Maizy Chen's Last Chance has been named a National Book Award Finalist!
Here's Lisa and Peepy with some of the books she's written!
FIND OUT STUFF ABOUT LISA . . .
Lisa Yee was born and raised near Los Angeles. As a kid, she loved reading, opening brand new boxes of cereal (to get the prize), and riding the teacups at Disneyland.
Lisa attended Brightwood Elementary School in Monterey Park, CA where she once won an award for best decorated cake.
While at Alhambra High School, Lisa was on the debate team and president of the honor society. On occasion, she would ditch class and sneak off to the library. (Okay, so she never quite figured out the juvenile delinquent thing.) At the University of Southern California, she majored in English and Humanities, and she also took a bowling class.
Lisa has been an inventor, a hand model (once), and worked for a creative think tank. At Walt Disney World she was a writer/producer and one time, when she was the only short person around, she got to be Mickey Mouse. She has also directed creative projects for Fortune 500 clients, led creativity seminars for dairy farmers (moo), and been featured in the Wall Street Journal for her obsessive workaholic behavior. (She is now practically, totally cured of this.)
Even though Lisa has been paid to eat chocolate, the thing she likes doing most is writing--except for when she has writer's block, or needs a snack, or is distracted.
Her writing assignments have included labels for cans of refried beans and a sort-of speech for a President of the United States. Plus, she has penned her own newspaper column, written commercials, Red Lobster menus, and jingles. And, that's right, she came up with the slogan, “Pass the Old El Paso."
Her first book, MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS debuted in 2003. Since then, she's had over 20 more novels published -- and at this VERY MOMENT is working on a new one. Well, either that or she's having a snack. Her latest Young Adult novel is THE KIDNEY HYPOTHETICAL - OR HOW TO RUIN YOUR LIFE IN SEVEN DAYS.
Lisa has garnered oodles of awards, and her backwards handwriting is neater than her regular handwriting. Her HUGE collection of Winnie the-Poohs is on loan to the White River (Ontario) Winnie-the-Pooh Museum.
Her recent projects included penning the DC Super Hero Girls middle grade novel series and American Girl's Girl of the Year books. Her latest novel, MAIZY CHEN'S LAST CHANCE, debuted February 2022 to rave reviews and has been longlisted for the National Book Awards.
Lisa lives In Western Massachusetts, but spends a lot of time in Los Angeles, especially when it's cold.
For the past eight years, Lisa's helped pick the Best Books of the Year for NPR.
Here's a recent interview on how Lisa writes so much. And you can read Lisa's latest interview about her journey to become author HERE.
Why didn't you tell me there's a shorter bio HERE?
All author photos where Lisa is wearing this purplish top or a purplish jacket are by Emi Fujii Photography.