Lisa Mangum is the head editor for Shadow Mountain Publishing and the author of the HOURGLASS DOOR Trilogy. Since I’m her assistant at WIFYR (the super cool writing conference everyone should go to) I wanted to get to know her better. Here’s what I dug up:
- Lisa was lucky enough as a child to be told writing is a viable career. Go mom!
- Lisa has always loved writing, though she didn’t pursue it seriously until joining a writers group in 2006. #writersgroupswillchangeyourlife
- If the Earth was under attack and Lisa could only bring one book she would chose the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to remind her not to panic.
- Lisa’s typical work day involves reading, editing, meetings, more reading, more editing, more meetings, lather, rinse, repeat, etc.
- Her best advice to authors is: IT’S OK TO WRITE OUT OF ORDER. If you want to write the kissing scene, for pity’s sake write it. So many of us get trapped writing the beginning over and over. Lisa says free yourself and write the end, or middle, or semi-middle. Whatever it takes to finish your world changing novel.
I’ve learned from Lisa that it’s a lot of work being an author (and an editor on top of that) but if you absolutely LOVE writing, then you have to do it, no matter how sore your fingers is (or clearly brain). To write with exceptional style you must never stop writing.