Lisa Williamson | 'Every idea I have is about teenagers. It’s such an interesting time'

Lisa Williamson | 'Every idea I have is about teenagers. It’s such an interesting time'

"I write the books that I would have wanted to read as a teenager,” Lisa Williamson tells me, speaking over the phone at the beginning of the lockdown period. Growing up she always gravitated towards contemporary fiction, seeking out stories “bedded in reality” rather than fantasy. She devoured the American books which dominated the market at that time—Sweet Valley High, The Baby-Sitters Club, lots of romance—but didn’t relate to them. “I couldn’t imagine slotting into those books. They were a reality, but not mine.”

It’s a gap Williamson is very conscious of, and actively tries to plug. “...

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