5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Lisa Doan

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Interviewing author Lisa Doan seems like the best way to end my week. I hope you all have a fantastic day.


5,4,3,2,1 Interview

  1.  Can you tell us a little bit about The Berenson Schemes series?

The series is about a responsible young man who is lost in the wilderness of foreign destinations by his irresponsible, globe-trotting parents. In Jack the Castaway, he homesteads on a deserted Caribbean island; in Jack and the Wildlife, he builds a treehouse on the African savannah; and in Jack at the Helm, he rafts down whitewater and treks through a remote forest in Nepal.

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  1. What is your favorite thing about being an author?

My favorite part is that I can create something from nothing, just from using my mind. I am my own entertainment factory and can go to any place or any point in time I choose. If you let it, your mind can be your own personal Tardis.

  1. What’s the hardest thing about being an author?

Disease, poverty and war are hard; writing is a gift.

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  1. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick?

Harry Potter! I would spend the day at Hogwarts and ask Hermione to help me practice my spells. I would attend every meal in the Great Hall, as the food looks better than anything I ever come up with. And then I would probably make a side trip to number 4 Privet Drive to play some tricks on Petunia and Vernon Dursley.


  1. What advice do you have for the young writers in my classroom?

Don’t be fooled by a finished book you see in the library. Comparing your own writing to a published book can be depressing, unless you know the real truth. 1) A finished book was a pretty awful mess before it was revised, then revised again, then revised again and finally revised again with the help of an editor. 2) The important skill you need is perseverance—many people plan to write someday but never do and that’s why their book is not in your library. If you feel a call to write stories, then you are already a writer—just do it!

Thanks for stopping by, Lisa!



Lisa Doan is the author of The Berenson Schemes series – Jack the Castaway, Jack and the Wild Life and Jack at the Helm. She received a master’s degree in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her extensive travel in Africa and Asia and eight years spent living in the Caribbean were the basis for the series’ international settings. She has hatched her share of harebrained schemes, including backpacking alone from Morocco to Kenya, hitchhiking across the Sahara with Nigerian car dealers, sauntering off on an ill-advised, one-person walking safari, and opening a restaurant with no actual restaurant experience. Her occupations have included master scuba diving instructor, New York City headhunter, owner-chef of a “sort of Chinese-like” restaurant, television show set medic, and deputy prothonotary of a county court. Visit the author and download free, CCSS-aligned curriculum guides at lisadoan.org.


Follow along on the blog tour!
Mon, Mar 2
Just a Little Creativity
Tues, Mar 3
The OWL for YA
Wed, Mar 4
Once Upon a Story
Thurs, Mar 5
Kid Lit Frenzy
Fri, Mar 6
Children’s Book Review
Mon, Mar 9
The Compulsive Reader
Tues, Mar 10
Books Unbound
Wed, Mar 11
Geo Librarian
Thurs, Mar 12
The Late Bloomer’s Book Blog
Fri, Mar 13
The Hiding Spot

7 thoughts on “5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Lisa Doan

      1. Hufflepuff and Gryffindor get along just fine! I wonder what people who get sorted into Slytherin think. I would blame it on not using the real hat.


      2. lol…I don’t “think” so, but I’m pretty sure I remember her saying she liked the “bad boys” lol Granted, that’s not the type of husband she has, though, and seems to be quite happily married 🙂


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