Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks and her neighbors began to talk; her mother told her to find a job.
She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It’s during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it’s completely inappropriate.
She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she’d rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Eliza: At twenty years old, Charlotte O’Brien is suddenly lost and can’t seem to find her way home. In the wake of her parents’ tragic death she replaces a healthy mourning period with an emotionally and sexually intense relationship with Jason Leer, a fellow lost soul and an unlikely lover. She’s a student of diversity, a lover of Manhattan, and about to be a junior at Rutgers University. He’s a steer wrestler, an Oklahoma State cowboy, and the hottest thing Charlotte has ever laid eyes on.
Regardless of their differences Jason and Charlotte came from the same small town, and are now at the same dark place in their hearts. Charlotte buries herself in Jason. When they’re together it’s everything, but when they’re apart it’s utterly frustrating.
I moved back to my rural hometown a decade after leaving it and as I was driving the country roads I thought to myself, “What if someone moved home humiliated? What if this wasn’t a happy homecoming? What if they were broken? This is where Book 2, Redeem Me, began. Forgive Me was actually written second, as a prequel.
Jen: Heels or flats?
Eliza: Heels. Always heels. Even my flip flops have a wedge.
Jen: Coffee or tea?
Eliza: Unbelievably I do not drink coffee. Iced tea.
Jen: Favorite place to read?
Eliza: On the beach.
Jen: Describe your writing style in one word.
Jen: What one thing would you want on a deserted island with you?
Eliza: A really hot engineer
Jen: What is the perfect temperature?
Jen: Do you have any siblings?
Eliza: One brother
Jen: Favorite childhood story?
Eliza: Cinderella – mean girls, fashion, love at first sight, a little magic…
Jen: Favorite gift ever received from a fan?
Eliza: I have a “Nice Bed” car magnet which I proudly drive around with. It’s a phrase Charlotte and Jason exchange throughout all three books.
Jen: Favorite movie?
Eliza: New Moon of the Twilight Series. Which is odd because it was my least favorite of the books, but my favorite movie.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Eliza: There are a few “lost scenes” I’d like to write. I’ll have to see where we end up after the editing process is complete. I’m toying with the idea of writing Charlotte’s mother, Katherine Whatley’s, story and possibly Clint’s as a holiday novella. I have my dream romance I want to publish, as well as an adult contemporary series that’s a mix between The Office and Sex and the City.