Lisa Preston


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Lisa Preston (1964- ) turned to writing after careers as a fire department paramedic and a city police officer. Experience in her earlier professions enhance the medical and legal passages of her fiction and non-fiction.

Her debut novel, Orchids and Stone, was released by Thomas & Mercer in April 2016, and has been described both as a thriller and as domestic noir.

Her published work includes non-fiction books and articles on animals, particularly the care and training of dogs and horses.

Away from her desk, she spends hours on backcountry trails as a runner and rider, sometimes combining her two outdoor pursuits via the obscure sport of Ride and Tie.

She lives with her husband and Malinois on Washington State's vast Olympic Peninsula.
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Orchids and Stone

3.43 avg rating — 4,156 ratings — published 2016 — 4 editions
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The Clincher (Horseshoer My...

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The Measure of the Moon

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Dead Blow (Horseshoer Myste...

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Forging Fire (Horseshoer My...

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Canine Scent Work Log

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The Ultimate Guide to Horse...

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Bitless Bridles: How to Mak...

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2013
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“Different ideas will capture my imagination and ask if they can be in a story. Sometimes they fit together and sometimes they don't. One notion leads to another and I might write pages that will have to go away later, but I'm sketching, getting to know a character, how he or she speaks or lives, so I just let it flow. Things start to click. I don't outline before starting, nor do I write one chapter at a time or even in chronological order. If I'm thinking about a scene, conversation, or event that will come later, I page down and write away.”
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“How many people did nothing? How many times would it have mattered? How often might a life be saved if people made an effort and took action? If they got involved whenever there was a question, a hint of trouble.”
Lisa Preston, Orchids and Stone

“They’d had her body all day, confirming what they suspected as soon as some hikers’ dogs pawed at the shallow grave where her naked corpse rotted as fodder for the earth. And then, the”
Lisa Preston, Orchids and Stone

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