Sunday, May 12, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Alice J. Wisler

It's so good to have you here today, Alice! I've enjoyed reading your answers.

Is there a story behind your book Getting Out of Bed in the Morning?
I wrote it after years of journaling and seeking God on this rocky path of parental bereavement. Ever since my son Daniel died in 1997, I knew I wanted to write a book about death, life, the effectiveness of writing through pain and sorrow. I had two other agents trying to get my work accepted by a publisher, but it wasn’t to be until 2011. Sometimes we just have to learn to keep trying, not give up, but be patient in the process.

What started you on your writing journey?
I would have to say the love of reading illustrated books.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I love to read contemporary fiction and that’s probably why I like to write contemporary fiction.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Our two-year-old boxer, Levi. He loves ice cubes (as I do) and each time I open the freezer, he appears in the kitchen, waiting for this treat. I tell him to sit and when he does, he opens his mouth and reaches for the ice cube I have for him. Then he chews it with great gusto.

What is your favorite season of the year?
Summer! I like going barefoot, swimming, and being at the ocean.

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
I was born and raised in Japan. Every summer we’d go to the Nagano Mountains where my parents and other missionaries had rustic cabins on the side of a mountain. This was and still is a cozy summer resort. We’d swim in Lake Nojri, play tennis and work at the hotdog stand. Some of my best memories are from summers at Lake Nojiri.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Yes, cleaning---as in dusting and vacuuming. That’s why it’s good when we have guests coming over because that forces me to get the dust mop and Pledge out.

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
My kids and I took a week trip to the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and stayed in a cabin in the woods. That trip inspired my book, How Sweet It Is.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
Forgiveness is important to me. In both How Sweet It Is and Still Life in Shadows there is a lot of need for forgiveness going on.

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
I walk three miles each day and usually walk on a remote trail in a park. This is a perfect place to reflect and pray.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.

—Habakkuk 3:17–18

I have this scripture at the start of my chapter 36 in Getting Out of Bed in the Morning and lately have been quoting it a lot. I’m learned to rejoice and praise God even when life is uncertain and sorrowful and bleak. Even when I don’t understand, God is still deserving of all praise.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’m putting together another cookbook of memories, my third. My first two were published in memory of children who died. This next one will be recipes and memories of all loved ones. I opened it up to let others submit and the recipes I have received make me hungry. Memories Around the Table will be available this summer.


Purchase the book at:

Leafwood Publishers:
Or have your local library order it in for you!


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Author BioIn 1997, Alice J. Wisler’s four-year-old son, Daniel, died after eight months of vigorous cancer treatments. In his memory, Alice founded Daniel’s House Publications, a grief organization, to help other parents cope with death. Through this organization, she created:

Writing the Heartache workshops, geared to help others discover the benefits of writing from losses. Alice is the author of five novels (two Christy finalists), the most recent being Still Life in Shadows. She lives in Durham, NC with her husband and children.

Visit her Writing the Heartache blog at,
her Broken Psalms blog at,
and her website at http://www.alicewisler.

To connect with Alice, go here:

Patchwork Quilt Blog:

Writing the Heartache Blog:

Broken Psalms Blog:

Amazon Author Page:


Facebook Page:

Facebook Author Page:

Alice J. Wisler is giving away a copy of Getting Out of Bed in the Morning. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with you email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Nancee said...

I enjoyed your interview with Alice. It's nice to get to know an author better through these blog interviews. Thanks for featuring her and offering a giveaway of her very helpful book!

karenk said...

I enjoy Alice's novels...thanks for the opportunity to read her inspirational book.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Teela said...

I love that Hab. 3 verses, thank you Alice for this giveaway. Yes, I would like to win this. teelayoung at hotmail dot com

Joyce said...

I have read several of Alice's books and enjoy her writing a great deal.


alice wisler said...

Thanks for having me as a guest here!

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