Hovding Publishing was created in 2013 by Lisa Maree Laney in order to self publish her first book "How to Look Flabulous". In her short time as a writer Lisa completed three books between 2012 and 2014. Lisa’s first book is a humorous account of her battle to manage her own weight and her answer to the problem.
During this creative time Lisa was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer which she was determined to beat. But as time passed it grew rapidly and spread to her spine and from there through her body.
Through it all Lisa continued to write and live as full a life as was possible and at the time of her passing was halfway through her fourth book. This last book is the story of her cancer journey looked at in her usual positive way.
Just prior to her passing Lisa asked me, her father, to continue with her passion to publish her other books. I feel honoured and privileged to be given responsibility for completing this task and have continued to work on this website she had already started.
My inspiration for How to Look Flabulous
IN LISA'S OWN WORDS
It's Monday night, 9.15 pm and I am struggling to get to sleep (even though I am tired) because I have just finished reading, "Short Fat Chick in Paris", by Kerre Woodham. It's an absolutely hilarious book and I relate to it in so many ways.
I thought at first I might actually be inspired to complete a marathon of my own - after all, E-cupped woman should stick together and support one another (no pun intended). Then again, I've no real inclination to get hot, sweaty, red-faced and breathless in front of a bunch of strangers who probably know what they are doing and are fit, trim and athletic. No not my area of passion. Rather, I would like to reignite an old dream that time (or lack of it) had slowly buried beneath the other shattered dreams of my youth. I want to write a book. I love reading them and have also enjoyed spending many hours whittling away at pieces of poetry, short stories and journals I have kept over the years. In the past, I have also attempted to write a novel (the title, Double Chocolate Muffin, springs to mind - and no it is not a story about food). I may one day complete that book but for now I have a knew challenge in mind.
As I write this ,My father has just published his first children's book which he wrote in honour of his granddaughter (my niece). He has further plans to continue writing and publishing other children's books. He is my personal inspiration while Kerre is my professional inspiration. She has shown me that lack of time is no excuse. So now I have decided to start anew and write a personal account of my battle with the bulge. Will this ever get published and will anyone ever read it? That I cannot answer, all I know is that I have to write it. I figure if woman can relate to Kerre's story then maybe there are woman out there who can relate to mine,too. I too am a short fat chick and I am going to tell my story. So here we go.