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. I spent hours standing in the back yard brandishing the plastic She-Ra sword I got in my Adelaide show bag and crying out “By the power of Grayskull!” at the top of my lungs. I also gave myself headaches trying to get my telekinetic powers to kick in, and sunburns while searching for fairies in our garden. But finally, I accepted that it was unlikely I was going to be a superhero. (I recently discovered when I sent a manuscript to my editor that She-Ra said “For the honour of Grayskull!” which totally explains why it didn’t work).
It was all okay though, because by time I’d accepted my superpowers weren’t going to kick in, I’d discovered a love for science and I completed a Bachelor of Science degree (with Honours) and a fascination with nutrition and herbal medicine (and I completed Advanced Diplomas in Nutrition, Herbal Medicine and Naturopathy). Over the years I’ve done a few other crazy things too… like producing 4 seasons of an indie online cooking show for people with food sensitivities called Alternative Chef Kitchen and at the time of writing this I’ve published 13 books for it under the name Lisa White (I am not affiliated with any non-fiction under Lisa M. White). My non-fiction work has featured in a number of Australian and international print magazines.
As a reader, 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) and Sarah J Maas Throne of Glass series and although it’s not fantasy I’m gradually working my way through the Liane Moriarty collection and The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich has a special place on my shelf. When it comes to movies I love The Lord of The Rings, The Harry Potter movies, Chocolat, Enchanted, The Princess Bride and so many more! When it comes to TV series I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bitten, Arrow, True Blood (up to season 5), Game of Thrones, Haven and Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, and many more! (I might turn this into a separate post soon as the list is really quite long:-)
I’m pretty eclectic though and I also love a good suspense thriller, murder mystery, treasure hunt and mythology based action story. I read a lot of Chic Lit, and romance as I was growing up too and now I’m really enjoying Women’s Fiction. I regularly quote the TV show Sex and the city and love the Bridget Jones movies too.
Basically, I love stories. I love to be swept up in a good tale. I love the smell of new books and the feel of old books. Leather bound, hard cover of paperback, I love them all. And since buying my first kindle in 2016, I’m now officially a ‘fan’ of ebooks. With 9 over-flowing book cases in our house (and more boxes of books that won’t fit in the book cases stored in our shed) it’s safe to say I’m a book addict.
As a writer I like writing stories with contemporary, magical, urban fantasy/ paranormal, women’s fiction and romantic themes. And sometimes my stories are a little quirky (e.g. Wolf Mother).
You can find a complete list of my published books here. And you can read a little about my works in progress here. If you’d like some of the behind-the-scenes goss while I’m writing, as well as updates on other stuff (like a summary of what I’ve been reading for the month, author interviews, book recommendations and links to special offers) then sign up for my email newsletter. I aim to send out newsletters once a month on the full moon, but if there’s a pandemic, or Mercury is in retrograde, I’ll email when I can 😉