Wiltshire Author Launches Second Novel.

Lis McDermott, acclaimed author of He is Not Worthy (2022), has launched her second novel Echoes of Drowning.

Lis’ third novel The Identity Enigma is written and awaiting a late 2024 publication date. Thus proving that Lis, resident of Royal Wootton Bassett, continues to captivate readers with her compelling storytelling.

Real-life inspiration

Drawing inspiration from a poignant family tragedy, ‘Echoes of Drowning’ touches on the historical backdrop of the sinking of the HMS Lusitania in 1915.

Lis’s great-uncle, Will, and his wife, Amy, were passengers aboard the ill-fated vessel. It met its demise off the Irish coast when U-boat fire sank it. Will perished along with 1,198 others. Amy survived though & lived out her days in Llandudno in Wales, overlooking the sea that claimed her husband.

Long shrouded in mystery and controversy, the sinking of the Lusitania has long fuelled conspiracy theories.

Lis’s novel does not seek to retell the historical event. Instead, she crafts a fictional narrative that explores themes of enduring love and the enigmatic circumstances surrounding the tragedy that affected her own family.

‘I’m drawn to stories of relationships and love,’ Lis explains. ‘The idea of Amy’s unwavering devotion to her husband amidst the chaos of the sinking resonated with me. While I’m not a historian, I felt compelled to explore this aspect of the Lusitania’s legacy through fiction.’

Her novel tells a gripping tale of mystery, love, grief and intrigue. By blending fact with fiction, she invites audiences to ponder the complexities of human emotion. And the enduring impact of tragedies through the generations.

The launch

Wiltshire Author Launches Second Novel - Lis McDermot at the launch
Wiltshire Author Launches Second Novel – Lis McDermot at the launch

Lis launched Echoes of Drowning on Friday May 10th, 2024, at the stunning Georgian manor house, Burderop Park, owned by local property developer Arthur Dallimer. Lis donated proceeds from ticket sales to Arthur’s chosen charity Penny Hooks Farm Trust – supporting adults with autism.

I’d would like to thank Arthur for hosting the launch at his amazing house. It provided a stunning backdrop that delighted all those who attended,” Lis said.

Lis is a prolific writer. To date she’s written eight books including two novels, four books of poetry and two factual books. She also mentors and supports others who wish to publish their own stories. To learn more about Lis and her latest novel visit https://www.amazon.co.uk/Echoes-Drowning-Lis-McDermott/dp/1739450744



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