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About Lisa M. Lane

Lisa has an M.A. in History, and writes fiction and non-fiction. She has also been a professional lighting designer, a Manpower temp, a clerk in a law firm, a textbook contributor, an IATSE extra, a political campaign worker, a production manager for a Shakespeare festival, and a cold caller for a portrait studio. She was even a playground monitor for exactly two hours before being fired for letting the kids do whatever they wanted at lunchtime.

She blogs about writing, history, online teaching, and learning technologies here at and at Medium.

Books forthcoming:

Before the Time Machine

Late in the 19th century, H. G. Wells struggles to become a success, first as a teacher and then as a writer. Over a century later, Katherine teaches history at a small college in California. She wants to be a scholar, and designs a historical project on H. G. Wells so that she can do her research in England. The research trips take on an air of pilgrimage, while Wells lives his own biography. The two characters converse across time, sharing views on love, ambition, illness, teaching, and history. As Katherine becomes a woman out of time, and Wells becomes a man ahead of his, their stories cross. He learns how to realize his dreams, as she wraps hers together to complete her life.

Murder at Old St. Thomas’s

In 1862 London, the body of a famous surgeon is found, sitting upright, in an old operating theatre. His dead eyes stare at the table at the center of the room, where patients had screamed and cried as medical students looked on. The bookish Inspector Slaughter must discover the killer with the help of his American sergeant Mark Honeycutt and clues from Nightingale nurses, surgeon’s dressers, devious apothecaries, and even stage actors. Victorian Southwark becomes the theatre for revealing secrets of the past in a world where anaesthesia is new, working-class audiences enjoy Shakespeare, and women reformers solve society’s problems.

Murder at an Exhibition

In 1863 London, a photographer is murdered, his body found at the Royal Academy Exhibition shortly after his assistant, Bridget, is locked in the dark-room at the studio. Then art expert Giovanni Morelli is attacked. With the police unable to see the connection, illustrator Jo Harris and Bridget must uncover the clues among wealthy art collectors and purveyors of photographic pornography, with the help of a middle-aged Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

H. G. Wells on Science Education

[Non-fiction] For the decade before The Time Machine became a best-seller, H. G. Wells was a bright, lower-middle class youth trying to overcome familial pressure to become a shop clerk. His love for books and knowledge led to an ambition to become a science teacher, and a participant in the scientific debates of the late 19th century. In the wake of Darwinian theories, scientific study had changed, but science education has remained behind. Wells’ writings as a young man reveal the controversies over science education in a way that will seem familiar to educators today, while at the same time showing Wells as a young writer of wit and perception.







Blog posts about writing:

  • Never on Sunday
    or at least not until the 1890s at the National Gallery. I had just completed the first draft of Murder at ...
  • A character pesters the author
    Jo is back, looking over my shoulder. “So when do I come in?” she asks, with a frown. “I’m not even sure ...
  • 24 hours in Clerkenwell Gaol
    Yesterday, lazily wondering what the premise might be for the last mystery in my trilogy, I decided I wanted a ...
  • Writing update
    I have now completed four books, each with a completely different writing process, and all because I couldn’t concentrate on ...
  • Breaking Publishing Rules
    In the same vein as my Breaking Writing Rules post, I’ve now surveyed the options for publishing, and here are ...
  • Breaking Writing Rules
    As I’ve spent the last year or so discovering the various rules for writing fiction, I can now say which ...
  • Two Characters in Search of their Teaching Author
    “Excuse me,” said Jo, from inside the computer. “Lisa? I’m sorry to bother you, but I’m afraid we need some ...
  • What about Ann Little Ingram?
    While I will again emphasize that I am not a women’s historian, or a feminist historian, I must say that ...
  • The Formula, or What I Learned in Mystery-Writing Class
    I just completed a class in writing mysteries. I took it because I wanted a bit of training, having completed ...
  • A story published
    I’ve had my first short story published, in The Secret Attic. Entries were competitive, so it’s real, but I’ve had ...