Lisa Worrall kicks off the first of our Sunday interviews with our UK authors. She is a wonderful author (I get to read all her stories as they are written) and a fabulous friend (mine!). I might be slightly biased of course.
Lisa’s bio is so apt.
Thank you for reading and taking the time to review and/or rate. It’s jaw-dropping to me that you would do either. I feel a bit like Sally Field in her famous Oscar speech “You like me – you actually like me”
I live in a small seaside town just outside London, on the South Coast of England that boasts the longest pier in the world; where I am ordered around by two precocious children and a dog who thinks she’s the boss of me.
I’ve been writing seriously for three years now and love giving voice to the characters warring to be heard in my head, and am currently petitioning for more hours in the day, because I never seem to have enough of them.
I like nothing more than bringing together two people in interesting and sometimes bizarre ways, and hope that the readers enjoy the characters’ journey as much as they and I do.
As I know Lisa went to the UK Meet (we shared a room), I asked her how she got there. A recurring theme for the weekend was the roads!
I travelled to the meet with Petronella Bond (and yes that’s her REAL name), an avid reader of m/m fiction. We were introduced on fb by Patricia Logan who decided that, as Petra doesn’t mind driving on motorways, she should go and take me with her! It was a bit of a long journey and the ac packed up on us so we spent most of the journey with our heads hanging out the windows! But the journey home was even worse! The M25 was shut between two junctions and the heat was overwhelming. Good job we got on well or I could have seen myself walking home if Petra had thrown me out of the car. Seven and a half hours *groan* but luckily we had a phone a friend moment who took us up Jack’s bum and round the corner to get us a clear route back onto the other side of the M25, and Petra is still talking to me, so I can’t have been that bad a passenger.
I had actually been booked to attend the last three years but due to unforeseen circumstances hadn’t been able to make it. But I finally got there! I wanted to go to meet like-minded authors and to listen to the panels to try and glean as much information as possible to hopefully improve on what I’m doing. From the writing side, to the cover design, to the marketing – it was all really well done and I came away with some great ideas that hadn’t even occurred to me before.
What panels did you go to?
The panels were well thought out and the ones I attended were mostly in the main room. The one on cover design, about social media, one on reviews and the one on to epilogue or not epilogue (although I didn’t hear much of that one as it got a bit noisy), and of course the two keynote speaker interviews with Elisa Rolle and Marie Sexton, which were great; plus the final panel about next year’s meet.
I talked to lots of people, readers and authors alike, including two lovely ladies all the way from Italy, Emmanuela and Camilla. I met K C Wells, Josephine Myles, Clare London, Charlie Cochrane, Jessica Freely, Lavinia Lewis, Amber Kell, Augusta Li, Pearl Love, Serena Yates, Elin Gregory, the list goes on, it was fantastic to put faces to some of the names I know so well. Not forgetting the readers, too. It was lovely to meet some of the people who read your stories and take them to their hearts. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. I even met a couple of facebook friends! Oh and I talked to you, but then it was hard to ignore you since we were sharing a bed!
What would you like to see at a future meet?
There were some discussions about the sorts of panels etc for next year and, at the time, I was so busy listening to everyone else, I didn’t think of anything. However, on the way home in the car, it occurred to me that so many of us now co-write stories, so I thought it would be interesting for some of those authors to discuss their methods if you like and give others who are thinking of taking that route some ideas of how to go about it.
What are your plans for the next year.
God, plans…. eeep. Well, I have the Monty series to keep me going ’til the end of the year. Plus I have three WIPS on the go, and the sequel to Laurel Heights. Laurel was originally a stand alone and I never intended to do a sequel. I know the readers either loved or hated the epilogue, but it had to be written that way, kind of like a film where you just think they can breathe a sigh of relief then a little spanner is thrown into the works. There are also some open submission calls for Silver and DSP that have caught my eye, and a little series I’m co-writing with an author… Left at the Crossroads, which needs to be picked up again 🙂 so I’m going to be pretty busy, as long as the muses play nicely.
A Nanny For Nate
A year after his husband is killed in a hit and run, the only thing keeping Parker Adams going is his work and their son, Nate. When his regular sitter moves away, he hires a live in nanny to give Nate more stability. Due to a mix up with the envelopes, it isn’t the young woman he was expecting. Opening the door and finding six feet six of Jake Walsh on the stoop fills Parker with panic. Not that Jake wasn’t perfect for the job; he was. A little too perfect. Which is why Parker had purposely decided to give the job to the other candidate. During his interview, Jake Walsh had awoken feelings in Parker that he had thought were gone forever. How was he going to cope with the man under his roof twenty-four-seven?
Jake Walsh is a force of nature. Having worked at a day care until the tiny business folded, he’s looking for something more secure, but doesn’t expect to find it with his first interview. If he’s honest, he didn’t think he’d get it. Although he’d hit it off with Nate, Parker Adams was a whole different story. After the feeling they’d made an initial connection, Parker’s demeanor had changed and Jake had been left with the impression he didn’t have a chance-until the letter offering him the position dropped onto his doormat. Moving in with Parker and Nate seems like the perfect job, until he realises he’s not only fallen in love with Nate, but Parker, too, and that it’s nigh on impossible to compete with a ghost?
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