I’m very pleased to welcome Lisa Hall to the blog today. Lisa’s First novel, Between You and Me, was very successful with almost 2000 Amazon reviews and lots of people talking about its amazing twist! Her second book, Tell Me No Lies, was published by Carina last week. More about that below – you can order a copy here.
Hi Lisa. first of all, would you tell me a little about yourself?
There’s not much to tell! I live in Kent, in the lovely countryside, with hundreds of kids and animals…probably too many if I’m honest 😉 I spend most of my time writing, reading and dreaming up ridiculous plots that’ll never see the light of day!
What inspired you to start writing?
I always wanted to write, but never seemed to able to make the time properly – not until I had an idea that I was passionate enough about to make myself give it the time it deserved. Once the idea for book one was there I knew it wouldn’t go away until I wrote the story.
Tell me about your journey to publication.
It wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be – I was reading a book on the way back from a family holiday, where I had completed my first draft. At the back of the book was an open submission call from my publisher, so once I had polished the manuscript I sent it out to them. Two weeks later I got a call from my now editor asking me to send the rest, and a week after that she called to offer me a two book deal.
In a nutshell, what is your latest book about?
My latest book asks the question, ‘Who can you trust?’…and how well do you know the people around you? That’s all I’m saying!
How did you come up with the title for your book?
I didn’t! I was completely stumped for this book, so my editor suggested Tell Me No Lies and I loved it. It sums up the book perfectly.
How do you plan to celebrate publication day?
I’m planning on having a little party – it wouldn’t be publication day without some bubbles!
Do you have a work in progress just now?
Yes – my agent is currently reading book three (untitled! And likely to stay that way until someone other than me comes up with one – I’m useless!) Once she’s given it the thumbs up it’ll go to my editor.
What’s your favourite book you’ve read in the past few months?
Or favourite three if you really can’t choose! Ooh, I definitely need three! My book of the year so far is Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker – it really is outstanding. I also really loved The Constant Soldier by William Ryan. One to watch out for in 2017 that I’ve read recently is Final Girls by Riley Sager – a cracking read.
What are you reading just now?
Right now (in August!) I’m reading Broken Heart by Tim Weaver, then I’m planning on starting Tattletale by Sarah J. Naughton.
Tell me about your reading habits: book or kindle, bed or bath, morning or evening?
I tend to switch between book and kindle, and I get most of my reading done in bed in the evenings – I can’t sleep without a quick chapter first!
How can people follow you or connect with you on social media?
I’m on Twitter as @lisahallauthor and I have a Facebook page.
And finally, if you could be a character in any book you have read, who would it be and why?
If I don’t have to be a grown up, I’d probably like to be George from The Famous Five – all those lovely adventures and lovely picnics! If I have to be a grown up….I’d be someone kickass like Helen Grace.