Today I’m delighted to introduce Liza Perrat. I first corresponded with Liza when I reviewed her latest novel The Silent Kookaburra. Since then we have stayed in touch and thanks to shared experiences have become friends.
Liza grew up in Australia, working as a general nurse and midwife. She has now been living in France for twenty-five years, where she works as a part-time medical translator and a novelist. She is the author of the historical The Bone Angel series. The first, Spirit of Lost Angels is set in 18th century revolutionary France. The second, Wolfsangel is set during the WW2 Nazi Occupation and the French Resistance, and the third novel – Blood Rose Angel –– is set during the 14th century Black Plague years.
Her latest novel, The Silent Kookaburra, is a psychological suspense set in 1970s Australia.
Liza is a co-founder and member of the writers’ collective Triskele Books and also reviews books for Bookmuse.
Which 5 pieces of music/songs would you include in the soundtrack to your life and why?
I seem to have got stuck in the 1980s as far as music goes, and haven’t really appreciated much music since this era. These are a few of my favourites, which I still love listening to:
Enola Gay by OMD
Heroes by David Bowie
Don’t You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
Avalon by Bryan Ferry
Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin.
Highlight 5 things (apart from family and friends) you’d find it hard to live without.
Dark chocolate from the Chocolaterie de la Fontaine, artisanal chocolate shop in the French village in which I live, reminiscent of Joanne Harris’s Chocolat.
A cool glass of the French wine, Viré Clessé.
Holidays featuring uncrowded beaches. In short, swimming. I only feel good when in the water.
My microwave (I detest cooking, so always make a huge amount at once, to freeze and microwave during the week).
Can you offer 5 pieces of advice you’d give to your younger self?
Don’t sweat the small stuff; life is too short.
Enjoy the moment; life, and moments, are short.
Lose weight BEFORE menopause sets in.
Don’t EVER start smoking. Thankfully a non-smoker these days, but it took years to finally kick that foul habit.
After high school, study what you want, not what you think you should, ie, follow your dreams. Otherwise you might regret it.
Tell us 5 things that most people don’t know about you.
I hate snobby people.
I love spending time on my own
I don’t suffer fools gladly
I’m not keen on French food, even though I’ve lived in France for the past 25 years, and it’s the gastronomic capital of the world.
Breast cancer almost-survivor!
What are the first 5 things you’d have on your bucket list?
Visit South America
See the Northern Lights
Go back to live in Australia permanently
Write lots more novels
Have a film made out of one of my books
Thanks for sharing with us Liza, as a lover of 1980’s music I can appreciate your music choices. I also hate snobby people and don’t suffer fools gladly, I can quite happily spend time on my own, just as long as I have plenty of books and tea (instead of wine). Good luck with achieving your bucket list, especially getting back to Australia and writing lots more novels. As we both know, life and moments can be short, so while it’s great to have dreams, making them reality is even better.
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The Silent Kookaburra – see my review here
All eleven-year-old Tanya Randall wants is a happy family. But Mum does nothing besides housework, Dad’s always down the pub and Nanna Purvis moans at everyone except her dog. Then Shelley arrives –– the miracle baby who fuses the Randall family in love for their little gumnut blossom.
Tanya’s life gets even better when she meets an uncle she didn’t know she had. He tells her she’s beautiful and could be a model. Her family refuses to talk about him. But that’s okay, it’s their little secret.
Then one blistering summer day tragedy strikes, and the surrounding mystery and suspicion tear apart this fragile family web.
Embracing the social changes of 1970s Australia, against a backdrop of native fauna and flora, The Silent Kookaburra is a haunting exploration of the blessings, curses and tyranny of memory.
The Bone Angel Series
Her mother executed for witchcraft, her father dead at the hand of a noble, Victoire Charpentier vows to rise above her impoverished peasant roots.
Forced to leave her village of Lucie-sur-Vionne for domestic work in Paris, Victoire suffers gruesome abuse under the 18th century old regime.
Imprisoned in France’s most pitiless madhouse, La Salpêtrière asylum, the desperate Victoire begins a romance with fellow prisoner Jeanne de Valois, infamous conwoman of the diamond necklace affair. With the help of the ruthless and charismatic countess, Victoire carves out a new life for herself.
Enmeshed in the fever of pre-revolutionary France, Victoire must find the strength to join the revolutionary force storming the Bastille. Is she brave enough to help overthrow the diabolical aristocracy?
As this historical fiction adventure traces Victoire’s journey, it follows too, the journey of an angel talisman through generations of the Charpentier family.
Amidst the intrigue and drama of the French revolution, the women of Spirit of Lost Angels face tragedy and betrayal in a world where their gift can be their curse.
Seven decades after German troops march into her village, Céleste Roussel is still unable to assuage her guilt.
1943. German soldiers occupy provincial Lucie-sur-Vionne, and as the villagers pursue treacherous schemes to deceive and swindle the enemy, Céleste embarks on her own perilous mission as her passion for a Reich officer flourishes.
When her loved ones are deported to concentration camps, Céleste is drawn into the vortex of this monumental conflict, and the adventure and danger of French Resistance collaboration.
As she confronts the harrowing truths of the Second World War’s darkest years, Céleste is forced to choose: pursue her love for the German officer, or answer General de Gaulle’s call to fight for France.
Her fate suspended on the fraying thread of her will, Celeste gains strength from the angel talisman bequeathed to her through her lineage of healer kinswomen. But the decision she makes will shadow the remainder of her days.
A woman’s unforgettable journey to help liberate Occupied France, Wolfsangel is a stirring portrayal of the courage and resilience of the human mind, body and spirit.
1348. A bone-sculpted angel and the woman who wears it––heretic, Devil’s servant, saint.
Midwife Héloïse has always known that her bastard status threatens her standing in the French village of Lucie-sur-Vionne. Yet her midwifery and healing skills have gained the people’s respect, and she has won the heart of the handsome Raoul Stonemason. The future looks hopeful. Until the Black Death sweeps into France.
Terrified that Héloïse will bring the pestilence into their cottage, Raoul forbids her to treat its victims. Amidst the grief and hysteria, the villagers searching for a scapegoat, Héloïse must choose: preserve her marriage, or honour the oath she swore on her dead mother’s soul? And even as she places her faith in the protective powers of her angel talisman, she must prove she’s no Devil’s servant, her talisman no evil charm.
Héloïse, with all her tragedies and triumphs, celebrates the birth of modern medicine, midwifery and thinking in late medieval times.
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I loved The Silent Kookaburra – first discovered Liza when she submitted it to RBRT, and we’ve become friendly since – it’s always so lovely when you have a genuine admiration for each other’s work!! And good to read her thoughts on this… so often, we say much the same things about the ‘tell your younger self’. The message is clear – live your life the way YOU want to live it!
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I wonder what our younger selves would actually think of us as we are now?
Liza’s book are all recommended by my fellow reviewers, lovely to see her here today.
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I’ve still to read the books in The Bone Angel series, but I’m looking forward to them. Good to see they come highly recommended.
Fab post! Great music choices 😀
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Thanks Nicki – I love 80’s music too x
Jill, what a lovely interview, and I have several things in common with her; she seems very engaging, and sigh, her books appear wonderful
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More for you to keep an eye out for Skye. x
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