Guest Blog & Giveaway with Eliza Daly

My Life in the Federal Witness Protection Program

Do you ever have a bad day and dream about leaving your life behind and starting over someplace where nobody knows you? I admit, I’ve flirted with the idea more than once. However, I never seriously thought it through until I was researching my romantic suspense novel, Identity Crisis. I learned what people went through when entering witness protection, officially called the Federal Witness Security Program (WITSEC). They gave up their lives to keep themselves and their families safe. I’m very close to my family and friends and I couldn’t imagine living without them. But if I had to enter the program to stay alive, here’s how I picture my life.

My new name. WITSEC recommends that you keep your first name and initials so you can catch yourself if you start writing your old name or so family members don’t slip-up and call you by your real name. My name is Elizabeth, but most people know me as Beth. So I’d stick with Beth or Eliza. My last name starts with a W, but here’s my chance to move up in the alphabet. My pseudonym Daly is an Irish surname, so maybe I’d use another Irish surname, such as Butler or Byrne.

My new abode. As much as I hate Wisconsin winters, there aren’t a lot of places I’d like to move to, outside of Ireland and Paris. WITSEC wouldn’t place me internationally, so I would choose a warmer destination. At the top of my list would be San Francisco or Savannah. But WITSEC wouldn’t place me in my preferred cities because I’ve likely mentioned them to someone. Maybe they’d compromise and relocate me to Napa Valley, near San Francisco. I love wine and the countryside is beautiful.

This leads me to my new job. I could own a winery. I’m an event planner, but I couldn’t continue to travel extensively for my job, since I could encounter people I know in airports and hotels. My winery could host special events like weddings and parties. One of the perks of being a writer is that I can do it from the privacy of my own home. I could use a pseudonym, a name different from my fake name, and really confuse the bad guys. I could use my cat for my author pic. After all, authors are a quirky bunch of characters. Social media is my main marketing tool, so unless I make it really big I wouldn’t have to worry about doing book signing tours. As a writer, it would be easy for me to hide out, except for my author’s voice. That elusive voice comprised of an author’s word choice, sentence structure, etc. I’ve had many people who know me well tell me that my real voice comes through in my comedy books. It would be difficult to change my voice. I’d have to stick to writing romantic suspense or historical romance, which wouldn’t require a contemporary voice.

My hobbies. WITSEC recommends that you don’t continue with hobbies that could lead the bad guys to you. I wouldn’t have to give up reading or my genealogy research, since it would be next to impossible to track me down through either. The dead people I locate can’t give away my new identity.

My new look. My hair is auburn, which would be very difficult for me to part with, but maybe I could try plum. I would have to stop wearing my hair up in a twist. I hate styling my hair, so maybe this would be the time to try wigs, which have become more popular in recent years. My signature color is fuchsia with both my wardrobe and my lipstick. If I had to select an alternate color I guess it would be red.

And now that I’ve put this all out there on the worldwide web, I guess I’ll have to change my plans if I ever enter the Federal Witness Security Program.

What life changes would you make if you had to enter the Federal Witness Security Program?


Identity Crisis 


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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?



 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, Frankie, and Sammy.

You can find Eliza on the web at Website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.


Giveaway—Thank you so much to Books-n-Kisses for having me here today and helping me celebrate the release of Identity Crisis. I will be giving away an e-copy of Identity Crisis to one commenter. To enter to win, please answer the question at the end of my post. The winner will be announced April 1.  Thank you for stopping by!

32 Responses to Guest Blog & Giveaway with Eliza Daly

  1. Karen G. March 28, 2013 at 3:32 am #

    Wow that is a hard question! I guess if I had to change something obvious about me (besides physical appearance) I would have to spend more time in the kitchen and become a great cook! lol
    I love romantic suspence, thanks the the review and the chance to win!

    • Eliza Daly March 28, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      Yeah Karen, if I learned to cook nobody would find me. They would never think of looking for me if I was chef that’s for sure. :-) Thanks for stopping!

  2. Eliza Daly March 28, 2013 at 5:16 am #

    Thanks so much for having me here today at Books-n-Kisses! I’m excited to be here celebrating the release of Identity Crisis!

  3. erinf1 March 28, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    Congrats to Eliza on her new release! Man… it would be hard to have to reinvent myself and give up friends and family. Like Karen, I’d have to learn to cook, since I’m “known” for not doing it!

    • Eliza Daly March 28, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      We all agree on the cooking thing that’s for sure. :-) Thanks!

  4. R.T. Wolfe March 28, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    Nice post, Eliza. Here’s wishing you many sales!
    -R.T. Wolfe

  5. Cris March 28, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    What a great question! I wouldn’t mind changing my appearance (as long as WITSEC lets me live in trackies & trainers!), and I’m not particularly attached to my pseudo-job as a scientist. Hobbies would be harder– I’m not sure I could give up scuba diving! Particularly if they relocate me somewhere warm :).

    • Eliza Daly March 28, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      Just don’t subscribe to any scuba diving magazines or join any scuba clubs and you should be fine. :-) Thanks for commenting!

  6. melanie J March 28, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Interesting question. Besides physical appearance, I don’t know what else to change.

  7. Sheryl "Cu'Anam" South March 28, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Thank you for sponsoring this giveaway. Your book looks very good I’ve added it to my “must have” list. I wish you much success and many more stories for your fans >^.^< (cuanam wolfspirit –

  8. Madonna March 28, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    I would be more outgoing and start living in the moment. I think it would be awesome to get a do over on life, start a whole new life without the expectations that are currently on me.

    • Eliza Daly March 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      Going into the program with that positive outlook would definitely make it easier. And I agree, a fresh start is very enticing sometimes. Thanks!

  9. SheriV March 28, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    I love my Auburn hair.I’d have to do something wild like blond with multi colored streaks. I’d like to do learn an instrument. :)

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

    • Eliza Daly March 28, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

      I know, doing a radical makeover might make things more bearable at least for a little while. A bit of a perk. :-)

  10. Maria D. March 28, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Lol Eliza! I have often thought of ditching it all and hiding out….lol….but the practical things are that even though i might be willing to leave my family behind – they would hunt me down like a rabid set of dogs….lol..I would definitely have no problems changing the name, hair color or even town where I live….I wouldn’t be able to give up books though….lol…have to haul them with me. Identity Crisis sounds really good!

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

    • Eliza Daly March 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

      Too funny, Maria. No getting away from family sometimes. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Victoria Zumbrum March 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    My appearance. I love romantic suspense.

  12. Lori Meehan March 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    The book looks really good. I’d never make it in protective custody. I could not keep away from my family.
    Lorimeehan 1 @

    • Eliza Daly March 30, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

      That would be so hard Lori, wouldn’t it? Thanks for stopping!

  13. Ginger Robertson March 29, 2013 at 5:27 am #

    I’m very close to my family, 3 sisters & 3 brothers, so that would be a biggee for me and I don’t know how I would handle that. I’m a departmental secretary, so I could be flexible with that. Hair color is dark brown, so that would need to change, no problem. I read a lot, so I’m good with that, otherwise I’m fairly plain with how I live my life. As I noted, biggest issue would be my family.

    • Eliza Daly March 30, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

      That would be good having a flexible job with transferable skills that would make it easier to find another career. And you read a lot, so maybe a librarian or some job working with books. :-) Thanks!

  14. Sarah Lieurance March 29, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    hmmmmm, what life change would I make. Good question…..I think I would be rich instead of poor. 😀 If they give me that kind of $$$$ hahaha I’ve got it….I would take on a job where I’d get paid to read books. No history books please….. my email is:

    • Eliza Daly March 30, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

      Lol, no history books, you sound like me Sarah. History was never my strongest class. Thanks for sharing!

  15. bn100 March 29, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    guess I couldn’t contact family and friends

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  16. Sebella Blue April 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    Hmmmm, interesting question. I could definitely see myself changing everything to drop off the grid (nice to think about) but it wouldn’t be feasible. Too many responsibilities. (sigh)

  17. Sheryl "Cu'Anam" South April 2, 2013 at 1:03 am #

    did the winner get announced yet?

  18. Kelly April 3, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    Sorry all… Day job has been taking over my life…
    Winner going up today and email is being sent to winner..



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