Friday, October 12, 2012

Lisa Lickel Stops By The Loft

   A graduate of the Christian Writer’s Guild’s Apprentice Course, Lisa Lickel was a top ten finisher in the first Operation: First Novel contest. She has written and produced for radio theater and performed live. Her works have been released in national syndication on FreeQuincy.podcast. She is a freelance editor and mentor, and workshop leader.
Lickel’s novels include The Gold Standard, The Map Quilt, Meander Scar, and A Summer in Oakville. Her work has appeared in Writer’s Digest, You Can Write for Children, and Harpstring.
   She enjoys membership in local book clubs and writing groups, as well as American Christian Fiction Writers, and Wisconsin Writers Association, where she is editor-in-chief of Creative Wisconsin Magazine. Lisa is an avid blogger, interviewer and book reviewer. She holds a bachelors of science in history and RECES, and edits for local historical societies. She lives in a hundred and fifty-year old house and is active in local historical societies. Married to a high school biology teacher, she enjoys travel, books and collecting dragons.

LINK: – all my other social links can be found here, I’d love to connect with you!

Hello Lisa! Thanks for stopping by. I'm curious. Is there a story behind The Last Bequest?

The story behind the story…let’s see…which angle to choose, where to start.
Okay, The Last Bequest was originally titled Where Your Treasure Is, which got changed to The Gold Standard (which you may find in Dollar Stores around the country or online for a penny—are my feelings hurt?) many years and brain cells and gray hairs and blood pressure points ago. I signed with the unfortunately doomed Heartsong Presents: Mysteries, with Barbour Publishing, and things just became mysteriouser and mysteriouser as time passed. The book club was pulled off life support, which made those of us with sequels scramble for new publishers. Took me a coupla years and two agents, but eventually I sold the sequel, The Map Quilt, and the publisher graciously bought the first book to re-release under new cover, title, and some needed tweaking, as The Last Bequest

The story inside the story comes out of the write what you know school: I know teachers and I know rural Wisconsin, and I have farmer friends and police chief friends and lawyer friends who all helped put this story together about a young school teacher, Judy, whose last close relative passes away under mysterious circumstances. Judy must decide whether to keep the family farm and uncover the true story behind Aunt Louise’s death, or let it go and move on with a life that seems curiously empty. Who would want poor Louise dead, and why? The rumors of gold buried on the farm are surely just that, and the next door neighbor is way too cute to murder anyone…isn’t he? Join Judy and Carranza the opinionated cat on the hunt for a killer, while trying not the meet the same fate.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

Kinds of books – well, hi, my name is Lisa and I’m a fiction junkie. Pop fiction is pretty cool, historical, time travel, especially when I’ve gotten to know the author, I’m tickled. Deb Kinnard and Michelle Griep write my favorite kind of time travel. Jill Williamson blew me away with her fantasy trilogy. Elaine Marie Cooper’s Deer Run series, loosely based on her family, as well as Tom Blubaugh’s, are just a treat. And then there’s Steven James. Ah, Steven… And of course my yearly treat of Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine, which must be read on the first of June.

This is fun! What is your strangest habit?

Walking around closing all the cupboards and drawers tight at night – I do this even before checking the door. But there’s a reason behind the madness. We live in an ancient farmhouse with generations of creatures within the walls. I’ll leave them alone if they leave my drawers and cupboards alone. We’ve had an uneasy truce for fifteen of the last twenty-five years, but it doesn’t hurt to remind them.

I'm chuckling. What is your favorite season of the year? 

I love fall in the northern hemisphere – change is good, and crisp, cool air to breathe is a delight, not to mention the riot of flaming fall colors. I tingle all over thinking about making a cup of hot chocolate and curling up under a quilt with a book.

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?

Right now, as the news of Neil Armstrong’s death circulates, I’m reliving the memory of that first moon walk. My family was in Logan, Utah where my dad was taking classes, and I remember watching on television, then running outside to check out the moon in the sky, absolutely certain I could see him up there.

Armstrong was quite a man. I remember that moon walk too. Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?

 All of my work so far has elements of forgiveness, starting over, healing from internal and external wounds. We are such a broken people in so many ways, desperate for the deep love of Christ played out so poorly in dimly seen fractured human relationships. Thy kingdom come…what hope.   

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
Hebrews 10:23 has been a favorite for a long time. It reminds me that I am responsible for living out what I say I believe because my Role Model has put out the ultimate sacrifice to make it so.  

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

I have a contract with a new publisher for another cozy mystery within the next six months or so; no release date – hopefully the Fancy Cat series. The title is still under consideration too, so I’m sorry to be so “mysterious” about this. But I will say that I truly enjoyed writing the story, which is about a woman, Ivy, who was dumped at the altar after a lengthy engagement, and moves her home message business to a new town in western Illinois to start over. She joins the mayor and mysterious, scarred but intriguing, widower True, coffee and bookstore owner, helping resurrect Apple Grove. The three of them met at cat shows and all have an Egyptian Mau, a cat breed I enjoyed researching. But when the mayor turns up dead, dead, dead…can Ivy and True’s budding romance survive the rise in crime?

I love it! Sounds intriguing. Thanks for spending some time with us.

Find out where to get Lisa's book at her website.

Lisa Lickel is giving away an electronic copy of The Last BequestTo be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.

Read wherever you wander.
The Wandering Writer,


cjajsmommy said...

Oh, how I understand about the cabinets! Our house isn't old but we are in the woods (our most recent exciting visitor was a flying squirrel). I make sure the cabinet under the kitchen sink, where the mice skillfully empty the trap each night, can't escape to the rest of the house. Please enter me to win a copy of this book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

ann said...

sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. Thanks for the giveaway.

Teela said...

Lisa's interview was a delight, Karen you and the team do a super job introducing us to authors we may not be familiar with yet. I would LOVE to READ this book, but since I do not have an ereader I will ask not to be considered in this giveaway.But I do look forward to reading a hard copy when I can get my hands on one.

Anonymous said...

I would like to win this book by Lisa.
Maxie ( )

karenk said...

another great posting...thanks for sharing :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Lisa Lickel said...

Happy Friday, all. Thanks again for your sweet thoughts. Teela, the book should be out in print sometime in the next several months. However, e-reader programs are available free on your computers or other smart devices. I thought I'd hate reading on a computer, but I actually love it.

Delia Latham said...

Hi, Lisa! This book sounds wonderful, but then, I'm not surprised. You're such a talented writer!

Had to shudder a bit (after laughing at the vision of you wandering around in your jammies closing drawers and cabinets!) at the thought of...ugh! Critters! After moving from a California city to the Oklahoma country, my agreement with the multitude of creepy-crawlies is EXTREMELY uneasy, and quite plain: STAY OUT OF MY HOUSE, and I promise not to invade your dens...or burrows...or nests...or whatever OTHER creepy place y'all call home! lol
Delia (Who really doesn't like critters...but you couldn't tell, right?)

Nancee said...

I'd love an opportunity to win a copy of Lisa's book. It sounds like a great read! Thank you for offering this contest!

HomePlace Gatherings said...

This sounds like a really good book that will keep your attention to the end and gosh Lisa sounds like a real fun person. :)

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Nancee said...

I goofed on my email address! Thanks!

Susan said...

I can't wait to read it while eating - potato chips. :-) Or maybe not if I want to still fit into my jeans. Blessings, Lisa on this book and the one soon to come! Sounds delish!

Deborah H. Bateman said...

Thanks for sharing the interview with Lisa. Lisa has edited for me and she is a delight to work with. It is nice to learn more about her and her books. Blessings,
Deborah H. Bateman-Author

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy books with a little mystery and suspense. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Lisa Lickel said...

Hi, again, people! Wow, it's nice to see old friends and some new ones. Delia had a new book out now, too -- and she's a favorite of mine. Thanks for dropping in, Deborah! Deborah has a great daily Bible reading tweet and site and cool study guides she's let me rearrange a comma on once in a while. Thanks for all of you! I'm going to get some potato chips tomorrow!

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win/read this book. It sounds terrific.

I shut my drawers and cabinets, too, and I don't live in an old house. I think my mom just ingrained it in me.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Teresa Mathews said...

Thanks for the great interview and the laughs. I couldn't imagine any critters getting loose in my house. :) I would still be running, good luck with that! lol

Thanks for a chance to win a copy of your book which sounds exciting BTW.


Jo said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.


Lisa Lickel said...

I'm just so glad I'm not afraid of mice. They're cute, but I still gotta remind them they're outside creatures--or at least teach them to use a litter box.

Sharon A. Lavy said...

Lisa, you are hilarious!

Amy said...

Thanks for a chance to win a copy of your book. I like your nightly ritual of shutting your cupboards and doors. Gives me the shivers.

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