Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Liza O’Connor, and her characters from Ghost Lover. It’s a fantastic contemporary romance/paranormal with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Senna Smith, the heroine from Ghost Lover.
First, let me explain why I’ve come alone for this interview. Liza wanted me to be completely honest, but there are matters your questions raise that cannot be said before my fiance, Brendon. Also Gar gets upset when you mention the castle ghosts in present tense..
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
I like conversing with Gar. Turns out after our rough beginning—he thought me a conniving gold-digger and I thought him a cruel heartless bastard—that he’s a fabulous person who is both highly intelligent and charming.
What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
I’m probably reading. In fact, sometimes I’m reading when readers are reading me. Back in New York, I was too poor to buy books, nor with two jobs did I have the time to read anyway. But now, living in a castle in England, I am a lady of leisure. Well, not total leisure. I do have some responsibilities. I have to watch over Brendon or he gets into all sorts of trouble. And I try to help out when there’s a problem with the staff and soothe the ruffled feathers. Even though Brendon and I not married yet, the servants treat me as if I am the lady of the house and keep me apprised of a great many things. *Sighs* I wish I we’d go on and bite the bullet, only Gar keeps delaying his decision on whether Brendon and I can marry. He says it’s because I lack the polish yet to be an English Lady of Society. Thus, a great deal of my current reading is about Etiquette. You would not believe all the rules they must follow.
If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
Gosh, there are so many scenes I’d like to rewrite…I suppose the worst and totally unnecessary scene was having me handcuffed behind my back. When I tried to get my hands in front so I could at least sit in a chair, I… Nevermind, I don’t want to relieve that nightmare ever again, but let me say it proved no purpose but to let Liza laugh out loud. Hopefully, you won’t do the same.
Do you like the way the book ended?
Oh, yes. I forgave Liza for the hell she’d put me through once I discovered all the wonderful things that happen at the end. I could not be happier.
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer were so inclined?
No. She left me in a fabulous spot. I’ve seen her series. Book two often destroys the previous happy ending and builds a better one with some different fellow. No Thank you. I’ve the perfect man in the end of my book and I’m keeping him!
What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you?
My temper. I swear to you, my temper is no worse than anyone else’s. Only I have red hair, ergo, I must be hot tempered. I’ve been tempted to die my hair brown, just so I can get some peace.
Do have any secret aspirations that your author doesn’t know about?
I do, but Liza wouldn’t approve. I’d like to have a ton of children, and yes, they would be a handful, but one of the ghosts in the castle is a Nanny and she knows everything about raising rambunctious little Durrans. *sighs* That might be worth letting Liza do a sequel
What do you do for a living?
Nothing now, although I am a volunteer at the museum. When I lived in New York, I had a job at a warehouse packing boxes and worked part-time at the shoe rental counter for the local bowling alley. It’s hard for a felon to get a job.
What is your greatest fear?
I fear something will happen and I’ll have to leave England. I love it here. I love being a part of a family. I love Brendon and Gar, the staff, Mr. Finch— the ghost cat, and Lassier. I’ve never been so happy in my life. But nothing has ever gone my way, and I’m scared this time will be the same.
Who was your first boyfriend and what do you like most about him?
Absolutely nothing. He was a liar of the worst kind! He gave me a ring and asked me to marry him, failing to mention he already a wife and two boys! It took me two years to discover the truth. Can we speak of something else? That whole episode puts me in a bad mood.
Did you have a pet as a child?
No. I lived in an orphanage. We weren’t allowed pets. Although a spider lived in the window by my bed for nearly a year once. I named her Charlotte.
What do you think your greatest weakness is?
I think I’m cursed, which truly weakens my ability to succeed in life.
What do you think is your strongest attribute?
I never give up. Even when life knocks me down repeatedly, I always get up.
What is something no one knows about you?
I did keep one secret from Brendon, but that’s because he’d tell everyone in the world, but when Gar went through my purse and got enough information to have me investigated, I told him about the day I discovered ‘my fiance’ was a married man and the vase I threw at his head. I barely grazed him, but I was charged with a felony and found guilty of attempted manslaughter. I rarely share that detail with people. When they learn you are a felon, they treat you differently.
Do you believe in ghosts/evil spirits/mysticism? Would you spend the night in a remote haunted house?
Now you are being funny. Why would I go somewhere else to visit ghosts? This house is full of them. Evidently, all Durrans from the 12th century forward, who were buried in the family cemetery, become ghosts. Brendon says they all show up in the spring when the gardens are their best. I cannot wait to see it. However, thus far I’ve only met two ghosts:
Lassier, the great artist and the world’s most prolific lover,
and Mr. Finch, his domesticated ocelot. I can’t actually see Mr. Finch, but he makes his presence known all the same. Gar gets angry when he thinks either ghost has contacted me, so I keep it a secret.
However, to your question about ‘evil spirits’, Lassier has warned me never to enter the basement/former dungeon because there is one ghost in ghost chains down there who would go mad at the scent of me. Evidently, he knew of one of my great to the tenth grandmothers who had come over from Ireland.
The first day when I arrived, I touched the stone near the entrance, and warmth filled my body, as if the castle itself welcomed me. A thus began my love for my new home. But if I have to choose one thing, it’s when Mr. Finch, the ghost cat, comes and lays on chest. He has a fabulous purr.
What’s your favorite animal?
Mr. Finch, for certain. I cannot imagine any tabby being half so grand. He’s a ghost cat now, but long ago he was an ocelot that Lassier brought home and attempted to domesticate. Here’s a painting Lassier did of him.
Two sexy English brothers. One irresistible ghost. Who would you choose as your lover?
Completely broke and with a criminal record to boot, Senna Smith is one day from eviction from her apartment when Brendon, her promiscuous roommate from London, suggests she go to England, marry him, and manage his fortune. With few other options, she agrees to an open marriage. But she’ll never, ever, have sex with him, knowing if she falls in love with him, he’ll break her heart.
As trustee of Brendon’s family fortune, there is no way Brendon’s older brother, Garrison Durran, is going to let him marry a self-professed American gold-digger. As Senna tries to embrace castle life and English society for Brendon’s sake, Gar discovers Senna is the perfect woman for him–beautiful and intelligent, kind and caring. Now, if she wasn’t already engaged to his brother…
The ancestral ghost of Durran Castle has to intervene if the Durran brothers have any chance of an heir. He can’t leave them to fix matters on their own. They are useless buggers when it comes to love. As counselor to Gar, matchmaker for Brendon, and lover to Senna, a ghost’s work is never done.
CONTENT WARNING: Allergy warning: Ghost cat in book.
Brendon moved to the window and stared out. “I don’t think you realized how bad things became for me when Nan died. I’d lost the only person who cared for me. I had no one left. The million dollars I lost on a roulette wheel wasn’t done just to get rid of the cook. I did it to get your attention. While you didn’t give a shit about me, you’ve always loved money. And it worked. You finally noticed me.”
“And sent you away,” Gar said with remorse.
“Yeah.” Brendon turned and gave him a faint smile. “Not exactly the response I’d hoped for, but it turned out all right. I met Senna and since then life keeps getting easier with each day. Now I find I even like you most of the time.”
“Well, the feeling is mutual. You’re still eccentric, but you’ve a good heart and good intent, and I’m proud you’re my brother.”
Suddenly the door opened and Senna walked in looking at both men with concern. “Are you two having a fight?”
“Not at all.” Brendon smiled. “In fact, Gar told me he’s proud I’m his brother.”
Senna’s eyes filled with appreciation as she grinned at Gar.
Her smile almost broke Gar’s heart. God help him, but Brendon had nailed the truth. He did love Senna, and more than anything, he wanted her to be his wife.
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To Be Released December 2, 2013
Liza 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, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, 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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