ABOUT LISA SLABACH
Lisa Slabach is the author of Degrees of Love, her debut novel, and is currently working on her third full-length manuscript and a collection of short stories inspired by her experiences growing up in a small farm community in Washington’s Yakima Valley. In addition to writing, Lisa works for a Fortune 500 Company, leading a sales team in the financial industry. She currently resides in Davis, California with her husband and has two daughters, who are both pursuing careers in film. In her free time, she enjoys drinking wine with friends and cooking in her pink kitchen.
Winner of the 2012 Merritt Contest for Women’s Fiction Award
Named a 2014 Best Book by Kirkus Reviews
Five-time 5-Star Review Recipient by Readers’ Favorite
Lisa Slabach resides in Northern California with her husband and has two daughters who are both in school studying film. She received their undergraduate degree in Dramatic Art from Whitman College and Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Western Illinois University. She accumulated over thirty professional credits as an actress, costume designer and director before transitioning to corporate life. She currently works as a sales leader in the financial industry and is the owner of Olivarez Media, Inc., an online bookstore.
An avid reader since childhood, Slabach turned to drama in college and moved to Jackson, Mississippi to join the only Equity theatre in the city. After touring the South performing famous scenes from Shakespeare, she and her husband, also an actor, moved to Chicago for its larger theater community, where she not only acted, but directed several plays including Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and Letters Home, based on the letters of Sylvia Plath. While directing Getting Out, she was pregnant with her oldest daughter and was placed on bed rest. With a the-show-must-go-on attitude, the theater company for whom she was working, graciously moved seats out of the house and installed a couch, and Lisa continued to direct while laying on her left side. The day her daughter was born, the reviews hit the newsstands and were raves. She took it as a cue that it was time to get out of theater.
Her husband also decided to leave theater, and they moved to San Francisco where he attended law school. For a while, Lisa was the sole supporter of her family working at Saks Fifth Avenue, which meant she had a killer wardrobe, but not a lot of money. She took a calculated risk and left Saks for a straight commission sales job with a Fortune 500 company, where she worked for ten years and progressed to Vice President of Sales.
During a period of particularly grueling back-to-back travel, she got the inspiration to write Degrees of Love. The idea for the story came to her one day while she watched women jetting through LAX. That night she had dinner by herself in a Marriott hotel lounge and spent most of the time observing the other business travelers. They were easy to recognize. Some brought a book and sat alone, while others saddled up to the bar in hopes of conversation. She left the lounge, went to her room and started to write. She hasn’t stopped.
In her free time, Lisa can usually be found treasure hunting for rare and out of print books, enjoying movies with her family, or cooking in her 1950s era pink kitchen. She believes a glass or two of wine every night may not be the secret to a happy life, but it doesn’t hurt!