May 2022


Lis McDermot Launches First Novel
WILTSHIRE-BASED poet and writing mentor Lis McDermott has published her first novel, ‘He Is Not Worthy’. The novel is tale of love, unrequited love and stalking.

The 70-year-old, who has already published eight books including poetry, short stories and an autobiography, launched her book at a sold-out event held at Marsh Farm Hotel, Royal Wootton Bassett recently (May 27).

Lis said: ‘I’m so grateful to everyone who came along to my launch event and who showed an interest in my first novel. Not only was the event sold out, I sold out of novels on the night. Some of the authors I’ve mentored also came along to support me. It was a lovely evening.’

He Is Not Worthy unfolds from the point of view of a teacher, Rhi. Rhi has an affair with a sixth-form student and then finds herself becoming an object of obsession for a stalker.

Lis McDermot Launches First Novel - Lis signing her book
Lis McDermot Launches First Novel

About Lis

Lis is herself a former teacher. She worked in education for thirty-four years before becoming a professional photographer and writer. Lis was also the music adviser in Wiltshire supporting schools around music education.

‘This story is not based on personal experience! The idea came to me when I was watching a thriller about a stalker. That programme made me think about how a person could become obsessed with someone else, believing there’s a connection which simply doesn’t exist and that person may not always be ‘evil’. I also wanted to explore how having a stalker impacts on a person’s daily life.’

Lis revealed on the launch night that she’s already researching her second novel which has a supernatural theme.

I’ve based my next story loosely around a compelling love story from my own family history. I’m already researching various characters and will be starting to write within the coming months.’

‘He Is Not Worthy’ published by SilverWood Books and is available here

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