Author in shock as debut novel makes award shortlist

Swinton author Lisa Hobman with the cover of her first book 'Bridge Over the Atlantic'
Swinton author Lisa Hobman with the cover of her first book 'Bridge Over the Atlantic'
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She’s just released her third book but this week it’s Lisa Hobman’s debut that’s stealing the limelight with the news it’s been nominated for a top literary award.

This time last year the Swinton author hadn’t even released a book but fast forward 12 months and she now has three on the shelves, with one making the iTunes best sellers list for romantic fiction.

Prior to last week, Lisa had been busy promoting new book ‘The Girl Before Eve’, when she received an email which knocked her for six.

There in black and white was confirmation that Lisa’s debut ‘Bridge Over The Atlantic’, has been shortlisted for a Romantic Novelist Association in the category of contemporary romance.

And to say Lisa was excited about her nomination would be a massive understatement.

“It didn’t sink in at all the first time I read the email,” she told the Berwickshire.

“I had to read it three times just to be sure. I’d put myself forward for the award but I just assumed it would be an email telling me that I’d been unsuccessful.

“The novelists association is such a big organisation that I never in a million years imagined I’d make the shortlist.”

Lisa had to keep her good news under wraps for a few days as the association prepared to unveil the shortlists for the awards which will be presented at a ceremony in London next month, hosted by ballet star and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ judge Darcey Bussell.

As well as being over the moon at her nomination, Lisa is looking forward to rubbing shoulders with her fellow nominees, some of whom she is a huge fan of.

“Lisa Jewell is in the same category as me and she’s someone I’ve followed from the very beginning,” Lisa continued.

“To get to meet her will be amazing.

“I just want to enjoy the experience, it’s an absolute honour to be shortlisted.

“My friends gave me a bottle of champagne a while ago which I saved for a special occasion.

“It was cracked open at the weekend; with it being Valentine’s Day it would have been rude not to!”

*To find out more about Lisa’s novels visit or follow @LivingScottishD on twitter.