Dec 22, 2013

Fun Facts: Eliza Gordon - Must Love Otters

Eliza Gordon - Must Love Otters

• Pub Date: October 29, 2013
• Publisher: West 26th Street Press
• Format: Paperback/Ebook, 275 pages
• Age Range: Adult

Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweethearts’ Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.

Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change in circumstances, the island works its charm and she starts to think she might have found the rejuvenation she so desperately desires. But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day ... and maybe even herself in the process.

Fun Facts
with Eliza Gordon

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Definitely chocolate. Unless it’s a milkshake. Then vanilla.

Pizza or Tacos?
Tacos, if I could get them from a authentic, grade-A food truck in Los Angeles. That was my biggest shock of moving to western Canada -- virtually NO Mexican food. *sad face*

Cats or Dogs?
Cats x 1000%. Mr. Gordon concurs. We’re those weird, talk-to-the-cat-like-it’s-human people.

Italian or Chinese?
Oooooooh, you’re cruel. Um, probably Chinese?

Favorite TV show?

Favorite movie?
EVER? Probably the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I know, total nerd. But Shakespeare in Love, Gladiator, Kick-Ass, and Welcome to the Punch round out the top five.

Favorite singer/band?
Sia. Or Florence + the Machine. Or Imogen Heap. And Muse. And Mumford & Sons. Or Death Cab for Cutie. Or Regina Spektor. OMG. I don’t even know. Do you want my list of favorite movie score composers? HANS ZIMMER. There. I listed ONE. :) Mr. Gordon would have to say Van Halen. (Don’t giggle at him. He’s sensitive.)

What is the closest item to you that is red?
A Superman keychain. Only it’s not just Superman -- it’s a chunky rendition of what he’d look like as a kid. Sort of adorable.

Favorite Christmas ornament?
A ceramic ornament I painted years ago of my Best Cat Ever, Kovu. (RIP, buddy.)

Biggest Pet Peeve?
Disingenuous people. I cannot abide fakery.

Biggest Quirk?
I obsess about things -- music, books, movies, movie stars. I get it in my head, and I can’t get rid of it until I’ve exhausted myself.

Celebrity Crush?
MARK STRONG. And Henry Cavill. (For Mr. Gordon, he wouldn’t kick Salma Hayek outta bed for eating crackers.)

Favorite Celebrity Couple?
Probably Brangelina. (Mr. Gordon is rolling his eyes.) I’ve been a Brad Pitt devotee since forever, and I think Angelina Jolie is a very cool human. People rag about her, but she does a buttload more for charity than 99 percent of the population, so there’s that.

Hermione and Ron or Hermione and Draco?
Hermione and Ron. I’m old-fashioned. Although I think Draco is likely a good guy under all that meanness ...

Last book to make you cry?
I recently edited a book called Nocturnes by Kendall Grey, and that gave me that tight, painful thing in the throat and a few errant tears. Grey weaves a kick-to-the-gut story every time. Before that, it was definitely Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Dude, I ugly-cried.

Eliza Gordon is a forgetful girl who relies on Post-It notes and cellphone alarms to get her through the day. An avid eater of cookies, she can be found with her hand in the jar when not in her cubicle. A purveyor of fictions, Eliza is confident that the life she lives is merely the imaginings of someone else's hand, poured from a dull pencil on cafe napkins, and that she is simply an understudy, waiting for her turn to take the stage. She has excellent taste in books, shoes, and friends, and questionable sanity in the realm of love. Best leave that one alone.

In real life, she's a husband-and-wife team of controlled chaos who writes stories to help you believe in the Happily Ever After.

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