Name: Alisa Branham
Town: Lawrence, KS
What kind of writing do you do?
I write a lot in my position at KU and both of my degrees are in Art History, a writing discipline. I write every day and look forward to having more time to focus on personal projects after I retire in 2022. I have a massive library at home and I’m interested in a wide range of topics, particularly history, design, genealogy and travel.
What writing projects have you completed or are currently working on?
Right now I’m working on a cookbook for inexperienced cooks of all ages.
For years I’ve been gathering ideas for historical fiction based on genealogy research. Both of my grandmothers were fascinating women - not stereotypical "grandmothers” - and a recent discovery through Ancestry DNA has added a surprising twist to one story.
Eventually, I want to write the immigration story of my Scots-Irish Irvine family, not in the form of a traditional genealogy but as an engaging story of daily life and how culture travels over time.
Do you have a website or a facebook page that you'd like us to share with other KAC members?
No. I just have personal pages on social media, but they aren’t aimed at writing.
Is there anything else you’d like other KAC members to know about you?
My husband, a longtime KU Professor, died 3 weeks before COVID hit, so it’s been a long year of isolation and reflection. Words have been pouring out of me in a form I’m calling “poetry” – I suspect the poets in this group would not agree! But I’m interested in learning about poetry too.
What would you like to gain from your membership with the Kansas Authors Club?
I hope to meet other writers and learn from you! I’m a good editor and would be happy to read or edit the writing of other members as I have time. I hope to contribute to the 2022 conference; I’m outgoing, well-organized and experienced with large events.
[Posted by Cheryl Unruh]