Meet Lisa

As a kid, Lisa Q. Mathews devoured every Nancy Drew book in her summer camp library, determined to outsmart the perfect girl detective. She failed, of course, but years later she got another chance. After graduating from Williams College with a double major in English and Psychology and a typing speed of 12 wpm (who knew Human Resources departments deducted for typos?), Lisa headed to New York to work as an assistant to four busy editors. A few jobs later, she became an editor herself—of brand new Nancy Drew books!

It was so much fun deciding which cases Ms. Titian Hair could take, and maybe throwing in a few extra plot twists (sayonara, Ned Nickerson!), that Lisa also wrote for other kids’ book series, including Mary-Kate and Ashley and The Lizzie McGuire Mysteries. She later became Creative Director at Random House Children’s Books.

But Lisa had always secretly dreamed of writing mysteries full-time—for grownups. Following an extended stay at her parents’ floral-themed retirement community in Southwest Florida—and a chance elevator meeting with a memorable senior—The Ladies Smythe & Westin series was born.

Lisa is represented by Stephany Evans at Ayesha Pande Literary. A mom to three grown children, she now lives in New Hampshire with her husband and a busy Golden Retriever pup named Farley. Lisa is happy to report that she and Nancy Drew are now Facebook friends, and her typing speed is much improved. To learn more about Lisa and her books, please drop by her website at

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