Welcome back, Lisa. Tell us about your salvation experience.
I’ve been a Christian as long as I can remember; I’ve always loved God. But I made a significant turn from a very bad path post-college, when I was bartending and a ski bum. God used a couple of Frank Peretti novels and my old Michael W. Smith albums to reach me—to remind me how far I’d wandered, and how close he wanted me to be. Face-down on that apartment’s awful shag carpet, I wept out of regret and then out of joy as he entered, and called me to a new life. I went from there to Israel and Egypt and came home, knowing I wanted to serve in the industry that had changed my life: Christian publishing and music. That was 22 years ago!
God is so good to come to us where we are and call us to Himself. You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Angela Hunt: Total craftswoman who has been after it for years.
James Scott Bell: Craftsman, and he’s funny too.
Trisha Goyer: She’s so versatile; she’s published a lot of varied books and has a good instinct for what might be hot, next.
Robin Gunn: I love her heart and would love to listen to her do devotions.
I love all four of those authors, too. I’d want to be a retreat crasher on that one. Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I speak only once or twice a year. I prefer to write than stand up in front of people. But I’m finally over the fear that made it impossible, once.
Where are the three most unique places you’ve been?
#1 Inside the Great Pyramid,
worst claustrophobic experience ever, but SO cool! Giza, Egypt
Bio-luminescent Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico:
water glows with an neon-blue light when you swim at night!
#3 San Galgano,
Italy: roofless abbey where some
say the legend of the sword in the stone originated
People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
Start writing and keep writing; read Writer’s Digest; go to a writer’s conference; join a local critique group—and be OPEN to what everyone tells you so you can learn and get better; read obsessively in the genre you want to write in (romance, suspense, fantasy, historicals)
Tell us about the featured book.
GLAMOROUS ILLUSIONS is about Cora Diehl Kensington, a girl who is halfway through teacher college in
who comes home to the farm to find everything she’s ever known has changed.
It’s the beginning of a discovery story about finding true identity in our
relationship with God—not the world, family, career, money, or home…and it
takes place on the Grand Tour of Europe. In this book, we follow Cora and the
others from Montana to England and France. In the next two books, they’ll go
from France to Switzerland, Austria,
and Northern Italy. Book three is all-Italy
(shocker). Because I adore Italia.
I must feature books two and three on this blog. They all sound wonderful. Please give us the first page of the book.
As the locomotive reached the train station, I strained so hard to see my folks that my eyes hurt. I looked left and right, but the town was as sleepy as always. It wasn’t as if I had to search for them among throngs—I saw no one but old Clifford Miller climbing into his wagon with some effort across the street, and Susan Johnson entering her hardware store.
Likely just a bit late, I decided, making my way forward between the seats before we had fully stopped, then climbing down the steep steps to the wooden platform.
“Miss?” asked a man behind me.
I turned in surprise, holding my hand up to my old hat as I felt a pin slip, and then—embarrassed that I’d forgotten to even look for it—took my valise from the conductor’s hand. “Thank you.”
The railroad man looked beyond me to the vacant platform and street. “Someone comin’ for you, miss?”
I’m hooked. I have the book on my Kindle, and it will be the next one I read. How can readers find you on the Internet?Twitter: @LisaTBergren
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