Many years ago I went out with a man who was being stalked by his ex-girlfriend. I was intrigued. After all, when you think of a stalker the image that normally comes to mind is a creepy (probably hairy) man lurking in basement. How could a seemingly normal, successful career woman behave in this extraordinary way? I wrote down the words "Ordinary Stalker" as a possible idea for a novel. I wanted to create a believable, flawed character who is stalking a previous partner. Another subject that had always intrigued me is hypnotism. I decided the novel's other main character would be a hypnotherapist. It was a wonderful excuse to go off and get myself hypnotised all in the name of research.
The result is The Hypnotist's Love Story. It's about Ellen, a hypnotherapist, who begins a relationship with a single father who is being stalked by his ex-girlfriend Saskia. After I wrote the first three chapters, I thought, Mmm, I think I'm accidentally writing a thriller. But although it does have elements of suspense,
The Hypnotist's Love Story is really a contemporary story about the murky areas between right and wrong, and the lines we'll cross for love.
"The subject is dark and obsessive, told with a lightness of touch that illuminates but never trivialises." Sunday Age
"A compelling love triangle is a the centre of this romance with an edge, the latest triumph from best-selling Liane Moriarty" The Australian Women's Weekly (Book of the Month)
"Fascinating and compassionate fiction" The Daily Telegraph
"A witty modern love story in the age of cohabitation, blended families and second chances, this is a compassionate, absorbing tale." Booklist