Interview with Lisa Dyer

What are you working on next?
Haha, well, let's try and explain it! As a kid, I loved the Saturday afternoon matinees on television. In the UK, at that time, we only had three channels and on a Saturday afternoon, two were taken up with sports. The third showed old movies and I fell in love with Blithe Spirit, The Ghosts of Berkeley Square and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. My new novel is about two ghosts who die suddenly in a museum during an air raid in WW2 and are trapped there. Fast forward and in 2017 they are fed up with each other and bored. The story has several strands; it's also a rom-com with a romance between the great-grand nephew of one of the ghosts and the curator of the museum. It doesn't have a title yet but I'm about half way through and things have just taken a decided turn of events!
Who are your favorite authors?
My go to author is Jane Austen. I can never tire of Pride and Prejudice. I enjoy Neil Gaiman and I love Ellis Peter's Cadfael books because I'm a medievalist at heart.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My cat! He won't leave me alone until I get up and feed him! He has great tactics for that. I work full time and write in the morning and evening.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I guess it was the precursor to Since You've Been Gone in many ways. Since You've Been Gone's protagonist is Hal who comes from Dover and he's an invisible contemporary of mine, sharing my experiences and moments. One of my first stories was based on my life at the time (16) so I see many parallels to Since You've Been Gone.
What is your writing process?
I'm a total panster. I try and plan but it never pans out so I just fly by the seat of my pants and see where the story takes me.
Describe your desk
Cluttered.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was a teenager. I'd been sent to touch typing lessons when I was about ten and I was bought a portable typewriter. Once I had that I was off.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had a publisher but I felt I wasn't really achieving what they wanted me to achieve by way of marketing and sales targets. I work full time so writing isn't my sole source of income (thank goodness!). I figured that I could self-publish and if people bought or downloaded my books then that was great but it wasn't the end of the world if they didn't.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love discovering my characters. I have a rough idea who they are when I start but as I write I find they evolve and take a life of their own. Often, when I'm walking to work, I'm thinking about the plot and then an idea will spring to mind involving my characters and I find myself saying 'oh, didn't expect that to happen.'.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a very busy day. I work full time as a Graduation Officer at the University of Essex. Around that I try and fulfill my daily writing target, get my chores done, do the garden and watch my favourite tv - The Walking Dead, Murdoch Mysteries, The Big Bang Theory, Lucifer, Preacher, Legion are top of the list at the moment.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Pride and Prejudice - I love Lizzy Bennet, she is a great heroine.
The Sword in the Stone - I adored the world that T.H. White created and it put me onto Arthurian legend.
To Kill a Mockingbird - so powerful.
Alice in Wonderland - I couldn't get enough of this when I was a child.
Morte d'Arthur - I love the Arthurian romances and legends.
Published 2017-04-10.
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Books by This Author

High Spirits
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,800. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Mashups
Mischievous spirits abound in Partridge Hall but the museum is under threat of closure and something dark has stirred among the dusty relics.