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Author Spotlight: Lisa Kirk

Dorrance Author Spotlight: Lisa KirkName: Lisa Kirk

Hometown: Phoenixville, PA

Book Title: In and Out of Uniform

Genre: Memoir

Dorrance Publishing (DP): Describe your book in 10 words or less.

Lisa Kirk (LK): Inspiring, healing, hopeful, recourse, courageous, liberating, must-read, heart-wrenching.

DP: What made you want to write your book?

LK: I have been through so much in my military career and I wanted to inspire those who had faced the same challenges that I had faced in the book.

DP: How long did it take you to write your book?

LK: It took me about a year to write my book.

DP: How do you choose the names of your characters?

LK: The names of the characters are protected as I didn’t want to give out their actual names based off the story in the book. My family is easy to figure out, but in the military, those who know me will probably know who those individuals are.

DP: What do you do when you have writer’s block?   

LK: I love to listen to spa music or classical music when I get the writer’s block.

DP: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

LK: My favorite chapter would have to be Chapter 5: Opportunities. I have accomplished a lot in my career and it is a positive chapter for the readers.

DP: If you were stuck on an island and had to have one person from each category with you, who would they be and why:

a. One character from your book:

LK: My mommy because she is the best.

b. One fictional character:

LK: John Wick because he is a protector.

c. One famous person (living or dead):

LK: Janis Joplin because we would serenade the island with amazing music.

DP: Besides writing, what are your other interests?

LK: I love playing guitar, playing hand pan, and working out. I’m also an artist who loves to do sip-n-paints and giving paintings to others.

DP: Do you keep a journal?

LK: I don’t keep a journal. Cognitive Process Thinking is a form of therapy that I went through in the military that helped me write my trauma out and process it in a certain amount of time. I used these stories in my book to help others.

DP: How did you celebrate the publishing of your book?

LK: I haven’t celebrated my book because I am humble. I seriously want to inspire and keep praying this book will continue to touch and heal those who have dealt with the same similarities that I had.

DP: If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main characters?

LK: I would love to play myself in the movie, but if I cannot be the main character then I would like Regina Davis. I cannot think of any other characters at this time because it would simply be an honor for my book to become a movie.

DP: What did you enjoy most about working with Dorrance Publishing?

LK: Dorrance kept me well-informed throughout the whole process.

DP: Five favorite books of all time?

LK: I am not an avid reader since I am a busy woman.

DP: One sentence of advice for other writers:

LK: Be honest, be strong, and believe.


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