Thank you for being with us today, Lisa!!
Can you tell me a little bit about your newest book?
A: Beyond Summer is really a story pulled from today’s economic headlines. In a time when reversals of fortune have become common due to mortgage problems and over-extended family budgets, many people are finding themselves in circumstances and living situations they never expected to face. In the previous book in the series, The Summer Kitchen, the Blue Sky Hill neighborhood was under siege by unscrupulous development companies. It occurred to me to wonder whether some of the CEOs of those companies, who collect paychecks while remaining comfortably above the dirty work, really understand the devastation their faulty mortgages can cause to a family of moderate means. Then, I wondered what would happen if one of those comfortably-wealthy families lost everything and ended up with no place left to live but a tiny house in Blue Sky Hill, right across the street from one of their intended victims. If identities weren’t revealed, would the families become friends? Would they begin to lean on one another and care about one another? What would happen when the truth came out? Beyond Summer is a story families, friendships, and about community--how we find it, what it means, and how strong communities help us to survive in difficult times.
When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?
A: Hope. I want to write books that contribute something positive to the world and to the lives of readers, that build faith and are good for the soul.
Is there a place you have always wanted to visit? A vacation spot, historical monument, overseas, etc?
A: Alaska! There’s just something about the lure of places that are still so pristine, that remain so much the way they were when God made them that is incredibly alluring, and I’m happiest outdoors, anyway.
If you could have dinner with 2 people, who would they be?
A. Mark Twain and Will Rogers. I so admire the abilities of both of these men to see the humor in so many of the issues that cause division in our country and our world. Humor is the universal bridge, and we could use more of it.
What one event would you love to be at? Historical or future?
A: The moment when Louis and Clark finally reached the ocean, or maybe one of the wagon trains westward (any train other than the Donner’s). Even though I’m hooked on the conveniences of modern life, there’s a little pioneer spirit in me, I think.
Do you have a favorite hobby?
A: Other than reading, writing, raising kids, and various volunteer jobs, one of my passions has always been horses. I can remember being horse-crazy from the age of three or four. I’m not sure why, because we lived in costal Florida, and horses were rare there, but still I yearned for one. It was the only thing in my Christmas list for years, but I guess Santa couldn’t get the horse trailer attached to his sleigh. When I was around ten, my parents finally said I could have a horse if I saved my own money and bought it. Horses being expensive, I think they felt safe making this commitment. I was determined, however, and within about a year, I bought a scrappy little albino mixed-breed horse who was cheap because she was too underweight even for the canners. I didn’t know she wasn’t much to look at. She was beautiful in my eyes, and the rest is history. We’ve had horses ever since.
As a teenager, I was also a gymnast, harboring big dreams of going to the Olympics. Unfortunately, along with the gymnast in my head was the horse lover with dreams of winning the National Finals Rodeo, and a book lover with dreams of writing novels. One dream out of three isn’t bad!
Is there something about you most people wouldn't know?
A: That I was almost an Olympic gymnast and a rodeo champion (well okay, I wanted to be), but I became a writer instead.
Do you have any suggestions for the aspiring writer?
A: First, finish a novel. It’s almost impossible to sell a partial if you’re unpublished. Polish it and send it out, because as much as we’d like them to, editors won’t come looking in your desk drawer. While you’re waiting for news, write another book. If the first one sells, you’ll be set for a two-book deal. If the first one doesn’t sell, you have eggs in another basket. Don’t take a critique too seriously if you hear it from one editor/agent, unless there’s an imminent contract involved. Editors and agents, just like the rest of us, are individuals. What works for one may not work for another. If you receive the same comment from multiple sources, consider revising your manuscript before you send it elsewhere. Be tenacious, be a thick-skinned as possible, keep writing while you wait for news. Never stop creating new material—that’s where the joy is, and if you keep the joy of this business, you keep the magic of it.
Any last thoughts for your readers?
A: Just thanks, really. You are really my partners in this journey. Readers-friends, especially the ones who take the time to write to me about the books, to share life experiences, to share the books with others, post reviews, and to send notes of encouragement are truly precious. Writing stories, as much fun as it is, wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without being able to send those stories out into the world, and knowing they’ve found loving hands and creative minds who enjoy living imaginary lives as much as I do!
And how can they connect with you?
A: I love keeping in touch with readers and sharing the stories behind the stories. Readers can find me on my website http://www.Lisawingate.com. Just for signing up for the e-newsletter, you’ll be entered in a monthly drawing for a free, autographed book! Readers can and also find me on Facebook or Youtube.
Thanks so much for being here today!!
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