Lisa Hobman talks about her writing process, her favourite character, and her new novel.
1. Can you tell us more about your latest book, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted is really a story about a young woman who places all of her trust in someone undeserving, and how she comes back from it all. She becomes very sceptical of kindness and this makes her appear quite terse and unapproachable when really it’s a defence mechanism. Cassie really has to rebuild her belief in both herself and others before she can even contemplate loving again. With the help of a little rescue dog, a Border Terrier, she makes a good start.
2. Is the book in any way based on your own experiences or is it all fiction?
The story and all the characters are entirely fictional; however the location is somewhere very close to my heart and to my home as it happens! It’s a beautiful seaside location on the east coast of Scotland which is a haven for surfers.
3. If you have to pick one favourite character from all your books, who would it be and why?
I think my overall favourite character is still Greg from A Seaside Escape and A Year of Finding Happiness. He was the first male protagonist I ever wrote and so I suppose he’s like my ‘first born’ character. I had his character mapped out in my mind before any of the others took shape so you could say I’ve known him for a very long time!
4. Can you describe What Becomes of the Broken Hearted in 3 adjectives?
Emotional. Hopeful. Passionate.
5. What was the most difficult part about writing this book? And what was the most fun part?
The most difficult part didn’t really exist. I tend to stop writing something if it becomes a struggle. If I’m finding it doesn’t gel I don’t waste time on it. It may be that the story is just not for right now.
The most fun part was regularly visiting the location and imaging my characters being there and living their lives. I tend to write about places I have visited so I can do exactly this.
6. How long did it take to write the novel and how many drafts did you write?
I started writing this particular story in June 2017 but I was working on other projects simultaneously so I didn’t really get stuck into it until September 2017. The book went through three titles and a self-edit before it was edited by my publisher. It doesn’t usually take me this long to write a book but I think it will be worth waiting for!
7. Have you ever been stuck while writing one of your books? How did you get over it?
In all honesty, if a book isn’t working for me then it means it’s not the right time to be writing it so I walk away and work on something else. I have been known to come back to stories and complete them a year or so after putting them down. I go by the opinion that if my heart isn’t in writing it at a particular moment in time it won’t work for the reader either.
8. What’s one book you wish you had written?
Wuthering Heights. Without a doubt. I absolutely adore the character depth, the twists and turns, the emotions and the location — being from Yorkshire myself. I aspire to write such vivid characterization someday. It was a book that really stayed with me and that’s what I hope for my books and their readers.
9. What message do you want readers to take away from your novels?
I don’t profess to be trying to get points across as such. I simply want a reader to pick up my story, get lost in it for a while and come out the other end feeling like they’re glad they discovered it. And ultimately that they loved it enough to want to read more.
10. What are you working on next?
I’m currently working on my next submission for Aria Fiction. This particular story is proving great fun to write but I’m not giving anything away just yet.
Cassie Montgomery can remember a time where her life seemed pretty perfect. By day she was setting up her own little business in her sleek penthouse apartment, and by night sleeping on gazillion-count Egyptian cotton sheets next to her fiance, once reputed to be Glasgow’s most eligible bachelor.
And yet one ordinary, fateful day, Cassie uncovers a secret that shatters her heart into tiny pieces, and changes her life forever….
Escaping to a rural and idyllic coastal village, Cassie finds a cottage that, from the moment she steps through the rose-surrounded door, feels instantly like home.
And then there’s Mac, the cool surf teacher, who makes her question what really makes her happy – and makes her wonder if maybe, she might already have found the answer…
Lisa Hobman is a British author, living in Scotland with her family and two dogs. Her debut novel was shortlisted in the 2014 RoNA awards. When she’s not writing, Lisa can be found singing in a local band or out enjoying the beautiful Scottish countryside.