Connection with My Dad

Connection with My Dad

Connection with My Dad


On December 21, 1972, my dad, 

the slot pilot with the United States 

Air Force Thunderbirds, 

slammed into the Nevada earth in his F-4. 

The crew chief in the back seat on the final flight of his Thunderbird tour 

was killed with him. 

My dad was 30 years old; 

I was 3 1/2. 

The only memory I own of my dad 

are of his hands typing.  

It wasn't until I was writing a book about him that my friend MJ pointed out 

what should've been obvious: 

my only memory is of 

my dad typing. 


What you do, Lisa. 

Writing Reality

Connection with My Dad

Connection with My Dad


  I wrote my first education book 

about the life cycle of spiders, 

completed in January 2003. 

After the ISBN had been assigned to the book but before it was published, 

the publisher went bankrupt.  

It's been on Amazon.com since then...

but has never existed in print!


Connection with My Dad

My Top-Shelf Books



Content Bookstore, Northfield, MN ** 


* McKnight Artist Fellowship in Young Adult Literature Honorable Mention

* Minnesota Book Awards judge or facilitator for several years 

* MNSCBWI Mentoree 

* Finalist in Nonfiction six times, 

The Loft Mentor Series 

* McKnight Artist Fellowship in Children's Literature Honorable Mention

* Minnesota State Arts Board grant recipient; allowed me to travel 

to Africa for research 

* Shabo Award participant with 

Marion Dane Bauer; The Loft 

* One of 7 finalists in the Memorists Collective Memoir Contest; MySpace 

* Selected for limited enrollment in "Write That Book" with Cheri Register; The Loft 

* Individual Artist Grant, Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council 

My Top-Shelf Books

My Top-Shelf Books

My Top-Shelf Books


In the Wilderness by Kim Barnes

All the Light We Cannot See 

by Anthony Doerr
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Toot and Puddle by Holly Hobbie

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
The Poisonwood Bible 

by Barbara Kingsolver

The Color of Water by James McBride

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (first read in 7th grade)

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 

by Rebecca Skloot

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese


My Top-Shelf Books

I'm published!


I've lived in México, Italy, and Japan; 

I've traveled to 23 countries 

and over 30 states;
I LOVE to meet new people, experience new cultures, and dine on ethnic food! 

This photo is from my 50th birthday trip to Scotland!

I'm published!

My Top-Shelf Books

I'm published!


My first-ever book signing 

at the Book Warehouse 

in Medford, Minnesota, 

on October 11, 2008. 

I sold more of 

The Story of the Minnesota Wild 

(sadly, now out of print,)

on this day than I did at a 

Wild home hockey game!

PRESS--Faribault Woolen MilL: Loomed in the Land Of lakes


Book Review

This review is in Mary Ann Grossman's "Get smarter with these new nonfiction offerings"

in the Twin Cities' Pioneer Press; Grossman quoted one of my favorite lines in the book, too:


WCCO 4 Interview

Photo with the anchors to the left; watch the interview:


Radio Interview

Watch (yes, watch) my interview on KDHL Radio:


(fast forward to about 9:40)

1855 Episode

Here's a post on the Faribault Woolen Mill from a local journalist team:


Blog Post

About the Magers & Quinn book event at Minnesota Monthly: