Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, Liz.
Liz Galvano (Harshberger) has been writing since she was a little girl. Her stories combine old style adventure and romance with a dash of humor. She loves family, food, animals, and all things Italian. Liz lives with her husband Jeff, two rambunctious dogs, two entitled cats, and a horse who thinks she’s a princess.
According to her website, Liz grew up in a loving Italian family with four brothers and a sister. They spent long hours in the kitchen and filled their home with lots of love, laughter, fights, and makeups. She’s been a golf professional, a radio personality, a youth pastor (with her husband), and a counselor. What an interesting background. So let’s see how she answered our 3 questions.
What inspires you?
Liz: I get the best inspiration from three things:
- Nature – often great ideas come while I’m on horseback, out in the middle of nowhere. There’s just something about the sun on my face and the smell of earth. A horse is a great companion for discovery and inner-reflection.
- Cooking/baking. I’m Italian American so I grew up basically in the kitchen. I love to draw from my experiences as a child, familiar smells and sounds and recipes do that for me.
- Music. If you find me in the kitchen, I’ll be playing my music. Andrea Bocelli, Ill Volo, and stuff from my growing up days, such as Perry Como, Dean Martin and Al Martino. “When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie….” Music most definitely gets my creative juices going.
Sounds amazing, especially the Italian cookery. Suddenly I’m hungry for marinara sauce. Second question–
Liz: Sunshine State Yellow! I love the sunshine and I LOVE Florida. Bright sunny days with a balmy breeze in contrast to a turquoise sea…. What more could you want?
Yellow is the color of happiness–which definitely reminds me of sunny days. I love the picture you created there.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Liz: A story teller! I love to make up a tale. My favorite story teller is C.S. Lewis.
I was a storyteller when I was a kid, but it wasn’t a good thing. 🙂 Looks like you had a great start in life. C.S. Lewis is one of the best.
Her books– Messina, Book 1, The Casa Bella Chronicles. Book 2, Anna Lucia, will be out this month.
You can find out more about them and purchase the books from Liz, or at Amazon.com.
Here’s more information about the book:
Messina by Liz Galvano
Ominous words from the stone-faced physician at the temporary hospital greet her: “Welcome to hell, Miss James.” No description could be more accurate. Earthquake, tsunami, and fire have razed Messina, Sicily. In a single night in 1909, one hundred thousand people never wake up. Physician Lucille James is determined to help despite horrendous conditions, almost non-existent medical supplies, and the opposition of the medical community she worked so hard to join. Giovanni Castello, the man facing her now, stands as her biggest opponent. Surrounded by blood and death and pushed to the edge of exhaustion, Lucille relies on God as her only option. When God gives a gift, after all, a person must use it. Will she have the strength, courage, and faith to do so?