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A “Thursday Evening Drop-In" will be held at the Hillsboro Public Library, Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. Storyteller Lisa Lickel will lead a discussion of her work. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of the Hillsboro Library.

Lickel is a Wisconsin writer and editor who lives and writes in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her novels include the Buried Treasure mystery series ("The Last Bequest," "The Map Quilt" and "The Newspaper Code") and the award-winning romance, "Meander Scar," and "A Summer in Oakville," co-authored with best-selling author Shellie Neumeier, "Healing Grace," "The Last Detail" and a series of historical early reader books, First Children of Farmington. She has a novella in "Brave New Century," a historical anthology, and a radio play in the anthology "A Wisconsin Harvest, Vol II." A novella, "Everything About You," released as part of the Love Is series from Prism Book Group. Branching into suspense, her other novels include the medical ethics story of "Innocents Pray" and the exploration of prejudice in "UnderStory."

She also writes short stories, feature articles and radio theater. She belongs to the Chicago Writers Association and Novel-in-Progress BookCamp & Retreat. Lickel said she loves to encourage new authors through mentoring, speaking, and leading workshops. She also is an avid book reviewer and blogger, and a freelance editor. She and her husband Bill, a high school biology teacher, live in a 160-year-old Great Lakes ship captain’s house. They have two sons and daughters-in-law, grandchildren and a grand-kitty.

Lickel’s professional writing career began when she completed the Christian Writer's Guild apprentice course in 2003 and competed in the Operation: First Novel Contest in January of 2004. When her high school classmate Laurel Salton Clark was killed in the space shuttle accident, she wrote about Clark for her local newspaper. That led to regular assignments reporting on community events and eventually, feature writing assignments, magazine articles, devotionals and novels.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Lisa Lickel and her wide-ranging work,” said Bob Potter, of the Friends of the Hillsboro Library. “Hillsboro area residents, including students, who are interested in stories and the writing life, will find Lisa’s presentation particularly meaningful.”

For further information, contact Library Director Deb Lambert at 608-489-2192.

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