Lisa Mathews



Lisa Mathews has been a professional book editor for more than 35 years, as well as a published author. She began her career editing Nancy Drew books, moving on to hold senior editorial positions at several major publishers. After nearly a decade at Random House as Executive Editor and Creative Director, she became a senior editor at Peachtree Publishers in Atlanta. In 2010 she started her own freelance editing and coaching business, specializing in mystery, thriller, and suspense projects. She also edits young adult (YA) and middle grade manuscripts in every genre.

Lisa wrote 20+ books under pseudonym for book series such as Mary-Kate and Ashley and The Lizzie McGuire Mysteries. Her publishers include Random House, HarperCollins, Disney, and Scholastic. Currently, as Lisa Q. Mathews, she writes mysteries for adults. Her most recent series, The Ladies Smythe & Westin, was published by Carina Press/Harlequin and Worldwide Mystery. Her short story "Fly Me to the Morgue" will appear in the Malice Domestic 16 anthology Mystery Most Diabolical, pubbing in Spring 2021.


A frequent writers conference panelist, Lisa is a founder of the Chicks on the Case mystery writers blog and a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime/Gups, International Thriller Writers, and Romance Writers of America/Kiss of Death. Find out more about Lisa and her books at