It is my privilege to welcome Elizabeth Noyes back to 3 Questions Wednesday. We have several things in common–she also goes by Betty, and we’re both published through Write Integrity Press–to name a couple. I’m a fan of her “Imperfect” series. If you like edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense, I urge you to get her books. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win her latest, Imperfect Trust.
So she can write good inspirational romantic suspense, but how did she answer our 3 questions? Let’s find out–
What books have fortified you as a writer? How?
Elizabeth: I’ve been an avid reader since fourth grade when I discovered and fell in love with The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley. Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden soon followed, but it wasn’t until eighth grade that I first stepped outside the role of voyeuristic reader and actually looked at the art of writing. I did a book report for extra credit in English, and checked out Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow because it was the only one on the list still in the library. Set in occupied Charleston in the midst of The Civil War, it was a difficult book to read, and not for the fainthearted. Ms. Bristow brought the imagery to life, made the characters real, so that I suffered and rejoiced with them. More than five decades later, those scenes and the feelings they evoked still remain with me. That’s when I realized the power of words.
What secret talents do you have?
Elizabeth: My brain is like one of those old computers whose memory bank is filled to capacity. Ever try to pull a piece of data out, but all you get is that spinning hourglass? Yep, that’s me. And yet, ask me a trivia question, and nine times out of ten the right answer pops out without me having to delve for it! As a trivia partner, I’m in high demand. (My daughter once called me from a Sports Bar to ask me a trivia question. Of course, they won!).
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Elizabeth: This question prompted an old, old memory. When my son was in kindergarten (many moons ago), his teacher had each child write a special note about their mother for Mother’s Day. His contribution? My Mom makes great sandwiches! My husband has teased me mercilessly about that ever since.
No, I won’t make sandwiches if you come for dinner. I would fall back on my mother’s tried and true recipe—pan-seared roast, slow cooked in a Dutch oven until fork-tender. The drippings would make a beautiful gravy for the homemade mashed potatoes, with fresh green beans, and yeast rolls. Um-mmm! Shades of my childhood.
Ah, comfort food! That sounds wonderful, count me in. Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy, busy schedule to answer our 3 questions.
Readers, Elizabeth Noyes is offering a copy of her latest novel, Imperfect Trust, to one reader. This is winner’s choice: Kindle or print. Leave a comment below for a chance to win. Keep reading for more information about this riveting novel–
Imperfect Trust, Imperfect Series, Book 2
Scarred by childhood tragedy and then abandoned by a mother who couldn’t handle a gifted child, Lucy Kiddron survived foster care to become a computer analyst for the government. Three years later, she’s poised to leave the agency and launch her own video game … until her final assignment goes
Wade Cameron understands betrayal. His ex-fiancé sold him out and now he’s neck deep in computer code, trying to find the back door she inserted. Worse, a smart-mouthed computer hacker has just flipped his world upside down.
A terrorist wants Wade’s computer program. A psycho killer wants Lucy’s life. And then the stakes are raised when a
sniper takes aim. But who’s the target—Wade or Lucy? The two risk everything as they muddle through a minefield of danger, distrust, and a burgeoning attraction that won’t be denied.
Elizabeth Noyes is a native of the Deep South and still speaks the language, even after traveling around the world for most of her adult life. She and her husband now live in the eastern suburbs of Atlanta where she recently retired from a career as a professional business writer and editor. “I thought I would have trouble filling my days now that I’m retired. Instead, it’s a challenge to squeeze in time for my writing between church, family, grandkids, friends, book marketing, and learning more than I ever wanted to know about social media. Somehow, though, the balance always comes.”
She is working on the 5-book Imperfect Series for Write Integrity Press. The first book, Imperfect Wings, was released in 2014. The second book, Imperfect Trust, released in 2015. Book 3, as yet untitled, is due out Summer 2016.