I am delighted to welcome Lisa Thompson to the blog today as part of ‘The Light Jar’ blog tour with a special guest post. ‘The Light Jar’ is beautifully written and exceptionally told and I was totally captivated by this remarkable story, Lisa has tackled an incredibly difficult subject in a completely sensitive way deliberately revealing tiny details throughout the book that when you combine them all together are utterly heart-breaking and desperately sad. However this is just one element of this remarkable story, she has cleverly woven other mysteries into Nate’s life so that the reader doesn’t feel the full impact of the underlying truth of what has actually happened to him and his Mum. It is a book that demands to be read, definitely a must have read.
So without further ado I will pass you over to Lisa….
Tips for my 10-year-old self – Lisa Thompson
When I was the age of many of my young readers, I remember a shy girl who liked to make people laugh and someone who found the world around her quite fascinating. The things I remember most being interested in at this age were:-
Birdwatching (I joined the Young Ornithologists Club)
Saving Whales (I joined the Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society)
The Famous Five (I joined the Famous Five fan club)
Archaeology (I couldn’t find anything to join so I just dug lots of holes in the garden)
Horses (my parents couldn’t afford lessons so I just read up about them)
When I wasn’t absorbed in these, I spent the rest of my time either on roller skates or on my bike. Playing out was one of my favourite things to do, and making up fantasy worlds with my friends became my first introduction to storytelling.
It was aged ten when I first remember thinking; what will I be when I grow up? What job will I have? Will I travel the world trying to save whales or become an archaeologist or a champion showjumper (even though I’d never actually sat on a horse)? I was in huge rush to think of something, anything that would absorb me and become my vocation. And as I got into my teens other things started to worry me, like it does for all of us – what people thought of me, how I looked, all the usual ‘stuff’.
I think if I could go back now and give my younger self some advice, it would be this;
1) BEING TALL. Don’t worry about your height and stop stooping in assemblies so that you don’t stand out too much. And ignore those taunts of being called ‘daddy long legs’. One day those people will be telling you they wish they were as tall as you.
2) QUIRKY INTERESTS. Keep finding things fascinating! When you get to your teenage years you’ll think it’s uncool to be open about how interested you are in old coins or obscure films or how house martins build their nests. Don’t worry what others think. Just absorb everything you can. If nothing else, you’ll be armed with some cracking answers for pub quizzes later in life.
3) MUSIC. Keep listening to music as this love will stay with you forever. Are you weird because you’re only ten and some classical music makes you cry? No. It means you have emotions you can tap into. Embrace it. You’ll still be crying over those pieces when you’re in your 40’s – go with it.
4) FORGET ABOUT SINGING. There will be a time when you’ll have your heart set on becoming a singer. To be honest, I wouldn’t bother. Just enjoy singing in your bedroom and leave it to those who have far more talent.
5) KEEP YOUR HALF-WRITTEN BOOK. You know that book you’re writing? About the girl saving the horses? You’ll find that book when you’re 13, decide it’s highly embarrassing, then rip it up and put it in the bin. Don’t. I’d love to see that book now.
6) I COULD NEVER BE AN AUTHOR. Don’t doubt yourself. And more importantly, don’t listen to those many, many people who stress how hard it is to get published because there is so much competition. You’ll hear it over and over for years and years and you’ll think it’s just not worth trying. But it is worth trying.
Thank you to Lisa for this fabulous guest post, I would love to go back and talk to my 10 year old self and tell her everything just work out absolutely fine in the end!
Lisa Thompson worked as a Radio Broadcast Assistant first at the BBC and then for an independent production company making plays and comedy programmes. During this time she got to make tea for lots of famous people. Lisa grew up in Essex and now lives in Suffolk with her family. Her debut, The
Goldfish Boy, was a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month pick in January 2017 and is the bestselling debut of the year as of July 2017. You can find out more by visiting her website or follow her on Twitter.
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