Welcome, Liz Grace Davis to the blog today. She's discussing her release, Chocolate Aftertaste.
When did you begin your writing career?To tell you the truth, I don’t really know. I just started writing. I published my first novel in January.
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set outline?I usually don’t use an outline unless I’m stuck. But I am starting to get myself used to outlining before writing a novel. Actually, my upcoming novel, Honeysuckle & Jasmine, is outlined. I’m so proud of myself.
Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?Historical Romance. Maybe one day I’ll have the guts.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I just wanted to be happy. I didn’t have a very happy childhood. It inspired my novel, Tangi’s Teardrops.
What do you like to do for fun and relax?
I love to sit back with a good book and my favorite snacks. Designing book covers is also my second love, after writing.
Now, about your story, Chocolate Aftertaste What can you tell us about it?
Chocolate Aftertaste is the story of a woman, Nora, who has a very controlling father. He makes all the important decisions in her life, even when it comes to her love life. All her life she has done her very best to live up to his expectations, sacrificing her own happiness.
Until she almost makes a major mistakes and realizes it’s time to take back the control. She flees to another town looking of a new beginning and maybe love. She soon learns that starting over and falling in love brings along its own challenges. But what matters most is that she has made her own choices and is ready to enjoy the benefits of those choices and deal with the consequences.
What influenced the idea for this story?The fact that there are so many people out there who sweep their dreams under the carpet just to make others happy. We sometimes give people too much power over our lives.
What was the most difficult thing/scene to write in this story?Every scene in which Nora got her heart broken broke mine. But I had to trust she would make it out of the ashes.
What makes this couple perfect for one another?
They went through a lot together. The challenges they encountered polished their love. The love they feel for each other is not just a fairytale. It’s real.
Did the story turn out the way you planned from the beginning? If not, what change happened that you didn’t expect?
The ending was rewritten twice. In the first ending, I chose a different man for Nora. But I wasn’t satisfied at all. I couldn’t shake the feeling that he wasn’t the right man for her. In the end I allowed her to make her own choice.
What do you hope readers take with them after they’ve read this story?
Take advice from other people but make your own choices. It’s your life. Only you know your heart’s deepest desires.
Fast & Fun:
Harry Potter or Twilight?Twilight
Wine or beer?
Chocolate or Vanilla?None. Salty?
Heels or running shoes?
What place to travel is on your Bucket List?The Maldives
Thank you for stopping by, Liz. We wish you the best of luck.Kacey, thank you so much for the interview. I really enjoyed answering your questions. I wish you a lovely day.
Liz Grace Davis
At her pre-wedding dinner, Nora Darkin, the daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur, discovers her fiancé is not the man she thought he was. As her father hoists his glass to toast them, she makes an announcement: there will be no wedding to her father's right-hand man.
Due to the fresh rift driven between her and her father, Nora escapes to the quaint town of Dreara. Determined to live her life her own way, she makes new friends and pursues her lifelong desire of becoming a chef. Ethan Danes, a neighbour with his own broken heart, helps soothe hers.
Just as Nora discovers what it means to be happy, and she begins to fall in love with Ethan, a woman from his past re-enters his life…
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Nora turned her attention back to the reality in front of her. She hated arguments; sometimes she wished she could hide somewhere, just wait them out. Unfortunately, life was not like that.
She lifted her eyes to meet Liam’s. The ice in his eyes had not melted. She dropped her gaze.
Instead of flirting with her appetite, the large marinated tiger prawns made her stomach queasy, and the oriental noodles looked like neglected yarn left out in the rain. From the way he dissected his steak, Liam’s appetite was just fine. She gritted her teeth as his knife scraped the porcelain plate.
Unable to bear the silence between them, she leaned forward and whispered, “I hate it when you ignore me.”
“What do you want me to say?” He chewed the last of his food and waved for the waiter. “We’re done.”
The waiter nodded and scuttled over to remove their plates.
When the waiter was out of earshot, Nora hissed through clenched teeth, “I wasn’t done.”
Liam took a swig of water, probably wishing it were something stronger. “You didn’t look like you were hungry.”
“Stop treating me like a child,” she snapped.
“Stop acting like one.”
Nora’s cheeks heated. She contained her anger with difficulty. “That’s really insensitive.”
“What do you want from me, Nora?” A vein pulsed in his neck. “What exactly do you want me to say?”
“Say you want me to be happy.” Her eyes brimmed. “Don’t ask me to get rid of my best friend.”
He loosened his tie—and then slammed his fist on the table, knocking over Nora’s glass of water. The silver stream raced straight for her lap.
The waiter appeared as if from nowhere to replace the white tablecloth with a new one. Nora forced a smile and whispered an apology. The waiter nodded, and a minute later he left.
Ignoring the curious looks they got from the other diners, she dabbed at the moisture on her black jeans. “You can’t always explode every time I refuse to do what you want.”
Liam ignored her. “Ask to pay. I want to leave.”
Nora flinched, but abided. Paying wasn’t so bad—so long as it was fair. On their first and second date, he paid. On their third and a few more after that, they went Dutch. After one year, he asked her to pay for an occasional meal until it became an unspoken arrangement between them. The only thing Liam had paid for himself in three years was her engagement ring.
About the Author:Liz Grace Davis grew up in Angola, Namibia, South Africa and Germany. She now lives with her husband in Vienna, Austria.
Growing up, Liz spent most her days in libraries, diving into the world of books. In her spare time she reads a lot, travels, creates jewelry and designs digital scrapbooks. That's of course when she's not weaving stories. She's in her element whenever she is doing anything that requires creativity.
Liz is the author of a young adult fantasy novel, Tangi's Teardrops, and a romantic women's fiction novel, Chocolate Aftertaste.