Lisa is a popular British author and 'Sunday Times' bestseller of 12 gloriously refreshing novels.
I bumped in to Lisa, in a small cafe in the heart of London, while she pondered over a chapter for her next book (coffee in hand) and just now and again, she looked up to people-watch around the cafe.
Hello Lisa, thank you so muchly for joining me today for this little chinwag.
It’s a delight to be here, Tara.
As always, I’d like to warm up the interview with a really easy question to start us off...
1. Could you explain, in your own words, how organisms use Adenosine Triphosphate?
I have no words of my own for that, I would have to use other people’s!
Plagiarism? Surely not! It's a simple question Lisa and being a woman of many, many words, I am surprised that you can't find any to explain this very simple process.
Here's a light-hearted book that you may benefit from reading - possibly a holiday read Lisa?
2. Your latest book, ‘The Third Wife’, has a very dramatic book description, could you tell us whether you have ever found it difficult to write about certain subjects and how do you deal with this?
Well, I'm sure that you wouldn't want any horrified readers, especially with such a beautiful name like Lisa Jewell. It just doesn't ring true with horrific, psychotic reading!
Actually, I have recently discovered that as long as I shut my ‘internet laptop’ and open up my ‘no internet laptop’ I can be virtually anywhere, so I have been writing my latest book mainly at home. It’s been nice, especially the comfy chairs! But I think when I go back to writing my current book after the summer holidays I’ll start using cafes again so I can really focus and get the words down. I may not be distracted by the internet at home, but there’s always the kettle and the biscuit tin and the housework!
I suppose the fact that we are all living inside our own heads all the time and it's such a unique experience, no matter how much empathy we might have towards another person we will never ever know what it feels like to be somebody else. And it's extraordinary to realise that every person you walk past is lost in their own thoughts and their own worries, hopes, dreams and feelings.
Ah, so this book spurred you on to write your first novel, Ralph's Party.
One hundred percent a hindrance. Bane of my life. I could have written twice as many books by now without the internet. And tidied my house. And done some nice paintings. Gone for some long walks. That kind of thing. I hate the internet, it’s like a drug.
Well here's a little clip to help you get started Lisa...
Experts from the Academy of Sciences in China, conducted a study in which it was found that Internet addiction causes the same changes in the brain, as addiction to alcohol or drugs.
Scientists conducted an experiment with 35 volunteers aged 14-21 years. For those young people who answered affirmatively to the question “Do you make repeated and unsuccessful attempts to control your Internet use, reduce it or stop altogether?” Magnetic resonance imaging documented Internet addiction.
The scanning results showed that Internet-dependency disrupted white matter, responsible for decision-making and self-control.
Thus, Internet addiction, along with gambling and other behavioral disorders is at risk of becoming a medical diagnosis.
- See more at: http://www.wreporter.com/health/internet-addiction-equated-to-drug-addiction/#sthash.WioEJQX9.dpuf
So there you have it - you're right Lisa.
7. What do you like to read?
I'm pretty unadventurous with books. I’ll always go for the Book That Everyone’s Talking About. The page-turner of the moment. I never reread and I don't read anything that’s not new. I read a lot of classics in my youth and a lot of cult novels in my twenties. Now I just stick on the main roads.
Hmm... I can imagine that that could be a problem when one of your own books is the book that everyone is talking about.
A weekend with one busy day and one quiet day would be my ideal. Maybe having lots of friends over for lunch on Saturday, hopefully on a sunny day so we could sit out in the garden. Lots of sparkling wine and way too much food.
I’m not sure about that but I have a keep-myself-alive regime. I go to the gym 3-5 times a week but I don't really push myself. I do the same thing every day and no classes. It’s just a ticking-over regime really.
Hmm... maybe this clip will encourage you Lisa...
Not entire days no, that would just make me feel as if I was ill and I wouldn't like that. But at the weekends we are nearly always all still in our pyjamas at midday. We put off getting ready until the very last minute.
Well I hope that you don't leave it as late as Mr Bean does Lisa...
Oh, my mummy, without a doubt. I didn't appreciate her properly while she was here and after she died in 2005 it took me quite a long time to really feel that she’d gone. It felt more as though she’d emigrated than died. And then it really hit me about five years ago and now I have this little ache all the time, like I'd just like to get in my car and go and spend an afternoon with her but I can’t and it’s gutting.
I am really sorry to hear this Lisa, my heart goes out to you.
Finally, the most important question of all…
12. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?
Hmm... not the ansa I was looking for Lisa but then I spose it wood depend on witch dictionery you were looking at.
Thank you so much for having me, Tara. I've thoroughly enjoyed myself!
For Lisa Jewell fans, The Third Wife (Century Hardback, £12.99) and The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell (Arrow, paperback £7.99) are out now.
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