Welcome one and all! Grab a beverage of choice, something sweet and sinful. No-no, not the men. What’s the matter with you? You know the hands-on rules… The guest gets first pick! 😉 Take a comfy seat for another, or a first, spin in the Round Pen. I’m thrilled to welcome my wonderfully talented guest, Liza O’Connor, back today to share her latest book, Oh Stupid Heart, with us!
Please show Liza some real Ranch love!
Hello everyone! Thanks for having me here.
Beautiful banners! I can’t wait to hear more.
Before I get to the nosy 5-3-4 part of this interview, tell us a bit about you.
Sure, but for the record, that’s the worst countdown ever. Not only doesn’t it go to one, but you’ve forgotten the order of the numbers…no doubt due to untold stress of what outrageous things I might say on your blog today. My only advice is to put a disclaimer at the end taking no responsibility for anything I say.
LOL I’ll take my chances, Liza, math is NOT my strong suit. Okay, I’ll begin with five questions, then follow with three more, and end with four final ones.
I await your bad math.
You really have NO idea how accurate that is… Seriously. 😆
My writing area at the moment is a corner of the couch in my living room. What does your writing space look like?
My entire Living Room. I have an office. (It’s the ghost’s bedroom and she throws a fit if I let people sleep there, so I turned it into my office.) However, it’s a wee bit warm in the summer and the expensive ergonomic chair isn’t comfortable after a few hours of sitting, so over time I migrated to the living room where I sit in a very comfortable recliner…and sometimes fall asleep when editing.
We’re the sofa brigade!
Now I need to know more about the ghost. I’m super intrigued!
But for now, for a lot of writers it’s a life-altering event coming up with titles and character names. Others it comes as naturally as breathing. Which is it for you?
The name of the books comes to me in my dream. However since my characters actually write my books, sometimes when I’m done I realize it doesn’t accurately portray the story anymore. Then I brainstorm, write a whole bunch of potential titles, whittle it down to my fave and then have a voting contest, in which inevitably the votes fall evenly amongst all my choices.
Now that I’ve begun actually publishing my books, I test the titles at Amazon to ensure there aren’t 30 other books with the same title. I am happy to say in this series, my first two books Worst Week Ever and Oh Stupid Heart have no competitors.
It appears the DISASTER Romance genre is not terribly popular with writers. However, my third and final book of the series will have a little competition, since it is called ‘Coming to Reason’ and evidently more writers want to write about that.
Hehehe I would think everyone writes disaster books. Not. 🙂 What advice would you offer aspiring and new writers?
DON’T DO IT, unless you absolutely have to. If the voices in your head won’t shut up until you write their story, then write. It’s a better and cheaper alternative than requiring mental health care.
But be warned, it is the hardest job I have ever done. (And I’ve had a ton of jobs.) And THE PAY SUCKS! I mean really sucks. Like negative income after the money paid to get noticed.
So don’t go into this thinking it’s a great way to make easy money. It’s not. If you want to make money, go into the business of helping authors get noticed.
However, from what I can tell, that’s not easy money either, since we (she means writers) don’t have any money.
Ha! I love that advice. If someone had told me that ten years ago… Never mind, the voices in my head are saying I’d be in a mental institution by now with that scenario.
The constant shift of the industry makes me often scratch my head and ask ‘what next?’ So, what do you think it takes to be a successful author at the moment?
First thing, begin marketing yourself (make yourself a distinct brand) YEARS before you begin publishing. Create a blog, invite other authors, share your personal thoughts (as long as your personal thoughts don’t go to killing people, puppies or kittens—because blogs can be used against you in a court of law).
For example, I’ve branded myself as a nut who is silly and gets in lots of trouble. The reason why I chose that brand is because I really like to be silly and it gets me into trouble all the time.
Is it a good brand? No clue, but by God, it’s a brand! I’ve even got my own badge: That’s a llama eyeball sitting on nuts.
I will send you a badge digitally if you leave a comment asking for it. I can safely do this because only a nut will ask for one.)
Hmm Interesting… Yeppers–gotta have this. I can think of a few friends who qualify! 😆
Once you’re well branded, write a really good book and get it professionally edited. IN THAT ORDER.
I did that without really knowing about branding at the time. I had a blog two years before I wrote my first MS, five years before selling my “other” first MS. I was networking during that same time. It really helped me when I finally sold, so I’m an advocate of advance branding now.
Who would you like to meet in the publishing industry- dead or alive- and why?
I would like to go back in time and meet the publisher who first decided Americans would place the fragile punctuations (comma and period) on the INSIDE of dialog tags REGARDLESS of logic. And upon meeting him, for the sanity & self esteem of all futures writers of the digital age who are forced to look stupid when punctuating, I would break all his fingers and destroy his printing press, removing our most illogical rule that inexplicably continues into the digital age.
If you’ve no idea what this stupid rule is, here’s an example.
Illogical American: I have labeled this man an “idiot,” and I stand by it. (Notice the comma is illogically placed within the dialogue tags even though the comma has nothing to do with the idiot.
Sane English: I have labeled this man an “idiot”, and I stand by it. (Notice here, the comma leaves the idiot entirely alone and just does its job separating two independent clauses.)
Right??? I’m with ya there, Liza! Drives. Me. Crazy!
It’s time for 3 in 1! I’ll ask the questions and you answer them in one word. 😆
Favorite animal? Jess (That’s my dog and she doesn’t allow me to respond any other way)
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? Yes.
Favorite food? Curry-on-popcorn.
Well done! 🙂
What are you talking about, I failed to answer two of those with one word, and the one I did use one word for doesn’t make sense. (By Yes, I meant I like having four real seasons, each in moderation, which is why I live in NJ)
Maybe, but you answered so I give props for that alone! I did get the “yes” answer, FYI. 😛
Okay, Flash four. Ready? What are you working on now?
Trick question, right now I’m working on this blog. However, you probably want me to time warp to the day peeps read this blog.
Yep, let’s do that. 🙂
<time warp forward> Here I am in late September cheering on Oh Stupid Heart in the ranks at Amazon, writing crazy interview questions for my next novel coming out in December called Ghost Lover, and sending my sci-novels off to my editor. Wow, I’m still working really hard. Go Liza!
Go you! What are you sharing today?
Oh Stupid Heart
Book Two of: A Long Road To Love
Humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance
Carrie Hanson is in love with a different species: Trent, a pampered, uber-rich socialite who’s also her boss. Everyone keeps telling her it’s a train wreck looking to happen, but her heart wants what it wants. So despite the billion and one reasons not to, Carrie commits to this inter-species relationship. But while she’s off being trained for her new job responsibilities, a beautiful ex fiancée is working hard to get Trent back and Carrie fired.
Where can we find you and your books?
Here’s all my stalking and buying links (will send OSH’s buy link later)
Oh Stupid Heart
Worst Week Ever
To Follow the 2nd Craziest Blog Tour
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT
Liza’s Blog and Website Facebook Twitter
or just watch it here:
Other Books by Liza O’Connor
Coming To Reason
Where will you be next?
Tomorrow, I’ll be at Pippa Jay’s blog evaluating whether Trent is more temperamental than real CEO’s. Then put them all to shame with a clip from Captain Kirk from Star Trek.
And don’t forget:
Besides the $25 dollar Amazon Gift Card for one lucky winner during the tour.
For having read all the way to the bottom, you are also eligible for the following two gifts:
#1: Tell me in the comments you want your own nut badge and leave an email address and I’ll send you one. (Or you can cut me out of the loop entirely and copy it from this page.)
#2: Tell me you haven’t read Worst Week Ever, and I’ll send you a copy.
Thank you so much for playing along, Liza! Wishing you much luck with your book and writing. I hope you’ll come visit again one day.
Really. Man, you are super tolerant!
Hey, I lived through your first visit for Worst Week Ever (which I don’t have yet, sorry). I’m sort of nutty like that. 😛 Remember? Here it is https://calisarhose.com/2013/07/23/calisa-rhose-interviews-carrie-hanson-from-worst-week-ever-by-liza-oconnor/ if you need a memory recall. I’ll wait.
Wow, that sounds like what my Russian friends say when they want me to go home.
It’s actually Cherokee for “Until we meet again.” Now you’ve learned a new language! And if one word doesn’t constitute knowing a language, osiyo (my opening greeting) means hello. 🙂
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Thank you for yet another fun-filled day, Liza. I can’t wait til Ghost Lover comes out to have you back if you can make it! 😀
I will definitely make it
I had to come by today, Liza. I love it when you behave badly. LOL Great interview and Oh. Stupid Heart sounds like a fantastic read. Good luck!
It’s closer to a proper romance with humor. I think most people will fall in love with Trent in book two. Thus will enjoy the HEA.
Just joining in now I’ve woken up in New Zealand, albeit a day ahead of everyone else since it’s now Thursday. Yep and after all that, I am still late to the party. Liza, what’s with the curry on popcorn? I’ve never heard of this? Butter, yes. Extra butter, yes. Triple butter, yes. Curry, no.
Fabulous interview by the way. It started my Thursday morning off with a bang. 🙂 Thanks, ladies.
Don’t knock until you try it. Turns out it’s a great match. And yes you need butter to hold the curry to the popcorn. Lots of butter. Doesn’t work without butter. And a little salt too.
*waves at Calisa* Hiya sweetie!
Liza, I’m with AJ. Why haven’t I run across you yet? I hate knowing I’ve missed out on the fun. Obviously, I haven’t read Worst Week Ever, but I’ve experienced the worst week ever. Does that count, or will you still send me a copy? Oh, and I’m snagging that button for closer study, because I just don’t see a llama eyeball. Where did I put that magnifying glass…?
*waves back* Hi Mac! Great to see you here again. So the brown circle with the black line in the center IS the eyeball. lol And you forgot to leave your email for Liza to send the book to you. 😀
Here’s a photo of a llama eyeball
That eyeball is just queer! LOL
Mac, I will send you the PDF book, since you left your email and asked for it. The brown circle with blue pupil is an authentic llama eye. I did remove the eyelashes from my banner. Turns out llama’s have weird eyes.
I’m sending Worst Week Ever now.
You guys are having such fun I had to join in. And for some strange reason, I feel like I NEED a llama eyeball sitting on nuts badge. No idea why. I suppose the heart wants what the heart wants. 😉
Liza, this series sounds so cute and funny. And I can’t wait to hear all about Ghost Lover…
Right, Merissa? I need one too. I mean–how many people can brag they have a llama’s eye on nuts? 😆
Okay, the easiest way to get it is to copy the URL from the picture, but if you want me to send you a digital badge, then leave your email address and I will send it.
I”ll get my own. 🙂
Thanks Merissa. If you want a llama eyeball on nuts, then you have the right sense of humor to enjoy my books. Readers seem to be falling into two camps. ‘Hilarious’ and ‘Not Funny’
I think you would like my books. You know if someone ask for a copy of Worst Week Ever and leaves their email, they’ll get a PDF optimized for ereaders for free…..
Fun interview!! Great advice. I didn’t start marketing myself until I was subbing my books, but then I went all out. tweeted.
Yes, but now many publishers won’t take on your book unless you have a substantial network. But your’re right, once you began, you went all out. You’ve done a fabulous job branding yourself.
I know people who have sold without a large platform. I do know that Kensington liked that I had it.
Now I must know about your ghost too, Liza! We have a ghost named Chandler. He’s a friendly ghost in general, but I haven’t met anyone else with their own phantom friend. Haven’t tried curry-on-popcorn and now I must! Great interview!
Thanks Tera. Ghost came with the house. She’s the original owner. She’s completely benign.
My sister and I had a friendly ghost as teens named Carmen. Look out boys who messed with us! We seriously thought she’d been spurned at some time in her life.
I think there are a lot of nice ghost floating about, only everyone likes to focus on the bad ones. I’m very glad mine is nice. Is yours still about your family home?
Well, it wasn’t so much as a family home then, as a rental. The old woman who’d owned that house previously also shared the house with us. I may have to give her a cameo one of these days. 😉
Definitely should. I keep putting ghost in otherwise normal stories because to me they aren’t paranormal, their just normal weirdness in the real world..
Okay, hold up. I love this interview and I love this chick! Liza, how come I don’t know you? You totally sound like my kind of girl! I’m bummed that we haven’t met before because I feel like I’ve been missing out on all the fun. Congrats on all your releases!! I gotta read these! Very fun, you guys!!
ajnuest, we can be best buds if you think I’m funny. I love to make people laugh. I’m normally funny on my blog, but I’m on my 2nd Craziest Blog Tour Ever being funny on other blogs. Check out the other places I’ve been.(links are listed above.) You sound like the perfect reader for my books. You should start with Worst Week Ever and read the whole series.
I’d love a copy, Liza! If you’re doing a give-away, send one my way, please!! email@example.com! Whoot!
You’re missing out alright, AJ. Count your blessings! *snort* 😆 But Liza knows I love her. 🙂 Her name is how my gramma always spelled my name (among other wrong spellings)…her own granddaughter. 🙂
Isn’t it funny how grandparents do that, Calisa? My father’s grandfather told my grandmother…you can name your son anything you want. I’m calling him Jack. LOL Needless to say, she named him Jack. LOL
Oh that’s too funny, AJ! My gramma knew my name was Lisa, but for some strange reason she spelled it in all complicated ways rather than simply Lisa. Letters from her were usually addressed to either Liza, Lisia or Lissia. The ONLY time she wrote it right was in her last letter to me a few months before her death. Then it was to Lisa. 🙂
I love the “Pay Sucks” part. Wow, true enough. excellent post.
Thanks Kathy. Without question we don’t write for $$$
What a great working space you have. Mine is much more church mouse. Good luck with the book.
Thanks Daisy. This series is my best selling so far. If you need to laugh at a life crazier than yours, you should read this series.
Will Ghost Lover have lots of humor as Worst Week Ever and Oh, Stupid Heart? Great interview – but best not to drink anything will reading – choking hazard 😉
While Ghost Lover is a humorous romance, and does have a lot of crazy things happen to my poor heroine, I would say it’s more in the funny range of Oh Stupid Heart, not the absurdly funny Worst Week Ever. But it is a proper Romance, something WWE is not and Oh Stupid Heart only aspires to be.
Calisa, thanks for the fabulous interview.
If you want to know about my ghost, you’ll have to interview me about Ghost Lover. (No that’s not about my real ghost; that’s just the next book coming out Dec 2. But it seems an appropriate time to discuss.)
And you really need to read Worst Week Ever (and Oh Stupid Heart). You’ll laugh yourself silly.since you get my humor. I know, its the TIME issue. I have it myself.
I’ll do the Ghost Lover interview, but I still want to hear about the real ghost, too. 🙂 I look forward to reading the other two books as well. 😀
Welcome today and since I’ll be buried in edits all day, I’ll check back to line you out later. You’re in charge for now… Don’t tear the place up! 😆