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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lisa Reardon  

Pen Name: Lisa Wing


Born: 1962 in Southeastern Michigan

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Illinois Connection

The author lived in Chicago for three years where she taught writing classes online.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lisa Reardon was born Lisa Ann Hicks on January 22, 1962. She grew up in southeastern Michigan and graduated in 1980 from Milan High School in Milan, Michigan. She earned her Bachelors Degree in English and Theater from the University of Michigan in 1989. From there, she went to the Yale School of Drama and spent three years in New Haven, Connecticut earning a Masters Degree in Playwriting. She wrote under the name of Lisa Wing from 1986 until 1991. In 1992 Lisa moved to New York City, changed her legal name to Reardon and wrote plays for several years. She published the novel “Billy Dead” in 1997 and “Blameless,” in 2000. After thatn, Reardon taught novel writing and short fiction at New York’s Gotham Writers’ Workshop. During this time, she worked for three years with the Adolescent Psychiatric Division of St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where she ran a creative writing workshop for teens aged twelve to seventeen. For three years Lisa lived in Chicago where she continued to teach online classes for Gotham Writers' Workshop and ran creative writing workshops at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Lisa now lives in the wilds of Michigan and when not working on her next novel, she works at Boysville (a medium-security treatment facility for adjudicated youth) where she has instituted a writing group there for the youth.

Published Works

    The Mercy Killers:A Novel, Counterpoint, 2005Billy Dead, Penguin, 2000Blameless: A Novel, Random House, 2000Schudlos, Deuticke, Verlagsgesellcschaft, 2002Billy, Rowoholt, Tb., 2002Sang Pour Sang, Murder, Inc., 2002

Selected Titles At Your Library

The mercy killers :
ISBN: 1582433372. OCLC Number:

Counterpoint,. New York :. ©2004.

Blameless :
ISBN: 0375504052. OCLC Number:

Random House,. New York :. ©2000.

"Mary Culpepper is a strong woman, fearless and independent to a fault. But when she discovers the body of a child in her small northern Michigan town, she suffers a breakdown that has family and friends treating her like 'sulfuric acid about to spatter.' In the following months Mary does all she can to keep her mind off the upcoming trial, in which she will have to tell what she did and did not witness."--Jacket.

Billy :
ISBN: 3499231646. OCLC Number:

Rowohlt-Taschenbuch-Verl.,. Reinbek bei Hamburg :. 2002.

Speaking Engagements

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