A Quickie with Liz Nugent

Tell me about your latest book and why we should read it?

Lying in Wait is about a murder, a cover up, and the consequences for the family of the victim and the family of the murderer. You should read it if you like stories about terrible mothers, but if you are a terrible mother, this book will make you feel better about yourself.

If someone was to write your life story what would the title be?

An Accident Waiting to Happen

What’s the strangest fan question or request you’ve received?

A reader asked me not to call the protagonist of my next novel the name she had chosen for her soon-to-be-born daughter, because she didn’t want her daughter to have the same name as a fictional psychopath.

If you could co-write with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be?

Marian Keyes. The cake and the laughs would be excellent.

Tell me something nobody else knows about you (yet!).

I have a phobia of dogs and cats with three legs.

Finally please recommend 3 books that you have recently read and tell me why you’ve chosen these.

I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice – a beautifully written factual account of love, grief and survival.
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent- It’s as if To Kill A Mockingbird was written in reverse. In this case, Scout is tooled up with weaponry and her Dad is an anti-Christ.
He Said She Said– Utterly engaging and gripping mystery novel that kept me guessing until the end.

Who is Liz Nugent?

Liz was born in Dublin in 1967, where she now lives. She has written successfully for soap opera, radio drama, television plays, short stories and animation for children.

Liz’s first novel Unravelling Oliver was published to critical and popular acclaim in March 2014. It quickly became a firm favourite with book clubs and reader’s groups. In November of that year, it went on to win the Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year at the Bord Gais Energy Book Awards and was long listed for the International Dublin Literature Prize 2016. She was also the winner of the inaugural Jack Harte Bursary provided by the Irish Writers Centre and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Dec 2014. Her second novel, Lying in Wait, was published in July 2016 and went straight to number 1 where it remained for seven weeks. Liz won the Monaco Bursary from the Ireland Funds and was Writer in Residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco in Sept/Oct 2016. In Nov 2016, Lying in Wait won the prestigious RTE Ryan Tubridy Listener’s Choice prize at the Irish Book Awards.

Aside from writing, Liz has led workshops in writing drama for broadcast, she has produced and managed literary salons and curated literary strands of Arts Festivals. She regularly does public interviews and panel discussions on all aspects of her writing.

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