Introducing: Lisa Bell, Writer, Editor, Mentor, and Speaker
I met Lisa at a writer’s conference many years ago. We were bunk mates in a historic college dormitory and have since and shared ideas, information, and inspiration. I am grateful for knowing this woman and am happy to celebrate her with you in this post.
Lisa Bell is a young woman who has followed her dreams and achieved many of them, including being a published author, a ghostwriter, a full-time writer and editor for a local magazine, and a leader of writing groups where she can mentor and guide budding artists and wordsmiths.
Lisa’s teachers saw promise in her writing as early as 7th grade and she was on the newspaper staff in the 9th grade but she relates that she didn’t give serious consideration to being a writer professionally until about 10 years ago.
“Being a story teller is what pulls people in. I believe that writing, teaching, is a call from God.”
Lisa recollects receiving her calling in “whispers” along the way, beginning years ago with the idea of “Radical Women”. Being a Christian, Lisa was careful to pray about the name because she knew that the term was used frequently by feminist groups and that was contrary to what the term meant to her, which was “one who lives according to God’s ways.” In this world and this era living by biblical principles and not wavering is indeed radical and eventually, because that is exactly how she tries to live her life, Lisa began her business as publisher and editor doing business as Radical Women.
Lisa has invested a great deal of time and effort learning about and honing her craft through writing groups, classes, and reading books such as The First 50 Pages by Jeff Gerke and Fire in the Fiction by Donald Maas. She has also been blessed to have such amazing mentors as:
Jan Brand, author, and speaker.
Frank Ball, author, speaker, former director of the North Texas Christian Writers Group, and creator of the SCOOP writing method.
And John Savell, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, ordained minister, author and speaker who “helped me more than anything else to add more depth to my writing”.
Still, Lisa says that writer’s groups are terribly important for a writer and that she has received her most important tutelage from them. “First, getting together with other writers in a group setting provides accountability and fellowship you just cannot get from anyone who doesn’t share your passion for writing. The energy in a writing group is just different. And secondly, the critiques, information, and shared knowledge in a writers group are priceless.”
When Lisa left the corporate world a few years ago to write full time she was anxious about the decision. She did have success as a ghostwriter and author but she feels that her first “big break” as a writer came when she began writing regularly for NowMagazines. “I felt it gave me more credibility as a writer.” This led to a more permanent position as editor for GranburyNow and WeatherfordNow magazines.
Lisa says that she enjoys being a publisher and editor more now because “I’m a writer at heart but first and foremost I am a child of God. I’m not ‘doing a religion’, but instead I am in a relationship with Jesus and it is that which guides my life. I like helping other women and men fulfill their dreams of being a published author.”
You can check out Ms. Bell’s website, ByLisaBell. She is a kind, professional, wonderfully gifted woman and she cares about helping women and men live radically and fulfill their dreams.