Today’s guest is author, Lisa Stanbridge, who is an Australian author who struggles to find time to write and dreams of being a bestseller. Her passion for writing runs so hot in her veins she looks for every opportunity to put pen to paper, often staying up until the wee hours to get the words down, even when she has to work the next day.
Award-winning author Lisa, has been writing ever since she could string sentences together. As a child, it started off with princesses in castles being rescued by Prince Charming. As a teenager she moved onto angsty teens struggling through life with raging hormones. Now, as a semi-mature adult, she writes sweet contemporary romances about real people going through real struggles who want their HEA.
In 2019, Lisa won the Romance Writers of Australia Little Gems short story contest with Clarity, and was shortlisted in the RWAus Emerald Award for unpublished manuscripts for Abandoned Hearts where she ranked second place.
Abandoned Hearts was published the following year by Boroughs Publishing Group.
2020 saw Lisa shortlisted again in RWAus Sweet Treats contest with The Cupcake Catastrophe.
In 2021, Lisa came fifth place in the RWAus First Kiss Award, and has been shortlisted for The Sapphire Awards. Abandoned Hearts also won ‘Best First Book’ for Romance Writers of New Zealand Koru Award of Excellence.
When she’s not writing, Lisa works full time as a Software Tester. She reads anything she can sink her teeth into, and occasionally binges on the latest Netflix series. Lisa loves lazy days at the beach reading or writing, but rarely swimming, and loves spending time with her husband and her friends.
Blurb for Abandoned Hearts:
LEANING TOWARD THE LIGHT
Finally free from her abusive ex, Claire Stone accepts a job as a live-in nurse in the small beach-side town of Busselton, Western Australia. A new life is exactly what she needs. Move away, move on, forget. If only things were that simple. Even the intriguing but abrasive son of her new patient can’t shield her from relentless memories.
Michael Karalis is watching his mother die while battling his ex-wife for custody of his five year old son. He’s bitter, broken, and distrustful, but Claire becomes a light in his world, despite his reservations. Two broken souls need to learn to trust again and open their hearts or they’ll never find the love they both need.