Hi, I’m Lisa Goell Sinicki and I’m an overthinker.
A friend once told me I have a keen eye for the absurd. I consider that to be just about the nicest compliment I’ve ever received.
I’m fascinated by the quirks of human nature. Especially the cringe-worthy moments that are so ridiculous that you can’t help laughing. Bad relationship decisions, humiliating predicaments, and especially the crazy that happens inside our own heads. I love poking fun at it all.
As a writer and illustrator, my stories explore the absurdities of life and the self-sabotage that takes place in our own heads. I create them because humor is my favorite coping mechanism. And because getting the narratives down on paper is the easiest way to make them stop repeating in my head.
Personally, I’ve used humor to survive—and even to thrive—through everything from the angst of high school to the trials of raising a daughter. Humor even helped me overcome a minor auto-immune disease and reconcile the fact that my beloved grandfather was a pedophile. (The anguish around my grandfather and its impact on our family relationships is the subject of a graphic memoir I’m planning. The humor is a little dark, but that’s how I coped.)
I am highly qualified to make fun of things. My father is a pessimist who believes that Murphy’s Law is the governing principal of the universe. (While others see a glass half full or a glass half empty, my dad sees no glass at all.) Under his tutelage, I mastered the eye roll at an early age and learned jokes like: “Who chases Cats? Mrs. Cats and her lawyer.“
My 20-years experience in corporate marketing and trade shows has brought me up close and personal with ridiculousness on a fairly regular basis. And then there’s my status as Queen of the Chronic Overthinkers. I’ve even named the voices in my head and included them as characters in my stories.
On a personal level, I’m a change junkie who’s always ready to try a new cuisine, take a new class, explore a new hobby or travel to a new destination. I grew up in New Jersey, Virginia and California. As an adult, my love of fresh starts led our family to Chicago, an unbridged Maine island and finally to our current home, Decatur, Georgia.
The one constant in my life are my friends and family—especially my husband, Ron. Them, I’d never replace.