Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Ultimate Choice - Lisa C Hinsley

In a dystopian near-future, overpopulation has led to a government dedicated to reducing citizen numbers. Suicide is legalised, food is rationed, and reproduction forbidden without permission.
Cassie O’Neil broke the law, she had sex before marriage. She is sentenced to die on a game show, The Ultimate Choice, but when a contestant collapses Cassie takes her chance and runs. Staying alive is hard with no ration card or place to hide. But she is a woman who refuses to die.

Lisa C Hinsley was born in Portsmouth in 1971, and grew up in England, Scotland, and America. She now lives on the Wirral, in northwest England, with her husband, three children, and four cats. She hopes not to be thought of as the American cat lady, but some things are just inevitable.

Recently, her novel What Alice Sees placed as runner-up in the 2010 UKA Opening Pages Competition. While her novel Coombe’s Wood finished in the semi-finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2009 and was awarded runner up in the all-genre Book of the Year Awards 2008 on Arts Council website YouWriteOn. Now listed on Amazon Kindle,Coombe’s Wood has sold over 2000 copies. Lisa’s novel The Crocodile was short-listed in the Undiscovered Authors 2006 competition. Several of Lisa’s short stories and poems have appeared in print publications.

Q: What will readers like about your book?

This is a difficult one, as The Ultimate Choice is set in a near future crippled by overpopulation. The settings are grim, but I hope the main character, Cassie would be the most likable part of the book.

Q: Why did you self publish?

After sending Coombe’s Wood to numerous agents and getting full reads, but not the elusive contract, I decided to self publish. I’d heard good things about Kindle, and released the novel in October 2009. I’ve now sold over 2000 copies of Coombe’s Wood, and felt the time had come to put another novel out as an eBook. I am hoping The Ultimate Choice is as popular as my first novel.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

A big favourite of mine is Michael Marshall Smith. I bought his first novel before he'’d made it big, and have read everything of his since.


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