Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann lives in Sacramento, California. She is married to fellow writer and musician, Matt McMann, and they have two adult children. Her son is an artist named Kilian McMann and her daughter is an actor, Kennedy McMann.

Lisa was born in Holland, Michigan, and she lived there until 2004, when she moved to Mesa, Arizona with her family. She and her husband moved to midtown Sacramento in 2019. They like to write on their balcony overlooking the park across the street. Her first book, Wake, came out in 2008.

In her spare time, Lisa likes to take walks around the California State Capitol grounds, shop at local stores, and cook. She also likes to watch TV and movies and loves to read fantasy, realistic fiction, memoirs, and books about cooking and wine.

Lisa is the author of over two dozen books for young adults and children. So far she has written in genres including paranormal, realistic, dystopian, and fantasy. Some of her most well-known books are The Unwanteds series for middle grade readers and the Wake trilogy for young adults. She hopes to keep writing books for a long time.

What about your parents and siblings?

Lisa’s parents still live in Michigan. Her father worked in a factory and her mother was a beautician and played the organ in church. They are now retired. Lisa has two older brothers and a younger sister, and several nieces and nephews. Most of them live in Michigan, but a few live in California.

When did you decide to be a writer?

When Lisa was in the 4th grade, her teacher told her she did a good job on her story and he picked her to go to something called the young author’s conference. That was an exciting time and Lisa decided then that she was going to be a writer. But it took many years before her first book came out.

When is your birthday?

Lisa was born on February 27, 1968. Fun fact: She shares her birthday with her brother Mike, who is one year older.

Where do you get your ideas?

Lisa says she asks a lot of questions about why things are the way that they are. She also asks “What if…?” a lot. Like, “What if there was a world where children were punished for being creative?” Or “What if people could go into other people’s dreams?” or “What would happen if a kid had animal powers?”

How long does it take you to write a novel?

It takes Lisa about six months to write a novel. That includes the rough draft plus all of the time to edit it. And there are many rounds of edits.

What is your writing schedule like?

Usually Lisa writes in the morning from about 8am until one or two in the afternoon. Then she takes a really long lunch break, and works again from about 7-9pm. She writes almost every day when she is at home, but she doesn’t usually get much writing done when she is on book tour, traveling around the country and meeting her readers.

What are your favorite foods? Favorite color?

Lisa loves all kinds of food. Some of her favorite things include avocados, pistachios, bacon, and carrot cake. Her favorite color is purple, and she likes to autograph books with a purple pen.

I have to write a book report and I need more information immediately. How can I get it?

Unfortunately Lisa isn’t able to answer individual questions because she so busy writing books. But you can find lots of interesting facts by googling her name and looking for magazine, blog, and video interviews. That’s the very best way to find some fun and informative stuff.

How can I get Lisa McMann to come to my school or library to do a cool presentation, answer questions, and sign books?

Easy! Just have your librarian or other adult-in-charge write to Lisa’s assistant at to ask about rates and availability.

How do I send Lisa McMann a letter?

Lisa’s Mailing Address:
Lisa McMann
1017 L Street #324
Sacramento, CA 95814-3805 USA