I’m pleased to welcome Liza O’Connor to my blog today! She’s going to be talking about her release SAVING CASEY and she’s got a giveaway to one lucky commenter!
CERIAN: So, tell us a little about yourself, Liza
LIZA: I live in Denville, NJ with my dog, Jess. We hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, I learned to fly small cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. I’m an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through my entire life, my first love has and always will be writing novels. I love to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.
CERIAN: Wow! I’m impressed! What a wonderful way to spend your life! I wanted to be a paleontologist when I was younger (I have a family connection to Sue the T-Rex-my cousin owned her briefly as she was found on his ranch). But my first love was writing too. When did you start writing?
LIZA: Given I was an experienced verbal bardette long before I learned to write, I may have been born telling stories. Only when I would try to share my dramatic and sad tales, someone would plug my mouth with a bottle or pacifier and change my diaper.
However, once my ability to spell got beyond ‘See Spot Run, run Spot run’, I shifted to the pencil and notebook, although I lacked the sense to keep my writings from those early years for prosperity. However, by the third grade I began collecting my prose and keeping it safe from people looking for fire starting material. (My brother was a bit of a fire bug).
My reply to history questions were usually so witty and satirical the teacher would have me read them aloud. I managed to make history fun. I was her favorite student. Good thing she had a sense of humor. Otherwise I would have failed five time over.
CERIAN: Oh, I wish you had been in my class because history was unbelievably dry. What does your writing area look like?
LIZA: It’s a mess. Any chance someone wants to clean it? It should look like a living room. That’s right, I write in my living room. Yes, that means I have no significant other—too high maintenance. I do have a dog. She hangs in my gorgeous glass solarium. But here she comes, even as I write this. What? No. It’s not time yet. Jess gets walked twice a day. And she wants her second walk early today. Go away! I’m working. (Good things I don’t plan to have children.)
CERIAN: My desk (located in the dining room) is pretty messy too. My kids don’t help, they’re constantly leaving stuff on it. I wish I could help you out on the cleaning thing. And I’m sure my dog will be looking for her walk soon too. Where do you get your inspirations for your stories?
LIZA: I dream about something odd and interesting. I’ll play around with it for another half hour in that fuzzy area between sleep and consciousness. Then if I think it has promise, I come down stairs and write a brief note about it, so I don’t forget. I don’t have much time before Jess arrives demanding her walk, so I have to get it down fast.
CERIAN: That’s sometimes the best times to come up with great ideas. What inspired you latest story?
LIZA: The teens of my friends inspired Saving Casey. The teens all seem to struggle more than I did, and they have great parents, so I wondered why. Were they just ignoring the good advice of their parents, or has their environment changed so much that our life experiences have no relevance to their problems. So, in a dream, I had a well-experienced, sensible old woman die and then awaken in the body of a seventeen year old troubled teen. And just to make sure she didn’t have an easy time with this turn around, I gave her ghoulish facial tattoos.
That of course made my main character dig deeper as to why the prior Casey had destroyed her life, face, and future over the last four years—what had happened that turned a sweet blonde cherub into ghoulish demon? I won’t ruin your read by telling you what happened, but turning this life around proved much harder than Cass initially thought. When you combined everyone’s negative opinion of her based on the prior Casey, her surging hormones which sent her into rages all too easily, and enemies actively getting her in trouble, all her life experiences weren’t helping that much.
CERIAN: Sounds fascinating! And definitely unique! What do you like to do besides write?
LIZA: When I’m not writing, I’m either hiking, gardening, or marketing these days. I have my life on an hourly schedule just to ensure I get everything done. I go from 7:30 to 12:00 midnight seven days a week. But don’t feel sorry for me. When you love what you do, that’s like saying I play all day long.
CERIAN: That’s the main thing, loving what you do and it sounds like you do. Okay, now for the quick question section.
Pick one word to describe yourself: funny
Favorite animal: my dog Jess. (She’s sitting right here staring at me. I can’t write anything else.)
Favorite comfort food: popcorn
Spring, summer, autumn or winter? For gardening: Spring, for writing: summer, and for hiking: autumn
Favorite book: Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
Favorite movie: Clueless because it’s an update of Jane Austen’s Emma and it’s very funny.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you want to do? I would write music.
Best vacation ever: The 4 months I spent in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji doing every life endangering activity possible.
Now let’s talk about SAVING CASEY, which is on sale on Amazon for 2.99 during the blog tour. The price goes back to 5.99 on April 5th!
Eighty-year-old Cass wakes up in the body of a troubled seventeen-year-old girl named Casey, which all believe has survived a suicide attempt. Cass intends to turn the girl’s life around, only it’s harder than she expects. All Casey’s troubles have now become Cass’s and someone wants her dead.
Thornton entered with a tall glass of green tea and bowl of nuts and dried fruit. “Thought you might want some nutrients after your work out.” He set down the tray. “And for future references, there are extra slippers in the bathroom closet where you found the robe.”
“Okay, now you’re creeping me out. Do you have a camera in the bathroom?”
“Of course not! However, I do monitor the gym. Your father put a camera in after his first heart attack.”
She had been about to take a sip of the tea when his words slammed her like a two ton truck.
The next moment Thornton knelt at her feet, scolding her for her lack of shoes, all the while picking up shards of glass.
“When did that happen?” Tears swelled in her eyes. She couldn’t lose her dad. Despite the terrible thing he did to Old Casey, he’d been nothing but wonderful to her. She needed him…damn it, she loved him. “Is he okay now? Is there something he should be doing but isn’t?”
Her butler-parent checked her feet to insure she hadn’t been hurt.
“Thornton, talk to me!”
He sighed heavily. “It’s not my place to discuss this. Nor should I have said anything. Most remiss of me.”
“I’ll keep your remissive moment a secret. Just tell me if he’s okay now.”
Thornton sighed heavily and looked up, meeting her worried gaze. “Turning your life around is the best thing you can do for your parents and yourself, and that is all I’m saying on the matter.”
“All right. If I ask Dad, I won’t mention this conversation. I have to look out for my butler-parent, too.”
He actually smiled before standing up. “I’ll bring you another green tea.”
“How about a diet Dr. Pepper in a can—since I’ve proven unreliable with glassware.”
Another smile. What a great day!
“I’ll see what I can do,” he said and left the walk-in closet.
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I live in Denville, NJ with my dog, Jess. We hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, I learned to fly small cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. I’m an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through my entire life, my first love has and always will be writing novels. I love to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.
GIVEAWAY!! Liza will award a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Plus, one lucky commenter on this blog stop today will receive: $5 Amazon GCs, tattoos like Casey’s, or offer to place tattoos like Casey’s on a jpg picture supplied by winner. Make sure you leave your email address when you comment! (spell out “at” and “dot”).