Thursday, December 20, 2012

Author, author... all about it !

Today we have the wonderful Liza O'Connor
Welcome Liza, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Before I became a starving author, I was an adventurer. From diving with the great white shark to rafting down a twenty-one foot waterfall, I've done it.
I can fly a plane, parachute from a plane, and hang-glide out of the way of a plane.
I have deepsea fished, fly fished and raised fish in the pond I built in my backyard.
I can kayak whitewater or seas, raft class four river, and scuba dive into the oceans, where once a giant stingray attacked me.
I have spent grueling hot days carefully unveiling diplodocus bones, riding a suicidal horse up a mountain to fly-fish, and almost enticing a dominant male buffalo of a very large herd to run me down.  (I just had to get closer for a photo op.)
Some of these activities, I am actually good at.  Others, I was lucky to survive.  But all of them make great fodder for my characters to go out there and live life to their fullest.
What did you want to be when you were growing up or did you always want to be a writer?
Actually, I first remember stating I wished to be a lawyer, but my dad said he’d disown me if I did. So then I decided to be an actress or a musician. All the while, I would write about characters who were great musicians or actresses. 
When did you first start writing?
Very early in life, and even then I had a sense of humor. I would write short stories about my school experience and when given a writing assignment in class, would write outside whatever parameters the teacher gave me. Thus, I would write wonderfully funny stuff and only get a B because I didn’t follow instructions.
What is a typical writing day like for you? 
Back when I simply wrote novels and put them up on, my day comprised of two main activities: Hiking with my dog and writing. That means 3-5 hours of hiking each day, and the rest writing.
Now I’ve reduced the hiking to 3 hours a day and spend the two saved hours networking, promoting and marketing. Some of my writing time is now taken up with editing changes, writing scripts for promos, and creating blogs. There are some days I don’t get to work on my novel in progress at all. Those are sad days.
Do you have any specific routine you follow or specific items you need with you when you write?
 I like to sit in my recliner with my laptop in my lap… in total silence.
What is your favorite part of writing? 
Writing the rough draft of a new novel, when it’s all emotions and my characters run amuck.
Is there anything you don’t like about being a writer?
 No I love everything about writing, even the hard edits, although I bitch and moan about them while they happen. When I’m done with the torture, I know my book is better.
However, I often resent the amount of time marketing and promotional efforts take from my writing. But it’s a necessity, so I’m just going to have to learn to adapt.
What is your favorite length of book to write?  (Short story, novella, full length novel) Why?
I don’t have a favorite length. It’s whatever length my characters need to tell their story. Now often in edits, I’ll chop out sections or add to a section that I gave short shift to. But the story decides how long it needs to be.
How does your family feel about your writing and you being an author? 
I believe those who like me are very happy for me. Hopefully, I’m annoying the others.
Is there a to-be-read waiting on your bedside table?
No, but there is a ton of dust on the bedside table. My books reside on a kindle which hangs out by the recliner and accompanies me to doctors lobbies and other places that waste my time.
Just for fun, I have a few personal questions, 
Favorite 5
1) Favorite Holiday— I ignore them all—otherwise people would expect me not to write on these days.
2) Favorite Drink Green tea
3) Favorite Author-of all time: Jane Austin, current: Rebecca Royce
4) Favorite Book : Pride and Prejudice
5) Favorite Animal: One particular Sheba Inu/Chow mix named Jessie.
And for a bonus:  What is a typical mood for you?  
I normally think I’m funny.  
And is your mood different when you’re writing?
I am at peace and fulfilled when writing, although outwardly I will feel whatever my characters feel, so I could be sobbing from heartbreak or laughing hysterically.
Where can our readers find you?? 
Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?
Saving Casey
Liza O’Connor 
Bono Books a division of Decadent Publishing
Release date: Nov 16
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Character vlogs:
Having been diagnosed with cancer, Cass Goldman decides to opt out of any futile medical care and end her life.  While she has some thoughts on afterlife, she never expects to reincarnate into the body of a seventeen- year-old girl named Casey Davidson.
 When she awakens in a hospital, Cass discovers two disturbing facts.  One, she is now inside the body of a troubled teenager, and two, the former owner of this body committed suicide, but only Cass knows that. Everyone else believes Casey has survived, but suffered a complete memory loss.  Cass has two choices: to take on Casey’s life and turn it around, or to confess the truth about her reincarnation and end up in a mental asylum.  Cass decides to take on the future life of Casey, a frightening ghoul-faced teen with short, black, spiky hair.
 Every person around Cass has an ulterior motive and discovering the truth of Old Casey’s life is more complicated than the ‘new math’ she is forced to learn in school.  In addition, Cass has to contend with raging teenage hormones and the prior crimes of Old Casey, which she might not remember, but everyone else certainly does.  However, her biggest frustration concerns her feelings for her father’s rugged security specialist who sees her only as a teenager and doesn’t want to explore the mutual attraction between them
Short Excerpt
Upon settling down on the toilet, she noticed the floor to ceiling mirror facing her and screamed at the sight of the creature within in it. Short black hair spouted about its head, black circles surrounded both eyes and fell like triangular knives down the cheeks. Black lips, stretched in horror as if in a nightmare. Pulling up her pants, she moved closer to the mirror.
She was a ghoul, an honest to God ghoul!
The door crashed open and her father stared at her, fear and panic clear in his eyes.
Touching her face, she looked up at him. “Please tell me these aren’t permanent.”
His panic remained a second longer as her words filtered into his brain and then he pulled her into his arms. “Don’t worry; we will get them removed—if you want to.”
“If? Oh, I definitely want them removed.”
How the hell could she turn around this life if she looked like the walking dead from a low grade monster movie?
One last thing before we let you leave us today :)  I like to cook and am always looking for new recipes to try and share but it's totally up to you.
I stubbornly refuse to follow a recipe. I even re-invented pudding once when trying to make a white sauce.
Oh Liza you are too funny!  Thanks so much for visiting with us today :)
Readers, make sure you get Saving Casey, you won't be disappointed !
Until next time, happy reading !!


  1. OMG, you so crack me up. You made pudding into a white sauce? Was it any good? Spill the secret. :)


  2. I did, and I really liked it. But since I was just tossing stuff in willy nilly, I do not recall what all I added. Sugar...lots of sugar and milk and flour. I've no idea what real pudding is made of.

  3. Yay Liza!!! Great posting-you are the best

  4. The more I see about this book, the more interested I become! I am now dying to read it! *come on more Amazon gift cards for christmas* Great Interview Liza!

    I do love to cook and my kids love snow days (like today) cause they know I have time to make everyone breakfast. Today it was my special Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls.

  5. Great interview, Liza. Reading Saving Casey now. It's wonderful.

  6. Fantastic interview. Mega congrats on your book. Here's to many sales.

  7. Hi Krista, we are new to your blog but enjoyed it very much. Your interview with Liza was warm & personable while informative in getting to know the author; And we are so excited to get our copy of "Saving Casey" which sounds intriguing and fresh. Looking forward to knocking around your blog in the future. And best of luck with your book Liza.