For several years, Lisa Buffaloe was one of the core members of the critique group that meets in my home. It was a sad day for me when she and her family moved to Idaho, but thank the Lord for the Internet and cell phones. We stay in contact through technology.
Welcome, Lisa. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I’m working on a devotional book and also hope to complete another novel in the new year.
Tell us a little about your family.
I’m happily married and have one son. My husband and I were told by doctors we couldn’t have children. However God had other plans and blessed us with our wonderful son who is now twenty and stands at 6’ 8”. When God does something, He does big things!
Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
As a writer, reading has taken on new wonderful facets. I not only read to learn and enjoy, but to study how other authors evoke emotions, set a scene, or draw me into the story.
What are you working on right now?
I blog every weekday, host a radio show (Living Joyfully Free) every week, and the devotional book.
I’m now co-hosting a monthly radio show, Gate Beautiful, and it has opened new horizons for me. What outside interests do you have?
I enjoy working in the yard and exploring
Idaho. We haven’t made it past about two
hours from our house because I make my sweet husband pull over every few
minutes to take photos. I think I’ve taken about 4000 pictures since we moved
here three years ago.
I have learned to love Idaho, though I've never been there, through the pictures you put on your blog. How do you choose your settings for each book?
The characters seem to come with their own settings. I usually use areas of the country where I have lived or places I have traveled.
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Oswald Chambers. His passion for Christ was amazing. I would love to sit and talk with him about our wonderful God.
His writings inspire me as well. What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
Opposition comes, but persistence is the key.
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
To first and foremost spend my time with God, seeking His guidance and following Him.
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Pray, read, and write.
Tell us about the featured book.
My poor family has been summoned to dinner by the wailing fire alarm more times than I care to publicly acknowledge. Grace for the Char-Baked is a light-hearted novella about the kitchen-challenged.
Charlotte Wilson is the last person on earth who should run a bake sale. With “Char” as a nickname,
cooking skills are more incendiary than culinary. But when her plans of running
in a charity marathon are side-lined by a broken foot, her old flame’s
suggestion becomes a challenge midst her friend’s simmering doubts.
Luke Hammond has spent the last five years studying and preparing to travel overseas as a medical missionary. When his high school sweetheart unexpectedly comes back in his life, Luke wrestles with what he feels God calling him to be and what he wants to do. His reappearance rekindles an attraction that could char Luke and Charlotte’s heart or cook up the perfect romance.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Charlotte Wilson jogged along the campus sidewalk. Gasp … wheeze … gasp …wheeze. After last night’s cooking fiasco, her twenty-two-year old lungs behaved like an eighty-year-old asthmatic. She could still smell the smoke embedded in her sinuses. Amber and golden leaves dotted the ground as she concentrated on her breathing, or rather concentrated on attempting to breathe.
Every cooking instrument known to man was out to get her. Why couldn’t she even broil a steak without flames shooting out of the stove? Obviously, the oven and the smoke alarm conspired against her. The alarm practically went off any time she stepped in the kitchen.
Her best friend was far too young to have breast cancer. People their age shouldn’t face something like this. Then again, no one should. Thankfully, Kathy’s lumpectomy had gone well. But seven weeks of radiation were going to be rough.
Radiation sounded so nasty, so negative. Why couldn’t they come up with some treatment that was actually appealing—like putting a dose of cancer killer into chocolate or ice cream?
If she hurried, she could get back home in time and make Kathy breakfast—perhaps an omelet with bacon, cheese, mushrooms, and green peppers.
sighed. Maybe she could create something like that in her dreams. When God
passed out the cooking genes, she was given a charcoal thumb—everything she
touched burned to a crisp.
The sun’s rays finally peeked over the horizon.
jogged up to the old craftsman-style home where she’d lived the last two years.
With the two-story dormer windows and the wide porch, the house seemed to wear
a perpetual smile—just like the original owner had worn up to her death. Mimi
Miller, Kathy’s grandmother, and best friend to Charlotte’s grandparents, had bequeathed the
property to Kathy. Mimi would always be missed. So many happy memories had been
made here. The house itself almost seemed huggable.
How can readers find you on the Internet?www.livingjoyfullyfree.com
Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your life and this story with us.
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