Monday, 14 March 2016

The Inspiration behind Between You and Me - author feature by Lisa Hall - Blog Tour

I am delighted to kick off the blog tour for Between You and Me by Lisa Hall today. I would like to welcome Lisa to my blog. Read below to discover the inspiration behind Between You and Me, which is being published by Carina UK on 17 March 2016.

The Inspiration behind Between You and Me

If I’m completely honest, the inspiration for Between You and Me seemed to come out of nowhere – the ending of the novel was actually the first idea that came to me, and I decided it had legs after running it past Mr H and he gave it the thumbs up. Once I had the main idea, it was a question of going back and figuring out who my characters were and how they ended up in the situation that they did – something that was easier said than done.

I haven’t been a victim of a violent relationship, but I do know others who have, so I had a lot of research to do in order to get things just right. I spent hours reading the stories of victims of domestic violence, and talking to several people who had been involved and managed to leave, and it really brought it home to me just how common an occurrence this kind of behaviour is – it was completely harrowing and by the time I was finished with the research my characters were screaming to get put down on the page.

The other side of the story is the idea that people can look at others’ lives and deem them ‘perfect’, without ever really knowing what goes on behind closed doors. We all know people who are ‘lucky’ – they might live in a bigger house than us, drive a better car than us, have better behaved children than us (probably most definitely in my case, Team Hall do love a bit of naughtiness) but we don’t know the circumstances that put them there, or the struggles that might have taken place. How do we know what really goes on behind closed doors? None of us knows for sure what happens once the curtains are drawn.

About Lisa Hall
Lisa Hall loves words, reading and everything there is to love about books. She has dreamed of being a writer since she was a little girl – either that or a librarian - and after years of talking about it, was finally brave enough to put pen to paper (and let people actually read it).  Lisa lives in a small village in Kent, surrounded by her towering TBR pile, a rather large brood of children, dogs, chickens and ponies and her long-suffering husband. She is also rather partial to eating cheese and drinking wine.

Readers can find out more about Lisa on her website and Facebook page and follow Lisa on Twitter - @LisaHallAuthor 

Between You and Me
By Lisa Hall
Published by Carina (17 March 2016)

Publisher's description
They say every marriage has its secrets.
But no one sees what happens behind closed doors.
And sometimes those doors should never be opened …

Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren’t happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does – no matter how much it hurts.

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