"I was fourteen at the time of her birth and determined to ignore the fact that a newborn baby was sharing my home. I referred to her as 'it' for the first year, pretending that she was a recently acquired object, like a lamp or an alarm clock."
Lisa Lutz reads a selection from her debut novel The Spellman Files, in which Isabel "Izzy" Spellman describes her younger sister, Rae. (Running Time: 23:06)
Lisa Lutz reads from Revenge of the Spellmans, the third installment of the Spellman series that finds ex-private investigator Izzy reluctantly coming out of retirement. (Running Time: 22:03)
Lisa Lutz grew up in Southern California. She attended UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, University of Leeds in England, and San Francisco State University, although she still does not have a bachelor's degree. She spent much of the 1990s hopping from a string of low-paying jobs while writing and rewriting the screenplay, "Plan B," after which she vowed she would never write another screenplay. She is calling California her home, for now.
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