Interview with Authors – Lis Norman & Tracey Samios

Mum’s the Word by Lis Norman & Tracey Samios –

Two Mums’ take on life with kids. Real anecdotes, inspiring, funny & heartwarming stories.


1. What inspired you to write your book?
The idea for our book came whilst reminiscing about when our kids were younger. Realising the older you get, the more you forget, led to the brainwave of writing precious childhood memories down for the kids to have and look back on in their older years.
2. How long did it take you to write your book?
About eight – 10 months.
3. What is one thing you would love someone to take away after reading your book?
The realisation that there’s no such thing as a perfect mum and as long as you and your kids are happy you are doing ok.
4. Describe your book in three words.
Childhood, laughter and love.
5. Who will enjoy your book the most?
Mums, Dads, Grandparents, in fact anyone who has children in their life.
6. What was one experience in life where you realised books had the power to make meaningful change, on either you or the world?
Books are an escape from reality and a doorway to other worlds. Reading gives you the ability to travel without leaving your armchair and makes learning an enjoyable experience.
7. What is your favourite book?
Lis has two favourite books; A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
Tracey’s favourite books: 11.22.63 by Stephen King & Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
8. What do you think is most important to being a powerful writer?
Being able to get your message across and have the ability to completely engage your reader.
9. When you write, who do you envision you’re writing to?
To our children!
10. Is there anything you edited out of your book you would have liked to have seen stay, in retrospect?
No, we were both really happy with our final product.
11. Does writing energise or exhaust you, or a bit of both?
Writing totally energises me, the adrenalin juices flow and give me a “high”. ( Lis)
( Tracey) Writing energises me & gives me a sense of satisfaction & achievement.
12. What did you enjoy most- and least- about the process of creating your book?
We enjoyed the closeness of working together on a special project that meant a great deal to us. We struggled in dealings with our publisher as we were total novices and ignorant as to what the publishing process entailed. We have learnt so much on our journey.
13. Did you often suffer from writer’s block whilst writing? Any tips to overcome it?
No, one memory would trigger another, and we both fed off each other’s stories.
14. What common traps do you think first-time writers fall into, and how can new writers avoid them?
Not believing in themselves. Avoid this by having the courage and conviction to write from your heart.
15. Who are both of your favourite authors? What about favourite films?
Favourite authors; Diana Gabaldon and Liane Moriarty ( Lis)
Films; Hidden Figures, The Notebook and all Harry Potter films.
(Tracey) Favourite Author: Diana Gabaldon and Sara Gruen
Films: Love Actually, Random Harvest, It’s a Wonderful Life
16. Which country do you live in?
We are the ladies from “down under”, in Melbourne, Australia.


Available on Amazon: Mum’s the Word ebook


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