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Liz JohnsonLiz Johnson<div class="ExternalClassC46C1D3E5AA1416BB4D47256E66A3435"><h2>​<a href="https://phoenix.overdrive.com/phoenix-phoenixpl/content/media/5653135" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">A Dazzle of Diamonds</span></span> </a><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4">by Liz Johnson</span></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> <br><br></span></h2><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">​By day, Liz Johnson works in marketing, and she finds time to write late at night. She’s the author of more than a dozen novels, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories filled with true love and happy endings. Liz makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona where she enjoys theater, exploring local history, and doting on her nieces and nephews.</span><br></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What prompted you to write this book?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">When I visited Savannah, Georgia, several years ago, I fell in love with the city and its history. It’s a city of storytellers, and I loved writing about modern characters exploring history to uncover hope for their futures.</span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What attracted you to this genre: romance, mystery, non-fiction, etc.?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I’m a hopeless romantic, and I love writing stories of true love and happy endings. I’m all about tales of hope and inspiration that can help us all through difficult times. </span> <br></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Are any of the characters in your book based on real people and if so, who?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></h3></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">All of my characters are fictional, but I do like incorporating characteristics or personality quirks from those I know. My best friend—an event planner extraordinaire—inspired the heroine of <em>A Dazzle of Diamond</em><em>s</em> to be organized, thoughtful, and motivated to check off her to do list. </span> <br></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What type of research did you do to write your book?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I did a lot of research during my visit to Savannah, walking the historic streets. I was fascinated by the stories of the Union Army arriving in town in December 1864, which is the inspiration for the historical aspect of </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>A Dazzle of Diamonds</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">. I studied up on the path of Sherman’s March to the Sea and how the arrival of 60,000 soldiers affected a city of 30,000 residents. I also loved getting to know some of the residents and their affection for their hometown. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What book are you currently reading?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I’m currently catching up on my to be read pile after a busy season of writing. First up is </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>The Joy of Falling</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> by Lindsay Harrel. </span> <br><br></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Are you writing anything now? If so, when will it come out?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></h3></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I just finished writing my next book—<em>Beyond the Tides</em>—which will release next summer. I’m so excited to invite readers back to Prince Edward Island for a brand-new series about family, forgiveness, and the kind of love that heals all wounds. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">If you weren't a writer, what would you do?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">In my day job I’m in marketing, but I’ve always dreamed of working in a library surrounded by books!</span> <br></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Do you use your local library?  If so, which library is it and what do you do there?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I’ve missed going to the library during the pandemic! The Glendale Library is one of my favorite places. I love going there to browse books and to write in in quiet. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></p></div></div>

 

 

 

 

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