Since my book ‘Ryan is Ready For You Now…’ was published on September 10, life has gone a bit bonkers. But in a good way. Like Ryan, I was ready.
The book deconstructs the process of interviewing a celebrity told in memoir style, looking back over my long career covering the showbiz and entertainment industry. Along with my many insights into the job, readers learn about my start on the Southend Evening Echo, my magazine career in London and then my move to Hollywood where I covered the movie junket circuit. (And also why I sung Sunset Boulevard at Hugh Jackman, shared snacks with Scarlett Johannson and sobbed on Drew Barrymore’s shoulder). One lovely reviewer on Amazon has called it ‘a masterpiece’ (no, it wasn’t my mum), and another said it was a ‘rock solid guide to interviewing celebrities.’
Ryan went straight to #1 on the Amazon Pop Culture charts on the first day of pre-orders and my feet haven’t touched the ground since. I’ve been busy doing press, including a radio interview for BBC Essex and this piece for AdForm. It’s weird being on the other side of the fence but I’m getting used to it, and better still I’m enjoying it!
Here’s what the press are saying about Ryan is Ready For You Now…:
Who (Australia) said: ‘Marks brings readers into the (usually five-star hotel) room and shares her tips on how to ask the curliest of questions. Fun and fascinating.’
New (UK) labelled it ‘hugely entertaining’. Adding: ‘We adored author and journalist Lisa Marks’ journey from London to Hollywood… sharing the many delicious details of her intriguing, funny and sometimes emotional encounters with the super-rich and famous.’
OK (UK) said: ‘After three decades of grilling famous faces, she knows a thing or two about the biz. Lisa divulges all the secrets to her success and the mishaps that happened along the way.’
The Southend Evening Echo said it was a ‘book about a career of a lifetime’, and Tony Fisher from BBC Radio Essex called it: ‘An absolute delight… she gives great guidance to budding journalists along the way.’
AdForum called it a ‘wry but useful how-to’ book.
If you’re interesting in talking to me about press or speaking opportunities get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
MEDIA COACH @ THE JURASSIC WORLD EVOLUTION JUNKET
I had the most perfect day on set working as an interview consultant with Frontier Developments, Attention Seekers and the incomparable Jeff Goldblum. This most erudite gentleman reprises his role as Dr Ian Malcolm in the new Jurassic World movie and – drumroll – is also the voice of the game, Jurassic World Evolution.
Now that the word is finally out, here’s Jeff’s exclusive interview with Ed and Bo from Frontier, plus some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot, which was produced in London under a veil of total secrecy (so much so that a friend of mine convinced herself that I’d spent the day working with Alicia Vikander and the Tomb Raider team – nope!).
LECTURING, SEEN HERE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTER
I’m delighted to announced that I’ll once again be leading the practical magazine publishing module at the University of Gloucester. in 2021. I’ve also guest lectured at Oxford Brookes, the University of Winchester and am this year lining up panels with both City and Sheffield Universities. I’m also mentoring a third year journalism student at Birmingham University.
AND A TOUCH OF TRAVEL WRITING…look a that view!
You can cycle up to the Hollywood sign, and when you do, this is what you see. Even though I lived in LA for six years, I never got this near to the legendary sign, let alone behind it. It took travel writing for me to discover what an e-bike is, and my guide Scott, from LAFlyRides, made sure I was able to appreciate the city from this stunning 360 degree vantage point. It was thrilling.
Read about how you too can get around LA without a car in my article for The Independent newspaper. Click here. I used my legs, pedal bikes, e-bikes, the Metro, the bus and Uber to get around a city that most people think is impossible to see without a car. People, I’m here to tell you that it isn’t!