Where the magic happens for Lisa Heidke (and giveaway)

I met Lisa Heidke in 2008 at a writers’ workshop, just before we both got published for the first time, back when we were dewy and innocent. She’s got a wicked sense of humour, a shoe collection I would covet if I had smaller feet, and a serious dose of magic happening because she’s just published her fifth book: It Started With A Kiss (Allen & Unwin). Lisa’s stories are warm and funny and real. You can tell that by looking at them:  

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Or, you can FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF! Because if you are an Australian Resident, and you leave a comment, you’ll go in the running to win a copy of It Started With A Kiss. (Competition closes at midnight on Friday the 13th of February – just to make things spooky – and we’ll announce it within 7 days).

Okay, enough from me. Over to Lisa. Where does the magic happen for you?

Once upon a time, I worked on a huge and heavy main frame computer that sat on my desk in the study – and that’s where I stayed. It certainly wasn’t portable, so every day (I use the term ‘every day’ loosely!) I would stare at the computer, at the wall or wistfully out the window, dreaming up ways to escape!

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These days, I have a snazzy 15cm mac and drag it around with me, whether we’re chasing the sun in the winter, seeking shade in the summer or escaping to the local library in school holidays and hiding from my children (14, 17 and 19). I love that I can write anywhere now. I don’t have to be ‘in the office’.

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Years ago, I would have had a fit about not working at the same time, in the same place, every day. I was very disciplined, but also very rigid.  As the children got older, I realised that if I wanted to get any writing done at all, I had to be flexible. If that meant writing in bed at 10pm or in the car during soccer practise, that’s what I did.

I think if these walls could talk, they’d shout ‘What a crock! Yes, she used to be disciplined but now she’s a procrastinator and does what she can to avoid actually sitting down and writing.’ The walls speak the truth.

I am not a person who requires anything special to get started, except perhaps engaging my brain and focussing, but I don’t ‘need’ to drink coffee or coke. I don’t listen to music when I write but I don’t need complete silence either. Having said that, I hate interruptions, so I try to write when the kids are at school or out and I also try to disconnect from social media and my phone. (Easier said than done – which is why writing in a library is good every now and then. It gets me back in the saddle –sitting for 5/6 hours just WRITING!

When it comes to editing and reading over first/second and tenth drafts, I like to work on paper with post it notes. Ripping through 100 post it notes of a multitude of colours with scribble all over them makes me feel like I am achieving something – if only in my own mind.

When I am feeling less than inspired, I’ll read an author I particularly like or a craft book like Stephen King’s On Writing. I find that’s helpful in getting me back on track. I’ll also chat with my cat, Zac. He doesn’t say a lot, but when he does, it’s always profound.

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Lastly, three things I would save from my office disregarding phone and computer?  Definitely Zac and my kids’ drawings which hang on the walls from when they were little, and maybe press clippings I have collected over the years (if I could find them).


Thank you Lisa! Good luck, you guys.

This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Michelle

    I’ve just recently seen Lisa’s book advertised, recognised the colourful cover. It’s nice to see that I’m not the only one who hangs bags on the walls, what a lovely study space :-)

    1. Kirsty

      I loved the bags – what a great idea! Thanks Michelle – have a lovely weekend.

    2. Lisa Heidke

      Hi Michelle,
      Thank you for your lovely comment. I do like the bags hanging on the walls but it means I rarely use them. I have one or two old faithfuls and that’s about it. Whenever I see a bag I’d like to buy, it takes all my willpower to shout at myself: ‘You have enough!’

  2. Wendy S

    I love a bright colourful cover! I love that Lisa has her kids artwork on her office walls even though her children are growing up!

    1. Kirsty

      Yes the cover is great, isn’t it? Hope you’re having a great weekend, Wendy!

    2. Lisa Heidke

      Hi Wendy,
      The kids get a bit embarrassed that their artwork is up on the walls, but I don’t care. I love it. Whenever I look at them, I’m reminded of when they were little and happy and free from teenage angst and drama!
      Thanks re the cover. I like it too.

  3. Janine Gardiner

    It started with a Kiss, and so it began, and it’s still going thirty years later. I love kissing.

    1. Lisa Heidke

      Hi Janine,
      That’s great. I am so happy that your romance is still going strong thirty years later. Gorgeous.

  4. Helga Grenkowitz

    I am intrigued; I love a good romance; and every good romance starts with a kiss. Does it? :)

    1. Lisa Heidke

      Hi Helga,
      Sometimes kisses can lead to no good…

  5. Brenda kapsley

    it started with a kiss for us, i was a gonna when after our first kiss (a kiss goodbye) on our first date he did a little skip when he left, that was it i knew he was the one married 15yrs this year

    1. Kirsty

      That is so lovely Brenda! A skip – that’s just magic.

  6. Catherine G.

    I’ve seen the book cover all over the internet. It’s so bright, beautiful and I’d love to read it!
    That’s such an adorable kitty, by the way.

    1. Kirsty

      Thanks Catherine! Good luck.

    2. lisa heidke

      Thanks, Catherine for your lovely comments. I hope people are reading it!
      And yes, Zac is quite cute, except at 3am when he is walking on my face.

  7. Karla Oleinikoff

    Love the cover, it’s so bright and colourful and summery! I think all cats manage to say a lot without saying anything, and Zac is absolutely gorgeous.

    1. Kirsty

      Thanks Karla! Zac has amazing eyes, doesn’t he? Good luck!

    2. lisa heidke

      Oh, Karla. Zac is my favourite cat ever. He puts up with a lot of manhandling from the kids. I used to think it was bad when my kids were toddlers and dragged him around. Now, a couple of them are inebriated teenagers. What he puts up with at 2am is unbelievable!

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