Interview with Giveaway ~ The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell


How do you define success?

There are many little markers to define success. Finishing a book is always a successful moment, regardless of what happens afterwards. Hearing from a reader who has liked all your books that they also like this one makes me feel like I've succeeded. But commercially, hitting the Top Ten is always a moment to breathe a sigh of relief for another year.

How do you celebrate the completion of a book?

I buy myself a piece of jewelry. Usually earrings. Not diamonds or anything fancy, just something nice. And if I finish on a Friday, then champagne usually plays a role. J

What do you hope readers will get from THE HOUSE WE GREW UP IN?

What I always hope readers will get from my books is a page-turning experience. That sense of being completely gripped and wanting to read just one chapter more. I hope also to show both sides of a person to my readers, remind them that nobody is all good, and being flawed does not make someone a bad person.

How many books are in your TBR pile?

On my bedside table I have five or six. On my shelves probably another hundred.

Describe your book in 5 words

Quirky, darkly compelling family saga

Where is your favorite spot to write?

At my dining table, by the radiator.

What do you enjoy the most about writing?

I enjoy the fact that I can write a novel in less than three hours a day, so I can have time to do other things without feeling that there's never enough hours in the day. And problem solving is always really enjoyable.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The House We Grew Up In was actually the easiest of all my books to write. I had a very strong vision of what the book was going to be like and it stayed true to that vision all the way through. Which is rarely the case! 

How did you know you should become an author?

I didn't really know I was going to become an author until I signed my first two book deal. Before that I'd thought my first novel was a fluke-y experiment, a one off. 

What is your favorite scene in your book?

I really enjoyed writing the first Easter scene, when the children are small and hunting for eggs in the garden. It was satisfying to write it knowing that it was setting the scene for so many years of tragedy to come. 

What makes your novel standout from the crowd?

I think the fact that my novel addresses a relatively new syndrome, compulsive hoarding disorder, and shows not just the aftermath (the terrible hoarded house), but the years leading up to it, the slow encroachment of the disorder and the traumas from which it was borne.

Do your characters really talk to you?

They absolutely do. All my writing stems from my characters first and foremost.

How do you react to a bad review?

I am completely pathetic. I hate bad reviews. I want everyone to love all my books always. I can pick myself up pretty quickly from the kind of bad review that says; 'I didn't like this book, it wasn't for me.' But the ones that really sting are the ones who get personal. Where they speculate about your motivations; you know; 'clearly Jewell had the film rights firmly in sight when she wrote this book.' Those reviews make me want to hit something.

What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Writing a book is really difficult but if you want to do it, find two hours a day, turn off the internet and just get on with it.

Do you write as you go, or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?

I do no planning at all. Sometimes this works, as it did with The House We Grew Up In, other times it is disastrous and I am constantly performing complex, terrifying works of surgery on my works in progress.

How long does it take you to write a book?

Around nine months, writing a thousand words a day. 

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housePublisher: Atria Books (August 12, 2014)

Genre: Novel

ISBN-10: 1476702993

ISBN-13: 978-1476702995
Pre-Order: Amazon, Kindle, The Book Depository, Audible


Meet the Bird family. They live in a honey-colored house in a picture-perfect Cotswolds village, with rambling, unkempt gardens stretching beyond. Pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and tow-headed twins Rory and Rhys all attend the village school and eat home-cooked meals together every night. Their father is a sweet gangly man named Colin, who still looks like a teenager with floppy hair and owlish, round-framed glasses. Their mother is a beautiful hippy named Lorelei, who exists entirely in the moment. And she makes every moment sparkle in her children’s lives.

Then one Easter weekend, tragedy comes to call. The event is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear the family apart. Years pass as the children become adults, find new relationships, and develop their own separate lives. Soon it seems as though they’ve never been a family at all. But then something happens that calls them back to the house they grew up in—and to what really happened that Easter weekend so many years ago.

Told in gorgeous, insightful prose that delves deeply into the hearts and minds of its characters, The House We Grew Up In is the captivating story of one family’s desire to restore long-forgotten peace and to unearth the many secrets hidden within the nooks and crannies of home.

post-divider leftThanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of The House We Grew Up In to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
​Giveaway ends on August 14th



Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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lisaLisa Jewell was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is the internationally bestselling author of ten previous novels, including The Making of Us and Before I Met You. 

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  1. Beautiful interview.

    I am so looking forward to reading this book.

    Thanks for the interview and for the book, Jewell.




  2. Beautiful interview.

    I am so looking forward to reading this book.

    Thanks for the interview and for the book, Ms. Jewell.




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