Lisa Shafer

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Lisa Shafer is a Utah native and a writer of young adult fiction. Her current novels and WsIP all contain elements of the paranormal or urban fantasy, but someday she hopes to branch out into steampunk as well. As she has spent so many years teaching puberty-ridden adolescents, she tends to prefer first person POV in order to use teens' perspectives on the world. Or, possibly, she never really grew up and tends to see the world that way naturally.
When she is not grading her students' papers, reading, or writing, Ms. Shafer enjoys traveling. Her bad habits include staying up way too late at night to read and eating way too much chocolate.

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Lisa Shafer I am currently editing a YA mystery novella called The (Dis)Appearance of Nerissa MacKay and, at the same time, writing the first draft of its sequel,…moreI am currently editing a YA mystery novella called The (Dis)Appearance of Nerissa MacKay and, at the same time, writing the first draft of its sequel, Nerissa MacKay and the Mystery of the Seventeen Scrolls.(less)
Lisa Shafer My writing style tends to be influenced a great deal by the sarcastic humor of Mark Twain and Erma Bombeck. My tendency to create multi-layered…moreMy writing style tends to be influenced a great deal by the sarcastic humor of Mark Twain and Erma Bombeck. My tendency to create multi-layered protagonists comes from my love of Zilpha Keatley Snyder's books as a child.
I am sorry to tell you that I'm not much influenced by Indian writers. In fact, the only Indian writer I can even remember reading is Rushdie. (I've read Midnight's Children twice, and I just recently picked up a copy of Satanic Verses, but I haven't read that yet.)
Feel free to suggest to me any good Indian writers. :)(less)
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After 733 people signed up to win The (Dis)Appearance of Nerissa MacKay in my last Goodreads giveaway, I decided to have a few giveaways on my blog.
The first one has just started. You can win a library tote bag printed with vintage 50s Christmas graphic art and filled with bookish stuff: a paperback of (Dis)Appearance, a paperback of Popular by M. Van Wagenen, a mug (for sampling Aunti... Read more of this blog post »
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Visualizing The Beatles by John Pring
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This is an interesting, graphic art take on Beatles' history. It's a coffee table book, arranged in chronological order, covering phases of the Beatles' career as a group (and solos afterwards) by albums. It gives no sources, is a bit over-simplistic ...more
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Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swendson
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This isn't quite as good as the first one; the author seems a bit overwhelmed with world-building, and things are a bit ungelled. However, it's good, light steampunk fun.
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The Beatles in 100 Objects by Brian Southall
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This was superb!
Obviously, it's for die-hard Beatles' fans; it would be a bit much for anyone who didn't already have a basic knowledge of the group's hit, records, and history.
The objects are arranged chronologically, from the early days to post-br
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This was superb!
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Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs
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I've read the first 15 books of this series, but I skipped the last few, then found this one at the public library. My main impression is that the series has gone way downhill.
First of all, the murderer was incredibly obvious, even more obvious than
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This book was refreshing! The characters are realistic, and the protagonist (it's 1st person POV) actually SOUNDS like a high school kid! There's a hint of romance, but the whole book does not focus on that, which is highly unusual for YA. The teache ...more
These Vengeful Souls by Tarun Shanker
"2.5 As I adored THESE VICIOUS MASKS, it saddens me to report that I've four areas of rather large disappointment:
1. Hasty pacing detracted from an otherwise tight plot—and lent to harried action scenes heavy on telling.
2. Too large an ensemble cas..." Read more of this review »
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"2.5/ 5 stars

I don’t think my cold, dark heart has ever felt such disappointment. It actually physically pains me that this was not a five star read for me. I don’t know if I just hyped myself up too much for this one or if it really was just that..." Read more of this review »
These Vengeful Souls by Tarun Shanker
"Oh well, another anticipated release and series finale that did not live up to my expectations. Mr. Braddock, divorce!

RTC when I have free time again (maybe never *inserts sad face*)"
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