It’s time for another Friday Reads blog post and this week I’m featuring the recently published thriller, The Weekend by L.H. Stacey. So grab yourself a cuppa, get comfy and let’s get chatting to L.H. Stacey.
That Lake. This house. His friends. They all know what happened to my boy. I know they do. And you… you have to help me find the truth…
A weekend to remember…
Ten years ago, deeply in love, I would have done anything for Thomas Kirkwood.
But on the night of our graduation, fuelled by drink and drugs, Thomas’s lifeless body was found floating in the Kirkwood family lake. That weekend changed everything, and I swore I would never return to Kirkwood manor.
A weekend to forget…
Now, ten years later, I have been invited back to the place that holds such terrible memories for me, to a memorial weekend for Thomas, organised by his still-grieving mother Ada.
But this is no ordinary weekend. This is a reunion to catch a killer…and I fear that I could be top of Ada’s list….
The Weekend: http://amzn.to/3V5whoV
Welcome to my blog, L.H. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. It was always one of those things I had every intention of doing and as a teenager, I used to sit in the front room of my family home banging away on a small, Lilliput typewriter, for hours at a time. I probably used to drive the family mad with the constant noise. And all I can think now, is thank goodness that nowadays we have laptops and the noise that comes from them is minimal.
I used to bang out stories on a Lilliput typewriter when I was a teenager too! Tell us, has any author inspired you?
So many different authors inspire me every single day. I’ve always been a reader and since becoming an author I’ve met so many other amazing authors. Each and every one of them has a story to tell and all them inspire me and keep me going.
Oh I agree, there are so many marvellous authors out there. What do you like writing most?
Crazily, I prefer the edits. By that point the story is there, it just needs polishing until it sparkles.
Do you have a special place for writing?
For a number of years I insisted that I needed an office and we saved up and added an extension to our home. And now much to the disapproval of my husband… I still curl up on the corner of the settee with a laptop on my knee.
Lol. That’s exactly what I’m doing now! Are you a pantster or a plotter?
I’m very much a pantster. I always have a very loose plan, a direction in which I know the story needs to go and I always know the ending. Because my stories take a lot of twists and turns, I like to ensure that the twists are totally unplanned, I always think that if the reader sees the twists coming, it doesn’t tend to work. Plus, I like to be just as surprised as the reader is, by what happens.
Is your writing ever inspired by your family or real life incidents?
Family, never. There are some parts of people’s lives that should remain private.
Real life incidents, absolutely. I’ve always watched a lot of real crime programmes, and could literally leave the news on all day. There’s always something happening and something interesting that can give me the smallest nugget of information that can help me.
What are you writing at the moment?
The Weekend is the book I’ve just completed. It’s a story about revenge, complex relationships and the need to be wanted.
What inspired you to write this book?
Most of the people I know, mainly very successful authors and business people suffer from imposter syndrome and I wrote this book is for each and every one of them.
I’ve based my heroine in ‘The Weekend’ on all of these people. She has a really bad case of feeling as though she just doesn’t fit in, no matter how hard she tries. Her journey is complicated and she isn’t entirely without a twist or two of her own.
It sounds intriguing! What time of the day do you write best?
I tend to write best first thing in a morning. I always get up really early, before anyone else in the house is awake. For some reason my mind works better at this time of day.
What are your hobbies?
For a number of years I was a scuba diving instructor. I stopped teaching many years ago after a car crash that gave me life changing injuries. I do however still love to snorkel, or dive for pleasure. Other than that, I write. I do see writing as one of my first loves.
What a fascinating job! So sorry to hear about the car crash, that must have been a terrible time for you but wonderful that you continued writing. What advice would you give to other writers?
Never look at reviews, it’s the fastest way to ruin your day. Even if you get a hundred five star reviews, and just one terrible review. It’s the one terrible one that you’ll remember.
Trust me, just don’t go there.
Thank you for dropping by today and giving us such an inspiring interview, L.H. Wishing you lots of writing success.
Meet L.H. Stacey
As well as being the author of eight books, Stacey also works full time as a Sales Director. She’s also a fully qualified scuba diving instructor and has been known to happily jump in the sea with sharks, without a cage.
Following a life changing car accident in 2008, Stacey was left with limited mobility in her right arm. Unable to teach scuba diving professionally anymore, she turned to her love of writing, a hobby she’d followed avidly since being a teenager.
Her own life story, along with varied career choices helps Stacey to create stories with challenging and unpredictable plots.
Stacey’s debut novel ‘House of Secrets’ was published in 2016 under her full name of Lynda Stacey.
Her latest book ‘The Weekend’ will be published by Boldwood Books in February 2023, under her new author title of L.H. Stacey.
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