The Couple Who Writes Together Authors Liz Curtis Higgs and Bill Higgs meld their differing personalities into a Christian version of yin and yang
By Kristy Robinson Horine
iz Curtis first saw Bill Higgs across a crowded room. She, a popular WHAS radio personality, was scheduled to introduce singer and pianist Twila Paris in concert that night. He also was a radio employee, from WLXM. Though the look was the standard beginning of a romance, it was simply the spark of the story that the Louisville couple eventually would write together. “We really met at a wedding not long after the concert. Mutual friends were getting married, and I went to the wedding as a single woman—always a challenge,” Liz explains. “People expect you to come, be happy and bring a gift. That’s asking a lot when you are not dating and not having any prospects.” Bill chimes in with his side of the story. “I knew Liz by reputation long before I met her,” he says. He recounts in his sure, measured voice how he used 38
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to tell folks that he married the woman he saw from a billboard. WHAS advertized a promotion that featured Liz holding a flamingo. “That’s another story, though.” With a laugh, Liz takes us back to the sanctuary where the couple met “for real.” “At this wedding, a few rows behind me was this handsome man I vaguely recognized. So, I felt emboldened to go back. He, too, was by himself. I thought that was a good sign. He was smiling at me. I thought that was a very good sign,” she says. “I introduced myself and said, ‘Welcome.’ Eight months later, I said, ‘I do’ for real.” Sprinkled with good-natured humor and a refreshing honesty about their strengths and weaknesses, their voices combine into a solid narrative that spans the past 32 years. Despite their similarities of a radio background and literary gifts, the couple recounts the many differences in their lives.
Kentucky Monthly magazine February 2018