I’m really excited to welcome Lisa Glass for my stop on the Countdown to 5th June blog tour.
Lisa’s new book, Blue – a summer surfing romance – sounds right up my street. I can’t wait to read it. But first, some questions…
Can you tell us about your writing day?
I have two little kids, one a tiny baby, so whenever the eldest is being looked after by someone else and the youngest is asleep, I rush over to the computer and tap out a few hundred words.
What’s been the best moment of your writing career so far? And the worst?
The best moment was being offered the three-book deal with Quercus. The worst was finding out that interest in my previous novel, which I thought was going to get a publishing deal, had ebbed away.
Have you got any abandoned manuscripts no one will ever see?
Loads. About a million words of abandoned manuscript, more’s the pity.
Have you ever experienced writers’ block and, if so, how did you get past it?
Yes. When I’m pregnant I find it really difficult to write. I just can’t make myself care about the characters. I become really intolerant of them, and have to fight the urge to kill them all off in the next chapter. The way I got past it was by giving birth. Once the babies were out, I was able to write again. I don’t know why pregnancy makes me so hostile to my own imagination, but it does.
How is being a writer different from what you imagined?
I thought it would be a more serene endeavour. I didn’t realise how hard it would be to get published, and paid. Also, I thought I would be prouder of my job. By which I mean: I have always admired writers, but now that I am one, I feel almost embarrassed to admit it, or acknowledge that it is even a job, even though I work very hard at it. But, I am from a line of bricklayers, cleaners, lorry drivers, seamstresses, and saying ‘I’m an author’ makes me feel as if I am betraying my working class roots, which is ridiculous, but there we are.
If you had to live within the confines of one book, and only interact with its characters (but you would still be yourself), which book would you choose?
This is a great question. I think I’d go for It Chooses You by Miranda July. It’s not a novel. It’s about the author’s experiences of interviewing people who advertise stuff they want to sell in a weekly circular. The people she interviews are all really interesting, and I think I’d enjoy hanging out with Miranda July. She seems like a lot of fun and I think she’d be great in arguments, really quick-witted and fiery.
Which three books would you take to a desert island?
London is the Best City in America by Laura Dave, because she has the most beautiful prose and I’m still trying to figure out how she manages that. The Friday Gospels by Jenn Ashworth because she has incredible insight into human behaviour and Very British Problems by Rob Temple, just for the lolz.
If a film was made of your life, who would you want to play you?
I had this conversation with my friend Rosy once and she answered Jack Black. So now I naturally want Jack Black to play me. We have the same glint of crazy in our eyes and we both have extremely mobile eyebrows. But can he do a Westcountry accent? I just don’t know.
Thanks, Lisa. (That’s a film I’d want to see!)