Monday, March 18, 2013

Please Welcome Lisa Lickel

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 is a freelance editor and mentor, blogger, avid book reviewer and workshop leader.
She lives in a hundred and sixty-year old house and is active in local historical societies. Married to a high school biology teacher, she enjoys travel, books and collecting dragons.
What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?
Have…ha, ha, although I still hope to publish it someday. It’s a very ambitious first book in a series about a congregation, typical anywhere, any believing people who go through the same issues we all do; we follow five families over the course of a year through the church newsletter; the second book takes peripheral characters from the first book and so on. It got into the top ten of the first Christian Writer’s Guild contest and I had high hopes of winning for a while, but that would have been silly since I was barely out of figurative diapers.

Which of your written plots is your favorite?
I’m dithering between one my agent is shopping about a woman who gets caught up in an unethical stem cell treatment, and in a roundabout way, works through the Alexian Brotherhood, a Catholic organization based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a book I’ve been toying with for over five years about a bachelor missionary and a businesswoman who thought she was better off independent; naturally God has better plans, although they really wonder after they get married and have to face a lot of challenges.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
I’ll often jot out the premise and initial story arc by hand on spiral-bounds left over from my kids’ school days. Snippets of conversation, descriptions…then I sort it into documents in a folder for that book. Right now I’m looking at a napkin I used when I was visiting family last month that’s covered in notes for a story I’m working on.
How many writing projects are you working on right now?
As an editor, I have two clients I’m working with currently, with three more lined up; for the newspaper, I have a couple of articles I’m gathering further information for; as an author, I have three manuscripts out for consideration, will be going into edits with one at the publisher, and am right now only working on three, a novel I’m co-writing with Tamera Kraft, a short story that needs help, and a new full-length novel I’m just getting into.

What are your five favorite words?


Do you ever write based on your dreams?
Yes, very much, although not nearly as much as when I first began writing. The second novel I wrote, which is re-releasing after an amazing re-write in April, has the only ending that could have worked for the book as a result of a dream. I wanted to write a novel about what using the gifts of the Holy Spirit would look like today, and knew I was going to start with healing, but I had no idea how to make it work. When I woke from the perfect ending I wrote in an absolute lather to get it all down before it faded. My mom even called and I had to ask her if I could call back.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
The above-mentioned book, Healing Grace: a novel, is due out in April. It’s a story that takes place in Michigan and is based on a real health crisis my brother underwent in 2007. Grace Runyon could fix anyone – until her husband got cancer and dies. In cosmic irony she runs from home, straight into the life of another terminally ill man, and his little boy who reminds her of everything she lost. Can she possibly redeem herself? And at what cost? It was fun exploring Michigan life with my brother and his family, as well as thinking about the Holy Spirit manifest among us today.
 And if I may, the third of the Buried Treasure mysteries, The Newspaper Code, is scheduled for release not long after. Judy Wingate is back to solve the mystery of the murder by garden claw of 99-year-old Esme Espe. Unfortunately, Olivia Hargrove, definitely not her BFF, wants to tag along and help.
Links to where you can find Lisa hanging out and/or interact with her:
Lisa is giving away a copy of her book MEOW MAYHEM. She will send an ebook copy to the winner, or if preferred, a print copy. However, she does not yet have print copies, so there will be a lag time to receive the print version.
The drawing is open to US addresses only.
To be entered in the drawing, leave a comment including your email address. You may enter twice, once on each spotlight post. Be sure to stop by tomorrow and read an excerpt from MEOW MAYHEM for another opportunity to win!



cjajsmommy said...

When I first saw the title, "Meow Mayhem," my initial thought was that this was a book I did not want to read. But I decided to look up the book to see what it is all about and I'm now eager to read it. It sounds a little whimsical, a little mystery, a little romance all wrapped up in a neat package. Please enter my name in the drawing. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

nylnestill said...

I am a huge mystery fan!

Anonymous said...

You are one busy woman...I applaud you. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Library Lady said...

I would love to win a print copy of the book, "Meow Mayhem".
Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
Janet E.

Anonymous said...

Interesting. I would like to win this book for my granddaughter. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

KayM said...

I enjoy this type of mystery. Thank you for offering a copy.
may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

Teela said...

When I saw your picture, Lisa, I thought "she looks so happy in her skin" and I bet you are alot of fun to be around. Now what that has to do with your book...humm...not sure but I certainly HOPE I'm chosen for your giveaway!!Give me a mystery and a cup of coffee and I'm happy as a lark! Thanks for the giveaway!

Cindi A said...

Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest.


Linda Kish said...

The book sounds great and I love the cover. We have a dog named Isis.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Lisa Lickel said...

Wow, hi, everybody - thanks for stopping by! I agree, the title the publisher picked out was not something I wanted - the book is not about cats at all, but has cats in it. I do have the print copies now!

ann said...

You cant always judge a book by its cover they say sometimes it is true sometimes not. Tho this is a book I would enjoy reading so I am entering for it . thanks

Shelley Wilburn said...

I have read Meow Mayhem (eBook form) and loved it! However, having a print copy would be nice to have for my collection. Can I enter anyway? shelley[at]where2[dot]org

Jo said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds like such a fun read and thank you for the opportunity!


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