Lisa Mahoney is a fiction writer and English Professor. She grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts and earned a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. After working in higher education administration for ten years she then earned an MA in Writing and Literature and began teaching. For the next sixteen years, three things consumed her: raising her two children, the sand dunes and ocean waves of Plum Island and teaching writing. Eventually, the tug toward improving her own writing won over so returned to school and earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College in Boston. In 2013, after a lifetime of endless New England winters, an opportunity to relocate to Florida presented itself so she and her family made the drastic move to Key West. Living there for five years, she credits Paradise and their support of the arts for her new-found devotion to her writing. She served as Secretary to the Key West Writers Guild for two years and earned two grants while living on the island. St. Augustine, FL is home now, where she teaches at St. Johns River State College, Flagler College and online for her alma mater, UML. She has just completed her first novel.