Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Meet author
Lisa Lickel

One copy of Gold Standard, paperback
E-book version of Meander Scar

Please comment, leave your email address, and share encouragement with Lisa! Thank you so much for visiting, dear reader! I love YOU!

How long have you known that you were a writer? Did you receive a clear “call?” Or have you just loved writing all your life?

Thank you for having me here today, Carole. I’ve enjoyed reading back on your other interviews.

How long have I been…well, not exactly all my life. I’ve always written but that doesn’t mean I’ve been a writer. Everyone writes letters, diaries, journals, lessons, paperwork, what-have-you. I started writing professionally after taking the Christian Writers Guild apprentice course in 2002-2003.

Thanks, Lisa. So glad you enjoyed my blog. What is the genre you write in? Would you explain what it is?

Genre – my goodness, I haven’t slowed down enough yet to settle in. I think I’m finally learning that my “genre” is just good mainstream stories that often have romance. Not category romance or mystery or drama, or thriller, just sweet slice of life, put your characters in a pickle and help them out again books.

But I have to go back and qualify that the first book I had published was a cozy mystery with Barbour’s tragically defunct Heartsong mystery club.

Sounds like interesting books! How do you spend your writing days? Do you set goals to reach a certain number of words per day? Can you give us a general idea of how long it takes you to write a novel?

I tried to set a goal and schedule once and it failed so utterly that I didn’t bother to stick with it. I’m simply on the manic schedule. I write long and hard and fast when I’m on a project, and fall back and catch up on the networking in between. Putting new words on a fresh page is only the tip of the iceberg in the writing process. Research, editing, critiquing, and revision, submission—those things are the framework that hold up the words. I prefer to write my drafts quickly, say in six weeks or so, because there are fewer issues with forgetting character attributes or setting details or developing plot holes.

Tell us about your new book. What is the spiritual message in it? What can readers expect to get from reading it? How and where can readers buy your book?

I’ll tell you about my first two books here, then talk about Meander Scar below.

The Gold Standard was book one of a proposed series of romantic mysteries for the Heartsong Presents: Mysteries book club. The message is about where your treasure is, there is your heart also, so it’s a story about finding what’s important. Oh, and solving a murder and realizing who you can trust, no matter how old or young you are.

Healing Grace is a story of my heart. It’s about using your God-given gifts to do what is asked of you, no matter how hard or scary. So, the theme is more one of trust. Who or what do you trust, even with your life? Grace has a secret. How long can she keep it when a neighbor’s son is seriously hurt in a summer time accident?

Both of those books are available on the online retail sites Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Healing Grace is also available from the publisher and in Kindle and other electronic format.

Do you ever feel like giving up? Most people don’t understand the stress, the work, and the joy of being a writer. How tenuous becoming a writer is. Do you care to share how it feels, what discouraging/encouraging times you’ve gone through? Who’s inspired you the most?

Most of the time…yeah, I’d love to either “make it” or quit. My goal was to earn as much money as my part-time secretarial jobs. I didn’t think that was a lot to ask, but it’s really, really slow going. The general economy tanking didn’t help much, either. I haven’t been read enough to even merit getting those dreadful reviews. I tried to get another job last year, and it was the perfect job for me, but I started crying in the parking lot on the way home after the first day and couldn’t go back. I’m so called to work here at home. Then sometimes I question that, too—is that what I want, or what I want to hear? My poor husband has just given up expecting me to earn an income again, so I hope to surprise him mightily one of these…decades. Update: I just received my first royalty check. It’s cool, but we’re not quite “there” yet.

Would you explain how you “chose” (or were chosen by) a publisher? Do you just go “inny, minny, miny, moe?” Grin. Now, that you’re published, can you sit back and relax from the success you’ve experienced?

Basically, the only publisher you get to choose is the one you pay. So, if you’d rather be paid…then you go through the process of submission and rejection, submission and rejection, submission and never hearing another word, submission and a maybe, submission and…you get the picture.

I learned about a lot of independent publishers – that’s traditional (meaning they pay you royalties) from my new on-line writer friends’ signature lines. You know, how everyone signs off on messages, chats, e-mails with their name, book and publisher? I submitted to them, as well as the larger publishers who were still taking unsolicited queries. I also have had agents, which uses the same process to hire as submitting to publishers only harder.

If you ever sit back, no matter how popular your work becomes, you can call yourself retired.

Do you mind telling us some of your likes and dislikes? Hobbies, interests? Where would you like to travel if you could?

I can proofread anybody else’s stuff but my own, so, yes, I’m the one with the marker who goes around stores correcting the typos on the sale signs. Misuse of the apostrophe drives me wild.

  • I’ve gone quite gray-haired and I’m still trying to decide whether or not to color it.
  • I collect miniature pewter dragons—well, any kind of dragon and love Anne McCaffrey.
  • I used to love roller-coasters but now I’m not crazy about heights.
  • I adore museums of any kind and love history but prefer not to write it.
  • I write and perform radio theater-you can find the link to FreeQuincy Radio Theater on my website.
  • Travel—been all over the continental US and Canada; I’d love to visit my cousins in Norway and visit all around the UK.
You recently had a book published. Would you take this time to describe it to us? How and where can readers buy your books?

Meander Scar – juicy love story between an older woman and a younger man. There. I said it—it’s not scary or immoral or creepy; it just is. The couple in the book, Ann and Mark, both lived in a sort of lost place.  Mark decides to go back to the one place he was happy and find out if he can make his dreams come true. Ann’s husband went missing on a business trip, and her wealthy mother-in-law refused to allow him declared dead. Mark, a lawyer, and secretly in love with Ann, offers to help . . . and so on. Of course Ann thinks she’s nuts to have feelings for this wonderful faithful young man. Her son is decidedly against this whole business and demands that she take a step back. When she does, she learns what happened to her husband. Does she tell the truth or not? Who has the most to lose or gain? And that’s just the first hurdle Ann and Mark have to conquer.

The title is taken from a natural phenomenon about what happens when streams or rivers bend. The hard places in your life always leave a mark.

Readers can order the book at any local book store, or it’s available on line from the publisher, or large retailers. It’s also available on Kindle.

Would you give us your blog or webpage so everyone can check it out? Anything else you’d like to share? Promotional information?

Retail links as follows:

  • For Healing Grace:


Barnes and Noble:

  • For The Gold Standard:

Barnes and Noble:

For Meander Scar:

Amazon print:

Amazon Kindle:

Barnes and Noble:

And the video trailer the publisher put out for Meander Scar is here:

Thank you so much, Carole!

Thank you, Lisa, for joining me today. I've loved having you.

Friends, please leave a comment for a chance to win one of Lisa's two giveaway books!



Carmen7351 said...

I would love to win Gold Standard (already reading Meander Scar). Please enter me. Thank you.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Caroline said...

Sure will Carmen!

Kathryn Page Camp said...

Great interview, Lisa. Making money in this business is tough, which is why most writers have a day job. But I'd rather write full-time than return to my "safe" lawyer's job (which I enjoyed). There's just something about writing for a living... So I'll keep plugging away trying to sell my books and make a profit, and I encourage Lisa to do it, too.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to win a copy! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

kate {at} atentforthesun {dot} com

Leah said...

This was a great interview. Lisa seems like a great person.


jill said...

She sounds very interesting--especially since we share some struggles and interests! Would love to read her work.

Certainly, I'd love to guest on your blog, as well. Thank you for asking!

Lisa Lickel said...

HI, all---Carmen, you made my day. I'd love to hear what you think when you're done. I had a day job until my third contract. I figured I was "safe" after that. Um, no. But we'll survive. Thanks for all of you and your encouragment.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win Gold Standard. Not much in to Ebooks yet. I don't have enough space to load all that I want.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Debbie F said...

Count me in! thanks!

dcf_beth at verizon dot net

Merry said...

I appreciate the faith themes in each book, it's awesome to be uplifted by a terrific story. I'd love to win one of Lisa's books, please include me in the drawing.Thanks!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Great interview, Ladies! Thank you for your generosity; I'd love to win! Blessings on both your careers,


karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read lisa's fabulous novels :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Marjorie said...

I would really like to win Gold Standard, a good storyline.
Carmen sent me.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Karen said...

I would like to win Meander Scar


Lisa Lickel said...

Thanks, all for stopping in. I delight in hearing from all of you. Thanks for your support and encouragement - that's what writers need most, you know - readers! And thank you, again, Carole, for having me here. Love the title of the blog :)

Caroline said...

Lisa, it's such a privilege to have writers like you visit. Yeah, the blog title is a fav of mine. :)

Blessings, all!

Mozi Esme said...

I love the description of books as "sweet slices of life" - sounds like my kind of books!

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings:

And I'd love to read either book...

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Molly(Buukluvr81) said...

Oh! Please enter me in this fabulous giveaway! I would love to win Gold Standard! It sounds great by an even greater author!

Thanks for this chance!
Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com

elizabeth said...

What a great interview! I do love to hear about the author behind the books - thank you.

I would love the chance to win the book(s)! I have a foot in traditional books and a foot in Kindle right now. :)

scrappygolden ~at~ gmail ~dot~ com

Bakersdozen said...

I am interested in this book and would love to win. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Robin said...

Great interview.

Please enter me in. both books sound great.


robinribbit at yahoo dot com

Rhonda said...

I am a huge mystery reader and I would love to read this book. Thank you for the informative interview


wmmahaney said...

I would love to be entered.

apple blossom said...

I've never read any of Lisa's books; however I'd love the chance to win one so I could. Thanks

ABreading4ufn [at] gmail [dot] com

Maureen said...

Great the concept of Meander Scar...great idea!
Please enter me!


Anne Payne said...

I'm so glad I found your blog! Fabulous interview, and I would love to read either book, especially Meander Scar. All Lisa's books sound good :)

Anne Payne said...

I forgot my email!
homesteading @

Jo said...

Great interview and both of these books look great. Would love to get entered.


misskallie2000 said...

Both books sound great but I think Gold Standard would be my first choice.

Thanks for this opportunity to enter for these great books.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Ann Lee Miller said...

I would love to read Gold Standard!

Julia M. Reffner said...

Would love to win either book.


Linda Wichman said...

Lisa, ya know I have both fantastic books, so I won't beg for more. Just want to say that you are a great role model for writers. Keep encouraging and keep on writing!

Caroline said...

Drawing today for two names . . .

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