Hi I’m Lisa, when I was a kid I wanted to be many things when I grew up: a world famous ice skater, an owner of a horse ranch, a nutritionist, an astronaut and a writer. (I also wanted to be She-Ra Princess of power, Wonder Woman, Xena and Buffy).
I was about 11 when I realised the astronaut thing was never going to happen. And after hours of standing in the back yard brandishing the plastic She-Ra sword I got in my show bag and crying out “By the power of Greyskull” at the top of my lungs and spending numerous hours trying to get my telekinetic powers to kick in (possibly a source of some of my childhood headaches?) I accepted that it was unlikely I was going to be a superhero in that sense of the word either. But that was ok, because by then I’d discovered a love for science thanks to a very cool science teacher in primary school and as I got older, I discovered a fascination with nutrition and health and later naturopathy and herbal medicine.
I’ve loved stories ever since they were first read to me though. Apparently I could recite my Walt Disney Cinderella book by heart when I was 3 (and had to hear it Every Single Night.) I wrote my first book in Reception/ Grade 1 and it was about the life cycle of frogs. My first fantasy story was about two elves called Renzo and Zak and there were many more after that. The first novel I remember reading by myself was The Adventures of Pip by Enid Blyton (I think it was a present for my 7th birthday) and I devoured my first romance novel when I was 11 (it was a Mills and Boon “Sweet” romance).
Since then, my love of books (both fiction and non fiction) has continued to grow. Some of my favourite authors and series are George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, J.R. Ward’s The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, Laurel K Hamilton’s The Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Novels (up to book 10). When it comes to movies and TV shows I love The Lord of The Rings, Arrow, True Blood (up to season 5) and (of course) Game of Thrones.
As a kid the stories that had an impact on my imagination were The Magic Faraway Tree, The Narnia Chronicles, Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden and The Bridge to Terabithia and I loved fairy tales (preferably the happy ending ones).
I’m pretty eclectic though and love a good suspense thriller, murder mystery, treasure hunt and mythology based action story. I’ve loved Chic Lit, single title and series romances and love stories; you name it and I’ve probably read it (except 50 Shades of Grey: I haven’t read that yet and it’s not on my list in the near future).
It took me a while to create this website and just WRITE. Mostly because after high school I took what I thought would be a “sensible” path and went to Flinders University to complete a Bachelor of Science degree (with Honours) with the intention of studying a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics although due to course restructuring (and fate) I ended up spending 6 years as a PhD candidate in reproductive endocrinology. I decided to discontinue the PhD because I really didn’t want to become a career scientist (and frankly, if I was going to be struggling for an income for the rest of my life, then I’d rather it be doing a job I really loved and one without the nasty chemicals), so I left science to study Naturopathy, nutrition and herbal medicine (which I’d discovered during the PhD). I loved the rich historical story of herbal medicine and the simplicity of naturopathy and nutrition.
I work as a naturopath part time in my clinic here in Adelaide and I’ve produced an online cooking show for people with food sensitivities called Alternative Chef Kitchen: at the time of writing this I’ve published 2 books and I’m currently working on the 3rd.
After an almost 7 year hiatus from reading fiction and writing for fun (thanks to small kids, sleep deprivation, study and producing the online TV show) I’ve returned to one of my first loves: writing and reading fiction.
I love stories. I love to be swept up in a good story. I love long books, I love series. I love print books, I love the smell of new books, I love the feel of old books. Leather bound, hard cover, paperback. I love them all. I’m even starting to love ebooks having just recently bought my first kindle. With 9 over-flowing book cases in our house (and more boxes of books that won’t fit in the book cases) it’s safe to say I’m a book addict.
I’m currently working on a book called Familiar, which is a story about losing your best friend, making new ones and coming home.
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