Having been diagnosed with cancer, Cass Goldman decides to opt out of any futile medical care and end her life. While she has some thoughts on afterlife, she never expects to reincarnate into the body of a seventeen-year-old girl named Casey Davidson.
When she awakens in a hospital, Cass discovers two disturbing facts: One, she is now inside the body of a troubled teenager, and two, the former owner of this body committed suicide, but only Cass knows that. Everyone else believes Casey has survived, but suffered a complete memory loss. Cass has two choices: to take on Casey’s life and turn it around, or to confess the truth about her reincarnation and end up in a mental asylum. Given this second chance to life, Cass decides to take on the future life of Casey—the frightening ghoul-faced teen with short, black, spiky hair.
Every person around Cass has an ulterior motive and discovering the truth of Old Casey’s life is more complicated than the “new math” she is forced to learn in school. In addition, Cass has to contend with raging teenage hormones and the prior crimes of Old Casey, which she might not remember, but everyone else certainly does. However, her biggest frustration concerns her feelings for her father’s rugged security specialist who sees her only as a teenager and doesn’t want to explore the mutual attraction between them.
As determined as Cass is to turn this life around, Old Casey’s enemies are just as determined to end her life. She has no idea whom she can trust, but she knows she’ll never survive going it alone.
Upon settling down on the toilet, Cass noticed the floor to ceiling mirror facing her and screamed at the sight of the creature within it. Short black hair spouted about its head, black circles surrounded both eyes and fell like triangular knives down the cheeks. Black lips, stretched in horror as if in a nightmare. Pulling up her pants, she moved closer to the mirror.
She was a ghoul, an honest to God ghoul!
The door crashed open and her father stared at her, fear and panic clear in his eyes.
She touched her face. “Please tell me these aren’t permanent.”
His panic remained a second longer as her words filtered into his brain and then he pulled her into his arms. “Don’t worry, we will get them removed—if you want to…”
“If? Oh, I definitely want them removed,” she said.
How can I turn around my life if I look like the walking dead from a low-grade monster movie?
My interview with Casey and Troy: (be prepared) 🙂
H: Today we have character’s from Liza O’Connor’s fabulous book, Saving Casey. Welcome Casey and Troy.
Cass: I prefer to be called Cass.
H: Not a problem. *winks at Troy* And what would you like to be called.
Troy: I’m not here to be interviewed. I’m here to protect Cass. She appears safe with you, so if you’ll excuse me, I’ll check the perimeter. *Leaves room*
H: Did I say something to upset him?
Cass: *sighs* No. He’s just worried about me. Old Casey made some serious enemies.
H: Old Casey?
Cass: I can share my secret with you and your readers. Just don’t say anything when Troy returns. I tried to tell him the truth once, but he just thought my sense of humor had playfully run amuck.
H: So what is this secret?
Cass: Until two months ago, I was an 80 yr old woman named Cass Goldman. My doctor diagnosed me with incurable cancer, so, to avoid leaving the doctors all my money while I endured useless chemotherapy, I went home and killed myself. I expected to come back as a newborn baby. Instead, I wake up in the body of a troubled teen named Casey Davidson. Casey had just committed suicide, only I’m the only one who knows that she succeeded. Everyone else thinks she survived.
H: So you took on her life?
Cass: I had to. If there was some way to say, “No I don’t want a troubled teen, let me hop into another body,” I might have jumped ship, only I’ve no idea how I got this body nor how to leave it. This is my new life. Just chalk it up to God’s perverse sense of humor.
H: Are you sure He’s not mad at you?
Cass: Honestly, I go back and forth on that. Sometimes this life feels like a cruel punishment, for instance, the first time I looked in the mirror, or when the tattoo removal doctor explained the excruciating pain I’d have to endure to get rid of them. But other times, like when Troy became my security specialist, I think God truly wants me to turn this life around and do something good with this life.
H: I gather Troy’s more than a security guard?
Cass: He is the first guy who truly fits me. I didn’t believe in such stuff before, but Troy is my soul mate.
H: How old is he?
Cass: And once again I have to ponder if God is angry with me. Troy is 30. I’m 17. He’s my father’s best friend and one of the most honorable men you’ll ever meet. Even though I am certain he loves me as much as I do him, he’ll never cross that line. I’m not even sure he will when I turn 18. I’ll just have to do my best to convince him we are soul mates.
H: This sounds like a sad story. Are you sure Liza wrote this story?
Cass: *smiles* I was there when she created the story, so yes, Liza definitely wrote it. There’s a lot of humor in the dialogue, but it’s not a comedy. You will laugh, but you’ll also cry in parts, and you’ll probably want to yell at some people. Everyone lets Old Casey down, and honestly, I’m not having much better luck with these people. The key differences are that I have 80 years of life experience, a great deal of stubbornness, and most importantly, I have Troy to protect me. Old Casey didn’t have any of that. I’ve decided it’s my job to find out the truth of what happened to her and bring those responsible to justice. And honestly, it is possible, even with Troy’s protection, I may die before I accomplish my task.
Troy: *speaks from the door* That will not happen. You will not be harmed on my watch. Not by fellow students, unknown assailants, or even Liza O’Connor. You’ll survive whatever comes your way, I give you my word. *He walks to Cass* We need to return to the safe house now.
Cass: *rises and extends her hand to H* Thank you for having me here today. I hope your readers will enjoy Saving Casey. You might want to share this book trailer with your readers. It does a very good job of explaining the plot.
H: Thanks for coming. *watches them leave* Well, that was different.
Let’s watch the book trailer:
Yeah, those two are definitely soul mates.
Information about Liza O’Connor
Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog, Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.
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9 thoughts on “Saving Casey by Liza O’Connor – Character Interview”
Great interview and congrats on the awesome review.
Thanks Daryl, I love the review! It warms my soul.
Lil sis, Thanks for having Troy and Cass over today. Hope they behave themselves. I’ll check in on them to make sure.
Great interview!! Gonna read the book!
Ah….music to my ears! Thank you.
Loved the character interview – I’m going to have to add this book to my buy list!
Happy dancing! You’ll laugh, cry, and yell, so don’t read it at work or school.
Really good interview. This is a great book.
Thank you Ella.