Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Lisa Lickel

I'm thrilled to have Lisa visiting today. Read on to learn more about her life and writing:

Is there a story behind Healing Grace?
Healing Grace was the second full-length novel I wrote, very early in my career when I knew absolutely nothing about how the publishing business works, or even that it was a business. The book didn’t turn out as well as I hoped. The story comes out of a place in my heart of a time when my brother suffered a terrible health scare. While doing research I started to think about miracles, which led to how the gifts of the Spirit, particularly healing, might look in today’s world. The story blossomed from there. I got the rights back from the first publisher, and was glad to rebuild it with my new publisher.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
The birds at the feeders outside my windows, the mail delivery, and the need to check e-mail more often than I should.

What is your strangest habit?
Either reading or thinking of my favorite parts of Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine every spring. It’s an amazing book, one of my favorites. If you haven’t read it, I recommend it. The story is a very loose autobiography of the summer a young boy, Doug, realizes he’s ALIVE! He sees everything as though it’s the most spectacular adventure ever, make-believe mixed with fairytales and reality and belief in family and pure joy from that new pair of tennis shoes to ice cream to grandma’s cooking, Bradbury makes me relive memories I never had.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
I’d say things that surprise me in a good way, like the neighbor’s chickens coming to check out the bugs in our garden, but I also love the anticipation of a joke I’ve heard before or the mushiest romantic lines from a movie I can’t get enough of. Bridal wreath and lilacs in bloom. Waves. Shooting stars. Fluffy snowflakes that turn the world into fairyland.

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
Wisconsin is like a crazy quilt. Although I grew up in a large city on Lake Michigan in southeast Wisconsin, which I loved—I’d ride my bike a mile down to explore the beach and sit on the dock—I raised my family north of there, but still close enough to go visit the water whenever I wanted. It’s Kettle Moraine country; ancient and only slightly tamed by 160 years of farming, with evidence of 10,000-year-old cultures and animal life all around. We also enjoy our farm in western Wisconsin which straddles the driftless area, landscape little changed by the last ice age, and is hilly, rolling farm country, but with Amish neighbors. Amazing.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
It’s hard to beat northern Wisconsin…lots of museums, besides outdoor adventures of pretty much any kind. Trees, lakes and rivers, hiking and boating, camping and campfire, stars galore. Okay, yeah, mosquitoes…but, sit in the smoke for a while, and they’re not so bad.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends? (and feel free to share a recipe with us!)
My husband is fisherman and we love to eat the panfish and trout he regularly brings home. He takes care of cooking the fish and has a coating I won’t even try to recreate. I usually make a salad to go along with fish and have a cornbread recipe I enjoy making. Remember, this is Wisconsin!

Cheesy Cornbread with Bacon

1 c. unbleached flour

1 c. yellow cornmeal

1 egg

1 c. of milk

¼ c. sugar or other sweetener

2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

3 T. solid fat of your choice (margarine, etc.)

½ c. shredded cheese of your choice

3 slices cooked and crumbled bacon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees, grease an 8x8 or 9x9 pan. Combine ingredients except cheese and bacon; mix well; then fold in shredded cheese and crumbled bacon. Spread in pan and bake about 25 minutes, until the cornbread is starting to brown and pulls away from the sides. Check with a toothpick. Cool and cut.

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
My treadmill always beckons, as does my grandmother’s wicker chair on the front porch. Now that it’s nicer weather here in Wisconsin, I’ll be taking out my kayak on some of the many lakes around my home.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’m excited about the release of the third book in my Buried Treasure mystery series coming out soon: The Newspaper Code, which picks up a few weeks after Hart and Judy’s daughter Elizabeth is born. Robertsville is struggling financially, and even the school where Judy teaches is crumbling. When a mysterious code is found in the newspaper inside an 1860 map quilt current newspaper editor Olivia Hargrove is sure it leads to a missing treasure. But who would kill for it? Olivia enlists Judy to help her solve the mystery.

I’m also part of a group of authors who have written a series of historical romantic themed novellas about life at the turn of the twentieth century in big cities. Brave New Century will release from the Prism Book Group. More details coming up.

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About Lisa:
Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives with her husband in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her published novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She has penned dozens of feature newspaper stories, short stories, magazine articles and radio theater. She is the editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin magazine. Lisa also is an avid book reviewer, a freelance editor, an editor at Port Yonder Press, a writing mentor, a hostess at Clash of the Titles.com, and enjoys blogging at theBarnDoor.net and AuthorCulturet.blogspot.com. She loves to encourage new authors.

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Lisa is giving away a copy of Healing Grace. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Jennifer Blanton said...

Looks and sounds like a great book to read


cjajsmommy said...

I would like to enter to win a copy of this book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this story

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Lisa Lickel said...

Good morning! Everyone's up bright and early. Any questions?

Jo said...

I would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity!


Caroline said...

So happy to have you today, Lisa! How long does it take you to write a novel?

Judy said...

I really enjoyed this interview learning about Lisa.

I do have a question for you Lisa. Are you planning any book signings? I love to meet authors and chat with them. I find that they are just as down home as I am.

Healing Grace sounds like it will be a great read and perhaps a few tissues might be in order. I cry at the drop of the hat when I read about happy things, and also about not so happy things! I would love to win a copy of this book.

Judy B

Lisa Lickel said...

Hi, Caroline,
Thanks for your question--which is pretty loaded for me. I used to be able to do my research and then knock out the first draft of an average-sized book in about six weeks. Now I have a few other things that tend to get in the way, so it can take several months.

Lisa Lickel said...

Hi, Judy B!
I enjoy signings, but I don't do them all that often. I try to keep my schedule up to date, and you can see that on my website, on the my schedule tab. I have both virtual and in person visits on there. Where are you?
I also love to visit book clubs, either in person or by Skype.

Linda Glaz said...

Sounds so good. Wish I could have it. grrr

HomePlace Gatherings said...

Ummm, cheesy cornbread sounds mighty yummy!

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Nancee said...

I loved the interview with Lisa! Thanks for offering a giveaway of Healing Grace!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book.

Katie J.

Cindi A said...

Thanks for the opportunity to enter to win a copy of Healing Grace.


Lisa Lickel said...

I appreciate all of the interest, and all of you stopping by. If you ask nicely, o agent of mine, I might be able to find a copy for you.

Library Lady said...

I loved the interview, can't wait to read her book, and the recipe sounds delicious!
Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
Janet E.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Shelley Wilburn said...

Awesome! Loved the interview & I'm thinking that recipe sounds really yummy. Can't wait for the new book to come out! I've been wondering what Hart & Judy are up to, and thinking about their baby girl. ;-]

Lisa Lickel said...

Thanks, Janet and Linda...and you have just a couple of weeks to wait, Shelley!

Bethany said...

I'd love to be entered! This is a new author to me. :)

cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

Boos Mum said...

I would love for a chance to win Healing Grace. Thanks for the giveaway.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Rose Milligan said...

Great interview. Thanks for having the giveaway.


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