It's my pleasure to welcome Lisa J Hobman to my blog today. She is the first author I've interviewed, and I'm honored to have her. Here's a little info on Lisa before we jump in to the interview:
Lisa is a happily married Mum of one with two crazy dogs. She especially enjoys being creative; has worked as a singer and now runs her own little craft business where she makes hanging signs and decorations for the home. Lisa and her family recently relocated from Yorkshire, England to their beloved Scotland; a place of happy holidays and memories for them.
Writing has always been something Lisa has enjoyed, although in the past it has centered on poetry and song lyrics. The story in her debut novel has been building in her mind for a long while but until the relocation, she never had the time to put it down in black and white; working full time as a High School Science Learning Mentor and studying swallowed up any spare time she had. Making the move north of the border has given Lisa the opportunity to spread her wings and fulfill her dream. Writing is now a deep passion and she has enjoyed every minute of working towards being published. Novels two and three are works in progress so watch this space!
Welcome to Caffeine and Contemplations, Lisa. For the readers, can you describe yourself in one sentence?
I’m a scatterbrained but creative worrywort
Haha, I love that. What brought about the idea for Bridge over the Atlantic?
We started to visit Scotland on holiday many years ago and fell in love with the place but it was over the last few years that my creative juices started to flow and a story about the area began to formulate. Now we live in Scotland and love it. It’s such an inspirational place.
What inspired you or bought about your decision to be a writer?
We relocated to Scotland in 2012 in order to have a simpler way of life. But I don’t do sitting around. I started to write a blog and end enjoyed writing so much that writing a novel was a kind of natural transition.
Is there any particular author(s) that you find inspiring?
There really are so many! I love Lisa Jewell, she has been a long-time favourite but lately I have read so many amazing books by some very talented authors I think I am just inspired by authors in general. They have such wonderful imaginations. And they are so supportive of one another.
What part of your main character, Mallory, do you connect with most?
Definitely her insecurities. Being a curvy girl myself I wanted to write someone whom I could relate to. And as a knock on effect from that I hoped other women would feel the same.
You’ve recently signed a second book with your publisher 5 Prince Publishing, and have a third in the works. Can you tell us a bit about them?
My second novel is another contemporary romance but there are a few twists and turns along the way along with some suspense so it’s totally different from Bridge Over the Atlantic. My third is almost done and is rapidly becoming my favourite. It’s got a lot of humour in it so I’m told! I never imagined writing a comedy of sorts but there are elements of that in book three!
You’ve recently moved to Scotland. Can you tell us a bit about what brought this about?
We’ve been married almost twenty years and we have adored Scotland for a large portion of that time. It was a dream of ours to eventually move here. But we figured why wait? We figured there was no point waiting until we retire and so we were very brave and took the plunge! It has been amazing and probably one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.
What has been the most challenging or most surprising part about being published?
The most challenging was learning how to set out a manuscript! I discovered very quickly that presentation is paramount. I have learned so much from my wonderful editor Bernadette.
Just for fun: Are you the kind of person that likes to break rules, follow them, or bend them a little?
Oh gosh I am such a stickler for being a good girl! I am usually a rule follower! How boring does that make me sound?!
Haha, not boring at all. Sometimes following the rules is the hardest path. What is your writing fuel? Be it food, music, or favorite drink.
Music and chocolate! I love music and it features quite heavily in Bridge Over the Atlantic. I love to choose a soundtrack to my work whilst I am working and then I listen to the tracks over and over again whilst I am writing. Chocolate always helps too!
Thanks so much to Lisa for "sitting down with me" and sharing a little bit about her life and writing. If you'd like to check out Bridge Over the Atlantic or find Lisa online, you can find the information below.
Mallory Westerman is a full-figured, successful, young business woman living in Yorkshire, England. Though very career minded, she is extremely self-conscious about her ample curves and so her love life tends to pay the price. Concentrating solely on her business, she has almost given up on finding someone to love. That is until she literally trips into the arms of a stranger who becomes her Knight in shining armour.
The immediate sexual and romantic spark that blossoms into love and the events that follow, irrevocably change Mallory’s life-path and self-image forever, but only go to prove that the road to true love is never smooth and that things don’t always turn out how you expect…
Available from 5 Prince Publishing www.5princebooks.com firstname.lastname@example.org Genre: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary Release Date: April 4, 2013 Digital ISBN 13: 978-1-939217-42-4 ISBN 10: 1-939217-42-3 Print ISBN 13: 978-1-939217-43-1 ISBN 10: 1-939217-43-1 Purchase link: www.5princebooks.com/buy.htm
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