Story of My Life

lisaoncouchBorn and raised in the Buckeye State of Ohio, Iím a Phi Beta Scholar and a graduate of the University of Michigan, College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts, and the University of Michigan Law School.

I lived seven long years in Ann Arbor, a lovely little campus town. There I had my share of life, learning, and love. I remember the day in late March when Iíd just won a job offer from a Big Ten law firm in San Francisco. I was gazing out my bedroom window at a fresh snowfall. The lawn, blanketed in icy white, was beautiful and still, not yet sullied by boot prints, paw prints, or car exhaust. And I thought, ďDamn, I'm glad Iím going to The Golden State where it never snows!Ē

In San Francisco, I practiced law at the Big Ten law firm, then moved on to become a legal writer, editor, publication manager, and executive editor at a national law book publisher. Why leave a lucrative legal practice? The time and mental demands were just too overwhelming. Since I was a child, Iíd written fantasy fiction. I believed that was my true calling in life. But Iíd never have the time to discover if I could succeed at writing or to work at my craft if I stayed in a punishing seventy-hour-a-week job.

My position in legal publishing was demanding, too, but nowhere near as difficult as an attorney at a big law firm. Iíd walk to the day job, walk home (I always walk to the job from my home), prepare dinner for my family, and get to work. Work was researching, soul-searching, plotting, writing, reading stories and novels that would influence me well and inform me what other authors were up to, finishing projects, and mailing them out. I suffered sleep deprivation for more years than I care to say.


 lisainpinkAfter publishing my first story in Omni Magazine and going on to publish two dozen stories in magazines and anthologies worldwide, publishing my first novel, securing a movie option, and developing legal software, I took the plunge and went freelance, supplemented at first by consulting work with the law book publisher.


It's been a long journey since then, fraught with elation, victory, peril, disappointment, deaths in the family, and a great deal of satisfaction.


And here I am after all these years, my friends, still striving to bring you new quality stories and books with a heart, a mind, and a soul. Thanks to Bast Books, I've moved most of my back list onto all of the Internet booksellers, all links, all readers, worldwide.


Though I still have a few tricks up my sleeve when it comes to traditional publishing!




For more news about published stories and interviews I've recently done with F&SF, see the Home Page and the Stories Page!


New books and stories are in the works!


I now live a very private, productive life in The Golden State with my brilliant, handsome, and talented husband, Tom Robinson, the renowned artist and bespoke jeweler. Here's a photo of us a few years ago when we lived on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood.



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Home Author's Bio Books Stories
Summer of Love The Gilded Age
The Garden of Abracadabra
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories
Celestial Girl, A Lily Modjeska Mystery
Shaken Tomorrow's Child Hummers The Sixty-third Anniversary of Hysteria
Every Mystery Unexplained Daughter of the Tao
Tesla, A Screenplay U F uh-O, A Sci Fi Comedy
My Charlotte: Patty's Story
Eon's Kiss (Book 1 of the Eon Trilogy) by Suzanna Moore
Bast Books Bast Collectible Books
Alana Luna
Time Travel Blogs with Laura Vosika 1 to 3 Time Travel Blogs with Laura Vosika 4 to 5
Chats About Writing with Ryan Schneider (1) Chats About Writing with Ryan Schneider (2)
Castles in the Sky Interview Festivale Interview
The Next Thing
Jewelry by Tom Robinson Art by Tom Robinson
Keep Fit, Keep Writing: A Roundtable with Kevin J. Anderson, Lisa Mason and Linda Nagata (Part 1: Move It!) Keep Fit, Keep Writing: A Roundtable with Kevin J. Anderson, Lisa Mason and Linda Nagata (Part 2: Chow Down!)
Lit World Interview: Ronovan Chats with Lisa Mason
"Teardrop" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
"Teardrop" Interview with The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Review of Summer of Love in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle
Meet Athena!
Tomorrow Is A Lovely Day in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
"Tomorrow Is A Lovely Day" Interview with The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Reviews of Summer of Love by Locus Magazine and Award-winning Author Lewis Shiner

Ryan Schneider Chats with Lisa Mason About The Garden of Abracadabra

The Story Collection Storybundle
"Aether", The New Painting by Tom Robinson
Arachne Cyberweb
The Artificial Intelligence Storybundle
One Day in the Life of Alexa
Interview for "Riddle" in the September-October 2017 Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
All content copyright 2000-2018 by Lisa Mason. All artwork copyright 2000-2018 by Tom Robinson.
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