I sat back and waited ... sometimes not so patiently. Then at the ACFW conference in Denver last year, I had a chance to speak with the senior editor for the Love Inspired Suspense Line. About two weeks later my editor called and offered me a contract. And the rest is editing history.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
Three things! I don't know if I have three surprising things. Let's see ... I won my fantasy football league last season, I love nearly everything to do with the Civil War era, and I didn't learn to ice skate until I was 25 when I took lessons through the city of Colorado Springs.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
Right now I'm working on a few proposals for new ideas, including a possible series about military for Love Inspired Suspense. I just finished my third novel for them, which is due out in March 2011. Code of Justice features a Heather Sloan, one of the minor characters in Vanishing Act. Heather's sister is killed in a helicopter crash, and Heather sets out to track down the drug ring that brought the helicopter down.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks so much for having me! It's a pleasure to be here, and I appreciate the support!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I love hearing from my readers, and they can find me online at http://www.lizjohnsonbooks.com/ and they can e-mail me at Liz@lizjohnsonbooks.com.

23 comments:

  1. I love this site please register me for the contest. I wont say how i hate to be first :)

    chaarmedone1512@aol.com

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  2. Thanks for the interview! I always love discovering new authors, and I would love to read your book! potosrose(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I subscribe to your blog via e-mail.Vanishing Act sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

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  4. The Love Inspired Suspense line was new to me until a couple of months ago when I read a selection for a book club I'm a member of. I was pleasantly surprised. Your book looks very interesting. I'm wondering if you need to read book one first or can this one be stand alone?

    Anyway, I'd love to be considered for your book giveaway.

    Brandi
    vi2005@aol.com

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  5. Would love to read this suspenseful novel. Thanks for introducing it to us.

    Happy Reading!
    Lmaria23@hotmail.com

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  6. Ooohhh, I love a good mystery and this sounds very good indeed! I would love to win this novel.

    Pam
    bookworm1414 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  7. I love suspense from Love inspired. Please add me on to register to win...Thanks :D

    Linda
    strgth4yu@hotmail.com

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  8. I've never read a novel by Liz Johnson, but reading the q&a about her novels makes me want to put some on my TBR pile. I love thriller/suspense.

    I'm subscribed via email.

    readingatthebeach(@)gmail(.)com

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  9. Great sounding book! Please enter me. Thank you!
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  10. Thank you Liz for offering a giveaway. I love Love Inspired books and your story sounds exceptionally good. I'm a subscriber to KDawn's great blog. Please add my name to the giveaway. I appreciate it.

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  11. I adore Nate and would love to read this book
    where he is now the main character!
    Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  12. Thanks for the offer to win this book - it sounds really good. I've just recently discovered the Love Inspired Suspense books and have enjoyed the couple I've read so far. The premise of this one and your upcoming one both sound extremely interesting. The cover really grabs my attention, also.

    Blessings to you both~
    bgrider2@cox.net

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  13. I read the first and loved it. I can wait to read this one. I had hoped you would continue the story. Great post... Believe when you start it you will not want to put it down...
    Heidi

    heidijohnjeff@verizon.net

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  14. I love this website and reading about the books on here and seeing what books that I want to read. Please enter me for the giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  15. The cover alone makes me want to read this one!
    Please enter me in the drawing.

    janmarien[at]embarqmail[dot]com

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  16. hope to win karen at k521@msn.com

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  17. Thanks so much for having me on this week! Brandi - no need to read my first book The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn first. The books have overlapping characters, but you certainly won't be lost in Vanishing Act if you haven't read Kenzie.

    Heidi - I'm thrilled that you enjoyed The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn.

    Hope you all get a chance to read Vanishing Act! Thanks for your comments.

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  18. Sign me up. Thanks.
    gahome2mom/at/gmail/dot.com

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  19. Love the love inspired books. Please include me in this giveaway. thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  20. I'm looking forward to reading Vanishing Act, please include me in the drawing. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

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  21. I would love to win this book! It sounds really good! I'm a subscriber.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  22. please count me in...thanks :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  23. Liz, I like your idea of writing a Love Inspired suspense story based on the military. My husband was a career military officer, so I could relate to a story a lot. From the distaff side, there were many wonderful experiences for the entire family to enjoy. That would appeal to me. I'm a subscriber and a follower of this blog. Thanks for the giveaway and opportunity to win.

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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