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Guest blog & giveaway with Eliza Daly

9-1-1—Help, Someone Killed My Muse!

When I first noticed my muse had gone missing, I figured she’d been working hard, she needed a vacation, give her a break. When she hadn’t returned a week later, I wondered if she was delayed somewhere due to bad weather or a flight cancellation, which often happens to me. Two weeks later, I sat in front of my computer staring at a blank page, in total panic mode. I needed to start a new book. Where was she? Granted, she’d been complaining about needing a better work environment—more vacation days, weekends off, shorter writing days, etc., but she’d have given me a chance to provide her with some benefits before quitting. She wouldn’t desert me after 10 years and 11 books. No way.

So what had happened to her? Had she been abducted? Who would have done such a thing? A writer friend playing a sick joke? My cats, because I’d been working too hard and ignoring them? Frantic, I did everything I could to find her. I started reading like a maniac. Reading inspires me to write and helps fill my well. But no matter how much I read, no muse. So, I conducted research for a new book idea I was throwing around. There wasn’t anything I couldn’t Google out. Except my muse.

Unable to start a new book without her, I rewrote books, I entered contests, I queried agents, and I found a teen group to critique my young adult book. Yet, I still wasn’t motivated to start writing a new book. I finally had to face the fact that someone may have killed my muse. She might never return. Disheartened, I needed a diversion from my writing, so I started tracing my Irish ancestry.

Two years went by, then one day my muse returned, speaking Irish slang, bubbling with enthusiasm over a new idea for a women’s fiction book set in Ireland. She’d been off in Ireland visiting her rellies and friends. Her ideas were flowing faster than Guinness in an Irish pub. I filled an entire journal with ideas and wrote the first three chapters of a new book. I was still upset she’d ditched me without a word, yet I couldn’t blame her entirely, and I was so happy she was back, I never mentioned it again.

Moral of the story:  you can’t force your muse. She’s a very fragile and moody thing. I had written 11 books in 10 years and I was burnt-out. I promise to take better care of her and myself. Now that we’ve sold, she promises to stick around and not leave me high and dry again.

Please answer the below question or leave a comment about my post to be entered to win an e-copy of Under Her Spell or a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift certificate.

Have you ever lost the desire to do something you’re passionate about? Were you able to reignite your passion? If yes, how did you accomplish this? If you become burnt-out, what do you do to rejuvenate?

I would like to thank Kelly and Books-n-Kisses for helping me celebrate the release of my debut contemporary romance, Under Her Spell. And thank you to everyone who stopped by today. Please check out future stops on my blog tour, ending November 27. I’ll be giving away a variety of gifts, such as e-books, writing journals, and Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift certificates. If you comment on 5 stops, and are a Facebook fan, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win one of two $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift certificates at the end of my blog tour. Winners will be announced on my website’s news page the end of November.

 

 

 Under Her Spell

 Under Her Spell is available at AmazoniTunesGoogle Play (Nook compatible) and Barnes & Noble (coming soon).

Book Blurb

When a series of failed relationships and business ventures have Monica Jackson doubting her self-worth, she turns to spell casting to attract positive energy and the opportunities needed to achieve her goals.  But can Monica’s belief in spells restore her belief in herself?

Monica creates a spell to find her soul mate, and one to ensure the success of her new romantic event planning company, Enhance Your Romance.  Monica is confident she has found her niche until divorce lawyer Reed Walker opens a practice next door to her office.  The anti-marriage slogan plastered on his office window, and his down-on-love clients, quickly prove detrimental to Monica’s business.  When his arrival appears to trigger a string of bad luck, Monica fears one of her spells sent negative energy into the universe and it has returned to her threefold.  Although Reed is beyond sexy, and she admires his self-confidence, she’ll do whatever it takes to get the universe back on her side, and Reed out of her life. No way is she losing another business.

Reed finds himself attracted to Monica’s beauty and her optimism. His job and his parents’ divorce have made him a pessimist, especially when it comes to love. However, he soon finds that Monica’s pro-love attitude is rubbing off on him, causing him to lose his edge.  If Reed doesn’t distance himself from Monica, he’ll likely destroy his reputation as a pit bull divorce lawyer.

Can Monica and Reed look past what they might be losing to realize the love they have found?

 

Author Bio

Eliza Daly’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. Fast forward to the present, she’s still writing stories about beautiful women who always get their men. 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 Milwaukee working on her next novel, bouncing ideas off her husband Mark, and her cats Quigley and Frankie.

You can find Eliza on the web at WebsiteFacebookTwitter and Goodreads.

 

 

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37 Responses to Guest blog & giveaway with Eliza Daly

  1. erinf1 November 1, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    Thanks for the great post and giveaway! Congrats to Eliza on the new release! Sounds like fun! Sometimes I get genre burnout while reading. I just force myself to switch and read a few different books. If I still feel fatigued, I’ll reread a book I know I loved and that usually does it :)

    • Eliza Daly November 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

      I reread books I love for a pick up also. I have read the first six books in the Stephanie Plum series a half dozen times. Always makes me smile. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  2. Shannon November 1, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    I used to be passionate about dancing. I think it was more being tired and self conscious that caused me to lose the desire to keep doing it. I haven’t reignited my passion yet but maybe this will inspire me to do so. I didn’t really realized how much I’ve missed it until I stopped and thought about it just now. Maybe trying to set aside one day a week will help me get back into it

    • Eliza Daly November 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      I hope you get back into your dancing Shannon. I really think that distancing yourself from something for a period of time helps reignite your passion for it. And dancing just seems like a great outlet both physically and mentally, a good stress reliever. Good luck. :-) Thanks for stopping by and sharing. (Also, did you comment on the Coffee Time blog Monday? A Shannon won and I just posted the winner on the blog this morning.)

  3. Jill Lawrence November 1, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    This is a very timely post on November 1st when so many people take to their keyboards to start their journey to finish a book in 30 days. I find that my muse gets elusive when she hears she’s going to be judged. Oh, she hates knowing say, the first 500 words are going to be judged. She runs for the hills. Reading helps. Journaling helps. Working on something else helps, but sometimes I just have to fill the well some other way. To me watching comedy helps – laughing is great inspiration. But the best thing is talking to my critique partner – she can usually flag down my muse for me. Sometimes you just have to be reminded that you can do it to bring that Muse back.

    • Eliza Daly November 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

      Jill you are right, today is the start of NaNo. I hear the distress signals of muses everywhere right now. Lol. You’re right they are running for the hills. Talk about pressure. I’ve never done NaNo. I travel too much for work and I’d constantly be playing catch-up. I’d go to Dallas for a few days for work and my muse would be stressed out and stay there for an extended vacation, afraid to come home and have to make up 5,000 words! Tell your muse she can relax. Your first 500 words will be awesome. :-) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Danielle G November 1, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    I have always been passionate about laughter and smiling! I lost my Mom in July to COPD; and this has been the toughest battle of my life thus far! I miss her every single day, and still get urges to call her and tell her things that have happened during my day…then I sadly remember that I cannot! I have her pictures hanging on my bedroom wall, and she is the first thing I see when I wake. Some days this makes me smile, others it brings tears. I know that she would want me to continue to laugh and smile, and that she is forever with me! The pictures, my sisters, my Dad, Aunts, friends, 3 cats, and the Developmentally Disabled adults that I care for in my job; all bring me reasons to laugh and smile and stay positive and passionate about my life!!

    • Eliza Daly November 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

      Omigosh Danielle, I’m reading your post through a glassy haze of tears right now. I’m so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine the hollow feeling, since I’m very close to my mom and know how losing her will devastate me. I’m so glad you have so many other people to help you get through this rough time and to give you reasons to laugh because laughing is so good for your mental health. Even though you can’t call your mom, have you tried writing to her in a journal? I wrote my grandma letters when she died and it made me feel a bit better reaching out to her in that way. I hope you maintain your positive attitude and it helps you through this sad time. Take care and hugs…

  5. Victoria Zumbrum November 1, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    I am passionate about reading. If I get tired of reading, I just take a break and then start reading again. I read alot of different genres so I am never bored with reading. Tore923@aol.com

    • Eliza Daly November 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

      Books are a great escapism. I hope you never lose your passion for reading Victoria. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. kyla whitley November 1, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    I had such a passion for fitness when I was younger (20 some years ago). It felt so good, being strong. Then I married, started a family, and slowly slid away from that mindset. I love my life, but miss the high you get from being physically fit. My days are so full of taking care of my home and family, that I’ve let taking care of myself slide. I’d love to get it back, but just don’t have the drive anymore. Now I fill that part of me with lots of reading! Paperback, ebook, audio, love it all! I hope to get that part me back some day. It’s not over, ’til it’s over! Thank you for your giveaway!

    • Eliza Daly November 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

      I hear ya Kyla I was a fitness maniac when I was younger. It’s so good for you physically and mentally yet is one of the first things we let slide when life gets busy. I’m not sure why that is, but it happens. But the fact that you are thinking about it is a positive sign that you still have a longing for it and you’re right “It’s not over, ’til it’s over.” You’ll get your drive back. :-) Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Rita Wray November 1, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    I have always been very passionate about staying organized. I had a lot of things going on in my life and I became slack about things. Stress can do all kinds of bad things to a person. When things started getting better in my life I also started caring about things again.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

    • Eliza Daly November 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

      Managing stress is not an easy task, that’s for sure. Glad to hear things are going better Rita. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  8. Wendy November 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Oh, lordy!!!
    This one is hard for me. I used to teach preschool, and honestly it was something I was very passionate about but lost interest in it right after finding out I was pregnant with my fourth child. I just couldn’t rationalize spending so much time and energy with other children while I was shipping mine off to school and/or a sitter. I felt like such a horrible parent. At the end of the school year, I had finally talked my husband into letting me stay at home with our youngest children. I think after the first six months I was more than ready to get back to work. While I understood why it was so important at the beginning for me to stay home, it didn’t really click until my youngest son was just over 1. I’ve now turned my passion for teaching into being an advocate for early childhood education and the importance of it.

    • Eliza Daly November 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

      Great to hear you found a way to still follow your passion Wendy. Sometimes it just takes temporarily stepping back to put things in perspective. Wonderful story. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Laura Scott November 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    Eliza, this is the funniest blog I’ve ever read! And very timely as my muse and I have been best friends for years, except like yours, she’s suddenly disappeared and right when I need her most. I guess I better figure out a way to say I’m sorry, and fast.

    Thanks for helping me realize where I went wrong!

    Laura

    • Eliza Daly November 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

      A muse is a temperamental thing isn’t she Laura? Sheesh. Yes, I would try I’m sorry along with some Godiva chocolate for Halloween. Maybe some treats will get her to quit with the tricks. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

  10. June November 1, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    I do sometimes get burnt out on a hobby or reading a certain genre. I generally find that if I move on to something else for a while, I get interested in it again.

  11. Nancy Norcisa November 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    You always make me dig deep and think! I was considered a book worm as a kid and just don’t seem to find the time to read as an adult. I was very passionate about my reading and have to say, you’ve inspired me to grab those books and find that precious time again! Hmm…what should I read? Perhaps….Under Her Spell? :)

    • Eliza Daly November 2, 2012 at 5:03 am #

      Oh boy Nancy, I would love to know that I’ve reignited your passion for reading, especially if my book did it. :-) Read like the wind my friend!

  12. wanda flanagan November 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    June thats exactly what I do I have a few hobbies and if I get tired of one and move to another I find after awhile Im interested again in the other.The only thing I never tire of that Im passionate about is reading Ive loved books since before I could read and thats never changed .

    • Eliza Daly November 2, 2012 at 5:05 am #

      That’s great to have a few hobbies to choose from Wanda. That was part of my problem I wrote and worked, that was it. So discovering my genealogy hobby was critical to finding my muse again. Thanks for stopping!

  13. Galen Rose November 2, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    You have given me hope that my Muse will come back! She keeps running off to tropical locals. I think she has a cabana boy on every isle! She keeps popping in, drops a few hints and runs off. Good grief I need her to stay awhile so I can complete something!

    Great post Eliza!

  14. Eliza Daly November 2, 2012 at 5:07 am #

    Well Galen, hopefully those cabana boys are inspiring her with story ideas anyway. She sounds very sassy, like she might be related to my muse. :-) Thanks for stopping!

  15. pam howell November 2, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    If I get burned out – I will usually read a FAVORITE book – its like revisiting an old friend. My old favoite was The Stand – I used to read it once a year. Current fave – A Hunger Like No Other. I just LOVE the evolution of Emma from shy & timid to kickass babe :)

    • Eliza Daly November 4, 2012 at 10:41 am #

      I’ve never heard of A Hunger Like No Other. Will have to check that out. I love kickass heroines!

  16. bn100 November 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Sometimes I don’t feel like reading for fun, so I watch movies.

    • bn100 November 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

      bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • Eliza Daly November 4, 2012 at 10:41 am #

      Thanks for stopping!

  17. Barbara Elness November 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Yes I have lost the desire to do something I’m passionate about – I used to crochet a lot and was always making something, but it started to hurt my hands to I stopped and then lost interest. I haven’t started again but think about it all the time, especially with the huge tote full of yarn I have. When I become burnt-out, I usually try to just step away from whatever it is and hope that my interest will come back.

    • Eliza Daly November 4, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      Barbara I really hope you are able to get back to your crocheting. I’ve started to get arthritis in my pinky and one wrist, which has been affecting my writing. I’m taking calcium pills right now so hope that helps. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  18. Maureen November 4, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    Sometimes I lose interest in reading but once I find a real page turner my love of reading returns.

    • Eliza Daly November 4, 2012 at 10:40 am #

      I hope you don’t ever lose your passion for reading Maureen!

  19. Sandra November 4, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    I believe any artistic endeavor requires a break at some point in order to recharge your creative juices. I love to paint- but it comes in spurts, so I go with this, rather than trying to force it!

    • Eliza Daly November 4, 2012 at 10:39 am #

      I think that’s the key, not forcing it. Because when a passion is forced it becomes more like work and this decreases your passion for it. I mean, who wants more work in their life??? So go with the flow with your painting!

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