Past, Present, & Future with Lisa Heidke

In celebration of the release of my debut novel, Fast Forward, I’m doing a series of interviews with authors about their past, present & future. Today, please welcome…Lisa Heidke!



1. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A veterinarian – before I realised I would have to deal with blood and operate on sick animals!

2. What did you do before you became a writer?

I was an Acquisitions Editor for a publisher, then moved to ACP where I wrote for several magazines including Bride To Be and Practical Parenting.

3. What is one of your most treasured memories from the past?

The toga parties at university were quite memorable…But as a kid, probably growing up with a menagerie of animals. We had dogs, cats, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, fish and birds. I loved them all. (Maybe not the fish. They were difficult to get to know.)


4. What’s your latest release about and/or what are you currently working on?

I am currently writing a manuscript with the working title of Lily’s Little Flower Shoppe about a corporate woman whose career and love life have fallen flat so she embarks on a tree change. It’s not turning out like she (or I) expected.

5. What’s a typical day like for you? (If there is such a thing!)

I drag the kids out of bed, kicking and screaming, then shoo them off to school. I then faff around answering emails, checking out Facebook status updates and spying on who’s tweeting what in Twitter world. Then, and only then do I finally settle down to write. At the moment, my anxiety peaks around 5pm when my oldest son wanders through the door and suggests we ‘go for a drive’. He has his Leaner’s permit. Life on the road is a little scary. #Youhavebeenwarned

Claudia 26. Name three things you are grateful for in your life right now:

* Healthy children, loving family and friends.

* Maximum airbags in my car…should anything untoward happen when driving with son.

* At the moment, we are doing a huge pool/outdoor renovation and I am grateful I will only be living with mud, filth and excruciating noise for another six months.



what kate did next7. If you could fast forward in time to any age or year for just one day, what would you choose & why?

January 2014…so I could see if the new pool the kids promised they would swim in – and clean – becomes a reality.

8. If you could have any new technology or invention in the future that would make your life a whole lot easier (or more fun), what would it be?

A sure fire cure for hangovers that doesn’t involve eating my body weight in sugary calories.

9. What are your hopes & dreams for the future?

Personally: Well–adjusted and healthy kids. That’s not ever going to change.

Professionally: To write the best stories I can and continue to get published. I won’t fall apart if I never get published again, but I am passionate about writing and reading. I won’t stop. #determined


Thanks for visiting the blog, Lisa!

You can visit Lisa at her website, blog, facebook, and twitter. And check out her funny, relatable women’s fiction/chick lit books at Amazon – they’re great! 🙂

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Posted on March 15, 2013, in Interviews, Past Present & Future and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Wonderful interview Lisa and Juliet. Screaming kids…mayhem…yep can relate to that. Ah the joys of parenting.

    “Lily’s Little Flower Shoppe.” Sold….I’m in.


  2. kerriepaterson

    Yep, your next book sounds good to me too! I’m thankful I still have a few years before I have to deal with learner’s permits! (And ha, good luck with your kids cleaning the pool 🙂 )

  3. Great post Lisa and Juliet! That whole learning to drive thing is already terrifying me and my kids aren’t even in high school. New book sounds great. Do you need to come and do some research in Byron – although we are more seachange.

  4. Hi Juliet,
    Thanks so much for having me over. I had great fun answering all the questions.
    Efthalia, I am having great fun writing about Lily…I could do with a tree/sea/change myself…
    And Kerrie and Jennifer, all three of mine are at high school…the renovation gets noisier by the day, especially because our dippy space cadet Spoodle won’t stop barking at the builders. Did I mention mayhem? xx
    Dont get me started re learner drivers…EEK!

  5. Thanks for taking part, Lisa. You’ll just have to have a permanent sea change to the south coast 😉
    I’m not quite ready to look into my son getting his L’s – yikes!

    Thanks Kez, Jen, & Effie for dropping by to leave a comment 🙂

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