Our monthly feature, The RMFW Spotlight, is intended to provide members of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers with more information about our board members as well as featured volunteers. This month we’re pleased to present LS Hawker.
1. Hi Lisa! Tell us what you do for RMFW and why you are involved.
I'm the new PAL Coordinator. RMFW has been instrumental in my success as an author and I want to help other writers realize the same success.
2. What is your current WIP or most recent publication, and where can we buy a book, if available?
My newest suspense novel END OF THE ROAD comes out January 31 from HarperCollins Witness Impulse. You can buy it at any online retailer.
3. We've all heard of bucket lists -- you know, those life-wish lists of experiences, dreams or goals we want to accomplish -- what's one of yours?
One that I'm going to realize next summer is to witness a total solar eclipse. Ever since I read Annie Dillard's description in Teaching a Stone to Talk, it's been an obsession.
4. Most writers have an Achilles heel with their writing. Confess, what's yours?
As with most areas of my life, I'm a binge writer. I don't write every day. But I'll write up to sixteen hours at a stretch when I'm on deadline. I wish it could be different, but I've come accept that it's part of my process.
5. What do you love most about the writing life?
I love traveling, speaking, reading, dreaming — but most of all, I love that I get to write for a living.
6. Now that you have a little writing experience, what advice would you go back and give yourself as a beginning writer?
Don't rely on your "talent." Work your ass off learning your craft. Don't wait until you're in your forties, for the love of God.
7. What does your desk look like?
It's an electric adjustable desk so I can sit or stand, with two large monitors. What item must be on your desk? Coffee or bourbon, depending on the time of day, and a quote from Calvin Coolidge about persistence. Do you have any personal, fun items you keep on it? A pair of wax lips, a rhinestone tiara, and Story Cubes.
8. What book are you currently reading (or what was the last one you read)?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick