All About Mia
David Fickling Books, 2017
On this shortlist:
Lisa Williamson was born in Nottingham in 1980. She spent most of her childhood drawing, daydreaming and making up stories in her head (but never getting round to writing them down). As a teenager she was bitten by the acting bug and at 19 moved to London to study drama at university.
Following graduation, Lisa adopted the stage name of Lisa Cassidy and spent several happy and chaotic years occasionally getting paid to pretend to be other people on TV and on stage. Between acting roles she worked as an office temp and started making up stories all over again, only this time she had a go at writing them down (luckily for us!)
Lisa lives in Walthamstow, where she is lucky enough to split her time between writing and acting. In her spare time she reads a lot of books, continues to daydream and eats way too much ice cream (all good).
Mia Campbell-Richardson, 16, is ballsy, gorgeous and kind of a disaster. Unlike her brilliant sisters, academic Grace, 19, and champion swimmer Audrey, 13, middle child Mia has no idea what she wants to do with her life. Struggling at school, and unable to deal with her parents' easy acceptance of perfect sister Grace's fall from grace, Mia goes into a tailspin.
Lisa is an experienced Leeds Book Awards author. Her first book, The Art of Being Normal, won the 14-16 category at the awards in 2016.
To find out more about Lisa visit her website www.lisawilliamsonauthor.com
or follow her on Twitter: @lisa_letters
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