Lisa Mason

Biography

Lisa Mason is the author of ten novels, including Summer of Love (Bantam), a San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book and Philip K. Dick Award finalist, and The Golden Nineties (Bantam), a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book.

Mason published her first story, “Arachne,” in Omni and has since published short fiction in magazines and anthologies worldwide, including Omni, Full Spectrum, Universe, Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Unique, Transcendental Tales, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Immortal Unicorn, Tales of the Impossible, Desire Burn, Fantastic Alice, The Shimmering Door, Hayakawa Science Fiction Magazine, Unter Die Haut, and others. Her stories have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.

Mason’s story, “Tomorrow’s Child,” first published in Omni Magazine, is in development at Universal Studios.

Lisa Mason lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, the renowned artist and jeweler Tom Robinson. Visit her on the web at Lisa Mason’s Official Website, follow her Official Blog, follow her on Twitter @lisaSmason, or e-mail her at LisaSMason@aol.com.

Smashwords Interview

How did you get into writing?
Lisa Mason: My mom bought me lots of great books when I was a kid. I loved reading and knew I wanted to be a writer. Stories and fantasies would pop into my head and I wrote my first book at age five. I’ve got it on my desk right now. It is 1¼ inches by 2 inches, hand-sewn, two chapters, lavishly illustrated by the author, and entitled, “Millie the Caterpillar.”

Millie is despondent at being “a fat, green, hairy, little caterpillar.” Then spring comes, she breaks out of her cocoon, and “to her surprize, she found two beautiful red and black wings on her shoulders.” Happiness! The End. I’ve thought ever since “surprise” should be spelled with a z.

So you could say I got bit by the writing bug early on, but my life has taken some twists and turns and writing hasn’t been a straight shot for me.
For readers not already familiar with your work, tell us what kind of books you write and what readers should expect from your stories?
Lisa Mason: I mostly write character-driven science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary or historical fantasy (as opposed to epic fantasy), but I’ve also written more mainstream works, passionate historical romantic suspense, and a screenplay or two.

My latest release, Strange Ladies: 7 Stories, is a collection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories published in top magazines and anthologies worldwide. I’m gratified to see the response so far has been awesome since I cherry-picked the stories from among my published short fiction.
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Where to find Lisa Mason online


Where to buy in print


Books

Eon's Kiss
By Lisa Mason
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,450. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2014. Category: Fiction
Erotic paranormal romance with sensuality, death, and environmentalism. Jenna Coltrane falls in love with Eon, the god of the Arbor, a magical world. She must save her love for Eon and the habitat his magic supports from industrialists who will stop at nothing to destroy the Arbor.
My Charlotte: Patty's Story
By Lisa Mason
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,200. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2014. Category: Essay
My Charlotte: Patty’s Story is a short, sweet memoir about a life in a garden and one writer’s first inspiration. Includes Lisa Mason’s first story, “Arachne,” published by Omni Magazine worldwide, by Hayakawa in Japan, and by Replik in Sweden.
U F uh-O, A Sci Fi Comedy
By Lisa Mason
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,590. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Category: Fiction
Knocked Up meets E.T. A novella by Lisa Mason based on her screenplay for a producer looking for another Men in Black or Galaxy Quest. Two very different couples go to a sperm bank and wind up with babies who are similar, but in the strangest ways. How did that happen? Josh and Nikki, Mike and Gretchen need to find out. Five-star review.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories
By Lisa Mason
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,670. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2013. Category: Fiction
Short science fiction, fantasy, and horror by New York Times Notable Book author Lisa Mason published in top magazines and anthologies worldwide. "Fantastic collection!" Reader Review “A must-read collection.” San Francisco Review of Books
The Garden of Abracadabra: Book 3, The Right Road
By Lisa Mason
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,600. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2013. Category: Fiction
Urban fantasy! The Garden of Abracadabra: Book 3, The Right Road. Abby Teller uncovers supernatural secrets and solves the supernatural murders, facing challenges ahead. Murder, magic, and romance at the Berkeley College of Magical Arts and Crafts! Installment 3 of The Garden of Abracadabra. From the author of Summer of Love and Strange Ladies: 7 Stories.
The Garden of Abracadabra: Book 2, In Dark Woods
By Lisa Mason
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,420. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2013. Category: Fiction
Urban fantasy! Abby Teller is compelled into a dangerous supernatural murder investigation. Murder, magic, and romance at the Berkeley College of Magical Arts and Crafts! Installment 2 of The Garden of Abracadabra by the author of Summer of Love, The Gilded Age, Celestial Girl, and Strange Ladies: 7 Stories.
Celestial Girl: The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery)
By Lisa Mason
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 200,100. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2013. Category: Fiction
Passionate historical romantic suspense. In 1896, Lily Modjeska journeys to San Francisco to unravel a web of murder and corruption involving 1890s immigration policy. Her journey becomes one of the heart when she meets Dr. Jackson Tremaine and they begin a stormy affair. Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes Books 1 through 4.
Celestial Girl, Book 3: The Celestial Kingdom (A Lily Modjeska Mystery)
By Lisa Mason
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,920. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2013. Category: Fiction
Passionate historical romantic suspense. Lily Modjeska and Dr. Jackson Tremaine journey to Imperial China, confronting soldiers of the Boxer Revolution and brutal slavers. Lily discovers secrets vital to the identity of the Celestial Girl. Includes Celestial Girl, Book 4: Terminus (A Lily Modjeska Mystery). Lily and Jackson return to San Francisco and solve the tragic mystery of the Celestial Girl
The Garden of Abracadabra: Book 1, Life’s Journey
By Lisa Mason
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,890. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2013. Category: Fiction
The Garden of Abracadabra: Book 1, Life’s Journey. Abby Teller arrives in Berkeley, filled with hope and promise when she stumbles upon a supernatural multiple murder scene. Murder, magic, and romance at the Berkeley College of Magical Arts and Crafts! Installment 1 of The Garden of Abracadabra.
Tesla, A Worthy of His Time, A Screenplay
By Lisa Mason
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 51,930. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2013. Category: Screenplays
Feature-length biopic of Nikola Tesla, The Inventor of the Twentieth Century. Genius. Visionary. Madman? Tesla pioneered AC electricity and countless other inventions we effortlesly use today. Yet Tesla was a driven and lonely man who, though famous at first, died in obscurity. Why did that happen? The screenplay blends historical fact with speculative imagination.
The Sixty-third Anniversary of Hysteria
By Lisa Mason
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,660. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2013. Category: Fiction
Literary fantasy inspired by the Surrealist artists Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington in Mexico 1941. Published by Lisa Mason in the acclaimed anthology, Full Spectrum 5 (Bantam, Ed. Jennifer Hershey).
Hummers
By Lisa Mason
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,620. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2013. Category: Fiction
Literary fantasy published in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, chosen for Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 5th Annual Collection (St. Martin’s Press), and nominated for the Nebula Award. Laurel, dying of cancer, receives the gift of a hummingbird feeder and learns magical lessons from the birds who visit her.
Celestial Girl, Book 2: Jewel of the Golden West (A Lily Modjeska Mystery)
By Lisa Mason
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,940. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013. Category: Fiction
Passionate historical romantic suspense. Arriving in San Francisco in 1896, Lily Modjeska and Dr. Jackson Tremaine discover the murder of an immigration official, begin a passionate affair, and unravel a web of corruption and murder stemming from 1890s immigration policy from the opium dens of Chinatown to the mansions of Nob Hill.
Celestial Girl, Book 1: The Heartland (A Lily Modjeska Mystery)
By Lisa Mason
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,410. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013. Category: Fiction
Passionate historical romantic suspense. After her husband is found murdered in 1896, Lily Modjeska flees Ohio aboard the Overland train, bound for California. She falls in love with the debonair Dr. Jackson Tremaine and becomes the tutor to the mysterious Celestial Girl. Lily will unravel a web of corruption and murder stemming from 1890s immigration policy.
Every Mystery Unexplained
By Lisa Mason
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,840. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Category: Fiction
Literary historical fantasy published in David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible (HarperPrism). It is 1895 and Danny Flint is a young man living in the shadow of his controlling father, a stage magician whose fortunes are fading. Danny will face the death of his mother with the help of a mysterious lady.
Daughter of the Tao
By Lisa Mason
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,910. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Category: Fiction
Literary historical fantasy published in the acclaimed anthology Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn (HarperPrism). A young girl, headed for a dreadful fate, learns about Tao Magic and the Chinese unicorn. But can she save herself?
Tomorrow's Child
By Lisa Mason
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,010. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2013. Category: Fiction
Tomorrow’s Child, the 3M medical documentary that became a lead story in Omni Magazine and then sold outright to Universal Studios. A high-powered executive is about to lose his estranged teenage daughter to critical burn wounds and only desperate measures may save her life. The ebook includes Lisa Mason's 30-day blog, The Story Behind The Story That Sold To The Movies.
The Gilded Age, A Time Travel
By Lisa Mason
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 143,490. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2013. Category: Fiction
The classic time travel to 1895. A New York Times Notable Book. A New York Public Library Recommended Book. Zhu Wong, from 500 years in the future, must travel to 1895 to rescue a Chinese slave girl. She falls in love with the troubled heir to a fading fortune and becomes indentured to the most notorious madam in San Francisco. The choices she makes affect the future and her own life or death.
Shaken
By Lisa Mason
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,510. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2013. Category: Fiction
“The Net” meets “Conspiracy Theory” with Earthquakes. Emma J for Joy Pearce is in downtown San Francisco when the dreaded next Big Quake devastates the city. She saves a man from the rubble, and sparks fly between them. But Jason Gibb is not the charming man he pretends to be. Emma discovers dark secrets behind the disaster and must fight for her life.
Summer of Love, A Time Travel
By Lisa Mason
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 112,000. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2013. Category: Fiction
The classic bestselling time travel to 1967 by Lisa Mason. A Philip K Dick Award Finalist. A San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book. Teenager Susan Bell has run away to San Francisco to find her troubled best friend. She meets Chiron, a mysterious young man. With the help of Ruby Maverick, a half-black half-white hip merchant, Susan and Chi battle demons threatening to destroy all space and time
The Garden of Abracadabra
By Lisa Mason
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 140,290. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2013. Category: Fiction
At her mother's urgent deathbed plea, Abby Teller enrolls at the Berkeley College of Magical Arts and Crafts to learn Real Magic. She signs on as the superintendent of The Garden of Abracadabra, a magical apartment building on campus. On her first day, she stumbles upon a supernatural murder scene. The lessons of Real Magic may spell the difference between her own life or death.

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