I have been writing since I was a tiny tot under my maiden name of Lisa Waller. When I got married in 1987, I became Lisa Shea and began publishing under that name. I have published over 300 books as well as tens of thousands of essays in a variety of magazines, newspapers, and other formats. My work runs the gamut from fiction to non-fiction, from reviews, essays, news reports, and much, much more. I've won a number of awards for my writing and have reached best-seller status with a number of my books. Aspen Allegations, to the right, won a gold medal from IPPY. Knowing Yourself has 199 reviews on Amazon with an average of 4.2/5 stars.
My reviews get special notice as I was for quite a while an Amazon top-10 reviewer. I began reviewing for Amazon in April 1998 - my first review was of The Odyssey translated by Robert Fagles. I currently have over 2,600 reviews posted. I also run a quarterly literary magazine which includes reviews.
In 1994, seven years later after I began publishing my works under the name Lisa Shea, a woman named Lisa Shea of Brooklyn, New York wrote a book Hula. This became a "regional best seller" (not sure what region this was in). It has 24 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 3.5. She then began working on a novel Offspring but I don't see that it ever got released. She also was working on The Free World - which also doesn't seem to have been released.
On May 1, 2008, just about twenty years after I switched to writing under my married name, this Lisa Shea began writing for Elle Magazine. Her first article was done with two other writers - Corrie Pikul and Megan Deem. There's no way to know which part of this article was done by Lisa Shea and which was done by the other two. Elle Review from 2008.
Lisa Shea of Elle's first actual solo article seems to have come on August 18, 2008. It was for In The Land of No Right Angles which is touted as "A young woman's searching journey that's both spiritual and sexy". The review is short - only three paragraphs long. It includes a sentence with nine commas in it. This is not my style of writing nor reviewing. Himalayan High Review.
I've written this Lisa Shea from Elle a few times but never heard back.
This Lisa Shea has a different approach to reviewing books than I do. I've invested pages upon pages discussing a book and its meaning. In this article from May 23, 2016, Lisa Shea / Elle provides barely a paragraph for each book she's read. In the write-up there are issues with missing apostrophes, missing spaces, and missing dashes. As it happens, I've written several books on Herman Melville. I disagree with Elle-Lisa on the idea that Melville had a "secret life". His romantic relationships weren't secret at all. Melville in Love
Part of what is funny is that Penguin deluges me with books to read and review, which I do and post. They've been doing this for many, many years. But occasionally someone will write me thinking I'm the Elle Lisa Shea and not the Original Lisa Shea, or that we are both the same person.
To summarize, the Lisa Shea who wrote Hula and who now writes for Elle is not me. She began writing reviews, from what I can tell, over two decades after I did. I will assume she is an "actual" Lisa Shea and this wasn't a made-up pen name. Still, it would be nice if there had been some way for the Elle "Lisa Shea" to help make clear that she was not the existing "Lisa Shea" who was already publishing book reviews and written works long before she began. One would think a simple search would have shown that there was already a "Lisa Shea" who was quite established in the review field and that even adding a middle initial for clarification would be useful.
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