Lisa Jackson can’t keep away from murderers, especially serial killers. She’s
been killing people everywhere from Savannah and New Orleans to San Francisco
and the Pacific Northwest—and it’s been worth it. Her readers come back again
and again, and her novels are fixtures on national bestseller lists. In fact,
her book Fatal Burn was a number one New York Times paperback bestseller,
and the first two of her novels to be published in hardcover, Shiver and
Absolute Fear, were in the top five on the New York Times Best Sellers
list. Next, readers will be looking for LOST SOULS, just published in hardcover
by Kensington Books to go on sale March 25th.
Having made serial killing her
business—sort of—she has put her characters through the wringer. They have been
up to their necks in danger and stared death, usually a pretty gory one, right
in the face. She continues to be fascinated by the minds and motives of both
her killers and their pursuers—the personal, the professional and downright
twisted. As she builds the puzzle of relationships, actions, clues, lies and
personal histories that haunt her protagonists, she must also confront the fear
and terror faced by her victims, and the harsh and enduring truth that, in the
real world, terror and madness touch far too many lives and families.
Lisa began writing at the urging
of her sister, novelist Nancy Bush. Inspired by the success of authors she admired
and the burgeoning market for romance fiction at the time, Nancy was convinced
they could work together and succeed. They sat down, determined to write and
to be published.
They did and they were.
Initially they wrote together. Later, they moved in different directions.
Lisa brought more and more suspense to her work and began writing much darker
stories. Nancy’s writing expanded to include not just her own novels, including
her highly praised Jane Kelly Mysteries, such as the recently published
Ultraviolet, Electric Blue and Candy Apple Red, but she
also spent several years writing for one of television’s leading soap operas,
even transplanting herself for a time from the sisters’ Pacific Northwest roots
to Manhattan. This year, they plan to work together again on a thriller set
for publication in 2009.
Meanwhile, for Lisa the killing
goes on as this mother, daughter, workaholic and amazing writer continues her
habit of making the hair stand up on the back of readers’ necks, and landing
her books on The New York Times, the USA Today, and the Publishers
Weekly national best seller lists.