It is my privilege to welcome Alice J. Wisler back to 3 Questions Wednesday. I absolutely love her southern fiction novels. If you like books you just can’t put down, I urge you to get hers. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win her latest, Under the Silk Hibiscus.
So how did she answer our 3 questions? Let’s find out–
What books have fortified you as a writer? How?
Alice: Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club for its rich cultural experience and fiction, Rick Bragg’s All Over But the Shoutin’ for its Southern beauty and honest prose, and any book by Anne Lammot for its humor and authentic look at the writing life, as well as living a bumpy, yet, oddly glorious life.
I have Rick Bragg’s book but haven’t read it. Better move it to the top of the pile. Next…
What secret talents do you have?
Alice: When my kids or husband aggravate me, I can bite my tongue for almost 4 minutes before saying one word!
Longer than I can! 🙂 Last question:
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Alice: I’d make you something Asian. I was born and raised in Japan and love sushi, so Asian food it would be. I wouldn’t make you sushi, but possibly lettuce wraps with my homemade sesame peanut sauce. If I had short-grain rice in my pantry (and I usually do), I’d cook my coconut chicken curry and rice. Dessert would be watermelon-raspberry-coconut sorbet. I have the recipe for the sorbet by my computer and have yet to try it, but if you were coming to dinner, I’d get the ingredients and test the sorbet out on you. So come on over!
Wow. It all sounds so good. Next time I’m up that way, I’ll stop by…
Alice is going to bless one person with a Kindle copy of Under the Silk Hibiscus. So make sure you leave a comment.
Under the Silk Hibiscus
During World War Two, fifteen-year-old Nathan and his family are sent to Heart Mountain, an internment camp in Wyoming for Japanese-Americans. Nathan’s one desire, along with hoping that the beautiful singer Lucy will notice him, is to protect the family’s gold pocket watch, a family heirloom brought over from Japan. His attempts are noble, but the watch is stolen. Nathan’s actions to get the watch returned cause more turmoil for his family. Struggling to make sense of his life in “the land of freedom,” Nathan discovers truths about his family, God, forgiveness, and the girl he loves.
Alice J. Wisler is the author of five southern novels—Rain Song (Christy Finalist), How Sweet It Is (Christy Finalist), Hatteras Girl, A Wedding Invitation, Still Life in Shadows—and one historical fiction, Under the Silk Hibiscus. Each novel has recipes in the back because Alice believes reading and eating go hand in hand.
She has written for Guideposts’ Mornings with Jesus, The Upper Room, Today’s Christian Woman, Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul, and for various bereavement publications.
Since the death of her four-year-old son, Daniel, Alice teaches grief and loss writing workshops across the country and online. Her devotional, Getting Out of Bed in the Morning, is geared to offer comfort in heartache for life’s many losses.