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Lisa was born and grew up in Nottingham. She studied drama at Middlesex University and following graduation worked as an actor on stage and TV.

Her first novel, The Art of Being Normal  won a number of prizes including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Best Older Fiction 2016. She has written three other YA novels and non-fiction for younger children.She lives in London with her husband, stepchildren and a mischievous whippet called Nelson.