My Travel Thursday guest this week is romantic novelist Lisa Hobman. Lisa used to live in England but now lives in Scotland. Scotland was a place of happy holidays and memories for Lisa and her new location now features in all of her books.
Welcome, Lisa. Can you tell us why you love Scotland so much and how it’s influenced your writing?
I’ve always hated flying. It’s a phobia of mine unfortunately and whilst there are many places in the world I would love to pluck up the courage to visit, there is nowhere on earth quite like Scotland for me. My love affair with the stunningly rugged country began around fourteen years ago when I first visited the Highlands with my husband, his parents and our very young daughter. One place in particular stole my heart and that was a little stone bridge at a place called Clachan Seil.
The Bridge Over the Atlantic, a pretty little structure designed by architect Robert Mylne and opened in 1793, sparked a passion in me that I never anticipated. I had always loved writing as a child but never dreamed of making a career out of it. But that little place with its whitewashed cottages and views out to sea, conjured up stories in my mind that I just had to write. Initially, I intended this to be a very personal thing but with the encouragement of my husband, my friends and family I finished the love story with the little bridge at the heart of it.
That story, aptly named back then as Bridge Over the Atlantic, was my debut release back in 2013 and I was honoured to be shortlisted in the 2014 RoNA Awards in the Contemporary Romance Category along with some of my favourite authors. I haven’t stopped writing since.
The Scottish people and landscape had such a magnetic pull for me that my family and I relocated to the south of Scotland back in 2012 and we are now fully ensconced in our gorgeous little village and surrounded by the timeless beauty of the Scottish Borders countryside.
Scotland has continued to feature in every book I have written and one of my great joys is discovering new places to write about from our travels around both the east and west coasts of this wonderful and varied landscape. Places such as Gairloch, Easdale, Glenfinnan and Rannoch Moor have filled my mind with stories of love, loss and second chances and Cairngorms National Park firmly lodged itself in my heart as one of my favourite places on earth to be. Especially the shores of Loch Morlich.
We always travel by car but have had the pleasure of staying in a variety of forms of accommodation; from log cabins on the shore of Loch Linnhe to camping by the beach at Rosemarkie on the Black Isle. Each location has its own personality and stories to tell.
And each time I visit I can stand there, enjoying the way my senses are set alight by the experience. So often I have stood on the central point of the little bridge at Clachan Seil and expected to see Greg from my book walking towards me with Angus, his trusty Lab-satian.
Earlier this year I had the honour of being signed to Aria Fiction and my debut release on October 1st 2017 with them is a reworking of my first book, Bridge Over the Atlantic. The book is now called A Seaside Escape and has an absolutely stunning new cover and I simply can’t wait to reach a whole new batch of readers who will join me on that journey north to my favourite bridge.
Please head over to http://www.facebook.com/LisaJHobmanAuthor on August 25th to see the cover reveal.
Lisa’s debut novel was shortlisted in the 2014 RNA. Her stories centre around believable, yet down to earth characters and the places in Scotland she has visited and fallen in love with. She is a happily married mum of one with two energetic dogs.
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