Liz Adair: Mormon Author
Liz Adair is a writer who calls herself a late bloomer because she didn’t start writing until “AARP started sending invitations to join.” Her first venture into writing was the Spider Latham Mystery series with titles that include The Lodger, After Goliath, Snakewater Affair, and, later, Trouble at the Red Pueblo. Her next book, The Mist of Quarry Harbor, was a romantic suspense novel.
She then wrote Counting the Cost, a novel based on family history, which won the 2009 Whitney Award and was a finalist for the Willa Award and the Arizona Publisher Association’s Glyph Award. With daughters Terry Gifford and Ruth Lavine, she edited Lucy Shook’s Letters from Afghanistan. She contributed a Christmas novella entitled Amy’s Star with a short story penned by her brother Ron Shook in A Kane County Christmas.
Adair then went back to the romantic suspense genre and wrote Cold River. She has also written The McCarran Collection and rewrote Counting the Cost and released it as Interlude at Cottonwood Springs. She serves on LDStorymakers’ board of directors and is a member of American Night Writers Association. While living in the Pacific Northwest, she chaired the annual Northwest Writers Retreat. After moving back to her roots in Kanab, Utah, and Fredonia, Arizona, she became active with Red Rock Writers. She was born in southern New Mexico.
Previously, Adair enjoyed other interests: she worked as a forensic scheduler on schedule delay analyses, established a speciality wholesale bakery next to her home, and became a reading specialist and taught school for several years. Her family, consisting of husband, Derrill, and seven children (three of whom are adopted) lived for a time in an old farmhouse and lived the life of milking cows, caring for chickens and pigs, putting up hay, and planting a huge garden.
Adair is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.