BioI’m a fiction writer and have been working on my stories since 1983. That’s when my second boy was born and I figured I better have something to keep my brain going! My first novel, The Bluejay Shaman, appeared in 1994. I have published over a dozen novels plus a couple short stories and a variety of articles, including the group novel I published with four other mystery authors, Beat Slay Love. I once was the film reviewer for the BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN newspaper and love movies. I served on the national boards of directors for Mystery Writers of America and International Ass’n of Crime Writers/North America. Every summer I join the faculty for the Jackson Hole Writers Conference, critiquing, workshopping, and talking writing with writers of all stripes. I lived in Wyoming twice, in Jackson and Lander, twenty years apart. In between, and now, I am home in Montana. I still remember all the words to that childhood song I learned in fourth grade: “My home’s in Montana, I wear a bandanna, my spurs are of silver, my pony is gray…” So far I have neither pony nor spurs but I love my home state.
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Read this preview of The Frenchman, the fifth book in the Bennett Sisters Mystery Series, out in August 2017.
When a woman is at the end of her rope, anything can happen. Claire Jasper has seen enough. Her husband, a handsome cowboy and bronc rider, is away, shacked up with a buckle bunny. Claire enjoys the quiet... until the sheriff comes calling. Where exactly is Owen Jasper? Claire won't tell. This short story was included in an anthology, Deadly by the Dozen, edited by Mark Terry. Reviewers singled it out for praise: "...the absolute stand out for me was `Indian Summer' by Lise McClendon. It was just fabulous - a great mix of good writing, good characters and a strong element of mystery. That story would stand out anywhere."
In this suspense novel, Lise McClendon reaches deep into the past to find a France untouched by the outside world of tourism and fashion. Writing in a "lyrical, often humorous style," she brings both the pain and rewards of rebirth and the rich French countryside to life. "The characters were real and completely developed. All loose ends were tied up very nicely. This book climbed inside the main characters, flaws and all." The Bennett Sisters' adventures continue in The Girl in the Empty Dress, Give Him the Ooh-la-la (a novella), and new for 2016, The Things We Said Today.
The Bluejay Shaman: Alix Thorssen Mystery
SHE'S UP TO HER RAY-BANS IN SHAMANS, CUTE COPS, & ART FRAUD Traveling the back roads of Montana, gallery owner Alix Thorssen is far from home. Whoever killed Shiloh Merkin wanted her dead. But did her brother-in-law, a University of Montana anthropology professor, do the deed? It's a mystery, all right, from the cozy women's crystal-gazers to the whacky professors, she's got a lot of secrets to unearth. Alix follows a trail of hidden identities, moonlit rituals, and ancient artifacts to clear her sister's husband. In this first novel of the Jackson Hole series, recently edited and launched as by 'Grier Lake,' Lise McClendon weaves a gripping tale of suspense, blending Indian lore, the timeless clash of western values, and the magnificent landscape of the Rockies.