Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. A multi-published and award-winning novelist, she also writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, a freelance editor, and sometimes magazine editor. She loves to encourage and mentor new authors. Visit http://www.LisaLickel.com.
Where did the idea for Innocents Pray come from?
When my kids were in school and playing sports, I heard a great new report about parents who prayed for their kids and their team, but also that their team would win. I thought, what if the other side had folks praying just as hard for a win? How does that work? At the time I first wrote the story, many years ago, now, there was a lot of news about mapping DNA and unraveling the genetic code. In my strange little leaps, I connected some imaginary dots between someone so sick she prayed for the Lord to take her home and end the suffering, and someone else who couldn’t bear to let her go and prayed for healing.
How did you research?
I’m blessed to have a science-minded family and live in Wisconsin where major genetic research is being undertaken and reported upon from the University of Wisconsin. I talked to teachers and researchers, read reports and books, and collected numerous articles. I also visited a hospice, and interviewed young people, and got information from the Alexian Brotherhood, the Catholic organization which birthed my character Brother Able, the hospice chaplain.
Judy Winters's only living relative is murdered, and Judy is the only one who believes it was foul play. When the will stipulates that Judy must live at the farm for the summer, she decides to try it. When the boy next door makes it worthwhile, Judy and Hart team up to solve the mystery of The Map Quilt. Next, Judy works with Olivia, the reporter, to solve Esme Espe's untimely and gruesome death...along with what happened to the funds that could save Robertsville.
With the European Union at stake, blackmail could negatively impact a crucial vote in the German Parliament unless Gervas recovers an irreplaceable relic he left in the United States on a lecture tour a lifetime ago. He knows who took the piece of history he once flaunted—the woman who had stolen his soul. He only hopes she still has the ring.
Judy Wingate, a new mom, and her NOT-BFF, nosy reporter Olivia Hargrove, team up in a testy relationship to solve the murder of elderly civil servant Esme Espe who may have uncovered millions of dollars of missing city treasury money.
Judy Winters is pretty sure her environmentally-conscious great-aunt didn't die of natural causes, no matter what the tox screens say. When she discovers she can inherent the family farm if she'll live there for a year, can she give up her teaching job and move to the country?
Grace has a secret. Just like her aunt, and her grandmother before her, she could fix anyone with a touch, at a cost she never questioned—until her husband developed cancer. Then, faith wasn't enough. When she meets Ted, a man who desperately needs her power, is she willing to pay?