Lisa Langeland

A Wreath of Laurel, fiction, September 1, 2009

Birthdate? December 2

When did you start writing? When I was 7 or 8 years old

When and what and where did you first get published? In 1995 in my college's literary arts magazine. The story was called "C'est la vie: A Satire of Stereotypes."

Why do you write? I feel compelled by the characters and plots that pop in my head where they keep swirling around until I commit them to paper (or rather computer).

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? That's just the kind of plot and settings that my mind naturally gravitates toward (probably because I like science and ancient/medieval history). I find most mainstream literature boring and overwrought.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? Homer's (the Greek guy, not the cartoon guy) Odyssey

What are you trying to say with your fiction? It depends on the story. Mostly, I'm just trying to tell a good yarn. I don't like overtly preachy stories.

Do you blog? Where? Only for my day job, anonymously.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? "Made you look."

Lisa Langeland lives in Minnesota where she manages graphic and web design projects for a state agency. Most people think she's a walking contradiction, which Lisa believes is preferable to the alternative. Lisa spent her youth in various locals in eastern South Dakota and, as a young child, lived in a central Ontario mining town. She finished high school and attended college in Minnesota. She is currently engrossed in guitar lessons, nature photography, and writing short stories.