Today I’m pleased to welcome Lisa Gordon to Off the Page chatting about her new book A Sealed Fate.
An only child to a single Mum, Lisa was born and brought up in Johannesburg, South Africa. Despite a lifelong ambition to act, she enrolled at the University of the Witwatersrand to do a BCom Law. She later moved to UK, where she achieved a BSc Industrial Economics Hons Degree from Warwick. Still wanting to be a star – her Mum encouraged her to study ‘The Stars’ and Lisa became an Astrologer. Lisa worked on hospital radio for many year, before becomming a regular Astrology guest on BBC local radio. As an Astrologer Lisa was always asked by her clients to make black and white definitive predictions about their futures: this made Lisa ponder the role of fate in our lives and how much freewill we really had. Hence the plot for her philosophical thriller, ‘A Sealed Fate’ was born. Choice versus chance – which prevails?
Lisa wrote her book while also writing the ACA Chartered Accountants exams. She hopes to become a successful writer, not an accountant! Lisa is grateful to the wonderful support of both strangers and friends and their inspiration. Lisa is also grateful for having a ‘power-house’ Mum; who is her biggest supporter and best buddie.
The strange twists and turns of my own life and my own constant querying over whether I had a destiny or a fate and what the heck that destiny actually was, inspired the theme of my novel. As an Astrologer I was always asked my my cients to give definitive answers as to the when’s, why’s , how’s etc of their futures. I often felt like some kind of human sat-nat giving them the directions to Mr Right, Dream Career and Lucky Location. Astrology is about self development and guidance rather than some spiritual quick fix; freewill plays a huge role and that was something my clients had to be reminded of. I began to ponder precisely how big a role freewill plays in our lives as opposed to fate and this is something I explore via my novel.It’s important to realise that life is a great mystery and that is part of the fun; you never know when things are going to change and when the best part of your life is going to begin. Writing a book was something I never expected to try and yet it is now my greatest love and my greatest achievement.
7. Your book’s going to be made into a movie, who would you cast in the main roles?
Mmmm terrific question. Valda would have to be Angelina Jolie or Melissa George. Brett would be Adam Rayner. Richard would be Hugh Grant or Robery Emmanuel.
LOL! Bit of both. You cannot be a complete Pantser when you write thrillers as things have to add up in order to have believability and logic. However a novel is not all nuts and bolts, it has to have verve and that is where being a bit of a Pantser comes in very handy. I find my plot develops as I begin to write; I never plot first; I create characters first and then the plot appears to me.
Sometimes great ideas come to me when I am listening to Queen or Bon Jovi full blast on my headphones at two in the morning. Music, I learned in Astrology is best way to access the spiritual realm and I do find music puts me in touch with another part of me, a higher self. Other times via daydreaming and often a news item or anecdote I hear sparks an idea. If I can develop it in my head over a few days and visualize the characters; then I get excited and think; this could be a great story.
Gosh, this is actually a very tricky question. I’d have to say Indiana Jones as I do love a good old mystery and some adventure.
“One often meets his destiny in the path he takes to avoid it.”