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Lisa LickelLisa Lickel lives in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her novels include the Buried Treasure mystery series (The Last Bequest, The Map Quilt and The Newspaper Code) and the award-winning romance, Meander Scar; A Summer in Oakville, co-authored with best-selling author Shellie Neumeier, Healing Grace, The Last Detail and a series of historical early reader books, First Children of Farmington among others. She also writes short stories, feature articles, and radio theater. She is a member of Wisconsin Writers Association and the Chicago Writer’s Association. Lisa loves to encourage new authors through mentoring, speaking, and leading workshops. Lisa also is an avid book reviewer and blogger, and a freelance editor. She is married to a high school biology teacher, and they have two sons and daughters in law, grandchildren and a grand-kitty. Find more at LisaLickel.com.

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She needs a movie set miracle, he needs cash…can a farmer morph into a movie star in five days?

If Shelly has her way, Danny will become America’s next heartthrob and she’ll get her own promotions company. He’s already gorgeous, a little naive, and needs to work on that accent. To Danny, Shelly is on the pompous side, but holds the key to his real dreams…if he can figure out all the rules, say the right things for the daily vlog session, keep his heart strings in place, dodge Shelly’s vicious former boyfriend and the movie star diva. Shelly’s about to lose a lot more than her heart if she can’t get a handle on her wounded pride and learn who to trust.

By the time Fred corralled Shelly for her final vlog entry, it was dark on the outdoor set, mosquitoes overcame the aerial spray, and Shelly had not eaten since mid-morning. Winston was safely ensconced in Roma’s quarters, a canvas tent she insisted on so vocal distortion was kept to a minimum.

“You got Winston on film today, right?” Shelly twisted her neck to loosen up and swung her shoulders.

“Oh, yeah, I did that, sweetheart.”

“How’d he do? Sound okay?”

“He’ll need some work with Roma, but he handled himself well.”

Fred wore a strange grin.

“What? He have good angles? He looks all right?”

“That he does. Okay, I’m going to run film, so pretend I’m not here and talk like the camera is your best friend. Spill your guts, doll, and mean it.”

Shelly swallowed a few times and put the long, long, long day to the back of her mind. The light kept her from seeing Fred. She blinked at the red light and…

“Tommy set me up for this. I am a good publicist and he knows it. Tommy Lord became what he is because of me. Wait. I take that back. He’s a rat fink, but I didn’t make him that way.

You hear me?” Shelly laughed from the back of her throat. “For dropping me, I’m going ride tracks all down your back on the way to taking Jovian Productions to number one. You don’t deserve to be second in the industry, either. Everything about you and your joke of a distribution company is second-rate.”

Cripes, now she was repeating herself. Shelly stared at her hands, trying to think of stuff to say that sounded good. People loved at that juicy dirt talk. Even if she was over Tommy. She had her pride, after all, and none of the gossip in the tabloids was true. Talk about her day. Yeah.

“Since the moment Mr. Pettibone kicked Seth Taylor off the set and Winston Daniels stepped into the spotlight, I knew I could do something with him. Such great bones and good physique to work with. I guarantee you that within five days, I make every woman in the world drool over him and every man admire him. With his naturally thick hair, romantic build, and dreamy eyes, we’ll create a publicity campaign that puts his picture on billboards in every city, ads in all major publications, and do an online drive in everyone’s face and ear. The world will fall in love with him, the new lead in Everything About You, a movie that will make Love Story look like a postcard.”

How long have you been writing?

I took a class in 2001 and began selling my work in 2003, so I’ve been writing professionally since then. Starting with articles for magazine and newspapers, then stories, and got my first agent and two novel contracts in 2007 for 2009 releases. A few years ago I branched into freelance editing, and along the way was the editor for a couple of different magazines

Are you a plotter, a pantser or some combination of both?

 I am a flexible plotter. Certain genres call for more substantial plots than others, such as mysteries. I like to do some “pre-writing” to get some of the background business of scene and character development out of the way, to work out the kinks in my imagined settings and timeline, and be able to step into the book before I start writing. I’ve learned it’s much better if I find the right starting point for the story and not try to make the reader keep up while I’m still on the journey of discovery.

Where do you go for inspiration?

Today’s news and headlines are just fodder for story—though most of it is so unbelievable you have to be careful. In researching historical settings I’ve found some really juicy information on microfilm too. Biographies, oral history, obituaries. One of my last manuscripts was based around an obituary I found and saved for four years, knowing I needed him for the sequel to Meander Scar.

Give us an interesting or fun fact about your book/series (one we couldn’t possibly know). 

It’s not a tight secret, but not many know that I was the line editor for the Love Is series, except for my own book, of course. It’s been a privilege, and also helps that one eye has been on the finals of the books. I didn’t get my way with my own final manuscript, though. Having written radio scripts and learned how to create movie scripts, I wanted to make Everything About You, which takes place on a movie set, look a little like a movie script. The editors nixed the all capitalized and abbreviated scene breaks.

What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

I adore my grandchildren and my husband and I enjoy spending time with them and traveling. He’s nuts about scenery and wildlife and native culture, and I love museums and walking, though I have a dreadful sense of direction.

What is the one thing you never seem to have enough time for?

Personal reading time. The strangest thing, I know. I read all day long, for work and for other people, and for book clubs, yet I also have piles of books that I picked over the years, as yet unread, because I love the series or the author. I bought myself three books in the Dragonriders of Pern series for Christmas, and they’re staring at me now, begging me to drop everything and read.

You know, this seems to be a common theme among authors…not enough time for reading or writing!! Thank you so much for stopping by, Lisa. Come back any time. Readers, stop by Lisa’s blog today where she’s interviewing me and find out all about my newest book, Xander’s Tangled Web. 

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