Friday, October 15, 2010
LETS CHAT FRIDAY with Lisa Wingate
(Robin) Since you have walked with the Lord has there been a time you struggled in your faith? If so, would you please share?
(Robin) Has there been an "aha" moment in your life that has changed your perspective?
(Lisa) After the birth of my first son, my grandmother visited me. She told me the stories that I later included in my first mainstream novel, Tending Roses. I had an epiphany and realized that life is not a just trip from here to there, a trip from what you have to what you want, but a journey with some of the best things in the middle. By worrying about keeping up with all the "Jones" my age, I was missing the joy of new motherhood. I feel so blessed to have learned my grandmother's lessons and to hear from readers about what those stories have meant in their lives.
(Robin) When life seems to go crazy, what is one thing you do to bring comfort and peace?
(Robin) What are a few of the things you love surrounding you?
(Robin) What are your deepest passions?
(Robin) What is the best advice ever given to you?
Another "first" for me this year is running a big contest. I'm doing a giveaway for an amazing author/reader event, Kathy Patrick's Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend, in Jefferson, TX in January 2011. My publishers and I are giving away registrations for the winner and a friend, lodging at the famout Delta Street Inn and a queen's basket. Interested parties can go to my website to enter www.lisawingate.com It's been quite a challenge to get all the details together, but entries are pouring in and it will be so fun!
(Robin) How do you define success?
(Lisa) Readers sometimes write and tell me that my books and the characters were a blessing, but the truth is that, through the books, I’ve been blessed in a thousand different ways. So many people have shared their own life experiences and their experiences with the books. When I hear from readers, it’s one of those full-circle moments—the fulfillment of a dream that began when an amazing first-grade teacher told me I’d be a writer someday. If there’s one thing I take away from being an author, it’s that sense of wonder at being able to do something I think I was meant to do all along. That's success, I think. Success is in finding a way to use your gifts and talents to uplift and encourage others, and to leave the world, and other people, better off than you found them.