Lisa Kovanda

Biography

Lisa's first published works were illustrated stories her grand-mother bound by hand into pasteboard fabric-covered books. A self-publishing pioneer before she'd reached third grade. After taking a thirty-year hiatus from fiction to raise a family, and a career in health care and retail, she returned to writing.
Her short story, "Curls of Gold," was awarded first place from the 2009-2010 Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation.

Kovanda is a 2011 alumni of Lew Hunter's Screenwriting Colony. Her Colony script, "Til Death Do Us Part," was named a Top 25 Feature Script in the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival. It was also awarded the Bronze Oregon Screenplay in the 2012 Oregon Film Festival, and was a finalist in the Omaha Film Festival.

Lisa is the current President of the Nebraska Writers Guild, Municipal Liaison for the Nebraska: Lincoln, and Nebraska: Else-where regions for National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, and an active member of the Nebraska Writers Workshop, Local Muse, and a charter member of the Nebraska Film Association.
Lisa lives in Lincoln, where her canine companions and nine grandchildren occupy her spare time.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Nebraska City, a typical small town in the heart of the Midwest. I had a wonderful Czech grandmother who fostered my earliest writing career with a love of stories, and gave me an appreciation of the great Nebraska writers such as Willa Cather, Mari Sandoz, Bess Streeter Aldrich, and John Neihardt. I've set stories in Nebraska, and love the land and the people--if not always the weather. Probably the most important thing I can credit Nebraska with is a strong work ethic. That's something common around here, a German/Czech immigrant "Get it done," approach to life. It helps me keep the behind glued to the chair, and pushes me to remain persistant.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing before I really knew how to write words. My grandmother, who I credit with being the most influential person in my writing life, helped me write my stories on pages, illustrate them, and then hand sewed them in fabric-covered cardboard covers. I always loved creative writing assignments in school and college, even though I was a science/health care major. I was always an avid reader, and after my kids were grown, I picked up a file of random stories I'd written through the years, and decided it was time to get serious about sharing the stories I'd amassed.
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Where to find Lisa Kovanda online


Books

Modified Flight Plan
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,420. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Brian Thomas, a young pilot with a bleeding disorder, opts for a risky spleen removal to maintain his flight status. In 2009, he contracts a life-threatening illness and after a ten day coma, wakens to gangrenous hands and feet. He faces the prospect of becoming a quadruple-amputee, but even though surgeons save his left hand, he faces a long road to recovery, and regaining his life.
Cedar in Seattle
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,650. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Crime
(4.00 from 1 review)
Haley Lancaster has the perfect suburban life. A successful husband, two kids, a dog, and a wonderful home overlooking Puget Sound in a Seattle suburb. Until a secret threatens to destroy her world. All Haley wants is to protect her comfortable existance. But how far is she willing to go to make it happen?
The Hunt
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,830. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
For the Reverend Michael Pearson, Wuden Hollow, West Virginia was supposed to be a stepping stone into a larger parish. Then he meets Marisol, a local pagan healer who challenges his perceptions about faith and life. But when a stranger shows up in the Hollow, neither of them are prepared for what happens next.
Reckless Abandon
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,780. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
It's hard to get back in the game after a break-up. Heather knew it was a bad idea to let her friend talk her into a one-night-stand with a handsome guy from the bar. But she had no idea how bad reckless abandon could be.

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  • The Moaning Rocks and other stories on Dec. 27, 2011

    This horror writer loves books that make her think, and David does a great job of doing jest that. Surprise endings, unexpected twists, and just a good general sense of foreboding. Bravo!