Today, I’m very lucky to be interviewing L.M Bush, author of the crime trilogy series Hanging Tough
Hi Lisa, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background
I’m a married mum of one. I live in the beautiful county of Essex. Alongside writing, I run a few business with my hubby. My son races karts in the British Championship so I juggle my time with family, work, and writing, I`m an absolute animal lover, being proud owner of a Shih Tzu and a Dogue de Bordeaux. I also have a funny phobias of clowns, polystyrene, vertically challenged people and odd numbers…..Weird I know!!
- When did you first realize that you wanted to become a writer?
I`m a late starter…. I decided when I hit 40 that I wanted to do something different & grown up and writing a book was on my list of things to achieve.
2. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I`d like to make it to a well-known best sellers list. I`d also like to be that author whose books you pick up and buy without even reading the back cover .
3. Which writers inspire you?
Too many to name, I was originally inspired by Martina Cole, But who isn’t!!
4. So, what have you written?
My first book was Hanging Tough. I enjoyed writing it so much that it developed into a trilogy, Part two, is An Eye For An Eye and I`m just finishing the last part, Cut The Mustard.
5. What are you working on at the minute?
I have a few Crime/Thriller books that I’m currently working on, I can’t tell you too much about those just yet … You`ll have to wait 😉
6. Why do you write?
Because I love it. I lose myself in my stories. I don’t just write…. I run a few business with my husband, so I like to unwind and lose myself. It’s ‘ME’ time.
7. Where do your ideas come from?
All of my books are loosely (I use the term loosely) based on people I know. I write true stories with a fictional twist….. I add storylines in – or take them away if they are too convicting…… But all of my books are based on fact.
8. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I follow the characters real life and adapt it. I sit down with the person whom I`m writing about and we talk life over a glass of wine. They tell me their life stories and I then write. Sometimes I add on ideas and elaborate, but nine times out of ten I don’t need to! The people I write about have extraordinary lives.
9. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Hugely. I left school with absolutely no creative writing skills whatsoever. Never in a million years did I ever think I could have written a book and have it published.
10. What is the hardest and easiest things about writing?
The hardest thing is time. I tend to be a nocturnal writer as I’m busy during the day with work and my family. The easiest part, is the storylines and the inspiration. I just wish I had more time to get the books written.
11. Do you read much, and if so, who are your favourite authors?
I wish I had more time to read, There are so many amazing authors out there. I have a ‘to read’ pile with all sorts of books from crime to horror to YA, I like a mixture and I particularly like autobiographies too.
12. What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
I cant really answer that as I haven’t self-published. I would imagine it’s a bonus when it comes to royalties but it’s a tough, dog eat dog world in this industry. You need bullet proof skin, and when you self-publish, you’re in it alone……
13. Do you have any advice for other budding authors?
Always believe in your own work. There are lots of people who will put you and your work down. Mainly book reviewers, who have never even written a book themselves. They take your work and shred it to bits. It’s like breaking your heart …. Its soul destroying, but for every one person who hates it, there are a hundred others who love it. So always always believe in your work…
14. How do you relax?
Hahahah – whats that!!! I do try and grab a beach holiday once a year but I still take my laptop and write whilst on the beach…
15. What is your favourite book and why?
I don’t have a favourite book…… But, if I had to choose, I`d say …….Erm……..I cant choose..Sorry!!!
Thanks Lisa for an interesting, enjoyable chat. I wish you the best of luck with dodging clowns and short people.
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