Do No Harm
L V Hay
Publication Date: July 1, 2018 (UK) February 1, 2019 (US)
Pages : 300
Synopsis From Publisher :
After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six-year-old son have a second chance at happiness with headteacher Sebastian. Kind but vulnerable, Sebastian is the polar opposite of Maxwell, and the perfect match for Lily. After a whirlwind romance, they marry, and that’s when things start to go wrong…
Maxwell returns to the scene, determined to win back his family, and events soon spiral out of control. Lily and Sebastian find themselves not only fighting for their relationship, but also their lives…
About L V Hay :
About L V Hay :
Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. DO NO HARM is out now and her crime debut for Orenda Books THE OTHER TWIN, has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspapers, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Check out all her books, HERE.
Q & A | L V Hay
Murder and Moore : Your last book, The Other Twin was one of the first ARCs I received when I started my blog murderandmoore.com. I am so happy to now have you back on my blog and for the chance to ask you a few questions.
L V Hay: Happy to be here! Thanks for asking me ☺
Murder and Moore Can you tell us what authors have inspired you?
L V Hay: I think every author I have ever read has inspired me in some way, whether on what to do – or what NOT to! I have very eclectic reading tastes: I obviously adore crime fiction, but I also love true crime and memoir, as well as YA, fancy-pants literary stuff and the odd rom-com too. I also like non-fiction and self help. If I narrowed it down to domestic noir writers who inspired me as I’ve written my own, I would say Gillian Flynn, Paula Daly, Ruth Dugdall, Sharon Bolton and Sabine Durrant.
Murder and Moore: In addition to writing, you also produce a blog. Can you tell us about your blog?
L V Hay: I have two blogs! www.bang2write.com is my main blog. On there we talk writing craft and careers and I use it to market and gauge interest in my talks, workshops and non fiction books too. It’s how I earn my living as a script editor who helps writers – it’s my ‘shop window’ if you like. I’m very proud of B2W, it has come a long way in the last twelve or thirteen years and now is Feedspot’s number screenwriting blog in the UK, as well as a UK Blog Awards finalist. It has also been picked as part of the Top 100 for The Write Life, two years in a row.
At www.lucyvhayauthor.com we talk reading and books, via reader recommendations and writer interviews, with a foray into movies as well with my popular ‘Book Versus Film’ feature. I love to compare and contrast the differences and similarities in adaptations from the page to the screen. There can be some really strong differences, for reasons that are very specific to the mediums they’re in. It’s very popular to insist that adaptations can ‘never’ be as good as the book, but I disagree. I have seen many that are as good as, or even surpass the book.
Murder and Moore: In both The Other Twin and Do No Harm, you discuss a few current “hot topics”. Race, social class, and working mothers. In both books, I was impressed by your objectivity. Do you strive to be objective when writing? Is appearing unbiased a concern for you?
L V Hay: Thank you! I don’t know if bias is my main concern, so much as authenticity (though arguably, being authentic means dispensing with existing bias? Interesting thought!). As a script editor, I noticed a long time ago there was a certain homogenization in storytelling which I found incredibly frustrating. There are some brilliant stories with white, straight able-bodied male heroes, but there is nothing that says the hero journey HAS to be his story. The same goes for other types of stories. I think diversity is incredibly important in characterization. Not for political reasons or to appear ‘woke’ or ‘edgy’, but because there are so many stories not being told. We need to open up the playing field and challenge ourselves as writers to look beyond our own experiences, putting ourselves in others’ shoes – that is good writing!! We also need support marginalized writers, too.
Murder and Moore: There are several villains in Do No Harm all devious, manipulative, and cunning. I found it interesting that these villains were all acting for selfish reasons. They were all motivated to behave poorly because they believed someone was trying to take something they believed belonged to them exclusively. Is selfishness a “must have” character flaw when you are creating a villain?
L V Hay: Yes, I abhor selfishness. It puts me off a person SO quickly in real life. How hard is it to share or be generous, for God’s sake?? Most children get the concept very quickly, but may lapse as adults. But when this happens, it’s also worth remembering that very often that sharing leads to things that benefit you too … So even if you DO find it difficult or annoying, it’s STILL in your best interests! Everything I have now in my life is because I made a commitment to putting selfishness behind me. It seems plain stupid to me (at best!) to be selfish.
Murder and Moore : Who is your favorite character in Do No Harm? Was there one you found harder or easier to develop than another?
L V Hay: Lily is probably my favorite character in Do No Harm. She lost her mother young and has felt her absence all her life, especially as her father was also so lost without her mother. She has tried so hard to create a new family and sense of stability in her life, but people keep letting her down, for reasons totally beyond her control.
Maxwell was hard work to develop. I love a villain and I’m slightly obsessed with stalkers, so in early drafts he was probably a bit TOO evil. But it’s important to remember that an antagonist thinks HE is the hero/hard done by, so once I tapped into his point of view I was – ironically – much more able to tap into his evil because it was more ‘understandable’.
Murder and Moore: If Do No Harm were to be adapted into a movie, who would you want to play Fran?
L V Hay: I always love to ‘cast’ characters in my head as I am writing. Helen Mirren was always in my mind as I was drafting, though as I continued I realised she is a little bit older than Fran. Then Fran morphed in my mind to Kristin Scott Thomas, probably cos I loved her in Only God Forgives. In fact, Ryan Gosling would make a great Sebastian … IF he could do an English accent!
Murder and Moore: What are you currently reading?
L V Hay: I always read much, much more in the Summer – I usually go from 1 book every week, to 2-3 per week. I’ve just finished Lawless by Matt Bondurrant (a brilliant revisionist history novel about bootleggers in the prohibition era) and The Deepest Cut by Natalie Flynn (an authentic YA read about mental health and grief), so deciding on what to read NEXT!
Murder and Moore: Can you tell us what you are working on next?
L V Hay I could, but then I’d have to kill you! Seriously, I’m outlining at the moment so even I am not entirely sure what the story is … YET! I’m also working on a second book in my Intersection YA series, which is titled Tag-Along.
** Thanks to Orenda Books for arranging this Q & A**