My personality and quirks often sneak into my books. Sometimes I realize it, and sometimes I don’t. The following are several appearances I make in my new women’s fiction book, Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir.
I fell in love with Paris while studying at the Sorbonne for a college semester, and I’ve since visited there several times. Being a writer, people watching is one of my favorite pastimes. I have discovered many characters while riding the Métro or strolling around Paris. Every walk sparks an idea for a character, setting, or scene. It’s a city that inspires creativity, which is why I’ve set two books there.
I’m an event planner like the book’s protagonist, Samantha. I’m all-too-familiar with the type of challenges she faces throughout the book—even though they are fictional—and it was easy to make her suffer, which of course makes her stronger in the end.
The hero, Luc, was once married to an Irish woman. I’ve been tracing my Irish ancestry for six years and have traveled to Ireland three times to meet my rellies. My husband and I recently purchased a vacation home in Ireland, and my next women’s fiction book will be set there.
I have several books on dining in Paris and I like to try new restaurants every time I visit. However, one of my favorite spots to frequent is a hot dog vendor’s stand. The bun is half of a chewy baguette hollowed out with ketchup and spicy mustard shot inside it. I love Parisian hot dogs so much they make several guest appearances in my book.
Libby’s apartment is similar to a hotel I once stayed at in Paris. The shower was merely a nozzle on the wall without a shower curtain or stall. So when you turned on the water you had to be careful that the entire bathroom didn’t take a shower. And like my dorm when I studied at the Sorbonne, Libby’s apartment has poor electrical wiring and no air conditioning.
Samantha uses a blow-dryer, despite being told the electrical wiring is too old, and she blows a fuse. I once did this at a hotel in Paris. I wasn’t advised when I booked the hotel that blow-dryers were forbidden. On my last day, I had an important business meeting and I had to wash my hair. I thought if I turned the blow-dryer on low I would be okay. Not only did the electricity go out in my room, but on the entire floor. I paid for the new fuse.
I would like to thank Sharon for helping me celebrate the release of Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir. One commenter will win a $10 gift certificate for Amazon or Barnes and Noble. To enter to win, please leave a comment or question about my post. Thank you for stopping by!
Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir is available here: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.
Eliza’s first attempt at creative writing was in fourth grade. She and her friends were huge Charlie's Angels fans and she would sit in her bedroom at night writing scripts for them to act out at recess the following day. She was Kelly Garrett. The journey from fourth grade script writer to published author wasn't an easy one, but it was always an adventure and the final destination was well worth it.
When Eliza isn’t traveling for her job as an event planner, or tracing her ancestry roots through Ireland, she’s at home in Wisconsin working on her next novel. She enjoys bouncing ideas off her husband Mark, and her cats Quigley, Frankie, and Sammy.
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