My spooky Halloween guest is none other than Lisa Hall – who has the perfect creepy book to scare yourself silly with. The Woman in The Woods is out now! Lisa 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.
Welcome, Lisa! So…
Sum yourself up in one word
Errmmm…probably exhausting? Or annoying. I think I am quite exhausting to live with because inside my own head it’s quite tiring…and I think that other people probably find this quite annoying. LOL.
How often do you change your sheets?
Every week, without fail. If I don’t then I imagine the sheets feel all clammy, which is exactly how I imagine a prison bed to feel, and it makes me feel all skanky and weird. Sometimes, after less than a week, I’ll get into bed and say to my husband, ‘prison bed?’ and he’ll say, ‘yeah, prison bed,’ and we’ll have to get up so I can change it.
Have you ever had your fortune told?
Yes. And it was weirdly accurate. She told me I’d live in the country, next to water, and there would be lots of rabbits and horses and that I’d have twins. At the time I was living in a town, but now I do live in the country, next to a stream, with lots of wild rabbits and horses around me. No twins though, thank God.
How many times have you seen Top Gun?
Too many times to count. Me and my sisters can still recite whole chunks of that movie.
What were you in a previous life?
If I wasn’t Cleopatra, then I definitely went down on the Titanic. I love swimming in the sea, but boats make me squuueeeeeeeeeeee. I am always 99% sure I am about to drown when I’m on a boat. (See what I mean about being exhausting/annoying?)
Did you like school?
Absolutely yes, because I was a Grade A, top nerd. Still am. I’m trying to persuade my kids that school is brill but they’re having none of it.
Have you ever been punched in the face?
No. Although, I reckon lots of people might have wanted to (see my answer to question 1). And I have a long list of people that I’d quite like to punch, but I am too nice/chicken to do it.
Who was the best Beatle?
Ringo – and he’s still the best Beatle. His mad rant telling people not to send him any more stuff because he would throw it in the bin, then wishing everyone “peace and love, peace and love” is the stuff of legends in our house.
Would you rather have four arms or four legs?
Who the fuck would want four legs? What can you even do with four legs? (Susi, what the hell is wrong with you? Haha). Four arms all the way – I am too busy to have four legs. With four arms I can write my book (sometimes), eat good snacks and cuddle my dog all at the same time.
Who do you love?
My family, obvs. My dogs – I have 5 all together and they are all amazing…sometimes they are amazingly dickish but amazing all the same. And Elton John. I really, really love Elton John.
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