Lisa Hendrix

Myth. Magic. And the power of love.

About Lisa

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BIO:

Brief Version

Lisa Hendrix fell in love for the first time at age 10 (with both of the Men from U.N.C.L.E., for those of you who remember that far back) and has been fascinated by the whole concept of love ever since. That interest led her naturally enough to reading romance novels, and then to writing them–-which, coincidentally, put her in a hotel elevator with Robert Vaughn at an RWA conference. Still waiting for that equally serendipitous encounter with David McCallum, she is now working on The Immortal Brotherhood, an extended series about a crew of cursed Viking raiders. The third book IMMORTAL CHAMPION hit the shelves in early 2011, and fourth, IMMORTAL DEFENDER will be out in August 2012.

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Longer Version

CAREER:

After years of daydreaming complex stories for familiar characters from film, TV, and books — nearly always involving a romance that hadn’t been included by the original writer — Lisa Hendrix borrowed a page from motivational speaker and author Marsha Sinetar and decided that it was time to start doing what she loved and hope that the money really would follow. She began writing the medieval romance from hell, a manuscript that taught her a lot, but which is now safely locked away where it can do no harm.

In April 1992, she carried a dot-matrix printed synopsis into an appointment with a Genuine New York City Editor at a local conference and pitched an idea for a historical romance set in the American West. The editor was interested and requested a partial manuscript, along with assurances that Lisa would buy a better printer. Credit card in hand, Lisa set out to comply. She mailed the proposal a month later, and five months after that, received The Call. Western historical romances HOSTAGE HEART and DRIFTER’S MOON were soon on the shelves, followed by contemporary romantic comedies RAZZLE DAZZLE, TO MARRY AN IRISH ROGUE, and her first single-title lead, RUNAWAY BAY.

Now she’s gone back to her medieval roots with The Immortal Brotherhood, a paranormal historical romance series featuring a crew of Viking warrors cursed to be immortal were-creatures. The series launched with IMMORTAL WARRIOR in 2008, followed by IMMORTAL OUTLAW and IMMORTAL CHAMPION. The fourth book, IMMORTAL DEFENDER is due out in August 2012.

 

PERSONAL:
Married, with two brilliant children,  one highly superior cat, and assorted other furred and finned creatures of indeterminate intelligence. Lisa enjoys mucking about in the garden of her Southern Oregon home, where, as in the wild, only the hardiest survive. When mourning the death of yet another plant, she indulges in chocolate in any form.

In past lives, Lisa has been a soda jerk, an executive secretary, the rear chainman on a survey crew, an ESL teacher in Japan, a loan officer, a research assistant on a boat in the Bering Sea, a night school instructor, and a medical transcriptionist, not necessarily in that order.

FIND OUT MORE

Press Kit

Check out these current and past interviews with Lisa:

Dream Date, article in the Ashland Daily Tidings (November 11, 2008)

15 Things I’ve Learned from Writing Romance Novels, guest blog at Plot Monkeys (July 2009)

Bookaholics Bookclub (June 2009)

Blogcritics (November 2008)

Night Owl Romance (July 2008)

MyShelf.com/Beneath the Covers (Feb 2002)

Love Conquers All, article in The Bremerton Sun (February 13, 2000)

Magical Romance (1999)

And this review of Immortal Warrior by medieval scholar D. Merrimon Crawford, with a discussion of the literary/historical influences in the book.

AWARDS and HONORS

AMAZON TOP 10 BEST IN ROMANCE for 2009 – IMMORTAL OUTLAW

RT BOOK REVIEWS REVIEWERS CHOICE AWARDS
Nominated by the reviewers of  RT BOOK REVIEWS Magazine (formerly Romantic Times)

  • 2009 Finalist, Best Historical Vampire/Werewolf/Shapeshifter Romance — IMMORTAL OUTLAW.
  • 2008 Finalist, Best Historical Paranormal Romance — IMMORTAL WARRIOR
  • 1994 Finalist, Best Western Historical Romance – HOSTAGE HEART

REVIEWERS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION (RIO) DOROTHY PARKER AWARD OF EXCELLENCE 2001, Honorable Mention — TO MARRY AN IRISH ROGUE

  • Lisa loves this one, because these ladies read a ton of books every year — to be one of the ones remembered and singled out was a terrific honor.

EMERALD CITY KEEPER AWARD 2000, Best Single Title Contemporary — TO MARRY AN IRISH ROGUE

  • Awarded by the Greater Seattle Chapter at their annual conference, the Keeper honors books by Northwest authors that are “too precious to loan out or give away.”

BLUE BOA AWARD 1999 — RAZZLE DAZZLE

  • Sponsored by the Peninsula Chapter of RWA. This award came complete with a genuine blue feather boa, which for a time was Lisa’s favorite writing costume. (What? You don’t wear costumes when you write?)

SPEAKING CREDITS:

• Pacific Northwest Writers Conference (Workshop Presenter, 2010; Panelist, 2001, 1999)

Whidbey Island Writers Conference (Workshop Presenter, 2009)• Emerald City Writers Conference (Workshop Presenter, 2009, 2006, 2000, 1999, 1998)

Northwest Bookfest (Panelist, 2001)

Romance Writers of America National Conference (Workshop Presenter, 2001)

Sleepless in Silverdale Writers Conference (Workshop Presenter, 2000, 1998)

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