Find Your Inspiration with New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa McMann
Sep 23rd, 2011 by Liza Wiemer

Find Your Inspiration!

Win a signed copy of Lisa McMann’s latest MG novel, The Unwanteds 

I would like to share some inspiration with WhoRuBlog readers. Here’s your chance to win a signed first edition of Lisa McMann’s latest MG novel, The Unwanteds. Giveaway ends October 11, 2011 at 8:00 P.M. CST. It’s easy to enter. Leave a comment about what inspires you. If you follow this blog it’s an extra entry, so please let me know. If you Tweet or post it to Facebook, that too is an extra entry. 


Congrats to Joy Kirr, winner of the signed copy of The Unwanteds.

Truthfully, I had no expectations walking into the room where Lisa greeted people. I certainly wasn’t thinking about inspiration. As a matter of fact, it was more like a process of osmosis, absorbing the experience with people who were excited to hear Lisa. I listened to how the idea for The Unwanteds started. Her children’s school was cutting its arts programs and Lisa was upset because he children participated in theater and art classes. The cut seemed like punishment for creative kids. That led to her thinking about a world where people were punished for being creative. Her son Kilian expanded on the idea, imagining a world where creative people would be put to death. Can you imagine? Lisa McMann did. The Unwanteds was born. And isn’t it ironic that squelching creativity can inspire! But Lisa has a love for the ironic. One of the cities in The Unwanteds is Quill, a place where writing is forbidden.Inspiration can hit at any time. Wasn’t looking for it, but nevertheless on September 22nd “she” was there! The “she” was Lisa McMann, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Wake Trilogy, Cryer’s Cross, and her latest middle grade novel, The Unwanteds. Fourteen hours later I still feel a high from her presentation and book signing. No doubt Lisa has had much larger crowds than the one at the West Allis Library where I heard her speak. But that didn’t stop her from sharing her energy and enthusiasm with those in attendance.

A few hours after I heard Lisa speak, I saw this license plate in a parking lot. How perfect!

Lisa inspired me long before this talk. Wake was among one of the first dozen YA novels I read when I began thinking about writing YA myself. And I was hooked! Hearing Lisa speak brought those memories back to me. The giddy excitement I felt from reading her novels, how I couldn’t put them down, how I couldn’t wait for Gone, the third one in the series, to come out.

As I said my good-byes and thank yous, I realized that I was smiling. I also realized that a fuel for life is inspiration. A person doesn’t always have to consciously seek it to find it, but nevertheless, I think inspiration is a key ingredient to living a joyous and fulfilled life.

So, if you’re feeling down, if you’re not sure what you want out of life, or if you just want to grow more with the talents you’re already nurturing, seek inspiration. Hear an author speak, visit an art museum, put on some music, take a walk, talk to a neighbor, read a great book. Then utilize the positives from the experience and to do something productive with it. Write a poem, paint a picture, reorganize your closet, take steps to find a new job that will make you happy, or make what you’re working on even better. Whatever it is, just do it! In Lisa’s acknowledgments in The Unwanteds, she ends with “And finally, to all you artists out there: keep creating. Don’t give up.”

Thanks Lisa, for being my inspiration!

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