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Lisa Lutz

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Lisa Lutz grew up in Southern California. After graduating high school, she attended UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, University of Leeds in England and San Francisco State University, although she still does not have a bachelor's degree.

Lisa spent most of the 1990s hopping from a string of low-paying odd jobs while writing and rewriting a mob comedy called Plan B. After it was made in 2000, Lisa vowed she would never write another screenplay. She began working on The Spellman Files in January of 2004. In the fall of that year, she drove across the country and moved into a 200-year-old house in the town of Westernville, New York (pop. 300). It was there Lisa shoveled snow and wrote the bulk of her first novel.

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Great question. I remember writing that scene and it's very meaningful to me, but I don't know that there was a particular moment in time…more
Hi Katie,
Great question. I remember writing that scene and it's very meaningful to me, but I don't know that there was a particular moment in time when I had that insight. I'm older than Isabel and probably about as mature as she is (I know, scary). It's just something you realize when you look around. Grown ups aren't grown up. People are just doing their best. Sometime you can meet a child who is completely evolved and an adult who is and will forever be a child. It was something I wanted to discuss. It's nice to know that someone noticed it. Thanks.(less)
Lisa Lutz Hi Natasha,

The hardest book hasn't been published yet. How To Start A Fire (HMH, May, 2015). I wrote the first chapter in February of 2006 and worked…more
Hi Natasha,

The hardest book hasn't been published yet. How To Start A Fire (HMH, May, 2015). I wrote the first chapter in February of 2006 and worked on it intermittently over the years. It's my most complex book and it has been a challenge figuring it out. But I'm very proud of it. It's not like anything else of I've done. Not a comedy, not a mystery. (less)
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Prohibited by law from teaching at conventional educational institutions, Lisa has long found other ways to share her wisdom with the world, from the old Ask Lutz advice column to her more recent etiquette guide.


Because even her vast knowledge has its limits, her newest educational venture will draw upon the expertise of a series of specialists. In the first installment of Lutz U, she asks a sc...

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“If people really grew up, there would be no crime, no divorce, no Civil War reenactors....it's not like you think it will be, that one day you'll wake up and realize that you've got things figured out. You never figure it out. Ever." - Isabel Spellman attempting to explain growing up to her sister Rae”
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message 2: by Lindsay (last edited Jul 07, 2011 03:18PM)

Lindsay Hello. I am in love with the Spellman Books.

Thank you!

That is all. : )


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Beth Hi Lisa,
Thanks for befriending this fellow author on Goodreads!


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