Virgina Smith’s heroine interview

» Posted on May 13, 2009 in Blog | 14 comments

This week I’m hosting Amber Miller with her book, Copper and Candles, Virginia Smith with her book, Murder at Eagle Summit, and Amy Wallace with her book, Enduring Justice. If you want to enter the drawing for the book, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at The drawings end Sunday (May 17th) evening.

Interview with the heroine of Murder at Eagle Summit:

1. Liz, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

Probably the most interesting thing about me is a secret I’ve kept from my friends for the past three years. I was engaged once, to my college sweetheart, but I broke off our engagement in a rather, uh, traumatic way. It’s something I’m not proud of, so when I moved from Utah to Kentucky three years ago, I didn’t tell anyone. But now my friends and I are going back to Utah to play at my cousin’s wedding, and my ex-fiancé is the best man. So I just know it’s all going to come out.

2. What do you do for fun?

I play the cello. Music has always been a creative outlet for me, and besides, I just enjoy it. So at night, after work, I play my cello instead of watching television. I used to snow ski a lot, but I haven’t done it since I left college three years ago. But since my cousin’s wedding is being held at a romantic ski resort in Park City, Utah, I’m sure I’ll get to hit the slopes again.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?

Seeing my grandma again. She was furious when I broke off my engagement to Tim, and every time I’ve talked to her she brings it up again. She’s got a pretty sarcastic tongue (some people say I inherited it from her), so I always end up feeling guilty. Seeing her again at my cousin’s wedding is not something I’m looking forward to.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?

Ive had a couple of encounters with some pretty frightening people recently, and now people with a personal agenda and no conscience scare me. They’re ruthless.

Another thing that scares me—though I don’t admit this, even to myself—is the suspicion that I made a terrible mistake when I broke up with Tim. What if he was my only chance at happiness? What if I never meet anyone else who can measure up to him? I don’t want to end up like my grandmother, alone in my old age, cranky and sarcastic.

5. What do you want out of life?

What does everyone want? I want happiness, and to be loved. I want all the conflict in my life to be resolved. Maybe this trip to Park City will finally help me put the past behind me, and I can move forward finding someone to love.

6. What is the most important thing to you?

I know it sounds strange, but family is important to me. They’re my heritage, where I came from. I love heirlooms, because they’re a tangible reminder of all those who came before me. Even sarcastic old Grandma!

7. Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?

I do, but I’ve never been much of a fiction fan. I’m too practical. So I read anything I can get my hands on related to music, especially classical music. I love biographies, especially of the classic composers and artists. But truly, I don’t have time to read much. If you give me the choice between a book and a piece of music, I’ll be reaching for my cello within seconds.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I with I had a stronger faith, like my friend Caitlin. When something scary happens, like when we thought our room may have been searched at Eagle Summit Lodge, her first reaction was to pray. She’s always that way. I wish my first thought was to turn to the Lord instead of plowing into a situation with stubborn determination that usually ends up getting me in trouble.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

Not now. When I was growing up we had a cat, though. I think I prefer cats to dogs because they’re so independent. Like me.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

I’d go back to Vienna in 1673, when Johann Pachelbel was an organist at the famous Saint Stephen Cathedral


  1. Liz,
    The longer your walk with the Lord, and the more valleys He takes you through, you will find it easier to turn to Him first.

    I love this cover! What a great story line as implied by your heroine. You’ve used such beautiful things to wrap your plot in.

    As always, thanks Margaret.

  2. I love Virginia’s books. Love to win this one. Thanks.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  3. I haven’t read any of Virginia’s books and Liz comes across as a fascinating character, please enter me in the draw for this book.

    Thank you

    Ruth Dell

  4. I won this book and it really is good, best wishes to all of you

  5. Liz, your interview was great! Can’t wait to read your story – would love to win a copy! Blessings to you!

  6. What a unique way to interview about a book–do the heroine. Sounds like a winning book to me. Would love to win it since I’ve never read any of Virginia Smith’s books.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  7. Loved your interview and the cover to the book looks great. I would love to win a copy of your book. Have read a few of your books and love them.


  8. i would a chance to win one of these books thanks so much

  9. Oh count me in. I love Ginny’s books. I’m trying to keep up on all of them, so this would be a great addition to my collection.


  10. I have never ready Virgina’s books, but always down to try a new author. Please count me in on the drawing.

    QallieQ (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. The author sounds really down to earth and not afraid to question her decisions whether they are the right ones or not. I’d love a chance to read this book. Please enter me in the drawing.


  12. I know what you mean, Liz, the dread of seeing some people again after doing things I know they didn’t like. I hate the tension and anticipation of the same.

    Please don’t enter me in the drawing, Margaret. I’m here to cheer that author, Virginia Smith on and let her know I think her writing is FANTASTIC!! When I get caught up on some books I have on hand I will be looking more of her books up. Perhaps have a Virginia’s book-a-thon.

  13. I just got a copy of Ginny Smith’s Scent of Murder (and plan to stay up half the night reading it!) and would love to read Murder at Eagle Summit. I love her style, and her joy!

    joyteacher[at] gmail[dot]com

  14. I’m so glad you’ve all enjoyed Margaret’s chat with Liz, my heroine. Liz came so alive in my mind, and I loved her so much as I was writing this book, reading your comments feels like we’re talking about the success of one of my dear friends!

    If you don’t win the book from Margaret’s blog, keep in mind that I give away books on my website, too, including a ton of my own. I’d love to introduce you to Liz!

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