Dream Thieves, The Path to Freedom and Lisa Pietsch's Taste of Liberty

Dream Thieves, The Path to Freedom and Lisa Pietsch's Taste of LibertyEver since I was a kid, my parents insisted that it was vitally important I go to college.  I grew up knowing I’d go to college and dreamed of the days when I could attend a liberal arts school where I could read the classics, act in plays and fill my mind with all the many wonders of a classical education.

I got the grades.  I was in college prep and gifted programs.  I was the lead in nearly every play I’d been in.  I even directed.

During my junior year in high school, the proper time to browse and apply to colleges, I came home with applications for Brown, Bates and Bryn Mawr.

Then my parents dropped the bomb.

It went something like this:

While we fully expect you to attend college, we need you to understand you’re on your own to pay for it.  We suggest you set your  career aspirations a bit lower.  You’ll never make a living in the arts.  You aren’t that good.  Get a trade.  Go to cooking school.

In one fell swoop, my dream was stolen.

Dream Thieves, The Path to Freedom and Lisa Pietsch's Taste of LibertyI decided to join the military, get the GI Bill and go to college when my enlistment was up.

Not only did my parents not approve but my Principal and Guidance officer went so far as to stage an intervention and tell me I was better suited as a suburban housewife than a soldier.  I didn’t have the stuff to be a good soldier.

There it was again, stolen dream.

So I did what they all wanted me to do.  I got engaged to my high school sweetheart, even though he’d cheated on me and treated me like crap.  Then I worked three jobs just to afford a two-year Associate Degree program in Business Management at the University of Maine.

With one class left to graduation I blew a gasket.  It wasn’t the life I wanted.  I left him and I left school.

I floated for a few years, always working, barely making ends meet, sometimes homeless, but I did get my diploma.

Then I joined the Air Force.  I became a cop, and a darned fine one at that.  After graduation from the Security Police Academy, I thought:

That principal and guidance counselor can suck it!

When I left the Air Force I went to college.  Not a great one but I was able to study history, political science and some foreign languages.

Then, I married a man who supported my dreams.  It was the first time I could really dream and had the support to try.  I started writing.  First it was freelance writing and the money was good.

Can’t make a living in the arts, huh?

Suck it!

Then I tried my hand at fiction and there were people who actually liked it.  Every time someone praised my work, I had a hard time believing them because my parents had explained to me that I just wasn’t good enough.  Finally enough people read it and liked it and I realized that with work and practice I could get better.  I could be good enough after all.

When my debut novel, The Path to Freedom, was Sapphire Blue Publishing’s bestseller for over a year and they contracted the next two books in the series, A Taste of Liberty and Freedom’s Promise, I could finally look at my past and say it:


They didn’t think I could do any of it it, but I did it all and then some.

Don’t let anyone steal your dreams.

Don’t let anyone clip your wings.

It took me twenty years instead of four but I finally did what I’d dreamed of doing all those years ago.

As for the naysayers…

They can SUCK IT!


About Lisa:

Lisa Pietsch is a mother, military wife, veteran (U.S.A.F. Security Forces), freelance writer and novelist currently living in Denver.

Some of her interests include terrorists and terrorism, the small arms trade, human trafficking and drug trafficking. All of these topics are represented in the Task Force 125 series which are stories of espionage and paramilitary operations centered around the character of Sarah Stevens who is recruited into the CIA’s Special Activities Division.  She writes non-fiction articles on these topics and puts her business degree to use by writing freelance articles on author marketing, career planning and social media marketing for authors.

Previously, she was a military cop in the U.S. Air Force who spoke French, Russian and Spanish, traveled the world as a U.N. Peacekeeper, was trained as a Hostage Negotiator by the FBI and worked with MI-5 on personal security details.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Denver Romance Writers and RomVets

Visit Lisa online at http://lisapietsch.com/ and find her novels at http://www.SapphireBluePublishing.com.

Connect with Lisa on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter too!

5 Responses to Dream Thieves, The Path to Freedom and Lisa Pietsch's Taste of Liberty

  1. Lisa Pietsch

    Thanks, Katrina!
    It was a crooked path but it has given me so much fodder for stories. 🙂

  2. Katrina

    Lisa, the people with the crookedest paths through life make the best writers. Well done for persevering and developing your motto – suck it.

    In Britain, there’s a saying: Suck it and see. It means try it and find out what it’s like. Sounds like you’ve sucked it and seen many different opportunities, and they’ve given you the basis for your stories. Good on you for not sticking to that business degree and dirtbag husband, but for not forgetting the lessons they taught you either.

  3. Lisa Pietsch

    The feeling is mutual, Nicole 🙂
    I hope that certain 18-year-old finds the strength and support to follow her dream. It really is sad that there are people who will crush others’ dreams so easily.

  4. Nicole

    Ah, my kindred spirit. Every time I read something about you, I realize how much we have in common and how much I just adore you.

    This time though, while I relate to much of what you said, and it pulled on my heart strings because apparently I have much resentment about certain childhood/college dreams and aspirations (or lack there of) – it’s not about me.

    There is a certain 18 year old in my life. She’s beautiful, sweet, witty, wonderful. She’s had a really rough life, and she has decided to enlist in the Navy. She has had this dream for the past 2 years and we have all fully supported her decision and would actually like to see her to this. (very much for the reasons you did it). Well, I was appalled a couple of months ago when she visited me after meeting with her guidance counselor and told me that her guidance counselor strongly discouraged her enlisting at all. That it wasn’t for her, and blah blah blah ad nauseam. What?!?

    And you had an intervention? What in the world are these people paid for? I thought they were supposed to provide guidance to help you find your way in the world. So perhaps, if you have a student in front of you who is saying, “I’d like to go into the military”, instead of staging interventions and telling them they aren’t cut out for it, we could instead encourage and inspire them to follow whatever dreams they have.

  5. Lisa Pietsch

    For those of you who noticed the error – yes, I am officially turning in my spelling bee trophies.

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