Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Stranded on a Desert Island with Sheena Lambert

Please welcomeSheena Lambert, author of The Lake, as she tackles our Desert Island Interview!

Sheena Lambert is from Ireland, where the troubled history and raw beauty of the landscape were the inspiration behind her novel The Lake. She grew up in County Dublin, where she worked as an environmental engineer before becoming a full-time writer.  Her stories, novels and screenplays have been shortlisted in a number of prestigious international competitions. 

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Sheena Lambert Stranded on a Desert Island

If you could only have one book with you, what would it be?

My boys’ baby book. It’s stuffed with their ‘firsts’ and baby photos etc. Better than any read for me, I’m afraid.

If it had to be a book I could buy, then a volume of Seamus Heaney poetry. Poetry would give my brain a mental work-out, and Heaney’s poetry reminds me of home, which is Ireland.

What one luxury item would you want to be stranded with?

A solar-powered coffee machine. The thought of having to “make fire” first thing in the morning in order to produce a cup of joe? No. No, no, no.

(Unless there is a Starbucks on this particular desert island, which, let’s face it, is not totally improbable.)

What is the one practical item you would want to have with you to use?

A second coffee machine in case the first one breaks. 

Or I’m thinking an endless supply of coffee beans and fresh water? I’m also thinking I haven’t thought question #2 through well enough.…

Would you enjoy the solitude, even briefly, or would it drive you crazy?

I love short-term solitude, but only if I know someone is sharing it with me. Does that make sense? Quiet, alone time is nice, but only if you know that your go-to person is there somewhere, loitering in the background or due to call around later. 

Being alone alone? No. Not for me.

 If you could be stranded with one other person, who would you want it to be?

My husband. For obvious reasons :) .

What modern technology would you miss the most?

Well, I’m stressing here, because if #2 above isn’t an option, I would miss my coffee machine. When I say ‘miss’ it, I would be frantic without it.

What food or beverage would you miss the most?

Okay, I’m thinking if you’ve read my other answers here, you’re going to know my answer.


HAHA! No, black coffee, without question.

How many days do you think you would cope without rescue?

It would depend. If I knew for sure I was being rescued, I might last a couple of weeks. It would be the not-knowing that would get me.

What is the first thing you would do when rescued?

Start writing a blockbuster about my experience.

What would be your first Tweet or Facebook update upon your return?

So? What did I miss? #amhome

The Lake

A body is discovered in the receding waters of a manmade lake in the Irish midlands, and for Peggy Casey, 23-year-old landlady of The Angler’s Rest, nothing will ever be the same.  Detective Sergeant Frank Ryan is dispatched from Dublin, and his arrival casts an uneasy spotlight on the damaged history of the valley, and on the difficult relationships that bind Peggy and her three older siblings.  Over the course of the weekend, Detective Ryan’s investigation will not only uncover the terrible truth behind the dead woman’s fate, but will also expose the Casey family’s deepest secrets.

Secrets never meant to be revealed.

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