Interview with Lisa Kovanda

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.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have a granddaughter with a bleeding disorder called ITP. My daughter and I work to promote awareness of the disorder, provide support to families and patients living with it, and encourage blood donation to help provide treatment for this, and so many other causes. One person who contacted us at Abigail's Angels was Brian Thomas. He also has ITP, and happens to live across town. We started talking, then he told me about the illness that left him a triple-amputee in 2009. My writer's ears perked up, for sure. Oh, did I mention he flies airplanes?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The world of publishing is evolving so rapidly! I'm the 2011-2015 President of the Nebraska Writers Guild, and the more I learned about the industry through talking with both traditionally published and independently published authors, the more I was compelled to be an indie. I love the freedom, and my Gemini Jack of All Trades nature enjoys the challenges.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The world of publishing is evolving so rapidly! I'm the 2011-2015 President of the Nebraska Writers Guild, and the more I learned about the industry through talking with both traditionally published and independently published authors, the more I was compelled to be an indie. I love the freedom, and my Gemini "Jack of All Trades" nature enjoys the challenges.
Published 2013-08-26.
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