by Mary Jo
One of the pleasures of large book signings is that an author usually ends up sitting next to strangers. Over the course of two or three hours, much fun and talk occurs. This happened to me at the Romance Writers of Australia conference when alphabetical order placed me next to Eliza Redgold, a delightful author and academic who looks like one of our romance heroines. <G> In July, St. Martin's Press released her new novel, Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva.
The cover is stunning and the book kept me enthralled for much of the long flight home from Down Under, so I invited Eliza to visit the Word Wenches. Happily, she said yes.
MJP: To begin with, who is Eliza Redgold?
ER: Eliza Redgold is based upon the old, Gaelic meaning of my given name, Dr. Elizabeth Reid Boyd. English folklore has it that if you help a fairy, you will be rewarded with red gold. I was born in Irvine, Scotland on Marymass Day and currently live in Australia.
MJP: Naturally, as soon as I read that, I had to go online to find out what Marymass Day is! The holiday commemorates a visit Mary Queen of Scots made to Irvine, and there is a parade complete with the Queen and the four Marys who were famously her attendants. Eliza, from what I found online, the festival is in August but the date isn't fixed?