We’re off to the seaside for my Friday Read this week with the Seaside Escape by Lisa Hobman. Just look at this gorgeous cover!
All work and no love can make for a dull life. But cupid’s arrow has a habit of striking when you least expect it… A heartwarming, feel-good romance to curl up with this winter. Perfect for the fans of Marian Keyes and Veronica Henry.
Mallory Westerman is the successful proprietor of Le Petit Cadeau, a gift shop extraordinaire in thriving Leeds.
Concentrating solely on her business, she has almost given up on finding someone to love. That is until she literally falls into the arms of a handsome, intriguing stranger who becomes her Knight in shining armour.
The whirlwind romance that ensues changes her life-path irrevocably. However, the road to true love is never smooth and things don’t always turn out how you expect…
*Shortlisted for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year 2014*
(This book was previously published as A Bridge Over the Atlantic.)
Here’s a couple of teasers about the story.
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Lisa is a happily married Mum of one with two energetic dogs and a love of all things Scottish. She especially enjoys being creative and as well as writing she sings in an acoustic trio called Brodman with two good friends.
In 2012 Lisa and her family relocated from 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, some of which now appear in her stories.
Her debut novel, Bridge Over the Atlantic (to be re-released on October 1st 2017 as A Seaside Escape through Aria Fiction), was shortlisted in the Contemporary Romance category of The RoNAs 2014 where she appeared alongside some of her favourite authors and confesses to having fangirled a little!
Lisa has self published several titles (including an erotic series under the pen name Lissa Jay) but is now signed to Aria Fiction in London on a three book deal and is loving working with the team there. Watch her page for more updates.
I asked Lisa to tell us more about herself
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I think somewhere deep inside I have, yes. I used to love writing stories when I was little. My mum and dad handed me back a box a couple of years ago which contained exercise books with stories in that I had written.
Has any author inspired you?
Oh gosh yes! So many in fact! But the first contemporary romance author I read and loved was Lisa Jewell and I finally got to meet her when we were both shortlisted in the Contemporary Romance category in the Romantic Novelists Association RoNA in 2014. She’s so lovely! I still love her books and along with Emily Bronte and JD Salinger she is up there on my list of inspirational authors.
What do you like writing most?
It has to be Scotland based romance. I love the country I now call home and love being able to visit the settings of the stories I write. I love realistic, down to earth characters that we could all either meet or be.
Do you have a special place for writing?
I do now! My hubby, with the help of my expert wallpapering dad, recently finished making our smallest bedroom into my ‘writing den’. It’s got a lovely view of the garden and is the place where I can escape to when inspiration hits!
Are you a pantster or a plotter?
I tend to be both. I sometimes start off on a whim and then decide to write plot notes as the ideas come so I don’t forget them. But I have been known to plot first too. I think it depends on how the story begins in my mind.
Is your writing ever inspired by your family or real life incidents?
In A Seaside Escape, Mallory, the main character, relocates to Scotland and runs a craft business. That’s kind of based on me but that’s where it ends. I think I’m influenced and inspired by family, friends and incidents but never actually base the characters firmly on specific people. Some characters may have elements of people I know but that’s all. My characters are all fictitious.
What are you writing at the moment?
I’m writing my second book for Aria Fiction novel which is…you’ve guessed it…a Scotland based contemporary romance! It’s setting is a quaint little seaside location close to where I live.
What inspired you to write this book?
The one I’m writing just now was simply inspired by the little cove. It’s a place we visit regularly and it felt quite natural that it should feature in one of my books. For A Seaside Escape, my first Aria book, it was the beautiful little stone bridge at Clachan Seil, known as the Bridge Over the Atlantic.
What time of the day do you write best?
I tend to write better in the afternoon and early evening although I have been known to get up at 3am when an idea hits me. I have to get up and write or I simply won’t sleep!
What are your hobbies?
I love to read and I love music. I sing in a wee band called Brodman with two very talented musicians. We collectively have quite eclectic taste so it’s always fun. We played at Jocktoberfest beer and music festival up in Inverness a couple of years ago which was amazing!
What advice would you give to other writers?
Write! Don’t do what I did and wait for the right time to start. If you have the passion just do it!
You can find out more about Lisa here
Thanks for dropping by and telling us about your book, Lisa.
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