Lisa Steinke: Describe your book in three words.

L B Gschwandtner: Affirming, Visual, Empowering


LS: What’s one word that will describe how a reader will feel when he/she finishes your book?

LBG: Empowered


LS: What was your favorite part about writing your book?

LBG: Being able to describe in detail so many aspects of life that I love and care about.


LS: Describe your editing process. How much of your book ended up on the cutting room floor?

LBG: The process of writing this book was fairly straightforward. I knew the story I wanted to tell. I wrote it in less than a year and then took a few months to let it sit and to rewrite and edit. It was never a much longer book but of course I did trim and cut and pummel it into shape before it was finished. I enjoyed the process. Perhaps that’s because I have done so much writing and learned what my process is before starting The Naked Gardener and now I know what works for me.


LS: Nook or book?

LBG: You know, for some people holding a printed book will always be preferred but I’m actually getting to like the ease of use of Nook or other e-readers. And for traveling nothing beats Nook.


LS: What’s your guilty pleasure?

LBG: Watching Project Runway (while eating mint chip ice cream…)


LS: Fill in the blank: When I’m not writing, I’m _________.

LBG: Oh boy, that’s a wide question. Doing other editorial work since I still do work as a magazine editor. Painting since I also work as an artist to some degree. Doing laundry and other regular wifely type chores. Kayaking. Feeding the birds outside (hummers in summer). Tending my orchids. Traveling. Visiting or talking with my three daughters. I could go on but you get the picture. It’s a full life.


LS: If you were stranded on a desert island and could have only one book, what book would you choose?

LBG: Doctor Zhivago  


LS: What is your favorite place in the world?

LBG: My home. I designed our house & it is really spectacular and wonderful in every way. A dream home come true. I love to write in my studio.


LS: Are you working on another book? If so, any hints as to what it’s about?

LBG: I’m about to release a middle grade novel in December. It’s an adventure story about a sensible girl and her sassy, unpredictable tooth fairy, titled Page Truly and The Journey To Nearandfar. It’s a wonderful tale that I treasure. I started it decades ago but it went through many incarnations before it developed into this final book. Talk about the cutting room floor.


To find out more about the lovely and talented L B Gschwandtner, head over to her website.


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