Congratulations to Kimh for winning a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card from Eliza Daly. Happy reading, Kim!
I’m so pleased to welcome longtime friend and fellow cat lover, Eliza Daly, to Magical Musings. Have fun reading about her Identity Crisis!
My Identity Crisis
I lead a double life. I even have two different names. My real name, Elizabeth Watson, and my pseudonym, Eliza Daly. When I first published I had a difficult time remembering to refer to myself as Eliza Daly when I interacted with readers. A few times, I caught myself responding to blog posts under my real name. I just recently autographed my first print book and I almost signed Elizabeth instead of Eliza. It reminded me of my recent release, Identity Crisis. When someone enters the Federal Witness Security Program (WITSEC) they recommend that the person keeps his first name and initials, so he can catch himself if he is about to write his old name. Hopefully, that’s all the closer I come to knowing what it’s like to be stuck in the program.
The heroine Olivia in Identity Crisis discovers her father and she entered WITSEC when she was five years old. She questions who her father really was and who she is, learning about her past and a family she never knew existed. I had a bit of my own identity crisis when writing this book. I usually write romantic comedies and this was my first romantic suspense. I constantly had to reign in my comedic voice. It’s hard to change your natural author’s voice. I was like, who is this person talking in my head? And believe me, as a writer I’m used to having a lot of voices in my head.
The plot for Identity Crisis was much more complex than my romantic comedies. I’m a total pantster, so I had to develop a plotting method to keep the story on track. I find it interesting that I typically plot by the seat of my pants, but I’m extremely organized and anal in my job as an event planner. Yet, another identity crisis. My event planner job entails a rigid work routine compared to my relaxed writing schedule. I feel like two completely different people in these roles.
At home, I’m awakened at 7 A.M. by a lively Hispanic tune—the only station that comes in on my clock radio. My cats—Quigley, Frankie, and Sammy—hop up in bed and wish me a good morning. I roll out of bed and open the living room patio blinds and lay there with my cats drinking in the sunshine and my green tea. Following playtime, I make a bagel and head to my fuchsia painted office where I sit in my jammies and peruse my social media pages for an hour. My cats curl up in their beds on my office floor and we prepare for a relaxing 8-hour writing day.
For my event planner job, I travel to wherever the events are being held. I work with 10 to 1,500 people. It’s fast paced and never the same day twice. At 5 A.M. I’m jolted awake by the shrill ringing of the hotel’s phone. I spend a few moments figuring out what city and hotel I’m in, then bolt out of bed and start a cup of green tea brewing. I have 30 minutes to get ready and dress in a crisply pressed black suit. If I’m working food and beverage, I zip down to the breakfast room and count hundreds of chairs, make sure the buffets are set and that the chef has prepared the special meal requests. I scurry around and check any additional breakfasts. I return to greet attendees, answer questions, find out why the banquet staff doesn’t have the special meals I confirmed, and bounce other hotel guests trying to crash our breakfast. By 8 A.M. the group breakfast is over and I grab a quick, lukewarm breakfast and switch from tea to Diet Coke. Time to ramp up the caffeine intake and prepare for the rest of a hectic 15-hour day.
My split personalities make life very interesting, and inspire a lot of story ideas. Do you have a split personality? A passion that is very different than your day job? Two areas of your life that are completely different?
Giveaway—Thank you so much to Magical Musings for having me here today and helping me celebrate the release of Identity Crisis. I will be giving away a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one commenter. To enter to win, please answer the above question or leave a meaningful comment or question about my post. The winner will be announced April 5. Thank you for stopping by!
Identity Crisis Book Blurb
When Olivia Doyle’s father dies under suspicious circumstances, rather than inheriting a family fortune, she inherits a new identity. She learns they were placed in the Federal Witness Security Program when she was five years old. Her father was involved in an art forgery ring and testified against the mob. Brought up not to trust anyone, Olivia has a difficult time relying on U.S. Marshal Ethan Ryder to protect her, and to keep her secret. She fears her father may have continued his life of crime through her art gallery. She has little choice but to depend on Ethan when she realizes someone is now after her. Olivia’s search for the truth leads her and Ethan across country to a family and past she doesn’t remember.
At the age of ten, Ethan witnessed a brutal murder. He vowed when he grew up, he’d protect people in danger. Protecting Olivia is difficult when she won’t trust him. He soon realizes his desire to protect her goes beyond doing his job, but if his judgment becomes clouded by emotions, her safety could be jeopardized.
Can Ethan and Olivia learn to trust each other when they uncover secrets that will change their lives forever?