Lisa resides in Davis, California with her husband and two daughters. She received her undergraduate in Dramatic Art from Whitman College, and her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Western Illinois University. She accumulated over thirty professional credits as an actress, costume designer, and director before transitioning to corporate life.
An avid reader since childhood, Lisa turned to drama in college and moved to Jackson, Mississippi to join the only Equity theatre in the city. After touring the South performing a variety of Shakespeare’s ingénues in Shakespeare Collage, she moved to Chicago for its larger theatre community. Her Chicago directing credits included Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, Letters Home, based on the letters of Sylvia Plath, and Getting Out by Marsha Norman.
Coincidentally, the reviews for Getting Out hit the newsstands the very day her oldest daughter was born. The reviews were overwhelmingly positive and Lisa took that as her cue to get out of showbiz. She and her husband, also an actor, then moved to San Francisco where he attended law school. For a while, Lisa was the sole supporter of her family, working at Saks Fifth Avenue, which meant she had a killer wardrobe, but not a lot of money. She took a risk and left Saks for a straight commission sales job with a Fortune 500 company, where she worked for ten years and progressed to Vice President of Sales. Her experiences and travel for that company provided her with much of the background material for Degrees of Love.
She is currently President/Owner of Olivarez Media, Inc., an on-line book business, and spends most days writing, reading, and sorting through thousands of books. Degrees of Love is her first novel. Under a working-title, Broken, the manuscript won the 2012 Merritt Contest for Women’s Fiction and was awarded Second Place in the Fire and Ice Contest for Women’s Fiction. Lisa also has written a handful of short stories based on her home town, Sunnyside, Washington, and is currently completing her third full-length manuscript.
In what little spare time she has left, she enjoys wine tasting, cooking in her 1950s era pink kitchen, and lively dinner conversations with her multi-talented family.