I am thrilled to have one of my favourite authors, Lizzie Chantree, visit the blog today to discuss her most recent novel, The Woman who felt Invisible. This is a book I read and enjoyed very much. I highly recommend it, infact I have reviewed it on the blog! Now, enough from me: over to Lizzie.
Hello everyone. Thank you for inviting me onto your wonderful blog, Val.
My most recent book is called, The Woman who felt Invisible. This story was a lot of fun to write, because it’s about how we sometimes underestimate people as they age and how older generations can be overlooked. The woman who felt invisible, is about a 41-year-old computer expert, called Olivia, who is working from inside a tiny pen cupboard, as the stationery supervisor for an IT company and also looking after two internet famous, delinquent dogs, in her spare time. Her father has recently passed away and she's lost her way after being fired from her previous employment. The story is about Olivia grabbing back her self-confidence, jumping headfirst into a new love and finding an exciting best friend, who changes her life forever.
There is an underlying crime vibe in the book too. Olivia is a former cyber specialist, and someone is out to ruin her quiet life. Sexy policeman, Gabe, is on her trail, but he can't work out which side she's on. These two characters are complete opposites and sparks fly between them, but they don’t trust each other, because both have secret agendas for the other. Contrasting characters are always interesting to write about, because their path to happiness is never a smooth ride.
At the moment, I am writing my tenth novel. I write books about self-belief, falling in love and following your dreams. If my books make my readers smile, then I’m happy. My characters are often up to all kinds of shenanigans, so writing books is also a lot of fun! I often write outside and enjoy the bustling background of a fragrant coffee shop. Nothing to do with the delicious cake…
I enjoy visiting National trust properties or beautiful old houses and gardens and walking beside a stunning view, as it inspires me to write. I often scribble down the first 20 thousand words by hand and then type the rest onto my computer, when I’m in my writing studio. The excitement of a pen gliding across the paper helps the words flow. I also find water really relaxing to sit beside and write, so much so that my husband bought me a tiny water fountain that now sits beside my writing desk!
This new book, The Invisible Woman, is inspired by ageing and how women sometimes feel overlooked when they get past a certain stage in their lives. They might be underestimated or ignored in certain situations and the book explores how amazing women are at any age!
International bestselling author and award-winning inventor, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now works as a business mentor and runs a trending networking hour on social media, where creatives can support to each other. She writes books full of friendship and laughter, that are about women with unusual and adventurous businesses, who are far stronger than they realise. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex.