3 Questions Wednesday with Lisa Lickel

lisaToday we welcome Wisconsin author, Lisa Lickel, to the Writing Prompts Blog.

Glad you dropped by, Lisa! First question:

What books have fortified you as a writer? How?

Lisa: I haven’t been as much of a craft book reader. Everyone has an opinion and until an author settles into a style or rhythm of her own, it’s hard to learn how to develop your voice from someone else. However, I have appreciated Randy Ingermanson’s Writing for Dummies just because it’s so practical. For being fortified, I really love the Chicago Manual of Style and I’m crazy, but I adore Webster’s dictionary to maintain vocabulary. Just reading beautiful stories and language like Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child feeds my writer spirit.

Hmm. I might have to read that last one. Now…

What secret talents do you have?

Lisa: Oh boy. Besides being an awesome grandma and an apostrophe queen? I designed our new house. After living in a 160-year-old farmhouse for thirty years, we’re retiring to a new house and starting over. And to think I just about figured out which switches turn on which lights in the old house.

Wow. We haven’t had a house designer on before. I’m impressed. 🙂 Last question:

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

Lisa: After learning that you eat meat and don’t have any allergies, I’d start you off with a plate of Wisconsin cheese and crackers while we hung out and chatted. Earlier in the day I made up a dozen crepes from my trusty Betty Crocker cookbook, filled them with shaved ham and sharp cheddar, a little red onion and broccoli from the garden, and have them heating up in the oven. We’d have some mixed greens with slivered carrot, diced tomatoes and sunflower seeds to go with it, along with a dish of watermelon cubes and blueberries. For dessert we’d have either apple or pumpkin pie. Did I mention I just picked the watermelon and the salad veggies? If you like blue cheese or feta, you can sprinkle some on your salad. Come, let me show you to your seat.

Don’t mind if I do! Thanks, Lisa for dropping by!

Lisa is offering choice of electronic or print copy (United States only) of her new release, UnderStory, to a random commenter. Please indicate choice.


UnderStory

When nobody loves you, you have nothing to lose.understory-cover-for-ebook-239

Lily Masters is not getting involved with any fake job scheme covering a sex trafficking operation supposedly cooked up by her stepbrother, prison guard Art Townsend. Hoping to get help at a friend’s place deep in the woods of northern Wisconsin before a blizzard, Lily loses her way. At first, she doesn’t realize how fortunate she is to be found by Cam Taylor, a poetry-spouting former lit professor. Cam has his own reasons to hide while writing a biography of his Civil Rights activist grandparents and accidentally stirs up a cold case murder involving a potential Supreme Court judge. When trouble follows, either of them is the likely target.

Beneath every story is layer upon layer of trust and lies. Who can they believe when things go from surreal to devastating?


lisaLisa Lickel is a Wisconsin author who loves books, collects dragons, and writes inspiring fiction and loves to encourage new authors through mentoring, speaking, and leading workshops. Lisa is a member of Women Fiction Writers of America, the Council for Wisconsin Writers, the Chicago Writer’s Association, and vice president/instructor for Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp and Writing Retreat, Inc. She is an avid book reviewer and blogger, and a freelance editor. Find more at LisaLickel.com.

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