Lisa Keeble Interview
Tell us a little about yourself and your work.
I was born a long time ago, in the UK and, from a young age, wanted to be a writer so, naturally, I grew up to be an accountant. My life changed dramatically in 2014, through personal tragedy, so I made the decision to spend the rest of it living somewhere warm and doing what I love. Now I live on the Cote D’Azur and I write.
You’ve got 20 words to sell us on your work. Tempt us.
Humans? An accident with a black hole, a biscuit crumb and a size 7 tweed slipper. Curious?
Were there any particular parts of the writing/publishing process that you struggled with?
To be honest, not really; I find the marketing far more difficult than the writing or publishing aspects.
Where do you like to write?
Sitting in my apartment, over-looking the ocean.
Is there anything you must have in order to write?
Other than my laptop? Yes, I must have meditation music playing in the background
What books have influenced you most, both as a person and as an author?
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand probably had the most influence on me as a person and, as an author, without a doubt Terry Pratchett. For me, any author that can make you laugh and, at the same time, question life and death, in all their aspects, is a hero.
What is the one thing that has helped you develop most as an author?
It’s a cliché but reading pretty much everything I can lay my hands on and then just writing. I started out writing a blog, then as it became popular, I gained the confidence to add a few poems, then short stories and eventually I just had to let loose the book that had been rattling around in my unconscious mind.
What do you want to achieve most from your writing?
I’d like to say something altruistic but, to be honest, I want people to read and love my writing. If fame and money come along with that then so much the better :O)
Is there something specific you do to improve your writing?
Yes, I read. A lot.
What is the ideal relationship between editor and author?
I don’t currently have an editor but, I guess, a complete meeting of the minds and an acceptance and understanding of which each of them is trying to achieve.
If you had a direct line to someone who loves or hates your writing, what would you say?
If they love it I’d say – ‘Thank you, honestly and from the bottom of my heart, you have no idea how much that means to me.’ If they hate it I’d say – ‘why?’
If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?
Don’t listen to any advice – write what you love because you love writing.
What does your writing future hold for you?
I am 20,000 words into my second book and I am sure that will be followed by a third…and a fourth..and..well you get the picture.
How have you set about the task of creating enticing cover art?
I designed the cover of my first book myself but, for the next one, I’ll definitely be speaking to a professional.
How often do you read? What genre?
Every single day without fail and I read – crime, murder mystery, poetry, historical novels, romance, psychological thrillers, humour, fantasy….pretty much anything really.
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Best of luck in the future.
For more on Lisa and her work please visit her AUTHOR PAGE.