Interview with Lisa Ferland

Describe your desk
An utter disaster.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Upstate NY, USA and it absolutely did not influence my writing. My current environment, living abroad and far away from everything that is familiar, has had the greatest impact on my perspective and growth as a person as well as a writer.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The inspiration behind Knocked Up Abroad was after I experienced two very different pregnancies and births in the US and Sweden. I found that the cultural norms really influenced and drove the medical practices and shaped parenting culture in each country. My two remarkably different experiences were undoubtedly due to both the inherent differences a woman experiences between births but also due to my external environment. Pregnancy and childbirth can be a vulnerable time for a woman and when she is removed from the familiar environment of her support network—like when she lives in a foreign country—she is impacted emotionally, logistically, legally, and socially in so many ways.

I really wanted the book to focus on the multicultural aspects of pregnancy and giving birth. Each of the contributors has a unique perspective and experience and I love how they all describe overcoming various challenges with humor, grace, and perseverance‚Äč.
When did you first start writing?
I've been keeping diaries since I was a child, which are hilarious to re-read but I haven't been a creative writer until 2011. Before that, my writing was very scientific and academically driven which has a significantly different style and tone than nonfiction.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have found that the best book marketing I can do is to connect with people in-person during speaking events and conferences. As the author, you are the best person to discuss your book and you can bring such enthusiasm to the conversation that leaves the person convinced that they will read and love your book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been published in textbooks through traditional publishing companies and understood that process fairly well. In reality, I was very emotionally attached to this book and wanted to protect the contributors' stories from unnecessary editing by an outside publisher. My attention to detail, ability to research the independent publishing world, and thirst for a new challenge all motivated me to take on self-publishing. I fully believe that self-published books can be as competitive as any traditionally published book when they have a unique concept, are artfully written, carefully edited, and thoughtfully designed.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing stories that move someone emotionally or intellectually. I want readers to love what they are reading and connect with it on some emotional level. We can learn so much from others when we read their stories.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on the second edition of Knocked Up Abroad and am in the process of collecting and reviewing stories.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children's need to eat drags me out of bed every day but I am routinely inspired by long walks in the woods, blueberry picking in the summer, and lazy beach days by the Baltic.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am still actively consulting in public health when I'm not writing during the day and am actively parenting when my children are home from 3 pm until bedtime.
Published 2016-05-12.
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Books by This Author

Knocked Up Abroad Again
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,450. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
This heartwarming, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking anthology of stories by 25 women in 25 different countries illustrates that the more we see, the more we learn about ourselves as human beings.