Ponder This. . . Scavenger Hunt Author Interview
About the author:
Your Name (or Pseudonym, if applicable): Lisa J Lickel
Bio: Lisa Lickel is a writer and editor who lives with her husband in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. She has written newspaper features, short stories, magazine articles, and radio theater. An avid book reviewer and blogger, freelance editor, and writing mentor. She has two grown and married sons and an assortment of grandchildren. Find more at LisaLickel.com.
About the book:
Title: Everything About Us
Series title: Ponder this…
The Book Blurb:
Danny Winston, America’s newest heartthrob, thinks he can have it all—his dream business and the girl. He’s sure he can convince Shelly, the woman who made it all possible, to marry him. When things keep going wrong, Danny can’t ask her to be a partner in failure.
Shelly Colter isn’t sure she can give up her California-style life with all the glamour, for a move to quaint, rural Wisconsin. At first, she thought Danny, her leading-man protégé, was all she needed, but when things get serious, her secret might ruin everything.
When Danny and Shelly realize they have a common enemy thwarting their dreams, they can choose to fight for each other or risk losing out to fear. It’s an epic he-thinks, she-thinks, with the truth somewhere in between. Will they stop worrying everything beyond their control and rely on God first, then each other?
Q1. What is the first book that made you cry?
A1: Charlotte’s Web. I was in probably fourth grade and finishing the story in the back of the family station wagon one fall on the way to visit grandma’s house, and wow…I recall weeping at the end of that story for multiple reasons of both sorrow and delight, but moreover how those precious lessons and relationships didn’t end just because a character reached a natural end.
Q2: What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
A2: Everything About Us is part of a series based on a Bible verse from Philippians. My part of the novel series is to convey the idea of truth: Whatever is true…think on such things. Much as the first book in the series featuring my characters Danny and Shelly who portrayed “love is not proud” from I Corinthians 13, these folks moved into the realm of truth. They not only have to deal with honesty in their deepening romance and growing faith, but also in their business dealings and circumstances beyond their control. When Danny and Shelly learn to be truthful to each other, they know they can rely on each other.
Q3: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
A3: I always go to at least three sources of information for the biggest aspects of research in my stories, making sure at least one is a primary source, then one or two secondary or tertiary sources. I am a historian and go completely overboard for that one special traceable quote, making sure all the events resulting from one of my schemes is plausible before I meld my story around it. When I’m comfortable with the topic, I start to work. I have huge sheets of information on fish farming in Wisconsin from the Department of Natural Resources, facts from interviews, and marketing trackers. I also researched and visited Hollywood, did a virtual tour of the theater, and researched infant heart conditions to be able to put a face on Danny’s family problem.
Q4: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
A4: When authors make the effort to know their audiences and know that readers who are either familiar with the setting or have the same profession as the characters bond with clues or observations, I love that. When a reader comments on an “only in Wisconsin” saying in my stories, or event, then I’m happy. If a reader picks up on the significance of a song being hummed or a poem fragment or a historical reference, I’m tickled.
Q5: What are common traps for aspiring writers?
A5: As I teach or mentor and edit writers, I find consistent misconceptions and problem areas. It took me years to crawl out of the pit of ignorance and then disillusion (which I admit I never really overcame), so it’s one of my goals to help other writers look at the profession realistically. The first misconception is that if you write a book and get it published, everyone on the planet who reads will know, followed by an unconscious theory that Marketing Magically Happens. Likewise, aspiring authors don’t often understand what they are writing or what elements make good story. Aspiring authors need to develop dragon hide, yet have open ears and hearts.
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