The Newspaper Code by Lisa Lickel
What 3 unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don’t know?
Hi, Jo and friends, thank you for having me here today. Unique, eh? I used to love dancing; I took a few years of ballet and a little ballroom dancing. Unfortunately my husband is allergic to dancing, and there was no known antidote. I read science fiction and romances about equally; I have shot at deer but thankfully missed.
Please describe yourself with three words.
Forthright, Forgetful, Funny
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
Reading, reading, reading. Traveling and coming home.
What novel have you recently read that impressed you that you would highly recommend to others?
Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child. It’s a stunning, amazing story of life in Alaska as the settlers were arriving and establishing themselves; based on the Russian fairytale of the same name. Debut novel and all—just breathtaking, humbling, tragic and yet full of promise, peace, and hope.
I have a list of my 5 favorite novels I’ve read. Please tell us your 5 favorite novels of all time.
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey
Under the Tonto Rim by Zane Grey
Step to the Music by Phyllis Whitney
If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus), who would it be?
Hmm…that changes moment by moment. I suppose right now, Gene Roddenberry. He had a unique belief in people, that we could rise above, and although I’m pretty sure I know what he’d say about how his ideas have been ignored, I’d still like to listen to him.
How did you become involved in writing?
Through my involvement with the history in my area, mostly, writing press releases and editing a book on local history. While I was a church secretary I took the first Christian Writers Guild Apprentice Course and never stopped.
Where do you write? Do you have a dedicated office or a corner or nook in a room?
I write pretty much everywhere when I’m using my laptop. The passenger seat of the car, though, isn’t as fun as I thought it would be. Too much glare and the bumps cause interesting mistakes.
Please tell us about The Newspaper Code.
What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?
I always hope my readers have enjoyed themselves when they’ve finished reading a book of mine. I hope to provide good, clean entertainment with a little food for thought, raise some questions about where you stand in faith, whom do you rely on, is it possible to have everything you want?
Did you have to do any research for this book?
As a historian, I try to get a little innocuous history lesson in most of my books. I researched a lot about gold, codes used by the government during the Civil War, even door locks. I love research.
How long have you been writing? When did you sell your first book?
The Gold Standard, which was later sold to my current publisher and repackaged as The Last Bequest, the first Buried Treasure mystery, was published in 2009. I started selling my work in 2003; articles to my national church magazine, and local newspaper stories.
What advice would you give to writers who have been writing a few years but still haven’t interested an agent or publisher in their novel?
Get involved with some of the larger marketing groups, like John 316 Marketing Network, or the Cross Reads community. There are people, authors, dedicated to helping each other. Don’t rush to self-publish; take your time to learn the right steps, revise, revise, revise, go on and keep writing other things.
What are you working on now?
I’m about to finish a new novel, a suspense, though I hadn’t called it that when I first started writing. My agent did! So I had to finish it with that genre in mind. It’s a book I started thinking about in 2007, actually pitched the idea a few times and had some good feedback. The story is a series of layers of stories within stories that are unraveled as the people dig deeper. A desperate plot to scam an insurance company and a seemingly innocent biography of a man’s grandparents who lived during the Civil Right era turn deadly in a rural Wisconsin community.
Please tell our readers where they can get your book.
The Buried Treasure mysteries, and all my books, are available at the online retailers, and those in print are available for order at your local book retailer.
For The Newspaper Code (which has been in the top 100 Amazon bestsellers in mysteries) you can buy it electronically or in print from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or the publisher.
ISBN e-version 978-1-77127-351-0 $5.95
ISBN print version 978-0-98562-151-3 $9.95
Please tell our readers where they can find you online.
My website is http://www.lisalickel.com and from there you can find my author page on Facebook and check out my blogs.
Any parting comment?
Thank you so much for having me here today. I love to answer questions or visit, especially with book clubs, too.
Lisa, thank you for an interesting visit with me and my readers. I appreciate you offering a copy of The Newspaper Code to one of the commenters on this blog post.
The winner of last Monday’s blog post for a copy of A Heart Deceived by Michelle Griep is Cindi A. I'll email you to get your mailing address and we’ll get the book out to you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time … keep on smiling.