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Guest Interview…Lisa de Nikolits

March 31, 2012


I have had the great pleasure of meeting my next guest author. She is the most delightfully funny and engaging person. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Lisa de Nikolits…

 1. Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

That’s one of the most difficult questions I’ve ever had to answer! I love my nameless protagonist in The Hungry Mirror because she breaks my heart. I love Benny (from West of Wawa) because she makes me laugh and she makes me happy with how she develops. There’s a character in my new novel that I love, Helen. In my earlier drafts of the novel, Helen is murdered but I decided I liked her too much for her to die. I like Melusine (another character in a totally new work.) I have no idea where Melusine came from but she’s so formed, so admirable, so strong and I love her. But I’m not answering your question, am I?

So, my favourite…uh… can I get back to you on that?!

 2. Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?

 I dabble! My first novel is a work of feminist fiction, written in the first person with a lot of internal narrative. The protagonist is nameless; she’s everywoman trapped in the world of dieters, eating-disordered sufferers with issues with body-image. My second novel is also a coming-of-age tale about a young woman but that one’s written as a travel story; Benny, the protagonist travels across Canada by bus and her encounters are much less internal narrative – her emotional journey is told by the people she meets and the things that happen to her. My third novel, a work-in-progress, is a murder/mystery set in Namibia, with a cast of nearly twenty characters, with a mix of dialogue and internal narrative. I also write short stories. I recently completed an entirely new novel, A Glittering Chaos, which tells the tale of a middle-aged German couple whose lives derail rather spectacularly after a series of triggering events. I do write poetry.

 3. Have you got a favorite place to write?

I move around the house! In summer I write in the sunroom or on the back deck. Sometimes I write in the living room. Sometimes I write in bed. I do all my edits in my study, at my desk. But my MacBook Pro laptop, named Princess Uber Isis, is used to travelling!

 4. What inspires your stories?

There isn’t anything that doesn’t inspire my writing! I get ideas from things that happen in real life, from things I imagine, people I see, conversations I overhear. I also have faith in the creative gods – I open my mind to the endless possibilities of creativity and I’ve never been disappointed. I open my mind and my heart, and I invite stories to find life through my mind and hands and they come to me.

5.  Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?

 I don’t belong to a writer’s group – I’ve attended workshops that I’ve found to be wonderfully helpful but I like to write by myself. One of the things I like best about writing is that it’s a solitary occupation which suits me. I’ve never really liked team sports of any kind; I prefer karate, horse-riding and yoga to any kind of team event and it’s the same with my writing. I love having dinner with my writer friends; we brainstorm and chat and inspire each other and I always leave feeling renewed and energized.

 6. What age did you start writing stories/poems?

 I don’t recall a time when I didn’t write. Or imagine myself as a writer. I had insomnia very badly as a young child and my Mom taught me to read very early on. So words have always been my friend, when everyone else was asleep. Books and words are holidays, friends, therapy and entertainment – pretty much a staple of my life.

 7. Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it?

 West of Wawa is available in-store in Indigo and Coles stores across Canada.

The book is also available on –

Also available at –

Here’s a reading of West of Wawa on YouTube:

And here’s a book trailer of West of Wawa, also on YouTube:

8. If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?

 Annie Proulx. I would love to hear anything and everything she’d have to say. I just know my writing would improve in leaps and bounds if I were to spend even ten minutes with her.

 9. Where can readers find you and your blog?

I’m really easy to find! Find me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
I also have a website with reviews and comments about my books, with news on works-in-progress and pictures of events I’ve attended, as well as up-coming events.

I post a different quote on Twitter every day, a piece of writing that inspires me. I love researching my quotes, I find the exercise very helpful for my writing.

I’d love it if you’d visit my site: or contact me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. I love getting connected with writers.

 10. Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?

Without doubt, Luciana Ricciutelli, publisher and editor at Inanna, is my best supporter, my mentor and my encourager. She has had faith in my writing since the start and it’s thanks to her that I have two published novels and a third as a work-in-progress. Luciana has supported me by helping my writing grow, she has encouraged me to develop as a writer and she has supported me by entering me for awards (we won a Gold Ippy for The Hungry Mirror) and in getting our books reviewed and publicized. I also have another great supporter/mentor and encourager with my husband, Bradford Dunlop who is a wonderful photographer and creator with his fine-art photography (he’s won a bunch of awards and I’m so proud of him). He is incredibly supportive of me; he listens to me for hours when I ramble on about my writing at inopportune moments, he cleans the kitchen when I need to write, he doesn’t complain when I disappear into my study for days on end. He is an avid-reader and I respect his opinions of my writing and his input is invaluable. I run a lot of my character development past him and he’s a great judge what has potential or not.

Thank you Mandy for having me as a guest on your blog!

One Comment

  1. It was a wonderful pleasure to meet Lisa last year at our writers conference here in Sherwood Park. I enjoyed reading about her writing life and what makes it tick! Thanks, Mandy for sharing these interviews – another way to connect to those who share our passion.


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