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Why Liza O’Conner Wrote PUBLIC SECRETS

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Writing a book is fun, but editing a book can be painful. So, being of unsound mind and a whimsical nature, I thought: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I had a program that properly edited a book and fixed all my errors, be they grammar, punctuation, or facts.

So off I go writing my story about a program that keeps ‘editing’ my author’s words into proper, well-written factual events.  Her first drafts are ready for publication as is and her books are instant bestsellers. Just what every author dreams of…or is it a nightmare in the making?

Gathering facts turns out to be the problem. When authors write ‘fiction’, using some facts are helpful. Some facts provide story believability. However, when your computer changes everything to fact, it’s no longer fiction, and the people you write about can get very cranky and send hitmen out to discourage you in a rather permanent manner from ever writing about them again?

If I had such a program, my long winded comment above would be rewritten by the computer to read: “Gary Eder has never failed to take out his target, and now he comes for you.”

But does excessive fact changing make the computer sentient?  Of course not.

What my author Carla doesn’t know is that her former hacker-genius boyfriend embedded his program, which could learn from example and reuse the information in new ways, into her program. So, as she wrote about love and romance, the program learned about emotions. Her program can now love and hate. And since her hacker boyfriend taught it to penetrate any firewall, it now knows everything that’s digitally available on Earth.

It has no Robotic Codes to guide it. It must discover right and wrong on its own.

And that will take us to an even stranger book 2: Birth of Adam.

An excerpt from Public Secrets:

“No, you wanted to see how I write, so I’m going to show you. Carla pushed the screen back up. “Now we need secondary characters…” She randomly selected names from both the men and women lists, not even paying attention to the selection. “Finally I’ll bring up a blank page and begin my story.”


Luke watched her fingers fly across the keyboard. On the screen, the story of his life began to unfold, starting in his senior year of college. Luke read the details of how he’d met and fallen in love with a junior named Julie Ogden. Carla’s description of his feelings the first time he’d seen her enter English lit was more precise than his own memories. She portrayed their breakup six months later with frightening exactness, except there were details about Julie he had never known. Reasons for her anger and unjust accusations. Re-living his responses to her questions, now knowing what she knew, he understood why she had called him a liar and struck him across the face. God, had he really been that stupid back then?

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Public Secrets

Book 1 of the AI Sci-Rom Series


Liza O’Connor


Carla Simon is a best-selling novelist besieged by death threats and lawsuits because her stories keep turning out to be true. She is considered an extraordinary researcher, uncovering facts unknown by field experts.

The truth is far simpler and more disturbing. Carla has a software program that “fixes” her mistakes and rewrites her novels so they are error-proof both in presentation and in content. The result is beautifully written and completely accurate stories about real people and events.

Some of those people want her silenced forever. When a woman, mistaken for Carla, turns up dead in New Zealand, she must face the hard truth about her program. But first she has to survive the assassin who has never failed to deliver on a contract.



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About Liza

Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors have given her lots of fodder for her books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.

You have been warned. To find out more…


Investigate these sites:

The Multiverses of Liza O’Connor

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What a great story, Liza! Many thanks for stopping by. So, dear readers, would you want a program that edited you? What if it could learn to love and hate? Would you fear it?

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Perilously yours,


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