Happy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author Lisa Lawmaster Hess. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:
Who is your favorite author?
Lisa: I don’t have one particular favorite. I read a lot of non-fiction, mostly psychology and business-related/self-improvement. Right now, I’m on a memoir kick. I just finished listening to the audiobook of Michelle Obama’s Becoming, which I absolutely loved. As for novels, I’ve never read a Jodi Piccoult book I didn’t like.
Sounds like a good variety…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?
Lisa: See, that’s the beauty of being an author — I get to write about whatever I want! My novels are about women and families, but my latest book (Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff) is a nonfiction book about organization. Since I’m not a full-time author, my day job often informs my work.
When I worked as a school counselor, I worked with a lot of kids like Charli in Chasing a Second Chance and I ran small groups for kids who needed help getting organized. I now teach psychology at a local college, and some of the strengths-based concepts from positive psychology found their way into Know Thyself while some of the concepts from the development classes I teach have led me to some ideas for my next (nonfiction) book. I love being able to write both fiction and nonfiction.
Being able to write both is a great gift. Lastly…
If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Lisa: Another great thing about writing is that I already get to spend time with my characters! Since I write women’s inspirational fiction, I try to create characters I’d like to sit down and have coffee (or, in my case, chai tea) with. If I don’t want to hang out with them, how can I expect my readers to want to do so? If I had to pick one character from my novels, I think I’d pick Bets. She’s funny and loyal, but also a little bit of trouble.
Sounds like it could be an adventurous day. Thanks so much for dropping by!
Lisa is giving away an organizer — a Thirty-One Gifts Hang-Up Family Organizer. Leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing!
Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff
Organizing and tidying up has become a national obsession. We are on an endless quest for the perfect containers, boxes, totes, bags, bins, shelves, files, folders, and labels to tame our closets, corral our clutter, and eliminate chaos. Books and television shows promise the magical secrets to getting and staying organized. “So,” you think, “if I just buy these things and follow these instructions, I will finally be organized and joyful!”
Author Lisa Lawmaster Hess is going to let you in on a secret: that doesn’t work.
Why? Because you have been chasing one-size-fits-all solutions. But you are not a one-size-fits-all person. You’re unique. (Just ask God, who created you!)
Know Thyself is an effective and fun way to discover your personal and organizational styles, and will help you own your style. You’ll take what you might have thought was a flaw and learn how to make it a strength. And that, plus Lisa’s help and a sense of humor, will guide you toward an organization method you can really stick with.
Lisa Lawmaster Hess is a transplanted Jersey girl who has lived in Pennsylvania for most of her adult life. She is the author of two nonfiction books (Acting Assertivelyand Diverse Divorce) and two novels (Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance) and her articles have appeared online and in regional and national publications.
Lisa blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles and Organizing By STYLE and is a frequent contributor to CatholicMom.com,Today’s Catholic Teacher andTeachers of Vision. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is an adjunct professor of psychology at York College of Pennsylvania. Her new book, Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff just released this month.
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