Friday, February 1, 2013

Fearless Friday - Lisa Lickel

Lisa J. Lickel

Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives with her husband in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She has penned dozens of feature newspaper stories, short stories, magazine articles and radio theater. She is the editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin magazine and loves to encourage new authors. Lisa also is an avid book reviewer, a freelance editor, an editor at Port Yonder Press, a writing mentor, a hostess at Clash of the, and enjoys blogging at and Find her at

My latest novels include:

The Last Bequest, book one of the Buried Treasure series
Pages: 186
MuseItUp Publishing (September 17, 2012)

Just how high a price does rumors of buried treasure command?

School teacher Judy Winters sets out to solve the mystery surrounding her only living relative’s murder. Back on the farm where Aunt Louise grew up, Judy encounters Hart Wingate, a young man renting the adjoining farm who helps with farm chores. When Judy learns that her boyfriend, Graham, had been secretly visiting Louise, Judy takes the opportunity to move away from him for the summer and think over the situation.

The Map Quilt, a cozy mystery, Book 2 of the Buried Treasure Series
MuseItUp Publishing, May 2012
AISN: B00802VRK2
Pages: 187
ISBN: 978-1-77127-038-0
Price: $5.95
Purchase links: Muse Store:
E-book - Amazon:
P-book – Amazon

Paperback: 274 pages
Five Loaves and Two Small Fish (September 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0985621508
ISBN-13: 978-0985621506

Just how high a price does a family secret command?

Death in rural Wisconsin is only the beginning to new chaos in Robertsville. What do a stolen piece of revolutionary agricultural equipment, a long-buried skeleton in the yard, and an old quilt with secrets have in common? Hart and Judy Wingate, who met in The Gold Standard, are back to solve the mystery of The Map Quilt. Hart’s new battery design could forever change the farm implement industry. But after the death of Hart’s most confrontational colleague in a fire that destroys Hart’s workshop, the battery is missing.

Model for Murder, a short story
December 20, 2012

When two happy-go-lucky beach-cleaners find a strand of pearls attached to a dead body, they’ll do anything to keep from becoming murder suspects—even calling Connor LaFoy’s little sister Stella who’s about to graduate college with a degree in criminal studies—to help solve the murder of former jewelry model Jennifer.


Just released from Whimsical Publications e-book out; print coming soon
Whimsical Publications,
LLC/paperback, 2
Jan 2013
$4.99 & $1

ISBN-13: 978-1-936167-

Ivy Preston keeps other people’s secrets for a living. When a small town mayor invites Ivy Preston and True Thompson, along with their Egyptian Mau cats, to move their businesses to Apple Grove, can their love survive the sudden rise in crime?

Your unique talent: I am slightly compulsive about patterns and making things that are supposed to match consistent, like spaces in manuscripts, and opening and closing parenthetical phrases. And font size. And the height of shades.

Share something not many people know about you: I toured Moscow a few months after we boycotted the winter Olympics in 1981.

Are you a “pet person” or prefer no pets? I like cats. My husband is allergic.

Would you rather travel or stay at home? I like to travel holding onto someone’s hand.

Do you read more or write more? Read, especially when I’m editing for someone else.

Prefer cake or pie? Yes.

Would, or do, ride a motorcycle or prefer to ride/drive a car? I like to ride in a car with my eyes closed.

Bus or taxi or walk? Walk.

Are you part of a big church congregation or a small church? Small church.

Do you like to telephone people or prefer to use e-mail? E-mail!

Are you happy or joyful? I’m more of a moment-by-moment person so I have to admit to being happier than joyful.

Do you eat at home or eat out? Home, especially when someone else is cooking. Unless I’m trying a new recipe.

Listen to music or prefer quiet? Much prefer quiet – music is so emotional.

Prefer sunrises or sunsets? Sunrises are so quick; I seem to be able to linger over sunsets.

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  1. A couple of your answers were so tongue in cheek! "Cats... my husband is allergic" !!! "Car - with my eyes closed" !!! "Home - when someone else is cooking"!!!
    I love the way these short answers are so revealing. I've been enjoying the Fearless Fridays very much. You truly are a great asset to this network. Thanks Lisa!

    1. Thanks, Tracy - tongue firmly planted ')

  2. WHAT! No motorcycle riding? How does a person live without a ride now and again ( like daily)? Don't need to hold hands when on the back of the bike the wife wraps her arms around me for hours. Thanks for letting us get to know you.

    1. Sigh, Dennis - if only I could wrap my arms around...well, you'll just have to wonder. I've been on a motorcycle once, a snowmobile never. And I'm from WI. Go figure.

    2. There was a guy on a motorcycle in front of me today and his jacket said something about Christain Motorcyclists Association -- I think that's cool!

  3. Thanks for being brave, Lisa, and answering the questions you asked me. LOL. Husband cannot understand why I don't look around more when we travel. I am not sure why I don't either. But I do often have my eyes closed.

    1. It was Going to the Sun road in Glacier that did it for me. I can read pretty well, though.

  4. Lisa, I always learn new things about you! And your interview was as entertaining as your writing is. :) Thanks so much for all you do for John 3:16. You are a blessing to all of us.

    1. Fair warning, Elaine, although I think you knew me pretty well already, my sister.

  5. Okay, that was a fun interview! Love the answer to cake or pie: yes. That's so ME! :) And I agree. Traveling holding onto someone's hand is the only way I'd go as well. One day, I dream of heading off to Scotland and Ireland. Love getting to know these author's better. Thanks Lorilyn for hosting her here today. :)