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A Bite-Sized Interview with Lisa McLuckie

by Donna Soluri

The final installment of Lisa McLuckie’s Hidden Springs series, Love Letters releases May 14th. Lisa took some time out of her busy schedule to tell us about herself, her longing to time travel (same author friend, same) and a sea shanty earworm she’s currently dealing with! If you are unfamiliar with Lisa McLuckie, now’s your chance to get to know her. If you’re already a fan, well, do you know what she can do with a Rubik’s Cube?

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Definitely a night owl trapped in a morning person’s world

What’s your favorite scent memory?

Wood fires smell like s’mores and summer nights to me.

Do you have a secret talent?

I can solve a Rubik’s Cube. (This is not a claim to genius! I memorized the steps in middle school because that’s just the kind of nerd I am.)

Which song do you have on heavy rotation right now?

My current playlist features a lot of sunshine songs and I’m loving Mr Blue Sky by ELO. The song I can’t get out of my head, however, is the sea shanty that my teenagers have been playing on repeat, Wellerman by the the Longest Johns.

If you could be anyone, alive, dead, or imaginary, for a day, who and why?

So many choices…. On the one hand, I’d love to be my dog for a day, because who wouldn’t want to live a dog’s life? Running, playing, digging, napping. I could finally answer so many questions, like why she’s afraid of light reflecting off the floor and why she likes to roll in dead fish. (We live near a lake.) On the other hand, I’d love to be a time traveler. It would be amazing to wander through history. Do you suppose, if I were a time traveler, that I could get around the one day limit? Or would that be like wishing for more wishes?

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

Don’t overthink things. Just do it.

What’s one change you had to make during the pandemic that you plan to keep when things get better?

For years I tried to establish good exercise habits and it just didn’t happen — until the pandemic. As things open up, I’m determined to protect my morning workouts and keep the momentum going.

All-time favorite movie or TV show?

Romance lovers will be shocked to learn that it’s a tie between The Princess Bride and Love, Actually. The real surprise may be my runner up, The Fifth Element. Yes, it’s campy sci-fi, but it’s also a romance.

What is your favorite must have self-care item or ritual?

There’s nothing I like better than reading an entire novel in one sitting. When life gets overwhelming, I try to set aside a chunk of time to do nothing but read. If things are really intense, I’ll re-read an old favorite because I know in advance exactly how it will make me feel.

Has your idea of success changed over the years, either professionally or personally?

Early in my writing career, the goal was simply to get the stories out of my head and onto the page. Once I figured out how to do that, my goal has been to share my stories with readers. There are a lot of storytellers out there, and readers only have so much time, so I consider it a huge honor whenever someone takes the time to read one of mine.

About Love Letters

Release Date: March 14, 2021

From the award-winning author of Love Song (Instrumental) comes the final chapter in the Hidden Springs series, a story about love, loss, and what it means to be a family.

The marriage of Dora and Luke began with a promise: They would tackle parenthood together and then set each other free. Their marriage—and their friendship—has endured for more than twenty-five years, but now their daughters are grown and Luke is ready for “Life, Part II.”

As her marriage comes to an amicable end, Dora wrestles with the question of what comes next. Temptation arrives in the form of an impossibly handsome art dealer, and while his interest in her work may be strictly professional, her reaction to him is…not.

But Dora can’t move forward until she knows her girls will be okay, and her grown daughter Mel can’t seem to settle into adulthood. Mel can’t possibly be satisfied with her life as a couch-surfing freelancing photographer, but she resists all of Dora’s attempts to help. To complicate matters, Dora’s old flame has reached out and threatens to release all the skeletons from her closet.

In order to start a new life, Dora will have to make peace with her old one, confronting long-buried secrets and accepting her children for the adults they have become.

About Lisa

Lisa McLuckie was born a wanderer. She has lived in four states and two foreign countries, had twenty-four different addresses, and explored five of the seven continents. Her debut novel, Love Song (Instrumental), earned two honors from the Independent Book Publishers Association in 2015: the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Romance Fiction, and the Bill Fisher Silver Award for Best First Book (Fiction).

She currently lives on the fringes of Chicagoland with her husband, three sons, and a ridiculously adorable dog named Daisy. Learn more at www.LisaMcLuckie.com.

About Donna

Donna should be an empty nester, but she’s not, thanks COVID-19. She’s a voracious reader of all books; she can’t pick just one sub-genre. A staunch supporter of seasoned romance and a lover of cupcakes, you’ll often find her with a cup of tea and a mountainous TBR pile close at hand. Follow her @DonnaSoluri on B+M Bites.

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