Delighted tonight to be having Friday Night Drinks with author….Lisa Hobman.
Welcome to the blog, Lisa and thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?
Either a nice big glass of Shiraz or Jack Daniels and Coke. It’s hard to choose!
If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?
Definitely Edinburgh. It’s my favourite city in the world and it’s only a short distance from home so nice and convenient! But the atmosphere is incredible. And the castle is lit up at night too which is so beautiful to see.
If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
Freddy Mercury would be so interesting to talk to. I would love to chat with him in detail about his inspirations. I was heartbroken when he died, his music was and is such an inspiration for me and so many others.
And I would be keen to chat to Emily Bronte. I absolutely LOVE Wuthering Heights and would love to get her advice on writing those gritty but loveable rogues. Heathcliff was my first experience of such a character and he fascinated me.
Second vote for Emily Bronte, recently! So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?
I’m working in a brand new book set on the Isle of Skye. It’s a place I love to visit with scenery that takes my breath away. I tend to write about the places I’ve visited and loved, so Skye is the next location I’m taking readers to. I’m hoping it will be a three book series but I usually write stand alone stories so it’s a challenge that I’m looking forward to.
What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?
My proudest moment by far was when my debut novel Bridge Over the Atlantic was shortlisted in the RNA Awards. I attended the awards ceremony in London which was surreal as I was in a category with my favourite author Lisa Jewell! The book has now been renamed A Seaside Escape and republished by Aria Fiction.
I think the toughest challenge is getting the word out there about my back catalogue. I’m trying to build new connections as I go but it’s hard work. I am determined though!
Let’s hope this helps a bit then. What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!
My biggest ambition at present is to see my books on the shelves in well known bookstore chains rather than solely in digital format and POD. I feel like it will happen one day. I just have to keep working hard and believing in my stories.
What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?
My latest story will no doubt mean a trip to Skye again in the near future so I can’t wait for that! I like to revisit places I write about to make sure the imagery in my stories is close to reality so the reader can escape there in their mind!
I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?
My favourite place in the world is Scotland. We relocated here in 2012 and I love it even more now. Aside from this I would most like to visit Canada someday. The scenery is spectacular from the photos I have seen and it’s just the kind of place I love.
Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
I’m also a singer. I used to sing professionally and have appeared on TV on a show called Stars in Their Eyes. It was way back in the 90s and I was Alanis Morissette for my performance.
And look what I found!
Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?
Gosh that is a difficult one to answer! Just recently I’ve read and loved books by Lulu Taylor. Her books set in Winter are superb. But I also loved Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. It was incredibly gripping and I couldn’t put it down!
She was fifteen, her mother’s golden girl.
She had her whole life ahead of her.
And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.
Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.
But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter.
Because his daughter is the image of Ellie.
Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.
What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide?
I have this on my TBR. So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?
Water and lots of it! If I’ve been celebrating I always tend to drink lots of water before I go to sleep and then do the same the following morning. Also I don’t drink on an empty stomach!
After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
Either sitting cuddled up on the sofa, in front of the roaring log burner, with my family, dogs and a good book. Or if they were all busy I would be at the desk in my writing den getting some words down but wearing my PJs and fluffy slipper boots of course!
Meet Zara Bailey, a travel writer paid to cover some of the globe’s most luxurious locations. Jetting from wooden huts on stilts in turquoise seas to boutique hotels with roaring fires to 7* penthouse suites with panoramic views of the world’s most glamorous cities… Zara knows hers is the definition of a dream job!
So she is seriously shocked to receive her next assignment; Scotland’s Northcoast 500 route. By bicycle. Sleeping in a tent so basic it can’t remotely be dressed up as glamping!
But this could be just the distraction the recently heartbroken Zara needs. No men, no romance, just the breathtakingly rugged Highland scenery. Until she meets croft owner Lachlan Grant, and his black and white Border Collie Bess, that is…
Lisa is happily married mum with two energetic dogs and a thing for men with tattoos! In May 2012 she relocated from Yorkshire to her favourite place in the world, Scotland. The time since then has been a rollercoaster!
She loves writing, singing and is very passionate about music. Her tastes are quite eclectic.
Her debut novel Bridge Over the Atlantic was shortlisted in the 2014 RoNA awards and she has written many more since! In 2017, she signed to Aria Fiction and is loving working with them!
Next week I am having drinks with awarding-winning blogger and great friend, Kaisha Holloway from The Writing Garnet, so I know you will want to come back and join us then.