Liz Adair

Liz AdairLiza Adair was born in southern New Mexico and attended school in small towns in New Mexico, Wyoming, Alaska, Utah, and Arizona. She graduated from Fredonia High and NAU (then Arizona State College).

Liz married Derrill Adair in 1963, and they had four children of their own and adopted three more. Liz became a reading specialist and taught school for several years, but decided she needed to stay home to be a full-time wife and mother. She calls that her ‘Mother Earth’ decade when they lived in an old farmhouse and milked cows, had chickens and pigs, put up hay, and raised a huge garden.

Then came the ‘Business Mogul’ decade when Liz established a specialty wholesale bakery next to the farmhouse in a little building that Derrill built into a commercial kitchen. “Both of those experiences let me teach my children to work,” she says. “I don’t pine for a lost career.”

The ‘Literary Decade’ began in 1989 and is still going on. Books by Liz Adair include the Spider Latham Mystery Series, consisting of The Lodger, After Goliath, Snakewater Affair and Trouble at Red Pueblo. Mist of Quarry Harbor is a romantic suspense set in Arizona and Washington State. Her romantic suspense set in Pacific Northwest timber country and titled Cold River came out in October 2011. Liz Adair is also the co-editor (with her daughters Terry Gifford and Ruth Lavine) of Lucy Shook’s Letters from Afghanistan. Her book Counting the Cost, a novel based on family history, won the 2009 Whitney Award and was a finalist for the Willa Award and Arizona Publisher Association’s Glyph Award.  Liz’s Western Novella: Hidden Spring is included in A Timeless Romance Anthology: Old West Collection, released May, 2014. Her newest addition to the Spider Latham Mystery Series: Trouble at the Red Pueblo, is scheduled for publication in Early Summer 2014.

Liz and husband, Derrill, live in Kanab Utah. Liz is active in American Night Writers Association and LDStorymakers and belongs to the Skagit Valley Writer’s League. She also chairs the the annual Kanab Writers Conference.