Passionate About Horseracing and Writing
Lissa Oliver is an award-winning horseracing journalist and has written three novels. Lissa is passionate about horseracing and writing. Born in London, she has lived in Kildare, Ireland, since 1988 and writes for The Irish Field, International Thoroughbred, European Bloodstock News, Trainer Magazine, and Australian magazines Racetrack and Track To Track, among many others. She is an Executive Officer of the Irish Writers’ Union and serves on the Board of Directors of the Irish Copyright Licensing Association. Lissa lives with her husband and a large menagerie of pets who include Brenda the dog, Gary the bullock and Leitmotif, a retired racehorse.
Lissa is the author of four novels, the first of which is the fictionalised fact-based biography of Roman Emperor, NERO THE LAST CAESAR. Far from fiddling while Rome burned, Nero was a humanitarian who died all too young, unable to cope with the power thrust upon him at the tender age of sixteen. For racing fans, GALA DAY is a thriller in the Dick Francis mould, set in Newmarket. Jockey Pete Allen is desperate to return to the heady heights of his successful apprentice days, but his decidedly dodgy reputation threatens to destroy his career just when success beckons once more. CHANTILLY DAWNS is a psychological rites of passage for central character Marcel Dessaint, a French jockey whose world abruptly falls apart. As the title suggests, CHANTILLY DAWNS is set in the famous racing town north of Paris.
SAINTE BASTIEN has only recently been completed and will be available from the same publisher in June 2016. Set in the racing yard of the title, Lambourn trainer Nick Marchant fears he has raised a menacingly amoral son but does he protect the family name or his members of staff now at risk?
My passion for writing came as soon as I could hold a pen and form a letter, and my passion for racehorses a few years later, so I’m at my happiest combining the two. Chantilly Dawns really was the book I most wanted to write – it didn’t follow the usual trend of a racing thriller, but instead offered me an opportunity to really explore, and abuse, my protagonist’s psyche. It was written for myself, but thankfully quite a few others share my tastes!
Passionate about Horseracing and Writing
Book by Lissa Oliver. Sainte Bastien is now published!