Imagineers anthology profile
Course studied: MA Writing for Young People
Graduating year: 2019
Lis is a secondary school librarian from Bristol who’s always been hooked on children’s novels. She began writing her own in 2010; Blackmail for Beginners is her third full length manuscript. Lis studied English Literature at the University of Warwick and collects Golden Age crime novels (including Christie, Allingham, Crispin, Sayers and Marsh). These, along with works by Ross Welford, Fleur Hitchcock and Siobhan Dowd have inspired her to write this contemporary detective story. Lis is the proud inventor of the Bakewell sandwich.
About Blackmail for Beginners
Jonathan, the new kid at Hanbridge High, is fed up. His family has relocated and ruined his life, he misses his friends, and now he’s found Mr Baynton’s murdered body in the PE shed. When the police arrest the wrong suspect, Jonathan sees a chance to get into trouble, annoy his parents, and convince them to return home. He teams up with strong-willed Lydia and shy geek Daniel to uncover the real killer, but the ‘Dorks and Losers Club’ blunders into some murky secrets, and the three detectives find themselves in serious danger.