Lisa Bradley writes the kind of YA adventures she wishes she had more of growing up. Her love of words began in the seventh grade with an honorable mention in a state writing competition for her poem titled “Out to Sea.” The poem’s setting would eventually become the foundation for her first novel. Lisa enjoys writing stories for and about teens because first time experiences often feel huge and leave impressions on the heart that last well into adulthood.Her manuscript, THE THINGS WE WISH TO KEEP, about an architecture prodigy who fights a small town to save a castle from demolition day, won second place in the 2018 National Women’s Book Association Fiction contest. Lisa is a member of SCBWI, Columbia Fiction and Screenwriters, and is active in the Howard County Library System Battle of the Books program, one of the largest in the nation.Lisa earned a B.A. in English and Psychology at SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in Communications from Fordham University. After years of writing press releases and marketing blurbs, Lisa made the bold choice to take her passion for words into the kidlit space. Lisa currently lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and two hermit crabs. Her children ask her daily when they’ll get another dog. When she isn’t writing, Lisa enjoys practicing yoga, spending time at the pool with her family and reading. She also loves to travel anywhere near water. Follow Lisa at @lisabradleybook.