Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lisa Lickel's "Meander Scar"

We're happy to have Lisa J. Lickel with us today talking about her book, Meander Scar. To learn more about Lisa and her book, read on!

1) How did this story come to you?
It was a process – this is one story that noodled in my head, even before I turned into a writer. I always thought an older woman/younger man scenario would make a good story. No one thinks anything of older men and much younger women – why not the reverse? And when I started to think about what happens to all those people who go missing every year, the two ideas gelled.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I had an agent who agreed to toss the idea around to his publisher friends. Only he didn’t just pass the idea around, he sent out a proposal which wasn’t near ready. This turned off a lot of publishers. Then I tossed the subject around with an editor who had seen that ugly proposal at a conference, to no avail. I finished the story anyway, got another agent who also didn’t like the idea or the title. When I was back on my own, I pitched the story to a publisher who liked it, but sat on it for so long that I took it back, then pitched it to Black Lyon who took it as long as I was willing to cut it in half.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I love almost anything Star Trek and Star Wars despite the fact that I’m a local historian; I practically throw up when I think about personal promotional appearances yet I love to perform radio theater in front of audiences; I have no sense of direction whatsoever. I can’t even count on being wrong and turning the opposite way ‘cause sometimes I’m right.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I just pitched two more novels. One’s about a woman who would rather not go through another round of treatment for her end-stage cancer, but family members and the doctor who wants to save her life think otherwise. What happens when four people pray for different outcomes of the same situation? The other is a romance about a former missionary who’s sidelined at home and a businesswoman who fall in love and try to make marriage work. I also sold a short story to a new start-up magazine, Harpstring, and am waiting to find out more details on its release.

5) Parting comments?
Never give up – never surrender. Be a noticer. I’m facilitating an ACFW on-line course next year about the submission process.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
http://reflectionsinhindsight.wordpress.com/ – coming in June
I’m also an Amazon author and a Goodreads.com author.

Here are purchase links:
Amazon print: http://www.amazon.com/Meander-Scar-Lisa-J-Lickel/dp/1934912239/ref=sr_1_1_oe_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1267452628&sr=1-1

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Meander-Scar-ebook/dp/B0037Z6YM8/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

Meander on BN: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Meander-Scar/Lisa-J-Lickel/e/9781934912232/?itm=1&USRI=Lisa+Lickel


  1. Sounds interesting!! crystalrichards74@yahoo.com

  2. Meander Scar sounds like an engaging story with the older woman and also a missing person. I'd love a chance to win it. Thanks!

  3. sounds like a great story!! Would love to win it!

  4. Thank you, Crystal and Merry. This book, my third, has been the most fun so far, although it's got some gut-wrenching moments.

  5. Sounds like a great book. soklad@hotmail.com

  6. The premise of your story sounds so good - I would love to win a copy! Your work you've just pitched really piques my interest, especially the one about four people praying for different outcomes to one situation. Can't wait for that on to come out so I can read what happens in the end.
    Thank you for taking the time for the interview.



  7. Lisa, The premise of this story and your new books sound like some interesting reading. I agree that it is rare to see a romance between a much older woman and a younger man, so that premise is intriguing to me.


  8. Hi, all--Beverly, love your optimism! That particular manuscript goes to the publisher's panel next month, so stay tuned.

    I appreciate all of you stopping in.


  9. I tried to win it once before from another reviewer so I am thrilled at the change to try again! Please enter me!
    tiffanyniekro at hotmail dot com

  10. This sounds like a fantastic book. I'll have to look it up if I don't win.

  11. Sounds intriquing. Would love to read it.

    Emma Bedford

  12. would love to win


  13. The relationship drama is my favorite genre, so I am eager to read Lisa's book. The premise of her other two books also interest me. I'd love to read The Meander Scar on my Kindle and appreciate the chance to win a copy.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  14. Thanks for the chance to win.
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  15. Now that's what I like to hear, Bobble..although I hope you win. And don't worry, Tiffany, I think I have a couple more interviews lined up - one in June and at least one in July. And it's on Kindle.
    I'm reading Dawn's book right now on Kindle. Very nice.

  16. would love to read lisa's latest...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  17. I've been hearing a lot about this book and I am very eager to read it - would LOVE to win it!


  18. it sounds good.. Please enter me..


  19. Hey, Jan, thanks for that bit of encouragement.

  20. The premise of the book is intriguing.
    Would love to win a copy.

    A J Hawke

  21. Oooh, I can't wait to read it! It's on my list, on the very tip top. :)