by Liza O’Connor
Welcome Liza O’Connor to the blog. Liza will be awarding a digital copy of “Worst Week Ever” to a randomly drawn commenter at every stop, and a grand prize of one $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during this tour and her Virtual Book Tour.
Woohoo! You are a published author. Describe a strong character trait you possess, good or bad, and how it helped you become a published author. I take the job of being funny seriously. I believe all books should have moments of humor in them, as should my blogs and my tweets. While I’m not beyond making a reader cry, I enjoy making them laugh best of all.
Sometimes an author begins writing a story before they are aware of its genre. Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you? I write the story without worrying about what genre it will fit into. Businesswise, this is poor strategy. A better path would be to assess which genres are selling and write a story precisely to those specs.
Sadly, the creative storyteller in me doesn’t care about sales. Characters are created and they take the story where they take it. It makes my stories most unpredictable, but sometimes difficult to classify.
The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? I’m a 110% character driven, whether they wear pants or not.
Fear 101: As writers it is our duty to make our characters face their fears. Have you ever included one of your own fears in a storyline? I imbue a great deal of myself into my characters. So my characters tend to suffer heartbreak, bad parenting, and plots of vengeance.
However, in Ghost Lover, no one fears the ghost. Perfectly likable fellow, downright seductive, in fact.
Fear 102: Yes, deadlines are terrifying. Have you conquered the juggling act between writing and the rest of your life? What do you do when it feels like the balls are dropping all around you? Since I work 14 hours a day, 7 days a week (not an exaggeration) at writing, editing, and promoting my books, I have clearly not mastered the being an author and having a life. I do spend 3 hours a day taking my dog on hikes and walks, but I seriously need more life maintenance time for me. Hopefully, as I become more experienced (I’ve only been at this for a year) I’ll snare more time for me.
As to the balls dropping. No matter how well I plan, it happens, and when it does, I work even longer hours, thus making me so sleepy the next day, I become oblivious of the balls smacking me on the head until one of them bites me on my ass. That happened recently. Turns out balls have a serious bite.
Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? Senna, the heroine of Ghost Lover, is a great deal like me, so I think the story would go much the same, which means I’ll be plagued with bad luck, which will almost turn all my hard work to mush, but I’ll persevere and finally with the help of friends, life will turn glorious.
Hey! This book is like my life in camouflage.
Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. While I have an office with an ergonomic chair, I prefer my giant recliner in the living room. It comes with a heating pad for the small of my back, extra soft cushion on the footrest, an electric throw if I get cold, and a ceiling fan if I get warm.
And my comfort food addiction: Popcorn with curry, seasoning salt, and lots of Smart Balance butter. I am completely addicted to it. I even have a picture of it.
Writing inspirations? Stupid things people do in real life that sound too strange for fiction. Of course, some reviewer will insists the stuff in book could never happen, but here’s the truth: If it is possible to do something stupid, someone, somewhere, has done it or will do it in the future.
You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? My favorite author up and died on me in 2001 without a ’so long and thanks for the fish’. His name was Douglas Adams. If you know his works, you can probably guess my question.
What was the bloody question that resulted in the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything being 42? Turns out the answer is useless without the question to provide perspective.
I’ve gone mad – why don’t you come with me? Some people just don’t understand us writers. Name a quirky, writer-thing you do that friends wish you didn’t. They truly wish I wouldn’t compare their trials and tribulations in life with those of my characters. Possibly because they find it belittling to be compared to a fictional character, or perhaps because my character have far worse problems, thus making their complaints petty and boring in comparison.
And as far as you having gone mad, remember: All authors tend to hear voices in their heads that won’t shut up until the story is written. If we weren’t productive authors, we’d be medicated…probably in an asylum.
Thanks Liza, I’m glad I’m not the only one with voices in my head. 🙂 The popcorn looks yummy, let’s enjoy while we read more on Ghost Lover!
Two sexy English brothers. One irresistible ghost. Who would you choose as your lover?
Completely broke and with a criminal record to boot, Senna Smith is one day from eviction from her apartment when Brendon, her promiscuous roommate from London, suggests she go to England, marry him, and manage his fortune. With few other options, she agrees to an open marriage. But she’ll never, ever, have sex with him, knowing if she falls in love with him, he’ll break her heart.
As trustee of Brendon’s family fortune, there is no way Brendon’s older brother, Garrison Durran, is going to let him marry a self-professed American gold-digger. As Senna tries to embrace castle life and English society for Brendon’s sake, Gar discovers Senna is the perfect woman for him–beautiful and intelligent, kind and caring. Now, if she wasn’t already engaged to his brother…
The ancestral ghost of Durran Castle has to intervene if the Durran brothers have any chance of an heir. He can’t leave them to fix matters on their own. They are useless buggers when it comes to love. As counselor to Gar, matchmaker for Brendon, and lover to Senna, a ghost’s work is never done.
CONTENT WARNING: Allergy warning: Ghost cat in book.
“So my brother steals all your money and to compensate you, he suggests you come to England, marry him, and he’ll give you his trust fund.” Only his brother could contrive such an absurd plan.
“Yes.” By her brief answer, he gathered she thought it a perfectly reasonable solution.
His brother might be an idiot, but this gold digger would soon discover Gar a force to reckon with. “Did he steal a half million from your bank account?”
Brendon laughed. “Do you have any idea how long that would take? Cash machines only allow you two visits a day at two hundred dollars a pop.”
“How much did he take?” Gar restated his question.
“Four hundred,” Senna replied.
Gar stared up at the ceiling praying for patience, then glared at Ditz. “So why didn’t you pay her back the four hundred?”
Ditz stubbornly refused to answer, and instead glanced at the girl.
She sighed and faced Gar. “Precisely what I asked. He said he didn’t have the four hundred, but if I married him, he would come into a half million. Since the landlord planned to evict me, I really had no choice but to accept the offer.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog, Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she 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. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.
Release Date: December 2, 2013