You know what’s the best part of having another author for a bestie? I mean besides all the other great things about Liz Flaherty? When you need someone to fill a slot, you can say, “I have no one in the Author Spotlight this week. Want to dash off something?” And she does!
Liz Flaherty spends non-writing time sewing, quilting, and wanting to travel. The author of 20-some books and her husband Duane share an old farmhouse in North Central Indiana that they talk about leaving. However, that would require clearing baseball trophies from the attic and dusting the pictures of the Magnificent Seven, their grandchildren, so they’ll probably stay where they are.
Find Liz in all her social media places at https://linktr.ee/LizFlaherty She’ll be glad to hear from you!
So, mes amies, I give you my bestie… Liz, take it away (and thanks!)…
Early McGrath of A Soft Place to Fall is in the top three of my favorite heroines among the ones I’ve written. I’ve never thought all that much about why, but when Nan asked if I’d like to “dash off something” for one of my favorite blogs—hers—it opened that particular door.
As writers, we talk a lot about the arcs of our protagonists. About their growth from the starting point of the book—when something happens—to its culmination—when they reach their happily ever after.
So what do I love so much about Early? She’s 46, fifteen or so pounds overweight, and has about as much glamour going on as…well, she doesn’t. She “had” to get married at 16, finished high school on the GED program, and never sought further education because she didn’t have time.
Her arc needs to be pretty broad, doesn’t it? She needs to get prettier, thinner, and become a poster girl for getting a degree with four grown kids in the audience. She needs to repair her 30-year marriage or go on from its end and build a new life.
There’s nothing wrong with Early the way she is, and there’s not that much wrong with Nash (although, come on, he’s a guy…), but they’ve lost track somewhere along the way. Instead of going forward on a swooping arc, maybe they need to step back and work with what they have.
It’s not that simple, of course. Things change a lot for them, but the things that matter, that made them love each other 30 years ago? Those don’t need an arc—they just need some polishing up.
I hope you read and enjoy Early and Nash’s story.
A Soft Place to Fall
Only what is someone who’s spent her life taking care of other people supposed to do when no one needs her anymore? Even as the threads of her life unravel, she finds new ones – reconnecting with the church of her childhood, building the quilt shop that has been a long-time dream, and forging a new friendship with her former husband.
The definition of freedom changes when it’s combined with faith, and through it all perhaps Early and Nash can find a Soft Place to Fall.