Saturday, 25 September 2021

Novelist’s success is ‘a dream come true’

A WRITER from Watlington has had her second novel published.

A WRITER from Watlington has had her second novel published.

Liz Harris, 61, of St Leonard’s Close, says the last year has been a “dream come true” after her debut novel A Road Back won Coffee Time Romance book of the year in America and was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon award in the UK.

“It’s been an absolutely amazing year,” she said. “It has been very busy and I don’t think I have ever worked harder. It has been marvellous to know people are reading what I have written. It is a dream.”

Her latest release A Bargain Struck is set in Wyoming in 1887 and tells the story of a widower who advertises for a wife to raise his young son — although the woman he chooses has not been entirely honest about her credentials.

The novel, inspired by a radio programme about mail order brides, has been reviewed in the Daily Mail, which described it as a “sure hit” and was chosen as Radio Marlow’s book of the month.

Mrs Harris, 61, says the novel was inspired by a radio programme about mail order brides which she listened to on the way to meet a friend for lunch.

“By the time I reached the restaurant I had decided on the theme,” she recalls.

“I do like romantic themes but I hope that my characters are always credible and it is always based on what happends in reality- people meet and fall in love.”

She admits that she was wrong in assuming that the novel would be easier to write than her debut because most of the information she found was based in the two decades before her novel is set.

However, Mrs Harris persevered with her research and even visited a ranch at the foothills of the Rocky mountains in Wyoming in order to gain a greater understanding of the area.

She has already finished her next book, A Far Place, which will be released next year.

It tells the story of Peter, a character from her debut novel, who moves to England after 16 years of living in Ladakh.

Mrs Harris said: “People from all over the world have written to me after reading the Road Back.

“Many of them were interested in what had happened to Peter and it has been very interesting in that the novel was, in a way, decided by the people who have read my first book.”

A Bargain Struck is published by Choc Lit (£7.99) and is available from good book shops and online.



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liz riding Liz Harris riding in a ranch at the foothills of the Rocky mountains in Wyoming

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