As a kid, Lisa Q. Mathews prepped for her writing career by answering ads in the back of her mom’s magazines (“We’re Looking for People to Write Children’s Books!”). She also read a lot, flunking her summer camp swim test—twice—because she was absorbed in a book and forgot to show up.


After her graduation from Williams College, Lisa found her dream job:  editing Nancy Drew mysteries for a New York publisher.  She also wrote under pseudonym for other kids’ series, including Mary-Kate and Ashley and The Lizzie McGuire Mysteries. She later became Creative Director at Random House Children’s Books and the mom of three amazing kids.


Lisa now writes from New Hampshire, where she lives with her husband, a lucky black cat, and a crazy Golden Retriever named Farley. The Ladies Smythe & Westin is her first mystery series for adults. Her humorous short story "Fly Me to the Morgue" will be published in the Malice Domestic anthology MYSTERY MOST DIABOLICAL in Fall 2021. She is represented by Stephany Evans of Ayesha Pande Literary.

Author Photo by Krista Gallant