Any time someone starts a story with, “I was born in…,” my eyes glaze over and I try not to yawn in their face. So I’ll do my best to find a more interesting way of letting you know I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Brrrrrrrrrr

There, how was that? :)

I did not go to a private school like OCD and I was not in a rich evil clique of “Massie’s.” I went to Hebrew school until ninth grade and then, to Forest Hill Collegiate, a public high school. A lot of the kids in my grade came from families with tons of money and wore Polo everything (it was really IN back then, okay?). I, on the other hand, was forbidden to wear anything made by anyone other than K-Mart or Hanes. I probably would have been allowed to wear The GAP, but it wasn’t on every block in Canada yet. My parents were on a mission to keep me as grounded and un-spoiled as they possibly could. And now, as much as I ah-dore fashion, I seldom buy designer labels. I like the rare finds. Granted, sometimes I look like a total goof bag but at least I’m the only goof bag at the party.

When I was eighteen I moved to Montreal to become a film major at McGill University. Canadians say it’s the Harvard of Canada. Harvard grads don’t agree.

I left McGill after two years because I knew deep down inside I wanted to be a writer, not a filmmaker and McGill had a tiny creative writing program. So I transferred to Emerson College in Boston where I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing. YAY!

So there I was with a BFA, ten dollars in my Le Sportsac and no plan. Luckily, my friend Lawrence was working at MTV in New York and felt sorry for me. He offered me a casting job on a game show called Lip Service. All I had to do was move to Manhattan– the next day.

Um, okay.

I ended up staying at MTV for 12 great years. I had every brutal job there was and eventually worked my way up to Head Writer and then, Senior Director of Development. That’s when things got really cool. It was my job to create and develop new shows for the network like “Room Raiders.” It was MTV, not middle school that inspired me to write The Clique. There were so many employees at MTV who would do and wear anything just to be accepted by the so-called “cool people.” It reminded me so much of life in the seventh grade I had to write about it.

I wrote The Clique and Best Friends for Never while I was still at MTV just in case my life as an author didn’t work out. And in June 2004 I quit my job to write full time, and full time it has been.

In January 2007 I left the harsh winters of New York City in search of the perfect beach town. I found it in Laguna Beach, CA. (No, it had nothing to do with the MTV show even though I have seen every episode.) To date, I have written thirty novels and am currently working on the second installment of my latest series, PRETENDERS: License to Spill, and The Dirty Book Club. I spend eight hours a day writing in my office and admiring my ocean view. Only problem is, I never have time to go to the beach. But I can see it. And that, my friends, is progress.

My Bag Spilleth Over


  1. this is inspiring lisi!:):):)

  2. love the clique soooo much i just finished the 11th book cant wait to see what happens next

  3. Sup! I’m at school. We have to do a poster on a fav author and lucky me I chose you! ;)
    PS: I’m High on sugar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Arabella McCarthy says:

    Dear Lisi, Thank you so much for the book. I’m really exited about the book. Love,Bella

    • Lisi, thank you so much for that wonderful surprise for Bella! And please thank Adam for us in case we don’t see him. It’s very sweet of both of you. Bella is a HUGE Monster High fan! All of her friends play Monster High out on the playground at recess and I will tell you that Bella uses the characters to influence her school clothes shopping – to some degree – she is only 8 after all! Above all things my daughter loves books so you sending her a book about her favorite characters is a dream come true. Thank you again! ~Lisa PS Here is a link to a FB video of her reading your message for the first time :) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151411938783776

  5. Love how you depicted yourself, Lisi! Again, you always write in such an inspiring yet clever and witty way.

  6. Dear Lisi, I read A Tale of Two Pretties and it was so good! This is the best book in the series, but I wish there’s another book about Massie’s new life in England. I’m gonna miss Massie, Alicia, Dylan, Kristen and Claire so much. I love to read every single book in The Clique series. I just want to say thanks for writing this series. It’s ah-ma-zing. :)

  7. How can u write for 8 hrs?!

  8. This is the same Bio from the old website.

  9. Rachel (ray) says:

    Wow. For someone who didn’t belong in a clique sure can write a GREAT series about them!!

  10. Hullo lad! i Love ur books! i especciasly love the clinqe! so origanel and special! i hav a question 4 u, do u no who One Direction is? i was just wondering. i LOVE them as much as i LOVE ur books! Cheerio!

  11. Do u like dogs

  12. r u single because ur cute

  13. Thanks soo much for writing this series it gives a lot of tips for people like the pretty committee!!!!!

  14. BTW i still follow Massie’s tips like the one’s she gives on shopping, life, and boys and well mostly everything else in between lol

  15. Hey Lisi! Just wanted to tell you thanks for The Clique series. I started reading them when I was in 7th grade (funny coincidence!) and the first two books I picked up were Revenge of the Wannabes and Invasion of the Boy Snatchers. I picked them because the covers looked nice. Yes, I completely judged the books by their cover. Can’t say I regretted it that time because I absolutely fell in LOVE–sorry, luh-v–with the entire series. I guess you could say I’m one of those people that love to hate the characters because the more I enjoyed the plots, the more I despised the girls, but then the more I loved them for their (your) wit! It really made me re-evaluate how much I wanted to be like others and made me realize something that I still remind myself of today: Be yourself because there is no time to be anyone else. Don’t wanna waste all of your time being someone you’re not because honestly, being yourself is the only thing you can’t do “wrong”. So thank you. My 12 year old self thanks you and so does my 18 year old self.

  16. I so love all of your books. Especially The Clique Series , Massie and Claire are my favorite characters. I see a little of them both inside of me. Reading your book makes me come up with so many ideas, about you adding another character to it. I would know the perfect type of character to add to the hit-series. Please NEVER Stop doing what your doing—— Making me enjoy READING AGAIN!
    -xoxoxo Ebony .

  17. Hi! I’ve been reading your web site for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Kingwood Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the excellent work!

  18. First off I would like to say excellent blog!
    I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t
    mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind prior to writing.
    I have had a tough time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts
    out. I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like
    the first 10 to 15 minutes are wasted just trying to figure out how to begin.
    Any suggestions or tips? Many thanks!

  19. Vanessa Cervantes says:

    The Dirty Book Club? hahaha I like how you are making a book named after the actual club you made. I’m a huge fan and even though i’m 18, I have been following you since I was 13. Thanks for helping me grow. :)

  20. menakafernando16 says:

    how do u cum up with all those ah-mazing initial names like, GLU , LBR,EW,and all the others, Lisi?! total genius!

  21. I really loved your book. I feel like I could really relate to it . When I was young I use to be one of those kind of girls. Then one day a girl named Jessie came to my school and helped me learn that life was not always About popularity and who is richer. Now Jessie and I are best friends and we welcome new people not block them away.To me this book was looking in the past and releasing I did the right thing and changed not because I had to but because I wanted to. This book to who ever is like Massie a slap in the face saying that being popular and rich will get no where in life . They should look where they would be in life twenty years for now and for the people who changed good luck in like and to the ones who dont change it was your spuid thinking that you would be happy because you were popular you need to wake up from your dream and face reality. My saying for this comment is that being popular will get you no where in life. I want to. E like you when I grow up and I want to write books that people can relate to just like you. Please write me back . <3

  22. Ezri Harris says:

    My friend Kat Park adores the clique series and is now pretty much addicted to lip gloss due to the use of it in your books. Anyway, you are one of her favorite authors and since she doesn’t have an email she wanted me to give her your thanks.

  23. loves this books

  24. I read The Clique series back in, like 6th grade (now in 9th) and started on Alphas. I just recently read Alphas again and I seriously CANNOT believe it’s over! Like no joke, how is there not a movie for this?? It could be like the next Hunger Games- Ah-mazing! And it could be WAY better than the Clique movie (which I personally, was not a big fan of- don’t hate me). I just felt totally entranced while reading the series that I read them all in a week, seriously. Plus, I could totally play AJ- mediocre looks, green eyes, freakishly pale. Anyway, I LUVLUVLUV the way you write and am looking forward to whatever you put out next! But, for real, I’m serious about the whole movie thing, that NEEDS to be looked into.

  25. Luhv all your books! You are totally NOT an LBR!

  26. Harold Cool says:

    Hello. I’m a guy and I’m a big fan of the MH series. Cant say much on the Clique ……….. Not sure if it’s been asked, probably has, many many times, but any new MH books from you, and why are their no Melody dolls ????

  27. Lavender says:

    Thank you so much for writing everything you’ve written! I’m in love with Alphas, The Clique, and especially Monster High. I really want to thank you for all the effort you’ve put into it. You did a really terrific job making the characters from your books seem so real. There would be times I’d crack up over a joke Massie made, cry for Claire when she seemed so sorrowful, open my mouth at what Allie A had just done, and feel so sad for Billy when he felt invisible. I love the realistic features the characters in your books have. I sometimes forget I’m reading fiction!
    I have always loved the sweet characters you’ve made. My favorites will always be Billy, Charlie, and Cam.
    Once again, thank you for making books. There has never been one novel of yours that I didn’t like. I think reading your series has helped me grow up, and I will never forget your books.
    Wishing you the best,

  28. i love monster high and i just finished the second clique book (best friends for never) and i loved them, there awestastique ( awesome fantastique get it). how do u think of so good ideas for books because i always have wanted to be a writer.ttwl

  29. Alphas was awesome, you’re a great author, and I hope I can read more of your books soon!!

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  31. what year did u graduate Emerson??? Need to know for report!! Kinda want to do mine today…

  32. I love your books you r an amazing writer I’m actually makeing a biography on you for school

    • You are the best I love your books and want them to make more movies so I can make my parents get those to

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  34. Hi i am a role player for the PC and i was wondering what table does the PC sit at 32 or 36 i cant remember i need it for a post im doing on my blah-g
    Thanks Massie aka Skylan <3

  35. You’re coming to our school( Blythewood middle school) tomorrow! You seem like a great person to hang out with and a great author. Please reply soon,

  36. Hey, Lisi,
    I just wanted to say that I love your Clique books! They have a great message and I’m looking forward to reading Alphas!

  37. You should make a sequel to The Clique, Love them!

  38. Wanna!

  39. I would be lying if I didn’t say that my favorite moments or my favorite episodes are the
    ones that are about the family. Lately in the blogosphere, more and more blog owners are switching the links in their comments
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  40. Way to push self-hate on young girls, even though you yourself admit that you don’t ascribe to the brand-worshipping lifestyles that you depict in your novels. Instead of critiquing what you saw on MTV, you glorify it in novels to self-conscious and impressionable young girls. Truly detestable.

    • will you tell me about your family lisi? i have no information on it and in language arts we are doing an author study> i chose you! please help!

      • I like to keep my family life pretty private, but what I’ll say is that I have two ah-mazing sons who brighten my world and my life crush’s name is Kevy. Love them.

    • Hi Jenny. Thanks for your note. I certainly do not glorify brand-worshipping in my novels, but do create a world where some central characters do, at least in the Clique and Alphas. There are consequences for doing so, which are revealed if you finish one of the books. My characters don’t always represent my personal thoughts and opinions, but rather, they are fictional beings with their own beliefs playing out in the drama and conflict that ensues, which depicts several different messages and themes throughout. You might have missed the overall message in the series. Hope this finds you well. Thank you again for writing.


  41. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really
    nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come
    back down the road. Many thanks

  42. Hi Lisi…I read the Clique series for the first time like two years ago but i usually reread them every year. I am currently on Dial L for Loser but I can’t stop thinking about the Tale of Two Pretties. I awnestly would not have been this torn if it weren’t for Massie moving to England. I wish there was one more book to show a PC reunion or something…and tbh I loved the first books the best with derrington cause massie and derrington were the best couple ever besides cam and claire. But anyway i just really wish there was another book…just ONEEEE more…

  43. Why isn’t Melody Carver in the character bios and in the Monster High episodes??? :(
    And is there going to be a fifth monster high book?

  44. Howdy are using WordPress for your blog platform?

    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own.
    Do you require any coding expertise to make your own blog?
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  45. I just love the clique books, but I’m from Holland, and only five books have been translated to Dutch, so I can’t read them anymore… Maybe I just have to buy them in Englisch?

  46. This blog was… how do you say it? Relevant!!

    Finally I’ve found something which helped me.
    Many thanks!

  47. Wholesome Mom says:

    Hi Lisi,

    My daughter absolutely loves your books – she’s almost done reading the Clique series. I am a bit concerned though about the value she places on designer labels and wanting to live in a 5 million dollar house. It’s like she’s become obsessed with money and holds everyone to the standards of living in a wealthy NY suburb. She wants me to go out and get a job so she can have more money to spend on designer clothes, while I prefer to be a stay at home mom to be connected to my children. What are your other books like? Are they wholesome? I’d love to get her interested in reading something that would inspire her to focus on education, being a good citizen and being happy with what she currently has which is a lot. There’s a part of me that feels she needs a break from the Clique books – but if I dare remove the books – she’ll hate me forever. Stuck between a rock and a hard place. Hoping you can give me some good advice.

    You don’t have to post this on your blog – I would have preferred to send you a private email, but can’t seem to find it. Thank you!

  48. Hi there, yeah this article is actually good and I have learned
    lot of things from it regarding blogging. thanks.

  49. hey lisi! I love the clique and I was wondering were to get that purse…. thx let me know;) I simply ah-dore the clique


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