Since publishing Tell No Lies, Lisa Hartley has had the chance to do interviews with various members of the media and now she’s featured on here!
In my first ever Q&A, we dive straight in to find out how Lisa writes and where her ideas come from when writing a story. A great interview for anyone looking to become a writer or editor, or who wants some context on Tell No Lies.
Thank you, Lisa for answering my questions!
Why did you choose to use human trafficking as the theme for this story?
A theme in this book, and I think in my work generally, is people losing control of their own lives for whatever reason, often because they are exploited rather than through choices they make themselves. Human trafficking is a very real, widespread issue, and I wanted to highlight that.
How did you go about writing this? (How long did it take, where did you write, etc.)
I’d say writing the book took around five months. I try to write every day when I’m working on a first draft, but it doesn’t always happen. I have a school-age son and need to work around his schedule, so during the holidays I’ll often write in the evening once he’s in bed.
I tend to research as I go, because I don’t really plan my books before I begin to write them, so I’ve no idea what I’ll need to know beforehand. I have a desk in the corner of our living room, which is where I do most of my writing. I used to use our spare bedroom as an office, but we now have three young dogs and me working upstairs and them being downstairs didn’t really work!
How many Detective Caelan Small books are you anticipating writing?
That’s a very good question! I’ll say at least two more, but I’d love to keep writing about Caelan for as long as possible, or as long as people want to read about her.
Are you working on another book right now? If so, can you give us a vague description of what it might be about?
I’m working on the fourth book in my other series, which features Detective Sergeant Catherine Bishop. I also have plans for the next Caelan Small book, as well as a novel featuring a completely new character, but that one will probably be on hold for a while. I’m loving writing about Caelan for now.
What would you suggest to aspiring authors who want to write crime and thriller fiction?
I think reading as much as possible helps whatever genre you’re planning to write in. And just write. Keep getting the words down, even if it’s a few lines or a paragraph a day.
Is there any secret fact about Caelan that you haven’t revealed to the readers?
She’s an intriguing character to write about, because I’ve never really planned her, if that makes sense. With other characters I’ve written about, I’ve had an idea of their personalities, their backgrounds, even their appearance. But Caelan is, by necessity, a chameleon and I feel I’m still getting to know her myself.
Where did you source the name Caelan?
Honestly, I’ve no idea! The idea of writing about an undercover police officer had been in my mind for a while, but the name just came to me and seemed to fit.
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. I am excited to take part in your blog tour!
That’s great to hear, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to appear on your blog!