Lisa Wingate

How a Late Night TV Distraction Propelled Lisa Wingate to the National Book Festival!

Courtesy of The Waco Tribune-Herald
Posted July 22, 2018

A late night television distraction when she should have been writing led to Texas author Lisa Wingate’s latest bestseller, Before We Were Yours, and, likely, an invitation to this year’s National Book Festival Sept. 1 in Washington, D.C.

Wingate, with more than 30 books to her credit, is no stranger to book festivals and author talks, but when the National Book Festival called this spring, she jumped to accept. “I couldn’t say ‘Yeah!’ quickly enough,” she said in a recent phone interview from a working vacation in Colorado.

Wingate will be presenting in one of the festival’s larger spaces, with her remarks simulcast as part of its coverage. “That’s really exciting stuff,” she said. “This is the big one.”

And it came in part, in addition to a track record of more than 17 years writing popular fiction, because she had her television on while writing one night. On the TV was the Investigation Discovery cable series “Deadly Women,” and an image from the 1940s of a front room filled with babies caught Wingate’s eye. Keep Reading…