What was your inspiration to start (and keep) writing?
Several years ago, I attended a Romance Writers of America conference in Chicago with my sister Penny, who was a finalist in the organization’s writing contest. I met some wonderful women and loved the camaraderie they shared. My sister and her friends encouraged me to write about my often humorous, and a bit crazy, travel adventures for work. I was frustrated with airline travel at the time, so I began writing my first book about a motivational speaker, who revamps an airline. I found it quite therapeutic.
Tell us a bit about the genre you write in and how it found you?
Flying by the Seat of My Knickers is a lighthearted women’s fiction book. I always loved reading humor so it was the first genre I wrote. However, around the time I started writing, it was on a downtrend. I also have published romance under the pseudonym Eliza Daly and young adult under Beth Watson.
Is there any author whom you’d admire and read every book they publish? Who and why?
My favorite series is Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. I admire her for not following the writing “rules” and being true to her voice. She created very likeable and fun characters. I met her at a writers’ conference and have a picture of us on my website.
If you watch TV what are your shows right now?
The only time I really watch TV is when I’m traveling for work. It helps me decompress late at night. I watch reruns like The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family. I’m obsessed with the Ancestry.com show Who Do You Think You Are? It is the only show I tape.
Do you have any talents other than writing that your fans maybe don’t know about?
I speak French, but I’m quite rusty. I’m a genealogist. I have traced my family’s ancestry and I have also helped numerous friends trace their roots. I can sing the words to every commercial jingle from the 1980s. I obviously watched a lot more TV back then.
If you could go on vacation anywhere where would you choose and why?
Scotland. We always thought my Watsons emigrated from England. However, after researching my dad’s family roots a few years ago, I discovered they came from Paisley, near Glasgow, Scotland. It probably sounds like a bizarre vacation, but I would love to wander through Paisley’s cemeteries searching for Scottish ancestors.
Do you have any writing rituals we should all start doing?
I only edit with a purple or pink pen. Also, I listen to music from the location where my book is set. Right now, I’m listening to Celtic Christmas music while writing book three in the Caity Shaw series. If I’m writing a book set in the U.S., I listen to the Rat Pack.
What is your favorite movie? & then book to movie?
My favorite movie is Overboard with Goldie Hawn and Curt Russell. I have seen it like fifty times and can quote dozens of lines. My favorite book to movie is probably Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. I love character-driven books and movies. This has a cast of very quirky characters.
What are three foods you can’t live without?
I travel a lot for work so I often eat room service. I always order from the kids’ menu. It usually has my three go-to comfort foods: macaroni and cheese, tomato soup and grilled cheese, and pizza. Having grown up in Wisconsin, I’m a cheese freak.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People who are too busy to return e-mails or phone calls and then I see them playing Pokemon GO for hours on social media.
About the Author:
When Eliza isn’t traveling for her job as an event planner, or tracing her ancestry roots through Ireland, she’s at home working on her next novel, bouncing ideas off her husband Mark, and her cats Quigley, Frankie, and Sammy. Eliza also writes romance novels under the name Eliza Daly. Learn more about her books at elizawatson.com.
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Flying by the Seat of my Knickers
Published: Feb 20th, 2016
Why run from your troubles when you can fly instead?
When Caity Shaw is fired from her first job that doesn’t require an elf uniform, her older sister, Rachel, an event planner, hires her to work a meeting in Dublin. Caity jumps at the opportunity to travel abroad and escape her pathetic life. However, even four thousand miles from home, there’s no avoiding debt collectors, an overbearing mother, and haunting memories of a controlling ex.
While in Dublin, Caity suffers a series of humiliating mishaps, causing her to lose even more faith in herself. Caity struggles to earn Rachel’s respect—and to keep Declan, her hot Irish coworker, at arm’s length. Declan repeatedly saves Caity’s butt and helps boost her self-confidence, making it difficult to keep her distance from the charming womanizer. When Declan helps her research her Irish grandmother, Caity discovers the mysterious past of the courageous woman she barely knew might hold the answers to her future.
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Book 2 is coming out at the end of October… (it’s SO good guys!)
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