Interview with Lisa Oltmans

Why did you write "See You Now?"
My son was and still is my inspiration. He was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at the tender age of 8 weeks old. His first year was spent in the hospital, and when we brought him home only high tech medical equipment could keep him alive. Instead of being a withdrawn miserable person like I would have been in his place, he loved everyone and loved life with an effervescence that few people know. I wanted to share his story to honor his memory and to encourage other people with difficulties.
What is the heart of this book?
This book shows our devastation in learning our infant had spinal muscular atrophy. Using our faith in God, our resources, and our lives we blazed a path and a way to help our son live the best life possible. As he grew, gradually we depended upon him to keep us grounded. He became our encourager as the roles reversed.
Who are your favorite authors?
I’ve had many favorites over the years. I grew up reading Edgar Rice Burroughs and Victoria Holt. I read a book called, The Stand, and that started my affair with Stephen King. I’ve read most of his books. I like Douglas Preston and Lee Child for the exciting page turners that they write. I love Paulo Coelho and Maria Dermout for the prose-like way they write. I love J.K. Rowling. I read all the Harry Potter books as well as her later offerings. I am an avid reader, and my favorites evolve.
What is your writing process?
My process was very scattered at first. I would randomly write as I remembered stories from my life. I joined NaNoWriMo, and that one month contest made me focus and crank out the 2,000 words per day. I wrote a book that is being edited called Heart Upon the Highway about our RV travels following our son's death. In writing that book, I organized a spreadsheet into chapters, and wrote into one word document. Every day I'd save the word document taking note of the word count and backing up the document onto dropbox and a USB back up. Each morning, I start over opening the document and verifying my word count. Boring but effective!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading was Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. The book gave me a life-long love of horses.
Describe your desk
My desk looks like chaos. There is stuff stacked on every square inch. On the right corner below the desk lamp, I have a small shrine set up with several of my son's favorite things and two of his pictures. In one picture, he is in bed using his laptop with an eyebrow switch strapped on his head. He was unable to use his arms or fingers. He only had slight movement in his shoulder. He is my muse.
Published 2015-06-06.
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Books by This Author

See You Now: A Memoir of Shane's Triumph Over SMA
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 57,490. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit
A true story of miracles and divine interventions. Shane received a death diagnosis at the tender age of 8 weeks old. According to the medical books, babies with the most severe form of spinal muscular atrophy type I, also called Werdnig Hoffman, never survive the age of 2 years old. With a great deal of courage and a wonderful sense of humor, he overcame many obstacles to beat the odds and live.