An award-winning former newspaper, radio, and television journalist, Pell has spent most of her career in the communications business. Her critically acclaimed first novel, Who’s Your Daddy, Baby? (Aberdeen Bay, 2012), was selected for a Virginia Federation of Press Women award. Born in North Carolina, Pell was raised in Virginia, is a graduate of George Mason University, and attended Harvard Business School. She has strong roots in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, and has lived in Tennessee and West Virginia, where she covered news stories in Kentucky and southern Ohio. Connoisseurs of well-told stories, rock ‘n’ roll music, impressionist art, golf, tennis, oysters, and fun people, Pell and her husband, the self-styled Agent Provocateur, JonRe Pell, live in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Lisa Pell Author
Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple, coming October 6, is now available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Received a fantastic 5-Star review of "Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple" from a professional literary reviewer. It's "a thought-provoking science fiction novel full of mystery and excitement...Pell provides insightful, witty, and biting commentary...masterfully demonstrates humanity’s need for narratives.” https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/dystortions-100-hues-of-purple/
Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple will be featured at the following events: Vegas Valley Book Festival - October 16, 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada Louisiana Book Festival - October 29, 2016, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Texas Book Festival - November 5-6, 2016, Austin, Texas Miami Book Fair International - November 20-22, 2016, Miami, Florida
And here’s the latest from the literary journal 2nd & Church!
Award-Winning Author Launches Dystortions Series
New Novel Explores Mystery, Murder, and Love in a Parallel Universe, with Humor
Award-winning, critically acclaimed author launches Dystortions series
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Warmer and more colorful than any shades of grey, and with a provocative cover hinting at light-hearted darkness, Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple is a tale of mystery, murder, and love in a parallel universe, with a bit of humor. Author Lisa Pell writes in a colorful, clever style about a futuristic vision of humanity as distorted data from our world shines on across the universe, and also, as the cover suggests, about bondage—physical, mental, and cultural.
In Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple, the protagonist, Addy O’Malibul, is a former journalist who is convicted of murder and imprisoned on a planet called Malaprop, strikingly similar to Earth, but with a few twists and many Dystortions in translations of transmissions from a planet known as Hearth. Glitched up radio communications are bombarding Malaprop – a world where fearful national security analysts, politicians, and P.R. flacks re-write history and distort facts to recreate their reality in Hearth’s image. The Dystortions in those radio communications sometimes appear to twist words backwards and create opposite meanings, but maybe also reveal underlying truths. There’s just enough good science and wacked-out myth-busting to make the story hauntingly credible– and enough saucy romance to keep things hot.
Pell said she was inspired to write the book to “explore escapism, the fascination with celebrity, and contemplate how accidents of fate and seemingly minor changes in events or even word translations could dramatically change the course of history in an alternative world.” But her outlook is not all dystopian darkness. “The mish-mash of misinterpretations can lead to all sorts of trouble, but people always seem to muddle through. It’s important to keep a sense of humor,” she said.
About the Dystortions series, Pell said, “I get such a kick out of writing these stories and feel passionately about the subject matter – the vagaries of language, the value of history, and how personal freedoms are constrained or set free.” Look for Dystortions: Purple Haze (a rock ‘n’ roll mystery in a parallel universe), and Dystortions: Purple Reigns (the mystery of celebrity in a parallel universe) in the next year or so. Pell is working on a fourth, Dystortions: The Spy Who Wooed Me, and has outlined two more: Dystortions: The Tweet Bounced ‘Round the Universe, and Dystortions: Game of Bones.