"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.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack
The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.