Friday, August 9, 2013

Get Lost in a Story welcomes Eliza Watson

 Get Lost in a Story Readers. What a great day this is.  Today, I'm delighted to bring to you Eliza Watson one of my 2007 Golden Heart "Bond" Sisters and an extraordinary talent.  But don't take my word for it... check out this delectable blurb while we learn all about Eliza Watson!  Eliza, welcome to Get Lost in a Story!



 Kissing my Old Life Au Revoir

Event planner Samantha Hunter is prepared for a few challenges when escorting a group of good ole boy beer distributors to Paris, the city of haute cuisine and fine wines. However, she doesn’t foresee being passed up for a promotion because she is too professional and doesn’t knock back beers with her clients. Her focus soon switches from landing the well-deserved promotion to finding her free-spirited sister, who lives in Paris and has disappeared, leaving behind family secrets to be uncovered. A sexy puppeteer helps Samantha search for clues to her sister’s whereabouts and teaches her to embrace her inner child. And a funeral-crashing psychic demonstrates the importance of living life to the fullest. It takes Samantha’s life spiraling out of control for her to finally get a life.
And now... we learn about Eliza Watson!

DONNELL:  Welcome to Get Lost in a Story, Eliza, oh my gosh, that blurb sounds delicious.  I love the message it sends out – living life to its fullest and a life spinning out of control to get there.  How much fun/angst/trouble was it to write this novel?

ELIZA:  I started this book many moons ago and I have rewritten it numerous times, so that caused a bit of angst. However, it was a lot of fun to write and research. When my husband and I vacationed in Prague and Budapest back in 2007, I stopped over in Paris on the way home for a few days to conduct research. I befriended a puppeteer who welcomed me into his shed and allowed me to view a puppet performance from behind the scenes. It was an incredible experience. I also toured hospital maternity words and Pigalle—the red-light district.


DONNELL:  Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think you travel a bit.  True/False?  Where would you say is one of the most charming/eclectic places you’ve ever been, and where is somewhere you think is overrated?

ELIZA: Yes, I travel a lot for my job as an event planner. Outside of Paris and Ireland—my two favorite spots in the world—I would say Morocco is one of the more unique places I’ve visited. It isn’t as westernized as many international locations and has retained much of its charm.

DONNELL:  What inspired this novel?

ELIZA:  I am an event planner like the book’s heroine Samantha. I’m all-too-familiar with the type of challenges she faces throughout the book—even though they are fictional—so I knew how to make her suffer, which of course makes her stronger in the end. The setting was an easy choice, as I’ve already noted Paris is one of my favorite cities.

DONNELL:  When you’re not writing, where will we  find you?

ELIZA:  In a hotel room, traveling for work. When I’m not on the road, I’m usually at home doing something writing related, be it a new book, promo, research, etc. Although, we just bought a vacation home in Ireland so hopefully you will find me there quite a bit in the near future!

DONNELL:  Would you say you’re a morning or night person?

ELIZA: No hesitation there, I’m definitely a night person.

DONNELL:  What’s in your refrigerator right now?

ELIZA:  Probably a lot of mold because I’ve been so busy promoting my book that housecleaning isn’t a priority. But underneath the mold, you’d find lots of cheese (I’m a cheese freak.), tomato juice, and Skinny Cow ice cream bars.

DONNELL:  Favorite tradition?

ELIZA:  I’m obsessed with Christmas and I have a tradition of decorating my home the weekend after Thanksgiving. I’ve also been attending Milwaukee’s Irish Fest (the world’s largest Irish Fest) for several years and many of my friends and family members stay at Beth’s B & B for the event. This will take place next weekend, starting August 16. Slainte!

DONNELL:  If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would it be, and why?

ELIZA: I could say Oscar Wilde because The Importance of Being Ernest is my absolute favorite play, but you probably hear his name a lot. So I will say Lawrence Sanders, who unfortunately passed away fifteen years ago. I was a huge reader before I went to college. During college, I studied so much I rarely read for fun. About a year after graduating, I mentioned to my now husband how much I missed reading for fun and he recommended the McNally series by Lawrence Sanders. He said it was a quick and light read. I laughed through the entire first book then devoured every book in the series. So I’d like to take Lawrence Sanders out to dinner and thank him for enabling me to rediscover my love for reading, which ultimately led to my becoming a writer. His writing style also influenced the type of books I wanted to write.

Eliza, now it’s your turn.  Time to ask readers a question, and readers . . .

Eliza will be giving away a copy of Kissing Her Old Life Au Revoir—a print copy to a U.S. winner, or an e-book to an international winner.

QUESTION FOR READERS.  What's your favorite thing you did on your summer vacation?

Where you can find Eliza Watson?

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Donnell Ann Bell said...

Eliza, I can't wait to get my hands on this book. DQing myself from entering of course... It'll be my pleasure to buy. Lawrence Sanders was a huge factor in me trying to write a novel in the first place. The way he weaved his threads in an out... What a master!. Thanks for being with us today!

Angi Morgan said...

Welcome to GLIAS, Eliza.

Unfortunately, I haven't had my summer vacation yet. Since all the kids are out of the house, we wait until everyone goes back to school and the beaches are warm...and empty.


girlygirlhoosier52 said...

We don't vacation much because we're always on vacation since we're retired!! But our favorite travel spot has been the beach area in Alabama.

E.E.Burke said...

Budapest and Paris, two of my favorite cities in all the world. And Paris, what a great place to set a book. Did you eat lots of wonderful food and drink lots of great wine while you were other there? We did when we spent our anniversary in France a few years back. Thanks for sharing with us today!

Eliza Watson said...

I'm obsessed with Paris hot dogs (the bun is a baguette) and I tend to frequent a lot of hot dog and crepe stands when I visit Paris. I love to get a bottle of wine and picnic in the Luxembourg gardens also. But I definitely have a few favorite restaurants. Thanks for stopping by!

Eliza Watson said...

Thanks for having me Donnell! I agree, Lawrence Sanders was an incredible author!

Eliza Watson said...

Fall is the perfect time to vacation, isn't it? That is almost always when I go. September. Once the kids are back in school and beaches and museums aren't as busy.

Eliza Watson said...

How wonderful, being retired. I hope you are enjoying it!

Sandra said...

I haven't vacationed in a long time, but if I could, Paris would be my first destination choice!

bn100 said...

go sightseeing

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Eliza Watson said...

Good choice Sandra, I obviously agree wholeheartedly!

Eliza Watson said...

Where did you go sightseeing on your summer vacation?

Lara Lacombe said...

I'm just about to start my summer vacation--I'm heading to San Francisco. I can't wait to get out of this heat! :)

Eliza Watson said...

Love San Francisco! One of my favorite cities. Have a great time Lara!