Lisa's Journal

Why David Bowie was My First Lodestar

Posted at Jan 13, 2016 11:43 pm

(A shorter version of this blog was originally published on the YASquad blog.)

“And love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the light…” Under Pressure

Music is a huge part of my creative process, a huge part of my life, as I’m sure it is for most

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My Favorite Holiday Movies

Posted at Dec 23, 2015 1:52 pm

Like many of you, I have favorite holiday movies I watch every year no matter what. I love to sing along, quote along, and cry along with my favorite actors. And sometimes I desperately want to rewrite certain scenes (I’m looking at you, Laura Linney. Ignore your freaking phone already!)


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Super Nanny Saves Christmas

Posted at Dec 13, 2015 12:27 pm


A short story by Lisa Brown Roberts


“Yay Trina!! It’s Christmas, Christmas, CHRISTMAS!”

There’s nothing like the scream of a five-year-old she-devil to get a person moving on a sleepy holiday vacation day.

“Technically, Gilly, we still have five days until Christmas,” I reminded her, sidestepping her whirling dervish dance as I

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Freaky Friday – Teen Angst Poetry

Posted at Nov 13, 2015 10:41 am

I recently came across a treasure trove of primary source YA material: my teenage journals. These babies are chock full of drama, angst, and a whole lotta unrequited love. In the interests of research, I’ve been reading them, and when I’m not cringing, I’m laughing- a lot.

Here’s hoping a glimpse

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Happy Halloween & Book Giveaway!

Posted at Oct 28, 2015 6:04 pm

I love Halloween! Dressing up, haunted houses, tons of candy, and the tingly spidey sense that ghosts might be real, at least one night of the year.


As part

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Posted at Sep 23, 2015 10:08 am

Music inspires and informs all of my books. Listening to my playlists gets me into the mood of the characters and specific scenes, and helps my writing flow.

My writing playlists are fairly long, so I’m sharing condensed playlists here. I’ve also linked to my playlists on Spotify. Crank it

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Playing the Player Releases Today!

Posted at Sep 14, 2015 6:00 am

I’m so excited to share this book with you because I had so much fun writing Trina and Slade’s story. I love romantic comedies, and writing this one was more fun than binge-watching Downey and Depp and Cumberbatch, while simultaneously scarfing Chocolove chocolate bars. Really.

Thank you to Entangled Publishing for

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Denver Comic Con 2015

Posted at Jun 8, 2015 8:00 pm

Over Memorial Day weekend, my family and I attended our fourth annual Denver Comic Con. It’s become our summer kick-off event, even when the weather is rainy and cold.

I absolutely love the nerdvana vibe: costumes, sci-fi speed dating, panels on books, TV shows, and movies, tons of artists and authors,

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Stonehenge Replicas

Posted at Apr 23, 2015 8:49 am

Stonehenge Replicas in How (not) to Fall in Love

I’ve heard from some readers asking me about the “clonehenges” mentioned in the book, so I thought I’d share some info about them.

Some of the replicas mentioned in the book are real, others are figments of my imagination. Though I made up the

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Inspiration and Perspiration

Posted at Feb 6, 2015 7:00 am

Since my first book has become a reality, I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I get inspired and how I manage to write books, work a day job, and raise a family.  

What really happens is I get up at 4:30 a.m. every day, make a

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