Lisa London began writing books as The Accountant Beside You when she realized nonprofit and religious organizations often had non-accountants doing the bookkeeping, but had few resources on how to do it. She knew it would take rather creative writing to make people want to read a book on accounting, but she was up to the challenge. The books in her Accountant Beside You series are being used by thousands of organizations across the world. Lisa is looking for a nonprofit in Antarctica, just so she can claim it has been read on every continent.
Having been bit by the writing bug, she began to see stories all around her. When her neighbor Hilde mentioned how much she had enjoyed her Hitler Youth group, Lisa was intrigued, research began, and Darker the Night was written.
Lisa’s husband Skip and their four children think she has completely forgotten how to cook or to help on their small farm in North Carolina. When not writing, Lisa enjoys spending time on the coast, paddle boarding, kayaking, and boating with the family.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When my neighbor Hilde mentioned how much she had enjoyed her Hitler Youth group, I was intrigued. Not long after that, I was helping my 100 year-old Granny pack up things and found a beautiful embroidered tablecloth that looked almost new. “Granny, I’ve never seen you use this. Why not?” Sadness engulfed my grandmother’s face. “My brother, Bud, told me he got it off a German family when he was in the war. Every time I used it, I pictured that poor German family with a bare table.” Needless to say, it broke my heart to see my grandmother so sad. When I mentioned it to my German neighbor, Hilde stopped me. “Tell your grandmother, her brother helped a German family. We were starving after the war. People would trade their table linens for food. If the American soldiers had not ignored the non-fraternization rules, many of us would have starved.”
Not only did this make my grandmother feel much better, at that point, I knew I had a novel that had to be written–a World War II novel written from the German civilian perspective.
What are you working on next?
That is hard. Most of my early readers want to know what happens to Hedy next, but I am thinking about following Gerda to the Eastern Bloc. We'll see.
Updated for 2015-Finally a book explaining step by step how to make QuickBooks work for churches and other religious organizations. Lisa London is The Accountant Beside You, explaining accounting in easy to understand terms. Besides hundreds of screen shots to guide you through the process, she also helps you design your accounting system to guard against fraud and errors.
The Accountant Beside You, Lisa London, is joined by CPA Eulica Kimber to explain how to set up a nonprofit or religious organization in the online QuickBooks® program (QBO®). In a reader-friendly and engaging style, aided by hundreds of screen shots, they explain how to enhance QBO for your organization's needs. Includes example charts of accounts for a variety of small nonprofit types.
Lisa London, author of The Accounting Beside You series has teamed up with FreeChurchAccounting.com's Vickey Boatright to compile the information small and growing churches need to account for their finances properly. From donor acknowledgments to reimbursable accounts to benevolence funds to pastor housing allowances, Lisa and Vickey are right beside you every step of the way.