Lisa self-published her first book when she was 12 years old. She typed and illustrated the story, sewed the binding on her mother’s sewing machine, and bound the pages between two pieces of cardboard covered in red feed-sack material with white polka dots. That same year, her father bought her a camera.
She has since self-published four additional books and served as ghostwriter on two books on magic which have each sold more than 40,000 copies worldwide. Her creative writing has appeared in Entropy Magazine, GreenPrints Magazine, Wonderful West Virginia Magazine, The Hur Herald, The Charleston Anvil, and other publications.
Lisa recently published three collections of her work and had essays appear in: “Mountains Upon Mountains: New Appalachian Nature Writing” (from West Virginia University Press) and “Feminine Rising: Voices of Power & Invisibility” (from Cynren Press). She currently serves as community correspondent for the Normantown/Stumptown region of Gilmer County, penning a weekly column that appears in the local media outlets.
Over her 25+ year writing career, Lisa has worked in various fields and various genres. Her writing experience includes product descriptions, technical writing, ad copy, press releases, tourism and travel, copywriting, marketing proposals, magazine articles and essays, newspaper columns, grant applications, and reports. She also has experience with news, wedding, product, and nature photography. (The photos on this page are some favorites from her collection.)
Lisa has received awards from WV Writers Inc. and the WV Press Association. A member of West Virginia Writers, Appalachian Writers and the Nonfiction Authors Association, Lisa recently completed her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.
Essays & Articles:
- “Little One” (Memoir Magazine)
- “New Wounds, Old Scars” (Entropy Magazine)
- “The Stink Plant” (As published in GreenPrints Magazine)
- “Lying Fallow” (As published in Two-Lane Livin’ Magazine)
- “Show Me Hikers Search for Rare Flowers” (As published in Wonderful WV Magazine
- “More than Just a Place” (As published in Encounter Calhoun)
- “History is Revived at Heritage Village” (As published in Wonderful WV Magazine)
- “Burdens and Blessings” (As published in The Calhoun Chronicle)
- “Upper West Fork Park: Food, Music, and Fun” (As published in The Calhoun Chronicle)
Lisa and her husband Frank also create travel pieces when the opportunity arises. Previous destinations covered for Two-Lane Livin’ include: (photos not included online)
- Hillbilly Haven – Lewis County
- Audra State Park – Upshur County
- Faith Mountain – Gilmer County
- Lewisburg – Greenbrier County
- Addison Visitor’s Center and Gallery – Webster County
- Cedar Creek State Park – Gilmer County
- Holly River State Park – Webster County
For a full list of Lisa’s published works and projects, visit Lisa’s online resume‘.