1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Well, my name is Lisa Baeringer. I am a 37 year old devoted wife and mother of two sons. I met my husband when I was 15 and have been with him ever since. I never really advanced career wise since I am lucky enough to devote myself to my family. I have helped and volunteered with several fundraisers. I am creative and have a vivid imagination. I am also organized and responsible. I guess those two statements kind of clash. I’m inquisitive. It’s like an insatiable thirst for knowledge. I like to learn about history, religions, cultures, customs, and so many other numerous things. I have a sarcastic sense of humor. It’s the only way to survive in a house full of boys.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
There are several other things I enjoy besides writing. One is nature. We live right across from a beautiful park and creek which I can view anytime right from my front window. We like to walk and bike ride through the park. I enjoy reading, music, playing with my sons, and having adventures as a family. I relish time spent with my friends where we laugh so hard we can’t breathe. I enjoy gardening and keeping our yard as a certified wildlife habitat. Finally, to be perfectly honest, I love just nuzzling into my big, comfy chair and watching TV.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I really don’t have a daily routine when it comes to writing. Maybe if I did I’d be more productive. When a thought, idea, or emotion hits me I jot it down. I keep pen and paper all around the house. Then I go back to what I wrote to emphasize on it and iron out the wrinkles.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
I get my ideas from life, emotions, and my wacky imagination. I think mostly my ideas come from everyday circumstances. I can keep it real or turn them into anything I want within my imagination. Just like sculpting something beautiful from just a clump of clay. Of course, I’m not very artistic in that manner so that clump of clay would end up looking like a deformed clump of clay.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I haven’t published any other of my works so this book would be my first. I think to date this book would be my favorite because it’s very personal and let admit it; you never forget your first.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
There are a lot of goofy things about me. If I had to pick one it would be reciting hilarious lines from the Spongbob Squarepants cartoon to my best friend. A lot of those lines can be applied to almost any situation. She’s the only one that gets it. We both end up roaring with laughter.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
The book I am working no now is based on real life experiences. My life. It encapsulates all my emotions, thoughts, hopes, and dreams as I deal with a chronic, incurable illness.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
My muse would be the imaginative, humorous, sometimes dark depths of my mind. If I had to give it a name I would call it Cara June. I always liked the sound of that name and for whatever reason it always sticks out in my head. Yeah, we’ll go with that.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I would like to try my hand at fiction. I believe I can come up with a captivating tale in my head. The problem is and always has been getting it on paper as I see it in my mind. That’s the hard part.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
An author, as of present time, that I like is Stephen King. His stories are always so vivid and colorful. But most of the authors I take a shine to are long gone. Authors such as Milton, Dante Alighieri, Virgil, Homer, Shakespeare, etc. I actually enjoy the classics and have a desire to read them, not just because it’s a high school project or something. Presently, I do own some rare and valuable editions of these timeless classics. I enjoy collecting them as well as reading them.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
I guess the favorite guy from my story would be my husband. His humor and strength is what gets me through. The favorite girl, I think, would be myself. I see her strengths, weaknesses, and everything in between as being the central theme of the book.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
The hardest part, I think, about being a writer is the commitment. It’s not like a job that you have to clock in and out from. You can get easily side tracked or just plain lazy. Sometimes there have been weeks without any inspiration or motivation to write. Overcoming this hurdle is difficult.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
The advice I would give to anyone who desires to write is to just go with it. Forget about the doubts and fear. Just do it. Even if you decide not to publish it, it’s still a great form of release.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
If I wasn’t writing I would still be doing odd jobs to help this family squeeze by financially. Also, I think I would love to learn to play the violin. That’s always been a goal of mine.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
My perfect romantic getaway would be sipping a beer with my husband in a little, cozy pub in Ireland. We would love to travel someday. I even have a map, I call my “Dream Map”, with pins of where we would like to go. Just a daily reminder of our ambition and it gives us hope, something to look forward to. We want to see all the historical sites and beautiful views especially in Ireland, Scotland, England, Rome, and Italy. I guess a typical response to this question would be lying on warm, white sands with crystal blue waves crashing on the shoreline. For me, personally, I’d be bored in 20 minutes. I guess I’m just not typical.
A few words about this book: Raw, emotional, blunt, and inspiring.
Here’s an excerpt:
It was a gorgeous Sunday morning and we were getting ready to take my youngest son Eric to the zoo for the first time that year. I went into his bedroom to open his windows to let in some fresh air. Then it happened. In my right eye an opaque grey line went right through the center of my vision. I didn’t really panic. I thought my contact was messed up. I went to the bathroom and tried readjusting my contact for like ten minutes. It didn’t work. Ok, now the panic started to set in a bit. But I was quite distracted by Eric begging for us to leave already. So what do I do? Probably what any other mom would do who cares more about their kid than themselves. We get ready to go.
On the ride down I inform Chris, my husband, of the issue. He is so laid back about things he said told me not to worry. Probably some fluke. What I didn’t tell him was that for weeks before that my eye kept twitching. Also, my legs felt heavy and extremely achy like when you have the flu. I just chalked that up all to either getting sick or stress. I was really starting to worry. I had a doctor’s appointment the next day because I thought I had a sinus infection on the right side of my head. Looking back now I guess I should have seen all these clues adding up. But I am not the type to run to the doctor for every little ache and pain. So I let all this worrying go as we got to the zoo. I will deal with it tomorrow at the doctor’s.
We had a tremendously eventful day at the zoo. Since we got there so early all the animals were real active and up close. Eric loved it! We all did. But of course I am bumping into everything since my right eye was closed for business. I wobbled through all the exhibits the best I could and enjoyed Eric having so much fun. I didn’t tell him anything about my eye or my other son Kyle. No need to worry them.
When we got home it took a lot of busy work to keep my mind off my eye and my achy legs. I will just go to the doctor’s tomorrow and he will know what to do. He is a doctor. They know best. Or at that point in time I was naïve enough to believe they knew best.
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