Interview with Lisa McKendrick
About the Author
Lisa McKendrick has been published four times. Her most recent book was Letters to My Future Husband, which was published in 2015. Lisa is the mother of seven children and graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in English. Currently she lives in Florida.
1. What is your favorite dessert?
I love dessert! I don't understand why people want to wait a while after Thanksgiving dinner before diving into dessert. The whole point of eating the other stuff is so that you can get to dessert. And my favorite desserts include, but are not limited to, brownies with ice cream, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, super good wedding cake, lava cake, and peach cobbler. I think I gained five pounds just answering this question.
2. What is your favorite beverage?
My favorite beverage is homemade lemonade, especially when it's made with carbonated water and served in a frosted mug.
3. What is your favorite movie and/or TV show?
One of my favorite movies is Hunt For The Wilder People. It's an off-beat comedy out of New Zealand. As far as TV goes, I'm a fan of Flea Market Flip. I was glued to Married at First Sight, but some of the marriages were such train wrecks it became hard to watch. Still, the concept intrigued me--people putting their trust in the love experts to find them the right spouse.
4. Where is your favorite place to go on holiday?
We love to go to the beach, and one of our favorites is Anna Maria Island. If you're ever there, be sure to have lunch at the Sand Bar. It's right on the beach and the food is delicious. And when you're done with lunch, head over to the Sand Dollar to buy some cute gifts. Anna Maria is the best!
1. Did becoming an author ever cross your mind?
As a child, I was too absorbed watching Scooby Doo to spend time considering my future. If I dreamed back then of anything it was of becoming a professional candy tester/elephant rider. As it turns out, jobs in that field are hard to come by, so I got practical. I asked myself what else do you like doing that you can do while your kids are sleeping, and I came up with writing. Sometimes in life you gotta compromise.
2a. What authors do you enjoy?
I enjoy a wide variety of authors. Right now I'm reading Julie Berry's The Passion of Dolssa and really enjoying it. She's such a good storyteller. I'm one who likes a happy ending so I love Jane Austen. I just shared Jane Eyre with my kids. They thought Mr. Rochester was too old for Jane, and that it was weird he kept his wacky wife locked up in his mansion. Sometimes appreciating the classics takes time.
2b. Do these authors inspire your own writing?
Absolutely! Every time I read I learn something, and when I reread a really good book, I learn even more.
3. When you are not writing, what other 'hats' do you wear?
For some reason the word hat makes me think of The Cat In The Hat, and I wish all of my hats were as fun as his, but having seven kids means some of my hats are boring like the laundry hat. I wear that nearly every day. And some of my hats are bossy like the homework and piano hats I regularly put on. But when I'm not wearing one of my ordinary hats, I like to put on something more colorful, like my yoga aka namaste hat, and my yard sale hat. In a perfect world I'd don a beret and fly to Paris, but that hasn't happened in a while.
Book Related Questions
1. What in particularly inspired the idea for Brush with Love?
What inspired me to write this story was the story of artist Minerva Teichert, a trained artist who fell in love with a farmer. Her story and Lana's story are very different, but Minerva was the spark.
2. What do you want readers to take away from reading Brush with Love?
I love this question. First, I hope that the experience of reading Brush With Love allows you to escape into Lana's world. If I've done my job right, the characters in the book will seem real to you. And the message that I hope is conveyed by the book is that we should seek after what matters most, and the thing that matters most is love.
3. What is your current WIP? What can you tell us about this project?
I've got two WIPs under way at the moment, one is a romantic comedy that I'm excited about and the other is a suspense romance. I'm just at the start so it will be interesting to see the twists and turns that these two stories end up taking.
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