Lisa Boucher has Sicilian roots and thinks about cooking and food about as often as she thinks about writing more books! In her spare time she travels, holds a BA in English, works part-time as a nurse, and makes pesto and homemade granola, naming her local cottage product line (Simple Grace). Lisa is married, and has twin sons that play college football.
Next book in the pipeline: “Black Butterflies White Fences,” an interracial love story. Coming late spring or early this summer.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I was writing brochures for a hotel management company. That was the job that turned me on to writing. I switched gears after I had my twins and went to nursing school. It was shortly after I graduated and began work as an RN that the writing bug hit. I was standing in my kitchen and as if someone whispered in my ear, I heard “Now I want you to write a book.” At the time I didn’t even own a computer. I went to adult night school and learned how to use a computer. I then told God, if you want me to write a book you will have to give me a story. Several months later I had a full book in my head. My first novel was titled “Imperfect Souls”
What books have influenced your life the most?
I love anything written my Mother Theresa. She truly knew the secret to life. “Give until it hurts.” I wish I could say I live by that but I don’t. I think we all can always give more, whether it be of our time, presence, or just the gift of simple kindness.
What are your current projects?
I just published “Black Butterflies, White Fences” which is available on Kindle as well. BBWF is an interracial love story.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I’m happy with “Jesus, Mo and Cheese Puffs.”
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
I think a reviewer slammed my first book. She went on and on about various things, none of which were pleasant. C’est la vive!
What has been the best compliment?
A reader called me and was balling her eyes out. She said I had touched her deeply. What a gift.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Same advice someone gave me a long time ago. Hang in there. Writing is not for the weak. It’s a brutal trudge to even reach the first plateau. Also, check your motives. Why do you write? If you are writing to “be famous” forget about it! If you write because you love to write then keep on keeping on!
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
Perservence. Or, some may call that insanity. The verdict is still out.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
I have poor organizational skills. I am undisciplined. Not a good thing for a writer.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Thank you for having me as a guest. I appreciate every good effort. “Jesus, Mo and Cheese Puffs” is a sweet story that I do hope all of your readers will enjoy. Please also let them know that 12% of all proceeds during the month of August will go to Blessings in a Bag. It’s a program that fills backpacks with food so impoverished kids will have something to eat over the weekend.