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December 29, 2006


Carrie K.

I, for one, would find a world where all the novelists had been abducted by aliens to be a truly horrible place to live. Keep writing - whether you consider yourself a "real" writer or not, you are.

Alison Strobel Morrow

I must respectfully disagree with you, my friend--you nourish bodies, you heal, you just don't do it with drugs (which, frankly, means you do it must better than the doctors, if you ask me!)--you do it with captivating story and beautiful words. I agree with Carrie K--a world without novelists would be a lousy place to be.

I'm so glad to hear you're taking yourself seriously, as it were. Funny, but my resolution for 2007 is the same as yours--to start acting like a career writer instead of wondering what it would be like to be one. I have an office, but I've let it become the catch-all room, so now you can't even get to the desk. I've told myself for a long time that I'm a talented writer and don't need to study the craft, and then I suddenly realized one day what a pompous (and overblown) belief that was. luckily my Amazon wish list was almost completely bought out by my family, so now I have about 10 craft books to read--and I'm actually excited by it!

So, from one wanna-be-taken-seriously writer to another, Happy New Year and good luck with the self-image makeover. :)


I don't know. I think you do a great thing. It's just that not everyone realizes they need art. Not everyone is ready to accept the picture of themselves on paper perhaps.

I'm reading Madeleine L'Engel "Herself" right now - a wonderful collection of her best and brightest thoughts on the craft of writing. Don't as me why I'm reading this - I blog, and I blubber in a journal. I advertise my writing and editing services to absolutely no one! Yet she says how privileged we are to be participants in creating and that's what I'm hanging onto.
Anyways . . . you are doing a wonderful thing. You remind me a lot of L'Engle in a way, the way you strive to cast aside the trappings and just be yourself in your writing.


Hey, I have that same laptop desk! It's a sign.

Keri Wyatt Kent

Words--they matter. Crafting them well--this matters even more. So what you do (and I, as a fellow writer) do--these things matter.
Keep writing--I'm so enjoying discovering your novels --just started reading them this year. (Loved Tiger Lillie)
Our mutual friend Chip will tell you I've lamented my calling and threatened to go work at Wal-mart more than once!
Find a room of your own in which to write, think and pray. and by pray I mean, respond, by writing, to the urgent call in your soul.


So, in Douglas Adams's book Life, the Universe, and Everything, part of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, a planet faces being eaten by a giant space goat. The denizens devise a plan to save themselves by building three giant space arks. Scientists and thinkers will go on the first space ark, the people who do all the manual labor on the second, and on the last go the cosmetologists, used car salesmen, telephone sanitizers, and all middle management. That latter space ark gets filled, and--of course--gets shot into space first in search of a new planet to call home.

Well, obviously, no giant space goat existed; the planet got rid of their "least productive" citizens. Everyone remaining got a great laugh until the entire population died from a plague brought on by a dirty telephone handset.

In Adams's creation myth, that lone space ark filled with folks no planet wanted, crashed on Earth and seeded the entire human population.

I suspect that novelists would fit onto that third ark, too.


Katy McKenna

Hey, about that laptop desk...Did you get the one with the padding underneath or the one that's unpadded but wide enough to set upon the chair's arms? Love those things.

I am glad that you're taking your writing seriously, but the great thing about you is that even thinking of yourself as something of a hobbyist, you finish fantastic novels on a regular basis.


I tell anyone I can that I know a writer! It's very special, in fact I don't know another author personally (except Will of course). I am so proud of you! What you do is unique and beautiful, I love to see you and a little bit of others in your work. It takes courage to put to paper what the whole world can see and criticize, so proclaim it girl..."I AM A WRITER". Not many can say it!

Oh and guess what I got for Christmas? A Lisa Samson book! I think my collection is all up to date now.

Jules Quincy Stephens

It's funny Lisa. I've had a desk and my "own space" for years and have done nothing with it. Now my very nice desk and all my computer stuff is in our attic because the house is too tiny to fit it anywhere. I don't know if the "use-it-or-lose-it" philosophy is at play, or if God is trying to show me that I don't need a desk and fancy computer stuff to be a writer.


You nourish my soul and I thank God for ur writing! It matters. You've made me aware of people I usually didn't look twice at before...now I care about them. You put my depression on the page and gave me hope. You've shown me Jesus in unexpected and fresh ways.

Sister...I take your writing very seriously!

Of course you also make me laugh ... again at times when I'm least expecting it.

For these precious gifts I thank you!

Now...do whatever it takes for you to believe what you do matters! I love my writing corner. I have a full-fledged office right now...but that's changing. Very soon it will be a corner of a smaller house. But I'm going to love that corner! So when you find your corner think of me in mine!

Susan Updike

Dear Lisa -
I am in the process of getting your older books and reading them because your latest ones have touched me so. I told my sister about them and she told her pastor's wife, who told her friend....and so it goes...my library only has your last 3 books, so it's on to Amazon to order all that they have. I don't remember which book it was, but you talked about the boy with the loaves and fishes... I tried in my inept way to share that thought in my congregation's time of praise and worship and the lines on that page stayed with me for days. Just that single paragraph drew me in amd brought new meaning to that miracle of the 5,000 fed.

Thank you Lisa.

Happy New Year!

claudia mair

Your writing (righting!) heals. And fiction is most certainly friction, in a good way! I don't know how God does it, but He uses it. Your words have been balm to my weary soul many days. You know this because I've told you so.

I found your hands as I fumbled around in the dark because you took a chance and wrote the truth about being in the dark yourself. And this whole exchange took place, word to word. You know what a miracle our friendship is.

Never underestimate the miracles that God does with words, fiction and non. He began this whole world with a word. God is the Word. Imagine what He does with whole novels? In ways we will never see. Don't you just love mystery!?

I love you, woman. Happy New Year!

Heather Diane Tipton

okay, now see... Claudia stole what I was going to say! LOL

seriously, your words do bring healing and nourishment. you lay it all out there on the line for people to see. You take people places they sometimes do not want to go and you make them see things they definitely didn't want to see but through that comes grace and healing. You have done that for me on more than one occassion.

And honey, trust me if you stopped doing it for the art of it... your books would be worthless. That is why they are so beautiful. Without art the world is colorless and boring. Your writing brings life and color.

So hey, if up til now you haven't been serious... I can't wait to see what you write now! Looking forward to all your books to come!

I love you, Lisa! Happy New Year!!


I wanna be a real writer, too. And I believe that if all of us novelists were abducted by aliens, we'd be writing alien memoirs and romances and histories and comedies and plays and biographies and short stories and mysteries and and and. Eventually, someone would find us.

In the meantime, I'm going to pray that I can be half the hobbyist you've been. And I'm all over that Moleskin journal, sister. Write on.
Christa A.

Mary Yerkes

Hi, Lisa,

I've got some quotes on my writer's blog that you might want to check out. Stop by www.maryyerkes.com/writing and click on "Quotes" at the top.

Have a great 2007!

Sarah Louise

Novels are a huge part of my healing process! I haven't read any by you (yet) but I'm grateful for your honesty.


The more I think about it, the more I realize I'm not cut out to be a true artist. I don't have enough angst. Guess I won't quit the day job. Oh wait . . . I don't have a day job. Uh oh.

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