Lisa Gardner: Biography

Lisa Gardner

Lisa Gardner, who made a mark as the #1 New York Times best-selling crime novelist used to indulge herself in writing short stories in her college classes instead of listening to the lectures. That was Lisa’s passion towards writing. Lisa started her career in food industry. But soon she felt that she didn’t belong there. Working as a research analyst for a consulting firm evoked the idea of writing thrillers.

Although Lisa loved suspense genres, her writing career started off with writing romantic suspense novels for Silhouette Intimate Moments under the pen name Alicia Scott. These novels will make the readers experience a different Lisa Gardner. Lisa took three years to write her first book. She re-wrote it four times and finally published it when she was 20 years.

Today, Lisa has over 22 million books in print and has published in over 30 countries. One of her novel, ‘The Neighbor’ was awarded the Best Hardcover Novel from the International Thriller Writers in the United States and Grand Prix des lectrices de Elle, Prix du policier in France. Lisa was also honoured with the Daphne du Maurior Award by RWA for her novel, ‘The Other Daughter’. Few of her novels were even made as movies.

Growing up, Lisa read novels written by Stephen King, John Saul and V.C. Andrews. She always loved real incidents. The novel, ‘The Far Pavilions’ which she read at the age of 12 inspired her very much.

Lisa loves to write first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee and a cat for her company. She leads a thrilling and happy life with her auto-racing husband and a skiing daughter in New Hampshire.