Happy new year everyone, 🎉🍾🎉 hope you all had a good one. The book review café’s back after an extended break and I have so many fabulous A day with author…..posts to share with you this year, I hope you continue to enjoy reading them as much as I do.
Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Lisa Hall to the book review café, I’m a huge fan of Lisa’s and this is a lady who certainly knows how to write a psychological thriller. If you haven’t read Between You And Me or Tell Me No Lies I would highly recommend them both. You can find out more about the author and her books further down this post. So without further ado grab yourself a coffee, put your feet up and read all about Lisa Hall’s hectic life as an author…..
A Day in the Life of….Lisa Hall
6am – I get up every morning at 6am, as I have to do my other job before settling in to write for the day – being Mum to my three kids. This generally involves me shoving toast in front of them and shrieking a bit as I try and get them all in the car, and to school on time. Not always a success.
9am – I get back around 9, and promise myself that I’m going to sit down and write STRAIGHT AWAY. Then I generally faff about a bit, making tea, looking for good biscuits and checking Twitter and Facebook. I watch lots of videos about cats doing weird stuff, reply to any social media messages I might have, respond to emails, look at pictures of Ryan Gosling, and cheer on my author buddies on Twitter.
10.30 – By this time I am starting to panic about getting things done, so I switch off social media and get down to business. What I actually do depends on what stage I’m at in the book writing process – I might spend time planning out my next few chapters, I might be researching things, or I might actually be at the writing stage, in which case I aim for 2000 words a day. I find the words come much more easily if I have a detailed plan of the next three or four chapters. I try to keep my desk tidy, but I seem to have quite a lot of stuff. Mainly snacks. During this time of the day I am usually stalked by dogs or chickens. No peace for the wicked.
3pm – I have to down tools and go back to being Mum – I do both school runs, with less shrieking especially if we’ve squeezed in a trip to the corner shop, and then it’s back home to cook tea.
6pm – Once the kids are sorted it’s back to work – sometimes this means jumping on the high speed train into London for a launch or event, other times it just means I get to catch up on any reading I need to do – I tend to read a lot when I’m at the research stage – so I use the time when the kids are quiet and doing their own thing to read and make notes.
10pm – BED! And usually with a book, although at least at bedtime I get to choose what I want to read – I usually manage about three pages before I’m snoozing….
About Lisa Hall
Lisa loves words, reading and everything there is to love about books. She has dreamed of being a writer since she was a little girl – either that or a librarian – and after years of talking about it, was finally brave enough to put pen to paper (and let people actually read it). Lisa lives in a small village in Kent, surrounded by her towering TBR pile, a rather large brood of children, dogs, chickens and ponies and her long-suffering husband. She is also rather partial to eating cheese and drinking wine.
Readers can follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaHallAuthor
Books by Lisa Hall
To learn more about the author’s books please click on link below……….
My thanks to Lisa Hall for taking time out of her busy schedule to write this guest post.