Lisa Wingate

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and New York Times Bestselling Author of thirty novels. Her work has garnered or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, The Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Booklovers Reviewer’s Choice Award. Her blockbuster hit Before We Were Yours remained on the New York Times bestseller list for ten months, was Publishers Weekly's #3 longest running bestseller of 2017, and was voted by readers as the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction. Before We Were Yours has been a book club favorite worldwide and to date has sold well over one million copies.

The group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with six others as recipients of the National Civics Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. Wingate’s novels have been translated into over 35 languages. Booklist summed up her work by saying, “Lisa Wingate is, quite simply, a master storyteller.”

Lisa was inspired to become a writer by a first-grade teacher who said she expected to see Lisa’s name in a magazine one day. Lisa also entertained childhood dreams of being an Olympic gymnast and winning the National Finals Rodeo but was stalled by a mental block against backflips on the balance beam and by parents who stubbornly refused to finance a rodeo career. She was lucky enough to marry into a big family of Southern tall tale tellers who would inspire any lover of story. Of all the things she treasures about being a writer, she enjoys connecting with people, both real and imaginary, the most.

I absolutely loved this book. In shock at the true-crime elements, in awe at the journey of these characters who seem to have immortal souls.
— Jamie Ford, NYT Bestselling Author of HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET
Both heartbreaking and soul-affirming! If you loved ORPHAN TRAIN, be prepared to fall in love with Rill and her siblings!
— The Book Club Cheerleader

Talks and Topics

  • Where Are the Children? Secrets of the Tennessee Children's Home Society
  • Teachers Create the Dreams by Creating the Dreamers
  • In Defense of Civility - Stories Change the World Outside Us by Changing the World Inside Us
  • Tending Roses - Mothers, Daughters, Grandmothers
  • The Fine Art of Wandering
  • Become a Blockbuster in Thirty Novels of Less
  • For Book Clubs

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Previous & Upcoming Events:

  • May 20, 2018: Books In Bloom - Eureka Springs, AR
  • June 2-6, 2018: If All Arkansas Read the Same Book - AR
  • June 12, 2018: Newport Beach Library - Newport Beach, CA
  • Sept 1, 2018: Library of Congress National Book Festival - Washington, DC
  • Oct 23, 2018: Manalapan NJ Woman's Club - Manalpan, NJ
  • Nov 1, 2018: St. Ann's Hospital Signature Event - Dublin, OH
  • Nov 10, 2018: Books on the Bosque Book Festival - Clifton, TX
  • Jan 15, 2019: Literary Society of Northern Trust Bank - FL
  • Feb 23, 2019: St. Johns Reads - St. Augustine, FL
  • Feb 28, 2019: Annual Book and Author Luncheon - Boca Raton, FL

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