Interview with Lisa Lickel

Hi Lisa, glad to have you stop by again. Can you share with us your favorite Scripture?

My favorite Scripture is from Hebrews 10:23: Let us hold firmly onto our faith, for he who promised is faithful. It both comforts and challenges me because it’s my responsibility to live however much I believe, but no matter what, it’s God who’s faithful to me no matter what I choose to do.

If you could go to any place in the world to research/write a book, what setting would you choose?Fun question! I’m torn between a research pod and the Cornish coast. I prefer to be alone, either way, though someone could drop food outside my door every once in a while, and draw me a bubble bath.

I often wonder if I would write if I had to do it the old-fashioned way without computers and spell-checks and email. Is there anything about technology that you don’t like? Or anything about it that you feel enhances your writing?
Don’t laugh, but I still love pencil and notebook too. And there’s nothing like looking at scribbles and rearranging them on that old lined page, scribbling outside the lines, drawing circles and arrows and nibbling on the wood while pondering. What I don’t like about technology is being so dependent on a needed power source and waiting for the equipment to power up before that idea slips away. It might take less than a minute and I’m not completely impatient, but I can jot a note quicker than waiting for the computer sometimes. On the other hand, my computer files won’t smear and I can file them neatly and in order, which is comforting.

As a writer how have you had to grow and stretch out of your comfort zone?
Yech, still working on that one. I really do prefer to be alone, but to mentor people, or sell something, it generally works best to look them in the eye.

What advice would you give to a beginning writer that you wish someone had given you?
This is a business, dahling, first and foremost. There are no second chances, nice people who sympathize with your misplaced modifiers and inability to follow submission directions. And no matter what, you will be required to put on a salesman hat and peddle your wares.

Do you want to add anything about your new book The Map Quilt such as how to order it?

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3 Responses to

  1. Lisa Lickel says:

    Thanks so much for hosting me, Rose.


  2. I highly recommend The Map Quilt as I have read it and LOVED it! Thanks for a great interview, Rose!

  3. thx for the straightforward advice to writers!

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