Lisa Moore: Biography

Lisa Moore

28 mar 1964

Lisa Moore hails from Canada and was born March 28, 1964 in St. Johns, Newfoundland. She wanted to pursue the visual arts as a career and so she attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. But she ended up becoming a writer instead.

Growing up, Lisa loved to read and her father encouraged her love for reading by letting her buy any book she wanted to devour. Then, still a child, she had what she calls her “coffee, tea or me” stage were all she read about was air stewardesses and their high-flying lives. Turning her passion for reading into writing seemed a logical step.

Her first two books were anthologies of short stories and the second one, Open, was nominated for the Giller Award and won the Canadian Authors' Association Jubilee Prize for Short Fiction. Her bold entrance on the writing scene indicated that she was a writer to watch which proved to be true when her third book, but first novel, Alligator, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2006 for the Canadian-Caribbean region. It has since been published in German.

Another of her novels, February, won the 2013 Canadian Reads competition which selects one book from several that the whole nation should read. It is based on a true story that happened in her home province in the 1980s. It was also considered for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. The novel has been successfully adapted into a play.

Lisa Moore tries tends to base her stories on things that happen and then she explores the characters’ motivation and responses to the particular circumstance such as coping with loss and finding love in unusual places. Lisa Moore has also written for newspapers, television, radio and magazines.

Lisa Moore is the wife of Stephen Crocker and they live in St. Johns with their two children.