"The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt
"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." Walt Disney
Who am I? Let's see. I'm a writer, an event speaker, a walking tour guide, a mother and an animal lover. Not necessarily in that order.
First – Lisa the writer. Putting words together and having them sound funny has always been a love of mine. I'd written press releases, company newsletter articles, news promos and even radio and TV spots but I'd never endeavored to accomplish anything this huge until 16 years ago. I got the idea for Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter just having moved back from living in Vermont for three years. Discovering the dichotomy between the two regions was enough for me to know it had all the makings of a good story, but could I actually write a novel? It went in and out of my drawer for years until I decided to stop at nothing to see it through. I tend to do things backwards. The people closest to me are not surprised that I've managed to get a novel published before a newspaper article or an op-ed. It makes no sense but then again that's the way my life goes 50% of the time.
My biggest influences are some of the all-time great southern writers. Fannie Flagg, Flannery O'Connor, Pat Conroy, Adriana Trigiani, Rebecca Wells, Harper Lee and Lee Smith - to name just a few.
Currently I'm working on my fourth novel. Please check back to find out more.
Walking Tour Guide - I answer to that title here in my hometown of Franklin, Tennessee. A dear friend of mine, Margie Thessin, is the owner of Franklin on Foot and I was delighted when she asked me to come on board. Franklin is a town rich in history. In fact The Battle of Franklin, one of the most significant battles ever to be waged on southern soil, happened right here. With two Southern great-grandfathers who fought in the Civil War (no, I'm not that old, the men in my family had their children when they were very old) I've always been fascinated by that part of history. Next time you're in Nashville I hope you'll join me on a walking tour. Be sure and ask for me — I'd love to meet you!
Mama, is my most important job. Michael and Will are my beautiful, talented sons. I wrote Whistlin' Dixie In A Nor'easter in my spare time, aspiring to show my boys an example of persistence, hard work and tenacity. I knew I had to teach them to pursue their dreams even without any assurance of success. Many times they doubted my efforts. They watched while I typed, every spare second I could grab. I would work on the book in the car, while waiting in the carpool line, or while the boys were at soccer practice. I had to put the computer away though, during the games! I am elated to be able to dedicate the fulfillment of my dream to Michael and Will, my real pride and joy. And even more elated by the notion that they are very proud of their mama.
An animal lover, I am I am. I almost forgot to mention my most loyal, well-behaved child. I'm also mother to a little Havanese puppy dog named Rosie. No book of mine will ever be complete without an animal. Princess Grace Kelly, or Gracie for short, is a 15-year-old Yorkie and one of the stars of Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter. She gets herself into all kinds of trouble. Like pooping in the dining room of the inn as a payback for having to move to the snowy, frigid North in the first place. Roberta, named after Leelee's beloved housekeeper at the inn in Vermont, is the name of her dog in Yankee Doodle Dixie and Southern as a Second Language.
BTW, I grew up in Memphis and graduated from The Hutchison School and The University of Alabama. Roll Tide! (And Go Vols ;-)