Monday, December 19, 2011

Lisa Lickel's "Lavender Dreams"

Title: Lavender Dreams, an anthology
Publisher: MuseItUp

Cover blurb: Ten short stories in this anthology to entertain you. More importantly, the authors and cover artist have generously donated these stories and their royalties to help raise funds for cancer research each year.

Back Cover: MuseItUp Authors dedicate this book to all who have been affected in one way or the other by cancer. All royalties from the sales of this book will be donated each year to a cancer research organization, or hospice in order to further combat and find a cure.

The book is divided into three sections: non-fiction, fiction based on true stories, and fictional stories—ten stories generously donated by the authors to help raise funds for cancer.

This book is dedicated to the memory of one of our dear editors who passed away 2011 from cancer, Karen McGrath.

You will always be remembered.

1) How did this story come to you?
My short fiction, “Testing,” is a revised scene from an as-yet published novel. The story features a scene from an imagined drug trial.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
MuseItUp picked up my cozy mystery series, Buried Treasure. When I saw the news about Karen, and how the other authors felt about her, I wanted to get involved as well, and offered my short story. My mom is a breast-cancer survivor and some of my friends are battling cancer. I am glad to donate the proceeds to support cancer research.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I edit a Christian spec/sci-fi/monsters magazine; I am a vacuum-cleaning freak; I can butcher deer.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
Muse is re-releasing The Gold Standard, featuring a picture of the crazy cat, Carranza, on the cover. The second book in the series, The Map Quilt, comes out next April.

5) Parting comments?
Thank you for featuring this book. Cancer has affected most of us in some way or another and this is one way we can help fight this disease.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
My web site has all my links:


  1. To both Lisa and MuseItUp....what an awesome thing you are doing! The book sounds great!

  2. Thanks, Penny. It really is an honor to be part of this project.

  3. What a neat interview and a neat thing to do. I've read some of Lisa's writing, so I know the short story is a good one. I love the photo on the porch too. (:

  4. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  5. The purple Lavender field on your front cover is simply beautiful! A collection of short stories is always a pleasure to find and read. And all for a great cause! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas! ~Dawn

  6. Just in case anyone is expecting an inspirational read - Muse is a secular publisher...It's good to see you here Karen! And thanks, Gail - you are an inspiration to me, always. Hi, Dawn, thanks for your encouragement. And yes, I'm seeing a lot more short story collections and love them too. When I and my family visited Canada last summer, I was amazed at the fields of blooming lavender, interspersed with yellow blooming canola. So lovely. The title has more meaning to me now.