Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Lisa Potocar's Biography: Reading, Writing & Nature

Wow! We’ve all had those memorable days. Today is one for me as I begin my trek as one of the “Five Scribes”. I’m honored to join the other “Four Scribes” (Theresa, Leslie Ann, Donnell, and Ann), and I genuinely appreciate their giving me this opportunity to climb up and out of my cellar (where I do the bulk of my scribing) into the light. I hope I can fill the enormous shoes left behind by the “Scribe” whom I’m replacing—I vow to do my very best, Kerri-Leigh, to uphold your place that I hold so sacred.
Well…I guess it’s time for me to introduce myself. One thing that might come as a surprise, especially to those who know me: As much as I love to speak to gigantic crowds, I’m extremely bashful when it comes to me talking about myself. So, if you don’t mind, I freshened up the biography that I submitted to the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough YA Novel Awards—only because a writing coach helped me to compose it. Since she plucked the sentinel events from my life for me to yarn into my story, I feel as though she’s actually introducing me. And thus my bashfulness is preserved—LOL! So, here it goes (in third person)…

Lisa Potocar spent many enjoyable hours during her middle-school years enraptured by adventure stories. She plucked many from the library shelves, ordered some through book fairs, or traded for new ones with schoolmates. Every weekend in the confines of her small but cozy bedroom, she read through hundreds of pages as her mom worried needlessly about her daughter becoming socially inept. Tomboy heroines like Nancy Drew and horse trainer Julie Jefferson mentored Lisa along the path of extroverts and adventurers. And Mom’s incessant prodding of her to “get outside and get the stink off” made Lisa a true adventurer. Alongside the gaggle of children in her country neighborhood of upstate New York, Lisa played the traditional games of tackle football, basketball, and baseball. But her favorite escapades were climbing trees, hide-n-seek with her as the seeker on horseback, snap-the-whip on ice skates, and racing dirt bikes or snow-machines through obstacle courses. As an adult, Lisa continued to thrive on exciting quests when she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and Mount Fuji in Japan, mountain-biked through Australian outback, and trekked through Asia’s Himalayas.

But Lisa had yet to realize her greatest feat: to write her first novel. With great support from a loving husband and a furry child of Keeshond/Shetland Sheepdog mix for Lisa to switch careers from professor of health administration to writer, it should come as no surprise that Lisa’s debut novel—the award-winning Sweet Glory—would feature a sixteen-year-old tomboy who encounters numerous adventures after she cuts off her hair and outfits herself as a cavalryman to take up arms against the South in the American Civil War. Since Sweet Glory’s release in January 2012, Lisa’s been traveling all over New York State lecturing on “women soldiers in the American Civil War”. In between, as suggested by many of her readers, she’s currently writing Sweet Glory’s sequel and pitching Sweet Glory’s story to be made into a TV movie/miniseries—STAY TUNED—more blogs to come on the TV thing! And so Lisa will end by saying that she’s excited to get blogging alongside the other “Four Scribes” and thrilled to make new friends with you all!


Leslie Ann aka LA said...

Hey Lisa,
What were your favorite adventure stories?


Lisa Potocar said...

Definitely the Nancy Drew mysteries! She took us on adventures to some really cool places all over the U.S. Here's a walk down nostalgia lane: When I was in fourth grade, my twin and I would save and pool our money to buy one book in the original series at a time. I remember getting so excited about filling out the order form in the back of the last book in the series and then receiving the next one in the mail. Later in life, my mother-and-father-in-law gifted me those that I was missing from the original series for Christmas one year. Anyway, every so many years, I dust off these books and read the entire set all over again. It brings me back to those days that I mentioned in my bio whereupon my mom worried so needlessly about me becoming an introvert. Oh my gosh! I just figured out why I cling to the music of those times and why I have to have noise all around me when I write--I used to listen to the radio while I read. Thanks for asking, Leslie Ann, and thanks for reminding me that it's about that time to re-read the series...but not until I've read your Stone of Heaven--LOL!