Our guest blogger today is Lisa Lickel. Lisa is a Wisconsin writer who lives with her husband in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her published novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She has penned dozens of feature newspaper stories, short stories, magazine articles and radio theater. She is the editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin magazine. Lisa also is an avid book reviewer, a freelance editor, a writing mentor, a hostess at Clash of the Titles.com, and enjoys blogging at theBarnDoor.net and authorculture.blogspot.com. She loves to encourage new authors. Find more at www.LisaLickel.com.
Welcome, Lisa. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I love to walk through cemeteries, I can make butter, I think tacos and spaghetti taste better when made with venison.
Please describe yourself with three words.
forthright, curious, churchmouse
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I discovered that when I was doing period research for this book, but also in general for our local historical society, I could spend hours under the hood of a microfiche machine reading old newspapers. Crazy. I love to read in general, but also to have lunch with friends.
If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus), who would it be? Why?
I think it would be an amazing, frustrating, and enlightening experience to sit down with some of the women suffragettes from the turn of the century, like Susan B Anthony, Julia Ward Howe, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. I’m not trying to make any kind of political statement here, but I think we don’t appreciate the right to vote, have a bank account, drive a car, attend universities, make accusations in criminal courts, or hold a job outside the home here in the US and other English-speaking countries. The groundwork of these women changed our society. Many women in other cultures face real crises in certain situations because they are not allowed to do these things yet today.
Please tell us about Brave New Century.
Brave New Century is an anthology of four novellas featuring young women at the turn of the twentieth century, finding their identity and love as they enter into a new era in which women’s suffrage and independence were first making national headlines. My story, “Three Rings For Alice,” shows Alice Smith’s struggles to be a modern woman at the turn of the twentieth century in America. Orphaned, she must make her own way in an age when women are just coming into the workforce. Despite a proposal of marriage from a longtime friend, she determines to marry for nothing less than love, even if her love is a voice over the telephone.
The other stories in Brave New Century are:
Forgiven by Paula Mowery
When Henry and Jessie meet it seems to be classic love at first sight until a shocking revelation tears them apart.
The Pocket Watch by Kathleen Rouser
Searching for the past an orphan and a young doctor find love for the future.
Flames of Hope by Teena Stewart
Love ignites in the midst of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.
What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?
As with all of my stories, I can’t help but throw some history in. It’s important to see where we’ve come from, social-wise, what we’ve fought for and achieved in customs and inter-dependence. I hope you’ll have spent a pleasant hour or so being entertained, knowing you won’t stumble over rude words or situations. I hope you’ll have fun figuring out Alice’s “mystery man.”
Please tell our readers where they can get your book.
Amazon Kindle or Pint: http://amzn.to/1fejbQc
Smashwords eBook formats: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/376373
Barnes and Noble, Nook or Print: http://bit.ly/19dtyw3
Please tell our readers where they can find you online.
Visit my website, http://www.lisalickel.com for an excerpt from the book, and other social connections, such as Facebook. I also have photographs about the real 1900 Milwaukee from the Milwaukee Historical Society on a Pinterest board, http://www.pinterest.com/lisalickel/brave-new-century.
Any parting comment?
Thank you for hosting me, Jo. I enjoy virtual visits with book clubs or reader groups, too. Feel free to connect with me to set up a phone or Skype visit.
Lisa, thank you for an interesting interview. One of the commenters on this blog post will win a copy of Brave New Century that you have graciously offered.
Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, December 15, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Brave New Century by Lisa Lickel and others. Please, please remember to leave your email address. I’ll need your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.
Till next time … keep on smiling.