Today I am joined by the amazing Lisa Wingate, author of the runaway success Before We Were Yours. Lisa joins me to talk about her path to becoming a published writer, the teacher that set her on the path and how she later got to thank her, what she did while waiting for her first book to sell, How the tragedy of 9-11 affected her first book launch, the trouble finding the proper genre category for her books, the true story that inspired her latest book, and much more.
About Lisa Wingate:
Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and New York Times Bestselling Author of thirty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, The Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Booklovers Reviewer’s Choice Award. The group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with six others as recipients of the National Civics Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. Lisa’s novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. Booklist summed up her work by saying, “Lisa Wingate is, quite simply, a master storyteller.” Lisa believes that stories can change the world.
Lisa was inspired to become a writer by a first-grade teacher who said she expected to see Lisa’s name in a magazine one day. Lisa also entertained childhood dreams of being an Olympic gymnast and winning the National Finals Rodeo but was stalled by a mental block against back flips on the balance beam and by parents who stubbornly refused to finance a rodeo career. She was lucky enough to marry into a big family of Southern tall tale tellers who would inspire any lover of story. Of all the things she treasures about being a writer, she enjoys connecting with people, both real and imaginary, the most. More information about her novels can be found at www.lisawingate.com.
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