GOOD NEWS! My second novel in the County Clare mystery series, WHISPERS IN THE MIST, comes out August 2016 by Midnight Ink. I’m currently writing the third book. You can sign up for my newsletter on this page: http://lisaalber.com/contact/
The Professional Stuff: I write crime fiction set in Ireland. The County Clare mystery series features Detective Sergeant Danny Ahern and newcomer to Ireland, Merrit Chase, a transplant from California.
Based on KILMOON, the first novel in the series, I won a writing grant from bestselling novelist Elizabeth George’s foundation. The grant allowed me to spend a wonderful year living the writer’s life. In addition, Ms. George invited me to write a short story for her anthology, Two of the Deadliest (HarperCollins). DS Danny Ahern has a cameo appearance in the short story, “Paddy O’Grady’s Thigh.”
My second published short story was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I also won a Walden Fellowship for writing.
In various incarnations, I have worked in libraries, multinational corporations, restaurants, cocktail lounges, newspapers, high tech firms, and at home (my favorite, no surprise). Some of my short-lived careers include international finance in Brazil and Ecuador, book publishing in New York City, journalism in Portland, Oregon, and cocktail waitress in Marin County, California.
I’m an active member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
The Other Stuff: I began with Nancy Drew mysteries, and by the tender age of 13, I was enamored with Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. At 16, my mom was so desperate to lighten me up that she presented me with a collection of humor stories. That sad little book went unread as I continued exploring my fascination with the dark side of human nature. Crime fiction provides the perfect outlet for this fascination. We all have shadow lives, the parts of ourselves that never see the light of day. However, some people do release their shadow selves into the world, don’t they?
Besides psychology, books, and writing, you might catch me talking about veganism (too bad I love cheese so much), animal welfare, women’s issues, photography, dementia (my mom), depression, self-improvement, and Downton Abbey. You won’t find me talking about iPhone apps, shopping, extreme sports, or sports in general. I might start asking you questions, and before you know it, you might find yourself saying, “Why did I just tell you that?” This is my secret power.
I live in the Pacific Northwest with a one-eyed dog, an accident-prone cat, and my trusty laptop.
The Hedonistic Stuff: My partying days are long gone, but I love red wine and have been known to drink a few glasses too many with my writer buddies, including some of my fellow shadow spinners. (Don’t let their angelic good looks fool you!)