Here’s what Spotlight is about; it’s an interview that promotes you! It will feature questions that are formatted to your needs. Questions will be focused on your work, upcoming work and some personal [but not intrusive] questions for your fans to get to know you more!
Today features Lisa J. Hobman
Share with us some of your interests
I LOVE music! I always have. I used to be a singer and so music has always been important to me. I find that music inspires me to write.
What makes you the person you are?
My parents have always been so encouraging and so I think they are the reason that I have done so many creative things. Their support and encouragement has meant that I have tried even when perhaps I didn’t think I could achieve what I set out to.
About your writing;
When did you start writing?
I started writing way back when I was at school (too many years ago to mention!) Back then it was poetry and song lyrics though.
What inspires you to write?
In all honesty my husband is my inspiration. It was he who suggested that I write my idea for my debut novel. If it wasn’t for him I probably would never have had the courage to go for it. He encourages me and is always willing to offer his opinion and ideas. He’s brutally honest! But I love that about him.
How has writing change you as a person?
Gosh yes! My confidence has increased and I am learning so much! I think I am a little obsessed though 😉
Adding some fun;
If you spend the rest of your life in a novel or novel series, what novel would it be and why?
Ooh that’s so tricky! I have read so man amazing books that I’m not sure I can narrow that down! It would have to be something passionate. An all-consuming love story…Just can’t choose one!
Share a couple of your favorite things and or things you like?
Music – I have quite eclectic taste and love to listen to music whilst I’m writing. And the other would be singing. I used to be a professional singer and so this has stuck with me. I tend to sing to myself these days though…or my dogs!
What couldn’t you live without?
My family mainly but as far as ‘things’ go it would probably be my laptop! I spend so much time writing that I think my hand would drop off if I had to use pen and paper!
In the literacy world who do you think is a misunderstood character and why?
Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster. I adore him. He is a good guy with a good heart but he has trouble expressing himself. I LOVE that book so much! Jamie McGuire is such an inspiration.
Have you read anything that made you think differently about writing?
Again, I know it’s a cop-out but there are so many books that I have read that have influenced me. I would probably say ‘Wuthering Heights’ made me think about passion and how to build back stories and emotions into characters. I love the use of descriptive language in it too.
Is there a character that annoys you in the literacy world? Or even one of your own?
Not any individual one I can think of although I have wanted to scream at my Kindle on many occasions! (I have actually screamed at my Kindle…does that make me a little bonkers?”
What do you look for in a publishing company as they will end up representing your work?
A company who are passionate about what they do and who are knowledgeable in their field. I found these things with 5 Prince Publishing. They are supportive to their authors and I have learned so much from them. The authors are like a team which is fantastic especially for a newbie like me.
How do you stay confident in yourself especially by putting yourself out there in the internet world?
Hmmm, that’s a tough one. I wouldn’t say I have totally achieved this yet. You really do lay yourself open for criticism by your audience and it’s tough when you get it but it’s part of the deal. My confidence has increased but I am still a huge worrier!
How do you handle rejection? What advice can you offer to moving past it?
When I was submitting my debut novel Bridge Over the Atlantic initially I was gutted when I was rejected. I wanted everyone to love my story as much as I did. But I had to just move on, otherwise I would have given up and wouldn’t have had the wonderful messages and reviews I now have.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Do lots of research. And always keep in mind why you write. Writing is a passion. Stick with it and don’t give up!
Featuring your work and or upcoming work;
Tell us about your book [s]
My debut is Bridge Over the Atlantic which tells the story of Mallory Westerman; a twenty something Yorkshire girl who has been unlucky in love. She is a curvy girl with self-esteem issues and I wrote her in the hope that she would encourage empathy. Mallory takes a break from her shop one winter’s day only to literally trip and fall into the arms of a handsome stranger who changes her life irrevocably.
My second novel which is due out around September is Through the Glass and tells the story of Jim MacDuff, a ruggedly handsome Scotsman living in London with his beautiful and talented artist wife. Thanks to his interfering mother-in-law his life and everything he holds dear come crashing down around him. He relocates back to Scotland to rebuild his life and mend his heart but after a few years he receives an unwelcome visitor who brings news that rocks him to the core. How he deals with this news will determine the path his life takes.
Who is your favorite character and why? [If you can share without spoiling your work]
In Bridge Over the Atlantic it would have to be Greg, the sexy Scottish bar tender. He swears too much and his brain to mouth filter has a habit of malfunctioning!
In Through the Glass it would have to be Jim. He is the central character and is a passionate man with a good heart whom the readers will hopefully root for from the word go!
What character do you hope readers understand?
In Bridge Over the Atlantic I hope it’s Mallory. She is easy to relate to with her issues but she is the type of person you could easily be friends with.
Do you have a favorite part of your own book (s) ?
I do! But I’m not going to say 😉
Choosing a character or even yourself, can you give us a sample playlist of music that would follow said person?
Mallory’s story is heavily drenched in music. From ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol to ‘You Oughta Know’ by Alanis Morrisette to ‘Martha’s Harbour’ by All About Eve and many others. She has a rollercoaster ride and music features throughout!
Have you had trouble writing about any of your characters?
Mallory was an emotional character to write. She is so lovely and deserving of love and you feel for her and her lack of someone worthy.
What would you like readers to get from your book (s) ?
From Bridge Over the Atlantic I want readers to believe that real love exists and can overcome almost anything.
In your book (s) what had been the hardest challenge you’ve faced so far?
Knowing when to stop making changes! It was hard to let go of the books and so I kept changing things so that I could keep working on them. Letting your work go out into the world is very emotional.
How is this world a better place because of your books?
Well I don’t profess to have written anything that will change the world. But hopefully they have a positive impact on the people who read and enjoy them. I have been told by certain readers that they related to Bridge Over the Atlantic and the situations that Mallory faces. I was also thanked for taking one particular reader on a trip down memory lane through her favourites Scottish locations. All these things mean so much.
If you could meet any of your own characters, who would (they / it) be?
Ooh definitely Greg the Scottish hunky bar tender (but don’t tell my hubby!)
If you had to write a scene for a character of your choice that would put them in an awkward situation how would it go?
Hmm, there are several of those written into both books 😉 So I will refrain from giving any details that could spoil things 😉
What do you to for marketing?
I tweet, I chat on Facebook. I write two blogs too! Along with signed book giveaways and guest posts I’ve done a book signing and Bridge Over the Atlantic is on sale in one of the largest book stores in Edinburgh, Blackwell’s, which is very exciting. Promoting is very time consuming but can be fun too and is very necessary!
Promote your books in a sentence or less 🙂
Bridge Over the Atlantic is passionate love story set against the backdrop of the stunning Scottish Highlands where relationships are tested and boundaries are crossed but where love can conquer all.
Jim MacDuff thought he had it all but sometimes all is not what it seems when you view it Through the Glass.
(If more than one work, a sentence for EACH work, you’re not limited to one sentence for more than one piece of work.)
What are you working on now?
At the moment I am working on my fourth contemporary romance. My third is with my beta readers right now! The theme running through all of my books up to now is my beautiful home country – Scotland.
Lisa J. Hobman Links
Web links are here:
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/ZGJDGb
My Website: http://bit.ly/15p3fq9
Debut novel Bridge Over the Atlantic published in April 2013
5 Prince Publishing