I’m thrilled to be introducing the second author in my new series “Where do writers get their ideas from?” and featuring her two most recent books.
I bought Lizzie’s first book, Ninja School Mum, because I was intrigued by the title. (And it has a brilliant cover!) And it did not disappoint. It was a great read.
Me. Hi Lizzie, Thank you so much for agreeing to be on my blog. Now for the question every writer is said to dread: Where did you get the idea from?
I got the idea for my book Ninja School Mum after looking around the school playground and thinking how strange it would be if someone had an incredible secret and they weren’t who they said they were.
Me: What is your genre? Is it a series or standalone?
My genre is romantic comedy. This book is a standalone at the moment, but in the future, it will be part of a series.
The book’s blurb.
Obsessive-compulsive school mum, Skye, is a lonely elite spy, who is running from her past whilst trying to protect the future of her child. She tries hard to fit in with the other parents at her son’s new school, but the only person who accepts her unconventional way of life is new mother, Thea.
Thea is feeling harassed by her sister and bored with her life, but she suspects that there is something strange about the new school mum, Skye. Thea has secrets of her own and, although the two become unlikely friends, she hesitates to tell Skye about the father of her own child.
Zack’s new business is growing faster than he could have dreamed but, suddenly, he finds himself the owner of a crumbling estate on the edge of a pretty village, and a single parent to a very demanding child. Could he make a go of things and give his daughter the life she deserved?
When three lives collide, it appears that only one of them is who they seem to be, and you never know who the person next to you in the school playground really is
Me: What inspires you most? Characters? Settings? Books you have read?
From this list, I’m inspired by all three! When I read a wonderful book, it’s usually the setting, characters and often previous books from the author that make me want to write more of my own stories.
Me: How did you writing journey start? Have you always written? What was your first published piece?
My writing journey began when my youngest daughter was unwell for many years (she’s fine now). I had to stay up at night to listen to her breathing, so I decided to write a book full of sunshine, to keep my sanity and my eyes open during those dark hours. We have recently found out that she has severe allergies, but she’s coping really well.
I’ve written since I was quite young and always had a passion for reading.
My first self-published work was my first book. I was offered a book contract for the manuscript, but had to turn it down due to my daughter’s health. I have published two books with Crooked Cat Books this year.
Me: What are your future plans?
I plan to keep writing more books as I really enjoy my job and I’ve met so many supportive readers and writers. I’d love to see my books made into films too. A girl can dream!
Ninja School Mum can be found at this link here.
Me: And your second Crooked Cat book?
This was published in July 2018 and is called ‘If you love me, I’m yours…’
Maud didn’t mind being boring, not really. She had a sensible job, clothes, and love life… if you counted an overbearing ex who had thanked her, rolled over and was snoring before she even realised he’d begun! She could tolerate not fulfilling her dreams, if her parents would pay her one compliment about the only thing she was passionate about in life: her art.
Dot should have fit in with her flamboyant and slightly eccentric family of talented artists, but somehow, she was an anomaly who couldn’t paint. She tried hard to be part of their world by becoming an art agent extraordinaire, but she dreamed of finding her own voice.
Dot’s brother Nate, a smoulderingly sexy and famous artist, was adored by everyone. His creative talent left them in awe of his ability to capture such passion on canvas. Women worshipped him, and even Dot’s friend Maud flushed and bumped into things when he walked into a room, but a tragic event in his past had left him emotionally and physically scarred, and reluctant to face the world again.
Someone was leaving exquisite little paintings on park benches, with a tag saying, ‘If you love me, I’m yours’. The art was so fresh and cutting-edge, that it generated a media frenzy and a scramble to discover where the mystery artist could be hiding. The revelation of who the prodigious artist was interlinked Maud, Dot and Nate’s lives forever, but their worlds came crashing down.
Were bonds of friendship, love and loyalty strong enough to withstand fame, success and scandal?
If you Love Me, I’m Yours can be found here
Having read and enjoyed Ninja School Mum, this one is definitely on my To Be Read Pile. I’m really looking forward to it.
Thank you, Lizzie, for a great interview.
Lizzie’s Social media links
Author page: viewAuthor.at/LizzieChantree
…. And finally, the Daily Prompts for November 16 -30
I’m setting out below the daily prompts for the second half of November. Please check out this post (link here) for details on how to use them.
Who knows? One of those prompts might lead to a full length novel that I’d be delighted to feature on my blog.
16. The sound of loneliness.
17. Write about making beds.
18. Praise makes good men better and bad men worse (Proverb)
19. If I could have my time again.
20. It was her idea of a good time.
21. Trying to break a bad habit.
22. A postcard
23. A bundle of old letters found beneath the floorboards.
24. So it has come to this.
25. On this day in 1952, Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” opened, the world’s longest running play.
26. Write about passing time.
27. “I still can’t say goodbye” (song title)
28. An invitation to dinner.
29. Write about asking for mercy.
30. A time you laughed so hard it made your sides ache.
Do let me know if these, or any other prompts, have inspired you. I would love to hear from you.