Meet and Greet is a regular feature on my blog. Be forewarned…Unlike the typical interview, these brief questions will get to the true heart of my guests…or at least the heart of what’s in their kitchen. Grab a latte (or other beverage of your choice), find a comfy chair, and prepare to make a new friend.
I’m thrilled to welcome Lisa Wingate to my blog today! I met Lisa at a writers conference last year, and the first thing I noticed about her was her smile. Absolutely radiant. And as you’ll see in her interview, she has a fabulous sense of humor to go along with it.
Lisa Wingate is an award-winning journalist, magazine columnist, popular inspirational speaker, and a national bestselling author. Lisa is one of a select group of authors to find success in both the Christian and general markets in mainstream fiction. Her works have been featured by the National Reader’s Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Women’s World Magazine, Family Circle Magazine, and have been short-listed for various awards, including the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Award, which her book Never Say Never won in 2011. Lisa also spends time on the road as a motivational speaker. Via Internet, she shares with readers as far away as India, where her book, Tending Roses, has been used to promote women’s literacy, and as close to home as Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the county library system has used Tending Roses to help volunteers teach adults to read. Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa for the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life.
She loves visiting with readers and new friends online. You can find her on:
Blogging Mondays at: www.SouthernBelleView.com
Her website: www.Lisawingate.com
Welcome, Lisa! You are one busy lady, so let’s get straight to the questions.
Opener Question: What seven words best describe you?
Seven… wow! Okay, thinking… thinking… Searching for something not too deep, not to shallow…
Wife, mom, believer, writer, chocolate-lover (do hyphenated words count as one or two?), dreamer, goofball
Since your hyphenated word includes chocolate, I’ll let it slide.
1) Honolulu or Alaska? Alaska by way of Honolulu. That question is too hard. I want it all!
2) Take action or take it as it comes? Eh, take action. I do tend to try to manhandle life into place.
3) Convertible or pick-up truck? Pickup truck–convertibles are not good with big Texas hair.
4) Sausage or pepperoni? Canadian bacon — why eat domestic when you can decorate your pizza with exotic foreign toppings?
5) Finger paint or fingernail polish? Finger paint, although I think that may still be on my mother’s list of Stuff Lisa Shouldn’t Have ;o)
6) Sleek and modern or Shabby chic? Shabby chic. Old things are beautiful to me. I am the keeper of family heirlooms and rescued antiques someone else left out by the curb. Trash men fear me.
7) Pepsi or Coke? Dr. Pepper–the official beverage of Texans. We are still mourning the fact that they’ve discontinued the kind with the real cane sugar in it. What is this world coming to, anyway?
Too funny, Lisa! So I’m guessing you don’t touch the diet stuff? It could go great with that exotic Canadian bacon. And I loved your shabby chic answer. I’ve seen people poking around in my garbage can on trash day. Should I call you up if I’ve got something extra-good next time?
Thanks so much for being my guest and sharing the smiles!
Booklist called Blue Moon Bay “A warm and expressive modern twist on the parable of the Prodigal Son, or, in this case, Prodigal Daughter.” That’s a pretty good nutshell for this story (I [Lisa] just found out that the book got a starred review from Booklist, by the way. If you heard squealing from Central Texas last week, that was me).
When Heather Hampton’s family falls into conflict over the sale of the family land, she is forced to return to the family funeral home in tiny Moses Lake, Texas to sort things out and deal with a family mystery and the unresolved wounds of the past. But when local banker, Blaine Underhill, and Heather’s crazy family get involved, all bets are off. Suddenly, Heather’s quick trip to Texas leads to Valentine’s Week in the family funeral home, and a revelation that could change Heather’s life forever.
**Right now, we have something brand new going on – a contest in which one reader can win the chance to “Join the cast” of the next Moses Lake book (Firefly Island, 2013) by becoming one of the townsfolk in Moses Lake. I think it will be so much fun to write a reader into the story! For more information and entry form, go to: www.lisawingate.com/jointhecast.
What a fun idea, Lisa!
Blog Readers: Let’s talk…Are you a treasure hunter? Anyone known to go dumpster diving on occasion? What’s the most exciting purchase you’ve made or discovery you’ve found for next to nothing?
*Giveaway Details: Lisa has offered to give away a copy of Blue Moon Bay! All you have to do is leave a comment. (For extra entries, you can Tweet or share this post on Facebook…I’ll add an extra entry for each. Just make sure to mention it in your comment.) Winner will be announced in next Monday’s post. Good luck!
**The winner of last week’s Ramona Cecil giveaway is Susan Reinhardt! I’ll contact you this week with details.