Why you must read Dan Thompson’s Here Lies Love
Here Lies Love follows Abbey as tries to escape her prisoner. She learns that her father has sold her to this evil man, but she knows deep down that she won’t be another one of his victims. She knows she will escape.
Things on the outside, however, aren’t as good as they seem. The world is a cold place, and Abbey struggles to cope with the mounting paranoia inflicted by her time locked up. Can Abbey find the one glimmer of hope, or will she be overcome by the darkness of revenge? Only time will tell.
What genre is this?
Here Lies Love is my first foray into the dystopian and NA genres. I mainly write YA (teenage) fiction, but as this is a pensive read in places, I was always aware of my audience. I also feel that NA (new adult) is the correct transformation from young adult.
So who exactly is it aimed at?
Tell us about her.
I deliberately made her naive on certain situations, because I wanted the reader to experience everything for the first time just like she does. I don’t give a lot of explanation on the how the world works, because I felt that would be ‘telling’ them, rather than showing them. But Abbey is often quick on her feet and has the ability to adapt to the situations she faces. She is a striking young woman, characterised by her bright ginger hair – and this plays a vital role within the story.
How much of you – or the person you wish you were – is in Abbey?
You say you’ve written other novels?
Last year, my first adult novel was published, called The Caseworker’s Memoirs, which follows Malcolm, struggling to cope after the death of his dear wife. It explores her past profession; curing patients of their phobias. It’s quite experimental in form, but feedback was great. I’m really proud of that one.
We’ll check it out.
I’m a lover of YA and fantasy fiction and you can often find me writing on my blog, writing book reviews and connecting online with other writer-type people and interviewing authors. I grew up reading Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five series, secretly coming up with my own inventive adventures, and R.L Stine’s The Goosebump series, before turning to the works of Philip Pullman, Eoin Colfer and Marcus Sedgwick and slipping away into alternate realities. I also love a good Historical Thriller too. Deborah Harkness, Danielle Trussoni and Dianne Gray are some of my favourite authors who write for adults.
You say you have a blog?
How easily do new storylines come to you? If we give you four random words – Man, Woman, Mexico, Future – can you give us a brief storyline?
In the future, Mexico rules; a superpower considered the leader of the known world, and indeed the unknown world too. Marine Biologist Sarah has made a unique discovery. Upon finding a journal, Sarah believes that an ancient civilization existed to the north. The more she discovers, the more Sarah begins to be overwhelmed by the fascinating prospect of a free world, and she can’t help but fall for the man who wrote the journal. Who is he?
Sarah is on a journey of self discovery, as well as to find proof of a long lost land so powerful, it could rival Mexico today.