Author Lisa Lickel writes from the comfort of a 160-year-old Great Lakes ship captain’s house, which in my opinion is the perfect site for a writer to pen her work. She says on her website, “I have a lot to be thankful for: writing critique partners, and special readers who all teach me something not only about what makes a story come alive, but share their passion for creating a good tale.”
Enjoy this interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
Hi, Cherie and friends! Thank you so much for having me visit. I’m a Wisconsin gal, born and bred, but widely traveled. I’ve written for fun and for groups most of my adult life, articles and stories and the like, but it never occurred to me to write for money until about 2000. I took the Christian Writer’s Guild course and started down the publishing path.
Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?
Meander Scar, which was released a year or so, was my last published novel to date. It’s a story about a forty-something woman who is the process of getting her life together after the disappearance of her husband. She meets a younger man from her past who offers to help her settle her husband’s estate while trying to convince that he truly loves her. When she learns what happened to her husband, she must decide how to handle it.
I hope readers will enjoy the story, a lot romance, some mystery and intrigue, a lot of soul-searching, and realize that love doesn’t have to come in a pre-defined package; that not all fictional romances have to be tween twenty-somethings just starting out fresh. That telling the truth is a choice with consequences.
Sounds like a great book, and one I should add to my “to be read” pile. Please share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I have a number of manuscripts in publisher’s piles. I keep writing and submitting. I am working on a couple of anthologies in the mystery and romance circles; I hope to write more short stories for Written World Communications. That’s been good for me. I was so focused on novels that I forgot what else is out there. I’m editing for a small press and I’m also the editor of Creative Wisconsin Magazine.
Book you’re currently reading?
I read constantly, a lot for fun, but also for review. I received a Kindle for Christmas, and I have a lot of classics on there that I wanted to catch up on. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is what I’m looking at now.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Read! Also, go for walks in my lovely part of the state, travel, take pictures, see movies.
In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?
Ah, success. There are a lot of layers to that questions. My opinion is that successful writers are those who have put out memorable work. That means people have to read and talk about it. So that also means the successful writer has sold or distributed to a large audience.
Where can we learn more about you?
I’m on facebook, goodreads, shoutlife, and author’s den, as well as she writes.