About brothers and sisters and teenagers
by Liz Flaherty
Thank you for having me here today.
The only teenagers I raised were the ones I’d known since birth, whose diapers I’d changed and whose personalities I’d had something to do with and who I loved more than I ever thought it was possible to love anyone.
So what a surprise it was when the opening scene of Nice to Come Home To included not only Cass, the heroine, but her sixteen-year-old half sister Royce as well. I am an admitted pantser when it comes to writing—it’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that I can’t plot my way out of a paper bag—but usually I know the people I’m writing about pretty well. At least until they take off on their own.
Which is what happened in this story. Cass has temporary custody of Royce, and the hero, Luke, is sharing his house with his younger brother, Seth. It’s Seth’s senior year in high school and their parents had to move away to follow their father’s job. No one—especially a kid who’s a starter on both the football and basketball teams—wants to move during senior year. I might add that two single people in their thirties who’ve never had kids of their own might be somewhat hesitant about sharing their homes with walking, talking hormones, but that’s neither here nor there. Royce and Seth were in the story and they were there to stay.
And I have to say they added some fun to the writing—I hope you enjoy them in the reading, too. I will admit I tend to give teenagers in my books mostly good days. You very seldom see them when they’re sullen, grumpy, self-involved, or just generally pains in the neck. This doesn’t mean they don’t get that way, only that I don’t usually write about it.
The nice thing is the sweetness and depth Royce and Seth lend to the journey their sister and brother navigate in NICE TO COME HOME TO.
Our family suffered the loss of my brother Dan this May. I’m not used to him being gone, but I think so often these days of his part in my life. I remember when Dan was teaching me to drive—on the road—and who did we meet on his way home from work but my dad? Dan did some mumbling and some cussing, but all Dad said when we got home was, “Maybe you better get your permit before you drive on the road.” Dan didn’t stop teaching me to drive, but we did make sure Dad wasn’t going to catch us.
I hope you enjoy NICE TO COME HOME TO, and I hope you’ll share some sibling memories of your own with us here today. Thanks for coming by!
Nice to Come Home ToPublished by Harlequin Heartwarming
by Liz Flaherty
Publication Date August 1, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance
Written for: Adults
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For Cass Gentry, coming home to Lake Miniagua, teenage half sister in tow, is bittersweet. But her half of the orchard she inherited awaits, and so does a fresh face—Luke Rossiter, her new business partner. Even though they butt heads in business, they share one key piece of common ground: refusing to ever fall in love again. But as their lives get bigger, that stance doesn’t feel like enough…
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