Lisa self-published her first book when she was 12 years old. She typed and illustrated the pages, 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 ghost writer on two how-to books on magic tricks which have each sold more than 20,000 copies worldwide.
She is currently working on two collections of her own work, but also has essays appearing in two collections to be released in 2019: “Mountains Upon Mountains: New Appalachian Nature Writing” and “Feminine Rising: Voices of Power & Invisibility” (currently available for pre-order from Cynren Press).
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 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 in the WV Writers Inc. annual contest, and in the annual contest held by 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:
- “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‘.