Interview of Heather Lyall, Author of Murder the March Hare

Hello my fellow little munchkins! How are you all doing? I am doing well. This a quick little interview of an author whose book I read recently. I will be posting the review most likely next so please make sure your subscribed so you get notified!

Anyways, why don’t we get into this?

What made you want to write this book?

When I wrote Murder the March Hare, I wanted to write a book that was all about starting conversations. I wanted to have something that challenged the way young people thought about being different and what that means for them. When I was a teenager, I read a lot of good books, but I didn’t see a lot of myself in what I was reading. Today the world of young adult fiction is very different, and it felt like the right time to sit down and write a story that I wish I could have read. It’s a little dark and somewhat strange in places, but it’s a very personal story too. 

What word would sum up your book?


Do you believe in writer’s block?

I prefer to call it a temporary hiatus in the writing period to redirect and enhance your writing. I do this in the same way I don’t burn food, I occasionally over caramelise my meal. I do this because words like block suggests it’s a barrier and these breaks from writing can be a good thing and not bad. It helps to be reflective on what you’ve got and to be honest about what’s not working. Sometimes you throw away what you’ve got and sometimes you need to think on your feet and kill off a character. It’s not about stopping, more about changing tact, and if you don’t have the answer to your current work quickly then consider writing something else. Or try to be creative in a new way like painting or cooking to keep your mind imaginative. A writing block is only a block if you stop being creative. So yes, I believe it can be a real thing, but I also believe it’s something you can do a lot about.  

What is your writing process like?

I’m a big fan of the post-it note technique. When I create stories, I start with a handful of characters, and four or five events I know are going to happen. I put those events on individual post-it notes to create a story timeline across my dining room table. I add some extra notes to link one note to the other and then I take these notes and use them as individual chapter guides. It helps me focus on what I’m trying to achieve in that portion of the story and where I should be directing the story to next. It keeps me organised. Down-side is you find random notes with words on like bananas and you’re never quite sure if it’s supposed to be added to a shopping list or to a story.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

I think sometimes when you are a writer you feel almost compelled to follow the rules that other writers do. It’s easy to feel like what you want to write isn’t the same as the books that are out there. That is NEVER a bad thing, being different in a creative place is what imagination is for. But sometimes it’s hard to remember that when you’re writing, and it’s easy to get distracted by that voice that tells you that you should be doing things for other people. That for me can be the hardest part of writing, forgetting everyone else and just focusing on what you want it to be, be it strange or weird, or even a little quirky.

   What is the easiest part of writing that you consider? 

Finding my characters is the easiest part for me, often they find me in the most unlikely of places and then stay with me until I’ve finished planning out and writing the story. I came across Bandit on my dog walk, where he promptly mounted my dog and used him instead of a horse for chasing down a rabbit in full heavy armour and a jousting lance. That kind of image stays with you when you write, and it creates the most unique character details that just have to be shown. It makes my job a lot easier when they turn up and demand to be written about.

What is your favourite quote of your book?

“‘Tell me, psycho, did you ask for an adventure?’ – This part of the story still makes me smile, no matter how many times I’ve read it.

How can your readers discover more about you and your work? 

I’m on twitter @HevJaneLyall

Or alternatively keep following my publisher on twitter @crystalpeakepub for more Murder the March Hare updates

That’s the end of the interview! I should have the review on H. Lyall book literally in a couple days! So I hope you all enjoyed this and me being somewhat back to usual on the blog!

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