Lisa K. Friedman, Author

LKF's essays appear in the New York Times and The Huffington Post, among other publications. She is the author of the books Cruise to Retribution, and Nothing to Lose.

Lisa keeps her diplomas over her washing machine, Hershey's chocolate in her nightstand and eats ice cream out of the container with a fork. She is never without a copy of Strunk and White's Elements of Style because "you never know when you’re going to need to conjugate."

And They Say Being a Writer is Easy…

Just went downstairs to get chicken from the freezer and I found a pile of insulation on the floor that should be in the ceiling. Then, I discovered a circle of flecks on the cement that turned out to be pieces of plastic pipe, also formerly part of the ceiling. Someone is burrowing in my ceilings. Oh my god. It’s an attack! I called the exterminator but he can’t come till tomorrow even though is pretty clear to me that I’m in imminent danger. I found three more piles of insulation refuse. What if it’s a muskrat? What’s a muskrat? Or it could be a beaver. They’re nasty. Do beavers come into the house?  I am at my desk wearing waders over my writing pajamas; I have a sword/yardstick clamped between my legs. Can’t be too careful.

And people think being a writer is easy.

As a juror of the Scholastic Writing Awards 2012 in early January, my genre was humor, essay and short story. Jurors read hundreds of fabulous submissions from teens around the region. Good luck to all the finalists.

A Bit About Me…

Lisa K. Friedman originally intended to be a marine biologist. She spent one summer on a trawler scooping up clams and other unidentifiable clumps of mucosa from the shallow shoals of the Atlantic and then swore off marine science for good. She remains proud of her status, however, of being the only student on the trawler who did not share the contents of her stomach with the class. 

 leap from crustaceans to statesmen landed Lisa in Washington, DC where she quickly received a fine for riding in the Senator’s Only elevator. She holds the world’s record for Number of Hours Wandering Lost in a Senate Office Building (five). Recently, she delayed a Presidential motorcade while attempting to parallel park on a busy one-way street in the nation’s Capitol which resulted in a short feature on the evening news.

Her writing career began in earnest in 1985 as a feature writer for the San Jose Mercury News. She was a contributing editor to San Francisco Focus Magazine in Heath and Medicine; her work now appears in newspapers and magazines across the nation. She is the author of Capital Baby, a resource book that spawned a monthly column in Washington Parent magazine, and the novels Cruise to Retribution and Nothing to Lose.

In 2008, Lisa was awarded a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the Johns Hopkins University. Her essays and fiction are widely published.

For the past ten million years Nature has been busily inventing ways to make the male attractive to the female, but the whole business of courtship, from the marine annelids up to man, still lumbers heavily along, like a complicated musical comedy.

—James Thurber

Floating upward through a confusion of dreams and memory, curving like a trout through the rings of previous risings, I surface. My eyes open. I am awake.

—Wallace Stegner.