Author Spotlight – Lise Gold
Our reviewer Valden had this to say about Lise’s books:
Lise Gold is a romance writer with the whole world at her fingertips, or should I say laptop keys. Whilst her books are based in the UKat some point in their story, they always take you to other places in the world. Her first novel was Bali, her second Hong Kong and her latest is a number of cruise stops around the world. Lise is so good at taking you there as part of the story, and the travel element gives such an additional dimension to her stories.Her romances are a slow burn. By slow burn I mean they are mega slow burn, with a lot of steam. She has you waiting, and waiting, for that first kiss. Then you get it, and you find yourself waiting for the next one!
Lise has an e-book or a signed copy (UK/EU readers) of her latest book,The Cruise, to giveaway to one lucky reader.
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We spoke to Lise about her latest book and her writing plans for the year.
(a) Tell us something interesting about your last published book.
My last published novel was Beyond the Skyline. It’s a romance between Sophie and her new colleague Mel, who go on a business trip to Hong Kong together.
The backdrop of a story is very important to me and apart from a few exceptions, I tend to put my protagonists in places I’ve actually been myself. I need to visualize the setting in order to write.
I guess what most readers don’t know, is that my novels can be used as a travel guide. Some readers told me they visited the same locations as described in my novels while they were on holiday, and that was really fun to hear.
(b) What got you into writing?
I started writing when my wife and I returned to the UK after working in Hong Kong for a while. On the first day back in the office, I was sitting behind my old desk, more uninspired than ever. I don’t know if it was the change of scenery or the lack of stimuli, but I really felt like I needed a new challenge. I’ve been a designer for fifteen years, but have always really enjoyed writing and so that’s what I did. I started writing in my evenings, just for fun. I had no plot or plan but I was really enjoying it. The following year I published Lily’s Fire under my indie publishing company Lise Gold Books. The positive reviews and feedback made me want to continue to write so I started on the next one straight away.
(c) Can you tell us about your writing style? How do you decide on plots and characters? Are you a planner or a pantser?
I’m definitely a pantser. I have no plan and I don’t take notes. I let my imagination lead me and after a couple of days, the story takes on a life of its own. All the sharpening happens at the end, during the editing process. The only thing I decide upfront is the setting. The characters develop as the story unfolds, so I rewrite a lot. What I do know for certain when I start writing, is that there will be a happy ending. I’m a real sucker for happy endings.
(d) If you had to do it all over again, would you do anything differently?
No, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve made mistakes and I’ve learned from them, in writing as well as in publishing. Right now, I’m in a really good place. My third novel, The Cruise, will be out soon and from February onwards, I’ll be writing full time. I never imagined this would be an option for me and I’m so grateful to my readers for their support and positive feedback. They’re the only reason I’m able to do this now.
(e) What is next for you? What is your next project?
As I mentioned, The Cruise will be out soon. Set on a cruise ship, it’s the perfect holiday read, or something to escape with on a cold winter’s day. I’m also working on a romance novel set in Norway. My mother is Norwegian and I spent a lot of time there when I was younger, so it’s fun to relive old memories with her. As a long-term project, I’m writing short non-fictional stories, that I’d like to bundle one day.
VALDEN’s TOP PICKS
I believe that Lise Gold is growing into her craft, and this book is her best book so far.
Cara is a mess. She has been made redundant from her job as a journalist at the Times and has been unsuccessfully applying for jobs in the year since. She has had to move in with her best friendDan, and is only existing, as opposed to living. She is in a state of depression when Dan introduces her to Billie, his latest girlfriend. Billie is smart, fun and sees the good in people. She is Head of Animation on a cruise ship. The animators are the people that get the passengers dancing and playing andproviding entertainment. She manages to get Cara a job on her cruise ship as a fruit carver. Without giving too much away, the story is about their 6-monthcruise, the work they do, the places they visit, their relationship and how it changes over time and why. Mmmm! Enjoy!
Sophie is from a wealthy family, with a privileged upbringing. She is not really bothered about any relationship, despite her mother always trying to introduce her to eligible bachelors. Sophie works as a designer, travelling to Hong Kong and China often. When her fellow designer and friend Maggie leaves at short notice, she is forced to go to Hong Kong on a business trip with her replacement. They meet for the first time in the airport. Mel the replacement is a complete contrast to Sophie, she is dark to Sophie’s blond, independent, openly gay and from a working-class background. Their trip to Hong Kong is a revelation to them both, and we as readers are along for the ride. Lise gives us a good introduction to Hong Kong too!