Lisa Thompson's Biography

Lisa Thompson is a children’s novelist born in Essex, UK.  Her debut novel, The Goldfish Boy, was bought as part of a two-book deal with Scholastic (UK). It was published in the UK in January 2017, where it was a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month and went on to become a bestseller.  The US version was published by Scholastic Inc in February 2017 and was given a starred review by Kirkus Reviews. The Goldfish Boy has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal, The Branford Boase Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

Lisa’s second novel, The Light Jar, was published in the UK in 2018 and her third, The Day I Was Erased, in 2019. She has also written a novella, Owen and the Soldier, and contributed a short story to a collection inspired by Alice In Wonderland.

Before becoming a novelist, Lisa worked as a broadcast assistant for BBC Radio 2 and CPL Productions where she got to make tea for lots of famous people.  She lives in Suffolk, UK with her family.

Five Fascinating Facts about me…

  1. I wrote my first book when I was nine.  When I was little I really wanted to have horse riding lessons but my parents couldn’t afford them so I wrote a (very) short book about a girl who started a rescue home for horses.  I could then immerse myself in the horsey world I was so keen to join.  I even did my own illustrations!  I found the book when I was about thirteen and was so embarrassed about it I ripped it up and threw it away.  Big mistake.  I’d love to see that book now.  (Oh and I did get to go on a horse when I was in my 20’s and I was so scared I asked to get off.)
  2. I used to work behind the scenes making radio programmes for the BBC.  I love radio and if you are in my company for long enough, I’ll go on and on about how great it is and then you’ll want to put the radio on really loudly to stop me talking.
  3. The first really big book I remember reading was Watership Down by Richard Adams.  I’d like to read it again one day.
  4. When I was five we had a street party and I came 2nd in a fancy dress competition and won a kite.  I was dressed as the Queen.
  5. I live in the countryside with my family and an adopted black cat.

Me with my favourite bear.

Dressed as the Queen (aged 4). I came second and won a kite.