I’m thrilled to welcome Lisa Wingate to my blog today! I met Lisa at a writers conference last year, and the first thing I noticed about her was her smile. Absolutely radiant. And as you’ll see in her interview, she has a fabulous sense of humor to go along with it.

Lisa Wingate is an award-winning journalist, magazine columnist, popular inspirational speaker, and a national bestselling author.  Lisa is one of a select group of authors to find success in both the Christian and general markets in mainstream fiction. Her works have been featured by the National Reader’s Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Women’s World Magazine, Family Circle Magazine, and have been short-listed for various awards, including the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Award, which her book Never Say Never won in 2011.  Lisa also spends time on the road as a motivational speaker. Via Internet, she shares with readers as far away as India, where her book, Tending Roses, has been used to promote women’s literacy, and as close to home as Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the county library system has used Tending Roses to help volunteers teach adults to read.  Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa for the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life.

She loves visiting with readers and new friends online. You can find her on:

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/#!/lisawingate
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Wingate-Readers-Circle/132187520154779
Blogging Mondays at: www.SouthernBelleView.com
Her website: www.Lisawingate.com


Welcome, Lisa! You are one busy lady, so let’s get straight to the questions.

Opener Question: What seven words best describe you?

Seven… wow!  Okay, thinking… thinking…  Searching for something not too deep, not to shallow…

Wife, mom, believer, writer, chocolate-lover (do hyphenated words count as one or two?), dreamer, goofball

Since your hyphenated word includes chocolate, I’ll let it slide. 🙂

Either/Or Questions:

1) Honolulu or Alaska? Alaska by way of Honolulu.  That question is too hard.  I want it all!

2) Take action or take it as it comes? Eh, take action.  I do tend to try to manhandle life into place.

3) Convertible or pick-up truck? Pickup truck–convertibles are not good with big Texas hair.

4) Sausage or pepperoni? Canadian bacon — why eat domestic when you can decorate your pizza with exotic foreign toppings?

5) Finger paint or fingernail polish? Finger paint, although I think that may still be on my mother’s list of Stuff Lisa Shouldn’t Have ;o)

6) Sleek and modern or Shabby chic? Shabby chic.  Old things are beautiful to me.  I am the keeper of family heirlooms and rescued antiques someone else left out by the curb.  Trash men fear me.

7) Pepsi or Coke? Dr. Pepper–the official beverage of Texans.  We are still mourning the fact that they’ve discontinued the kind with the real cane sugar in it.  What is this world coming to, anyway?


Too funny, Lisa! So I’m guessing you don’t touch the diet stuff? It could go great with that exotic Canadian bacon. 🙂 And I loved your shabby chic answer. I’ve seen people poking around in my garbage can on trash day. Should I call you up if I’ve got something extra-good next time? 🙂

Thanks so much for being my guest and sharing the smiles!


Blue Moon Bay

Booklist called Blue Moon Bay “A warm and expressive modern twist on the parable of the Prodigal Son, or, in this case, Prodigal Daughter.”  That’s a pretty good nutshell for this story (I [Lisa] just found out that the book got a starred review from Booklist, by the way.  If you heard squealing from Central Texas last week, that was me).

When Heather Hampton’s family falls into conflict over the sale of the family land, she is forced to return to the family funeral home in tiny Moses Lake, Texas to sort things out and deal with a family mystery and the unresolved wounds of the past.  But when local banker, Blaine Underhill, and Heather’s crazy family get involved, all bets are off. Suddenly, Heather’s quick trip to Texas leads to Valentine’s Week in the family funeral home, and a revelation that could change Heather’s life forever.

**Right now, we have something brand new going on – a contest in which one reader can win the chance to “Join the cast” of the next Moses Lake book (Firefly Island, 2013) by becoming one of the townsfolk in Moses Lake.  I think it will be so much fun to write a reader into the story! For more information and entry form, go to: www.lisawingate.com/jointhecast.


What a fun idea, Lisa!

Blog Readers: Let’s talk…Are you a treasure hunter? Anyone known to go dumpster diving on occasion? What’s the most exciting purchase you’ve made or discovery you’ve found for next to nothing?



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42 thoughts on “Meet and Greet with Author Lisa Wingate

  • March 19, 2012 at 5:52 am

    The closest I have come to treasure hunting is when I beach-comb. All sorts of wonders are washed in on the tide.


    • March 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Hi Mary! Beach-combing sounds wonderful, especially since I’m landlocked where I live. 🙂

  • March 19, 2012 at 6:11 am

    The trashmen comment is absolutely hilarious!!!
    No, I don’t treasure hunt or dumpster dive. I pretty much hate shopping in all its forms, but my sister and step-sis are both big collectors. They find all sorts of nifty, free things. lol

    • March 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      I’m with you, Jessica. I’m not much of a deal-finder, but my mother-in-law is the queen of clearance racks. She finds tons of awesome clothes for my kids for practically nothing. 🙂

  • March 19, 2012 at 7:35 am

    My husband is the dumpster diver of the family! He rescued a man’s bike out of the dumpster a year or so ago. He put a little elbow grease into it and spent maybe 6 or 7 dollars and it is good as new!
    I enjoyed the interview with Lisa. Her answers were nearly the same as mine except for the Pepsi or Coke answer! I prefer Pepsi hands down!
    I love Lisa’s books and I would be delighted to win a copy of her book, Blue Moon Bay.


    • March 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Hi Judy! Wow, that bike sounds like an awesome find! Men and elbow grease sure come in handy, don’t they? 🙂

  • March 19, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I love poking through antique stores, flea markets, and yard sales for some little treasure! I’m writing down Lisa’s name and checking on her books. Fun interview. 🙂

  • March 19, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Oh, oh – I just saw that I won last week’s giveaway! Woohoo! Thank you, Sarah. 🙂

    susanjreinhardt AT gmail DOT com

    • March 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      LOL, You’re welcome, Susan! And I imagine you’ve found quite a few great treasures in your hunting. 🙂

  • March 19, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Love these interviews! They help us get to know authors in a fun and real way. Enjoyed getting to know Lisa a little more.

    Congrats to Susan! Thanks also, for doing this giveaway. 🙂


    • March 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      Isn’t Lisa so fun? I loved her interview too, Karen. Thanks for stopping by!

  • March 19, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Thanks for the interview, Sarah! It was nice getting to know you, Lisa!

    I’m not a big treasure hunter, but my husband and I did find a hutch on the side of the road one day that we brought home and refinished. It has so much character–it’s one of my favorite furniture pieces! 🙂

    • March 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Sounds like you need to treasure hunt more often, Heidi! What an awesome find. 🙂

  • March 19, 2012 at 9:23 am

    “Trash men fear me.” I giggled so much at this comment! Too cute.

    Great interview. 🙂

    I like bargain hunting for clothes and anything else I need. Black Friday is my best friend. *grin*

    • March 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Oh man, Lindsay, I’m scared to death of Black Friday. (Okay, that was a really horrible pun.) But it’s true. Kudos to you for being brave! 🙂

  • March 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks for the great interview. I love Lisa’s answers. So fun!

    I’m not into dumpster diving, since I’m short and am not sure I’d be able to claw my way out, but I have found a few “treasures” at thrift stores through the years. =)

    • March 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      LOL, Keli, That would be quite the conundrum to be stuck in the dumpster, wouldn’t it? I guess you’d need a couple accomplices to make it work. 🙂

  • March 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Fun interview, ladies! Nice to know you, Lisa.
    I love antique stores, and stop at the occasional yard sale. I have specific things that I look for, but will always look for treasure in the midst of the junk. I’ve never been dumpster diving.

    • March 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      Sounds like you’ve got a great strategy for yard sales, Loree. I tend to skip past them because I get too overwhelmed. Maybe I should learn your secrets. 🙂

  • March 19, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I enjoyed your interview!! I would love to win and read this book!!! Thank you for the chance!!!

  • March 19, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Yay, I love Lisa Wingate’s books! And I loved getting to learn more about her.

    Also, I can’t help but LOL at your dumpster-diving question because I mentioned literal dumpster diving on my blog today. Hehehe. But to answer your question, I love it when my parents have given me hand-me-downs and I’ve been able to do a little sprucing and turn things into my own little treasures.

    • March 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Haha! I noticed that when I read your blog post, Melissa. But then I got distracted by the ice cream. 🙂

  • March 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a fun thing to come home to after a day on the road (no, I was not doing any dumpster diving. It’s wet out today ;o) Anyway, I love everyone’s comments. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually taken something out of a dumpster, but if there’s stuff sitting out by the curb, I’ll be the one trolling by at low speed, then circling the block…

    Sarah, thanks for having me here. I really loved your interview questions. They were so much fun!

    • March 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Lisa, It was such an honor to have you here! Glad to hear you made it home safely. (Oh dear, now I sound like your mother.) 🙂

  • March 19, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    What a fun story. The best deal that I ever found was a great little table top popcorn machine, practically brand new. Found it at a yard sale for 3 dollars. My dad is a popcorn buff so i gave it to him. Found out later they still sell them online for almost 90 dollars 🙂

  • March 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Big big fan love ur books!!

    • March 19, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      Lisa’s books 🙂

  • March 20, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Thanks, Melinda! I appreciate that so much!

    Love the story of the yard sale popcorn machine, too. Now that’s a shopper after my own heart!

  • March 20, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Great interview with Lisa. I first read Tending Roses years and years ago. I loved it as I do all of Lisa’s books.

    • March 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Kathy! I’ve got you entered in the drawing. 🙂

  • March 20, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I love your interviews, Sarah, and Lisa is such a special, encouraging lady! And here we say “I want a Coke”, they say “What kind?”, we say “Dr. Pepper.”

    P.S. I’m a dumpster diver, too. Once a year we have “big trash day” for furniture pick-up on the curb. It’s like Christmas.

    • March 21, 2012 at 12:41 am

      Regina, I knew I loved you from the very beginning. Curbside trash trollers unite!

  • March 20, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I learned to treasure hunt from my dad, though with him it was more practical things…such as the bungee cords on the side of the road.

    • March 21, 2012 at 12:44 am

      There’s nothing like passing it on the to next generation. My kids weren’t very old before they started watching the output from the ranch across the street. Everything from little red wagons to we-can-fix-this lawnmowers came home that way. There were a few times when I was like, Oh no… take that back.

  • March 21, 2012 at 5:03 am

    I like the way Lisa thinks: Honolulu by way of Alaska. Works for me!
    Would love to add her book to my To Be Read pile — at the top!

    • March 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      I agree, Beth. I’d love to take that Alaska/Hawaii trip too! 🙂

  • March 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    loved this posting…
    thanks for the chance to read lisa’s novel…sounds great 🙂

    • March 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      You’re welcome, Karen! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. 🙂

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