24 Feb 2014

Character Interview: Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon

Welcome to my tour stop for Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon.  This is an adult romantic comedy and  the tour runs February 24th- March 7th and will consist of reviews, guest posts, interviews and more. You can find the full schedule on the tour page.

Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon

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.
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I decided to interview one of the character,  Hollie Porter...

What's your full name? Do you love it? Or hate it? 

Hollie Madeleine Porter. Do I love it? Does anyone love his or her name? Once I got through fifth grade and the Christmas jokes (“Hey, Hollie berry! Where’s your wreath?”) faded, it wasn’t so bad. Not as common as some, unique enough to be interesting. My dad has a thing for the holidays, so voila. I am Hollie.

Who is your best friend? 
Used to be A Girl Who Shall Not Be Named. We cannot give her power or her evil will grow. These days, it’s a hunky concierge fellow who treats me like a goddess. I like my dad an awful lot. I’m not awesome at making friends, but I’m working on it.

What do you do for a living? And what's your dream job?

I used to be a 911 operator. That was awful. I don’t know how I ever passed the psychological evaluation to land that job. I was stressed out every time I walked into that building. I hate it when people die on me. Also, the troll lady creeped me out. And what she was doing with … never mind. Let’s move on.
Dream job? Definitely working around animals. And watching otters. I love the beasties.

Are you single/married/divorced/looking for love? 
No longer looking for love, not yet married. (Someday?)

Name one of your all-time favourite books? 
I cannot name just one. I love (almost) everything by Chuck Palahniuk. Jane Austen, of course. And Danielle Steele’s Zoya was the first romance novel that I really remembered. (STOP LAUGHING.)

What inspires you? 
People doing good. Life is hard. I find myself inspired when I see random acts of kindness, or when I see people diverting from their usual path to step out and do something bigger than themselves. That is remarkable.
Cookies can also be very inspiring.

Where is your favourite place in the world?
The Oregon Coast. And now Revelation Cove, British Columbia.

Favourite movie?
Oh man, this is hard. If you tell anyone this, I will deny deny deny. I love romance flicks. Love Actually is one of my faves. I’ve watched The Notebook a thousand times, give or take a few, and I cry with every viewing. Even though I know how it ends and gahhhhhhh. I’m also a fan of everything Russell Crowe, so give me some Gladiator or Robin Hood any day. (I do so love it with he smooches Marian.)

If you could have a dinner party with anyone in the world (alive or dead, real or fictional), who would you choose and why?
A fun dinner party would include Jane Goodall, Harry Houdini, Superman (the one from Man of Steel), Katniss and Peeta and Haymitch, William Shakespeare, Jane Austen (and she could bring Mr. and Mrs. Darcy along and maybe even Mr. Bennet, Lizzy’s dad), Patton Oswalt, and Kristen Wiig. Why? Because then I could cover all the bases: animals, magic, a hunky piece of man candy who could save us from terribleness, Katniss would make sure we have food (hunter!), Peeta could bake a cake—and I LOVE CAKE—Haymitch would bring the booze, Shakespeare and Austen because duhhhh, Austen’s fictional characters because I really just want to listen to them talk, and Patton Oswalt and Kristen Wiig could provide comic relief. Seriously. This would be an epic dinner party.

Tell us a random fact about yourself. 
My fourth toe on each foot is really weird looking. And I can pinch with my feet. Hard.

Who would play you in the movie about your life? 
Kristen Wiig. If you please.

Tell us something interesting about where you live. 
We’re splitting time between Portland and the Cove in BC. Portland has awesome parks and food trucks; Revelation Cove has otters. What else is there, people?

Hey, thanks for the chat! Next time I promise not to finish the cupcakes before you arrive. 
It was great fun, Hollie and yes, I did miss the cupcakes... I do love cupcakes ;)

About this author
Eliza Gordon is a husband-and-wife team of controlled chaos who writes stories to help you believe in the Happily Ever After.


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  1. I do have to say, they are splitting their time between two very wonderful places! I do love the Oregon Coast and Portland is awesome, I'm glad I live here. I do want to visit Revelation Cove! Thanks for hosting a tour stop Suzy!

  2. I love romantic comedy. It's bright my day. Hollie character sound fun and self-confident. Happy ever after... I'm in.

  3. Its my pleasure, Candace! I'm quite envious of you living there. It sounds beautiful. I'd love to visit one day.
    Cheeryways... ditto ;)


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