Saturday, August 27, 2022

Interview With Liz Parker, Novelist


1. What motivated you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and turning it into this book?

I wanted to play with the idea of how family shifts and evolves over the course of your life. When we’re young, many of us are raised with clear instructions that family is everything, but as the years build on themselves, a natural ebb of family gatherings and traditions take place. But the love remains, and the shared memories of where we started. I asked myself: what if a group of cousins who had drifted apart were suddenly thrust into a situation where they needed to truly work together?

2. What is it about and who is it for?

As with many family dramas, this is for anyone who has a loving-yet-complicated relationship with their family. It’s for the reader who can read these characters and think, “I am Penny,” or “I know Halsey.”

3. What takeaways might the reader will be left with after reading it?

I hope readers see that this particular family is worth fighting for, and that the answer to any problem is usually at the end of an honest conversation. I have a saying, “Don’t jump before the bridge appears,” which really just means, when you think you’re out of options, help is usually on the way. 

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design? 

I credit my brilliant editor with the title (thank you, Alicia Clancy!), and my gifted cover designer. 

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?

Don’t worry about forgetting your idea for a book — the great ones stick to your ribs and refuse to let go. When you’re ready to write, you’ll find the extra time will materialize right in front of you.

6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?

I see us gravitating towards happier stories. I see us hearing and seeking unheard voices, and reading outside our comfort zones. I see bright things, and faith that the supply chain issues will be resolved!

7. What challenges did you overcome to write this book?

I wrote this book on an incredibly tight deadline — I had about four months to write a draft - and I have a very full time job. The challenge was discipline: how could I map out a writing style that would get the manuscript over the finish line, but not so stringent I couldn’t account for an off day when the words wouldn’t come? It took a ton of mental fortitude AND compassion for myself. But mostly, it took the faith that I could do it: I had to believe in myself and my writing in a way I hadn’t before, and not giving in to negative thinking or self-talk was the difference between delivering a final manuscript and not.

8. How would you describe your writing style?

Slow and steady wins the race! I write for a few hours every weekend — it sounds too minimal to ever amount to anything, but: if you keep writing the same story for many weekends, you’d be shocked to find that after six or seven months you’ve got a full manuscript.  

9. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours? 

The Family Compound is a heartfelt, funny, and wonderfully memorable family drama. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll jump for Penny and Andrew and Halsey and Heather’s love stories. You’ll want to see these cousins figure out how to save their hill, and you’ll feel like you’re sitting right in the middle of Stowe, Vermont the whole time you’re reading.


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