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Imagination Envy

Manipulated photo of a girl gazing into a mystical fairy glen.
Fairy Glen Final” by chiaralily on Flickr5. Used under CC BY-NC 2.0 license.

If you read my post last week as part of the Transformational Fiction giveaway blog tour titled “A Matter of Trust,” you may be wondering if I struggle with jealousy (also known as coveting, featured in one of the Ten Commandments).

Sure there’s a twinge or two sometimes. Hanging out with such successful authors, there’s bound to be the occasional temptation toward whining and self-pity, but I don’t think I’ve strayed into Ten Commandment-breaking territory. On my old blog, I used to have a whole category called “publishing envy,” but I don’t struggle so much with that anymore. Partly because my author friends are also very busy and have lots of deadlines and pressure that I definitely do NOT covet.

You know what causes me more of a problem these days? Not publishing envy, but writing envy. Maybe even more specifically, imagination envy.

Case in point. I’m a college librarian, and one of our student assistants came to my office door the other day. He was practically glowing. Seems things had been slow at the front desk, so he started playing around with the big fantasy epic series he’s writing. He had decided to try adding a prologue, and when he did, all these ideas about his fantasy world started flowing. It opened up more backstory, more potential books. He was so excited and kept saying, “This is awesome, this is awesome!”

Oh, yes…it is so awesome when writing is like that! I remember it. But I haven’t actually experienced that feeling in a while. And that’s what makes me green with envy.

Why is that, I am wondering? After having an absolutely runaway imagination all my life, why has it more or less dried up the past couple of years?

I have a few ideas as to possible reasons, although I’m not entirely sure of the main culprit.

If you’re interested in such things, I’m going to do a blog series exploring things that might drain us of imagination and creativity, and what we—or specifically, I—can do to get back the awesome! So please come along for the ride and share your thoughts.

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Publishing a Book: Christian fiction author Lisa Lickel Tells How She First Published

Lisa Lickel D (3) 46 KBWondering how to go about publishing a book? A couple of weeks ago, I started off a new blog feature called How I First Published. I told my story, then invited other writers to share theirs. I’ve had an overwhelming response and have a lot of great stories coming up to share with you. First up is Lisa Lickel.

Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. A muti-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, she also writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, a freelance editor, and magazine editor. Visit her at LisaLickel.com. And now, here’s my interview with Lisa:

What was your first published novel?

My first published novel was The Gold Standard, a cozy mystery.

Was it a traditional publishing contract or did you go indie?

The book was for Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents: Mysteries book club that had a brief run, 2008-2010.

How did that come about?

I had joined ACFW, American Christian Fiction Writers, and was in a critique group when the news that Barbour was hatching a new line came down the pipe. I had never heard of a cozy mystery, but I liked mysteries, so I thought I’d give it a try. I was signed nearly right away, much to my surprise.

How did this make you feel? Has it been as good as you expected, or a letdown, or exhausting, for example?

I was ecstatic and nervous at the same time, especially since my agent told Barbour the manuscript was finished—which it wasn’t. I ended up writing the first draft, less the first three chapters, over the next four days. The experience tanked after that, to be honest, due to a lot of things which ended up with the cancellation of the book club not long afterward. These things happen!

Tell us what’s happened with your writing journey since.

I’ve been blessed to publish at least one novel and other things at least once a year ever since 2009. I have an agent, and have since expanded into professional editing. I’ve had a dozen novels published since then; even my first two have been resold and repackaged by new publishers, and I’ve met great people in all walks of the writing field. Several of my editing clients have won awards, and I’m honestly for them.

Now…tell us about some of your books and where our readers can find them:

THELASTDETAIL_EBOOK_arr (2)The Last Detail

Hope, love, and loss meld two polar opposite personalities. How long can they keep passion for their ministry and each other after the wedding?

$3.99 eBook/$14.99 Print

Publisher: Prism Book Group, Illuminate: http://www.prismbookgroup.com/TheLastDetail.html

Amazon http://amzn.to/1a0Bapx

Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/1cKdDcK

Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/390240

All Romance ebooks: http://bit.ly/1hDtSNh


bravenewcentury_new_arr (2)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.

13.99 print 3.99 eBook


Publisher: Prism Book Group, Illuminate: http://www.prismbookgroup.com/BraveNewCentury.html

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

Soon to be in print!

Healing-Grace-v2b (2)

Healing Grace

Grace has a secret. Just like her aunt, and her grandmother before her, she could fix anyone with a touch, at a cost she never questioned— until her husband developed cancer and died.

Soon to be in print!

$5.95 eBook, discounted

MuseItUp store – http://bit.ly/1pK9IGj

Amazon http://amzn.to/1iYA1Wm

Barnes and Noble – http://bit.ly/1o9Y567

Kobo – http://bit.ly/TDSgnW

Smashwords -http://bit.ly/1lAimiv