Author Spotlight: Liane Moriarty

April 3, 2018 Books


How often have you heard of an author who has written seven international best-selling novels in the span of a decade? The answer is – rarely.
Liane Moriarty has been one of the fastest rising authors of recent years. Her books have sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Authors strive for popularity through their work and Liane Moriarty achieved her success through well-written novels that have effectively engaged audiences.

Life, Career and Success

Liane Moriarty was born in November 1966 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is the oldest among the six children of Bernie Moriarty. From early childhood, she developed a passion for reading and writing. Her father supported her passion and even commissioned her to write for him. She wrote her first three-volume series epic called The Mystery of Dead Man’s Island with an advance of $1 from her dad!
After leaving school, she worked in advertising and marketing for a legal publishing company. Eventually, she left the position of a marketing manager to start her own business called The Little ad Agency, which was unfortunately short-lived. She then worked as a freelance advertising copywriter. As she was a firm believer that real people didn’t get their novels published, she never wrote beyond first chapters of her novel during this time. But she was soon proved wrong by her own younger sister Jaclyn Moriarty when Jaclyn’s first novel Feeling Sorry for Celia was published. Sibling rivalry struck her and drove her to complete her first book. Unfortunately, it was rejected by several publishers. She realized the need for a degree and enrolled for a Masters at Macquarie University. As a project while working on her Masters, she finished her second novel, Three Wishes which got published by Harper Perennial in 2004. The success of this novel gained her a vast international audience, and began her journey of literary success.

And what success has it been! Of the seven novels she has written till date, three have been on the New York Times Bestseller list, and two of these have held the Number One spot.
Liane Moriarty writes enticing and compelling stories which typically follow a secret or twist at the heart of the novel’s plot. Her books are part of a very particular niche genre, that is sometimes characterized as Chick Lit. The books, on the lighter side, revolve around the lives and problems of suburban women in an engaging manner.
Moriarty acquired the art of depicting colorful characters whose lives are braided in unexpected ways and creates a mirage of secrets and twists which takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride. While growing up, Moriarty’s love of reading has most positively molded her into the incredible artist that she is today.

Let’s take a look at a few of her works:

What Alice Forgot

This book hooks you into her storytelling and also provokes your thought. The story revolves around Alice Love who after a sudden fall develops amnesia. It is a story of her struggle of rediscovering her own life of the past decade that she’s forgotten.

Big Little Lies

It follows three female protagonists at a crossroads. As the women grow closer, the secrets that two of them are hiding are gradually revealed and shake up their intertwined lives. This book got a lot of attention in 2017 because of it being adapted into a TV Series of the same name starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and many other Hollywood heavyweights.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story

This book is about a female stalker who is creepy and thrilling. Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist. When she meets Patrick, she gets attracted and gets to know about his ex-girlfriend stalker. It is a gripping story filled with fascinating characters.

The Husband’s Secret

The Husband’s Secret is a No.1 New York Times Bestseller and was named one of the best books of 2013 by Entertainment Weekly and People Magazine. Liane was inspired to write this novel when she came across articles about deathbed confessions. It follows the story of Cecilia Fitzpatrick who abruptly found a letter from her husband John-Paul, to be opened only after his death. Unable to resist the urge, she opens the letter. The novel the gradual ruination of her life that follows!