A Word With Lisa Thompson

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I am delighted to welcome the bestselling author of The Goldfish Boy whose second fantastic novel The Light Jar launched to huge critical acclaim in January. Lisa kindly agreed to join me on the blog to answer some of your questions and I am delighted to feature reviews on both of her novels on The Bookshelf.

Thank you for joining us Lisa and congratulations on another great novel. 

Q. WHAT IS THE NAME OF YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC ARTIST?
A. This is a hard one as music is such a huge part of my life, but I think it would have to be Prince. I discovered his music as a teenager and was lucky enough to see him live a few times. He was just phenomenal.
Q. FAVOURITE FILM?
A. This is also hard! I think it would probably be The Sixth Sense. I love films/books with twists and that film just floored me. I also really wish I'd written it!
WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTER FROM YOUR BOOKS?
A.Matthew from The Goldfish Boy and Nate from The Light Jar are heroes in my eyes as they both confront their own, personal fears. However, in The Goldfish Boy there is a little girl called Casey who is so nasty that she was just a joy to write.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE OCCUPATION, WHEN YOU'RE NOT WRITING?
A. I listen to a lot of music but I also do that while I'm writing, so I'd probably say going to the cinema. We have a lovely new cinema opened near to us that has sofas and reclining seats so I find I go more and more these days!
Q. WHAT'S YOUR FANTASY PROFESSION?
A. I know it's not a fantasy now... but my fantasy always was to be a writer! I dreamt about it since I was a child but I put it to the back of my mind thinking; 'that'll never happen'. Now I write full time and wished I'd taken the plunge sooner.
Q. IF YOU COULD EAT ONLY ONE THING FOR THE REST OF YOUR DAYS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
A. I'm partial to a bowl of granola.
Q. WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDREN'S AUTHORS?
A. I'm a big fan of Patrick Ness and Charlie Higson. Their writing is so gripping. I also love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. They are laugh out loud funny. There is a huge amount of really good quality children's books out there. I'm sure I didn't have such a brilliant choice when I was little...
Q. IS THERE A BOOK YOU LOVE TO REREAD?
A. I'm not much of a re-reader (apart from books I've had to re-read when studying) and I think I've only read two books twice. They were Charlotte's Web by EB White when I was little and Perfume by Patrick Suskind. And I'm going to read them both again soon! I also want to re-read A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving because it had a profound effect on me when I read it in my 20s.
Q. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR YOUNG WRITERS & STORYTELLERS?
A. The biggest advice I can give is that you don't need to know the ending before you begin a story. I always thought you had to have the whole thing mapped out in your head (or on paper) before you start, but you don't. You can work things out as you go along.
Q. WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO FROM YOU NEXT?
I am currently writing my third book which will hopefully be out in 2019!
 
Thank you for joining us today Lisa and I hope you have a thrilling book launch for The Light Jar - you certainly deserve it. 

You can find and follow Lisa here:-

Twitter - @lthompsonwrites
Instagram - @lisathompsonwrites

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