Hi! Susan Karsten here…recently, I mentioned my new release, Charlotte’s Dilemma, a novella part of a series of 8 novellas connected by a theme. The theme comes from the famous Bible passage Phillipians 4:8 that begins, Whatever is pure…, and ends, …think on these things. Thus, the series subtitle: Ponder This!
But today, we are here to read a review of Everything About Us, a delectable romance set in Wisconsin, and Los Angeles.
Here’s the back cover copy:
Danny Winston, America’s newest heartthrob, thinks he can have it all—his dream business and the girl. He’s sure he can convince Shelly, the woman who made it all possible, to marry him. When things keep going wrong, Danny can’t ask her to be a partner in failure.
Shelly Colter isn’t sure she can give up her California-style life with all the glamour, for a move to quaint, rural Wisconsin. At first, she thought Danny, her leading-man protégé, was all she needed, but when things get serious, her secret might ruin everything.
When Danny and Shelly realize they have a common enemy thwarting their dreams, they can choose to fight for each other or risk losing out to fear. It’s an epic he-thinks, she-thinks, with the truth somewhere in between. Will they stop worrying everything beyond their control and rely on God first, then each other?
For this blog, I interviewed author Lisa Lickel on the topic of Everything About Us, the second volume of a planned trilogy romance between Shelly Colter, a Hollywood advertising agent on the rise, and Danny Winston, an accidental major motion picture actor. The first story, Everything About You, released in March 2016. The third story, Everything Noel, is due out December 1, 2020, part of the holiday extravaganza from Pelican Ventures.
Lisa, is there one particular message or “moral of the story” you hope readers walk away with?
The theme “whatever is true” could be shared in so many ways. I hope readers see what happens when we think we’re protecting our loved ones by not sharing our hopes and fears with each other. Even in light fiction a parallel truth can help us see beyond ourselves.
Curious, where did the idea for Everything About Us come from?
When our editor Susan Baganz called for a second series of novellas based on another scripture verse, I naturally thought of my characters from the first series with themes from First Corinthians 13, Love Is… Their story wasn’t complete, and although we knew it ended with an engagement, we didn’t know how it got there. I wanted to fill in that gap.
Tell us about your writing process.
I still like to plot on paper, figure out what research I need to do to get started, and create a notes and research page and a character/scene/setting page to look at while I write. Sometimes I do a synopsis and base my chapters from it. When I’m actively writing I try to aim for a certain page goal or word count. I often share my work with a writing partner or group.
Interesting! Are there any similarities between you and your characters? AND/or are there any parts of the story that are true to life, or based on your experiences?
We are doing more fish farming in Wisconsin, and I based the farm Danny is trying to build on two that I researched and visited. Are Danny and Shelly like me? I suppose there’s a little insecurity and bravado in everyone, isn’t there?
Lisa Lickel is a writer and editor who lives with her husband in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. A complete list of her novels: mysteries, award-winning romance and children’s books, and contemporary fiction can be found on her website. She has written newspaper features, short stories, magazine articles and radio theater. An avid book reviewer and blogger, freelance editor, and writing mentor, she loves to encourage new authors. She has two grown and married sons and oodles of grandkids. Find more at www. LisaLickel.com.
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