fter working with New York Times bestselling novelist Elizabeth George in three workshops, Ms. George invited Lisa to apply for a writing grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, which funds upcoming writers amongst other philanthropic efforts. Lisa won a writing grant that allowed her to quit her day-job for a year so that she could devote full energies to her fiction.
In addition, Ms. George invited Lisa to write a short story for an anthology that she edited. The anthology, TWO OF THE DEADLIEST (HarperCollins) includes such notables as Laura Lippman, Susan Wiggs, Dana Stabenow, and Patricia Smiley. Specifically, Ms. George thought of Lisa for inclusion in an Introducing. . . section to spotlight up-and-coming writers.
Lisas second published short story was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she won a Walden Fellowship for writing.
Lisa grew up in Marin County, California, during its 1970s heyday. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in economics (of all things) and a minor in Spanish literature (to keep her sanity).
In various incarnations, she has worked as a librarians assistant, financial analyst in Ecuador and Brazil, cocktail waitress, journalist, and, most recently, technical writer. By far, her favorite short-lived career choice was book publishing. In the early 1990s, she worked in the editorial departments at Warner Books and Doubleday.
Lisa lives in Oregon with a spunky Chihuahua mix, an accident-prone cat, and her trusty laptop. She likes photography, red wine, and scary movies. Shes an active member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
Eight Mystery Writers You Should be Reading Now (2016) (with Kathleen Cosgrove, Michael Guillebeau, Chris Knopf, Jessie Bishop Powell, Larissa Reinhart, Jaden Terrell and Lisa Wysocky)
Lisa Alber recommends
Dead Before Dying (2016)
(Shadow Valley Manor, book 1)
"What do you get when you mix paranormal thrills, a feisty middle-aged heroine, and a tantalizing mystery set in a creepy rest home? Kerry Schafer’s DEAD BEFORE DYING! Clever, fast-paced, and fun, Schafer weaves an irresistible tale sure to keep you reading far into the night."
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