Lisa Kenway is an Australian writer and doctor who enjoys crafting contemporary stories. She was awarded Highly Commended in the 2018 Peter Cowan 600-word story competition, and was a finalist in the Hunter Writers’ Centre Grieve competition in 2017. Her flash fiction has been published in Grieve Volume 5 (Hunter Writers’ Centre, 2017), Ellipsis Zine, and Brilliant Flash Fiction. Her short story, ‘Bird in the Hand’ was published in Meniscus Literary Journal.
Lisa’s first full-length novel, ‘The Jacaranda Tree’ (as yet unpublished) was long-listed for the Varuna Publisher Introduction Program Fellowship in 2017.
Lisa was also thrilled to have an eight-word story displayed on billboards across Southern Queensland in November 2017 as part of their 8-Word Story Competition.
Lisa lives on the Central Coast of NSW with her husband and two sons. She works part-time as an anaesthetist and pursues her dream of carving out a career as a novelist with every spare moment. She may be the only active member of the Australian Society of Authors and the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, two organisations which unfortunately share the same acronym, resulting in a confusing inbox.
A master of multitasking, you may find her tapping away on her laptop in the most unlikely places: at a noisy, humid pool during swim squads, on the side-lines of sporting fixtures, or while waiting for kids’ music lessons to end. There’s nothing like out-of-tune warbling to inspire creativity.
She has a passion for books, loves food in an obsessive, food-snob sort of way and has a cookbook collection which rivals the one in the MasterChef mansion.