The Good Widow
Lake Union Publishing, June 2017)
Liz Venton/Lisa Steinke
Authorlink Audio Interview with Liz Venton with Lisa Steinke
Audio Length: 15 minutes
A Conversation with Liz Fenton, co-author with Lisa Steinke of THE GOOD WIDOW.
Bestselling co-authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke are a dynamic and influential literary duo with legions of devoted and passionate readers. Their three wildly popular novels (Your Perfect Life, The Status of All Things, and The Year We Turned Forty) skillfully blend women’s fiction with magical realism to explore questions we all have about life, relationships, and happiness. Consistently named the hottest, must-read books of their season, their novels have been compared to works by Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffin, and Jennifer Lancaster and have been praised by InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s World, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, among others.
Now, with their highly anticipated suspense debut THE GOOD WIDOW (Lake Union Publishing; on-sale June 1, 2017), they deliver a twisty page-turner about marriage, betrayal, and trust as a woman discovers her husband of eight years died tragically on a trip he shouldn’t have been on with a woman he should never have been with.
Authors Liz and Lisa have been best friends for 25 years and though they live half-way across the country from one another, they manage to develop bestselling novels. In this AUDIO interview, Authorlink talks to Liz Fenton to take a closer look at how the writing duo works–who writes what, who edits what, and what is the secret to their success?
We particularly wanted to know why Liz and Lisa switched from women’s fiction to suspense and the details of their writing process.
In THE GOOD WIDOW, Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales, is an elementary school teacher whose marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar, and happy enough. So when two police officers show up at her door to deliver the news that her husband, who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, was killed in a car accident in Hawaii, and he wasn’t alone—she’s blindsided and devastated.
For Jacks, laying her husband to rest is hard. Grieving the life she thought she had and reconciling that with the truth of what their relationship was, is almost too much to bear. Did she ever truly know her husband? Did he ever love her? And worse, did he love this other woman more? As she struggles with these questions, others arise about the mystery woman her husband spent his final moments with. And when her grieving fiancé, Nick, shows up at Jacks’ house suggesting they go in search of the truth together, Jacks is too curious and desperate for answers to see how potentially reckless and damaging this journey could be. As they retrace the doomed lovers’ last days in paradise, following the twisting path of that fateful road, Jacks is learning that nothing is ever as it seems. Not her marriage. Not her husband. And most certainly not his death…
Chilling, heartrending, and at times darkly funny, THE GOOD WIDOW is Fenton and Steinke at their best.
As best friends, Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have survived high school, college, and the publishing of three novels together. Liz lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and two children. Lisa, a former talk show producer, now lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her husband, daughter, and two bonus children. Visit Liz and Lisa at www.lizandlisa.com.
THE GOOD WIDOW: A Novel
Praise for THE GOOD WIDOW
*A Publishers Weekly Best Book of Summer*
“Fans of Joy Fielding will appreciate the story’s fast pacing and sympathetic main character.”
—Publishers Weekly, Best Book of Summer
“The twisted thriller you’ll be dying to read this summer.”
“Fenton and Steinke (The Year We Turned Forty) deliver a complicated tale of love, loss, intrigue, and disaster…[T]his drama keeps the pages turning with shocking twists until the bitter end. A great read; recommended for admirers of Jennifer Weiner and Rainbow Rowell.”
“Fenton and Steinke’s talent for domestic drama comes through… For readers who enjoy suspense writers like Nicci French.”
“An irresistible and twisty page-turner, THE GOOD WIDOW should come with a delicious warning: This is not the story you think it is.”
—Deb Caletti, author of He’s Gone
“THE GOOD WIDOW led me along a winding, treacherous road and made a sharp, startling turn that I didn’t see coming. Unputdownable!”
—A. J. Banner, #1 Amazon bestselling author of The Good Neighbor and The Twilight Wife
“THE GOOD WIDOW is both heartrending and suspenseful, deftly navigating Jack’s mourning and the loss of her less-than-perfect marriage. The writing is sharp and evocative, the Hawaiian setting is spectacular, and the ending was a wonderful, twisty surprise. A quintessential summer beach read!”
—Kate Moretti, author of The Vanishing Year