Friday, February 15, 2013

Can the Experience of an 80 Year Old Help a Teenager? Check out Liza O'Connor's Saving Casey

DEBBIE: Hi all. Today we have Liza O'Connor in the house!
LAURA: Oh! Awesome! Welcome, Liza.
DEBBIE: Yes, welcome.
LAURA: This book sounds wonderful. What inspired you to write Saving Casey?
LIZA: Partly from situations that occurred when I was in jr. high and highschool and partly from watching current teens in my neighborhood struggle.
LAURA: Yes, I remember being a teen. It was tough. Everything that happened seemed so big and out of my control.
DEBBIE: Yeah, it was a hard time growing from a child into an adult. What about the parents of these kids in your neighborhood?
LIZA: They have great parents, but that doesn’t seem to help them. Made me wonder if older life experience is irrelevant to a current teen’s problem.
LAURA: I know I've thought, "If I only knew then what I know now."
DEBBIE: You think that from one day to the next. LOL
LAURA: LOL! Do not!
DEBBIE: So, Liza, how does life experience fit in with your story?
LIZA: I created a very troubled teen and then when she died, sent a highly experienced 80 year old woman into her body. That way I could see if life experience helps.
DEBBIE: Very cool idea!
LAURA: Yeah! And does it?
LIZA: Certainly wasn’t a cure all. Read the book and tell me what you think.
DEBBIE: It's already on my TBR list.
LAURA: Mine, too! :) Hey, Deb, don't we have a blurb and excerpt around here for our readers?
DEBBIE: Yep. Here it is....

Saving Casey
by Liza O’Connor

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. Given this second chance to life, Cass decides to take on the future life of Casey—the 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.

As determined as Cass is to turn this life around, Old Casey’s enemies are just as determined to end her life. She has no idea whom she can trust, but she’ll never survive going it alone.

Genre: Young adult, contemporary, suspense/thriller, sweet romance
Heat level: 2
Word count – 64k
Cover art by Fantasia Frog Designs

Upon settling down on the toilet, Cass noticed the floor to ceiling mirror facing her and screamed at the sight of the creature within 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.

She touched her face. “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 removedif you want to…”

“If? Oh, I definitely want them removed,” she said.

How can I turn around my life if I look like the walking dead from a low-grade monster movie?
LAURA: Wow, that looks great!
DEBBIE: Yes, it does!
LAURA: Hey, here's an author bio for Liza....
DEBBIE: Let's post it, too. Readers always want to know more about authors and where they can find them!

Author Bio:
Liza O'Connor 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, Liza learned to fly small Cessnas in New Jersey, 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.
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  1. Thanks so much for having me over. It's great to discover a fellow crazy fun interviewer.

    1. ANY time Liza! We crazies gotta stick together...but not so close that we're touching. Some of us get paranoid. LOL Seriously, let us know about your next release! We'd love to have you back! :)

  2. Great interview! I NEED to read this story. It's already loaded on my Kindle. If only my stories would right themselves... But you all know what that's like. :)

    All the best, Liza!

  3. I do...I really do. Seriously, I need a hardworking clone. All mine left to do adventures...well one is robbing banks with a peppermint stick, but I'm not getting into that.

  4. Great interview, ladies. I tweeted.

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