After thirteen years at an all-girls school and a house full of sisters, Lisa Patton headed for co-ed life at the University of Alabama where she received a BA in Communications. Forever the music lover, Lisa landed her first job at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis as a manager and show promoter before transitioning into radio promotions at WMC-FM 100, the top-rated Memphis landmark station. It was there she received Billboard Magazine's Promotion Director of the Year award. The birth of her two sons made it difficult to emcee nightly charity auctions and movie premieres and Lisa shifted into TV promotion at the NBC affiliate, WMC-TV Channel 5. Writing radio and TV promotional spots, character voice bits and news promos made up a large part of both jobs. A three-year stint in the restaurant business as an innkeeper in Vermont, added diversity to her deeply rooted southern heritage and it was there that Lisa got the inspiration for her bestselling novel, WHISTLIN' DIXIE IN A NOR'EASTER.
After returning to Tennessee, Lisa went to work for music legend, Michael McDonald and worked on several albums and DVD projects including the Grammy nominated, certified Platinum, Motown. Through each position in the entertainment industry, Lisa honed her writing skills with bios, press releases, and album copy. When Historic Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee called with an offer to head the Special Events Department and produce the Summer Concert Series, Lisa eagerly accepted and remained in that position until promoting WHISTLIN' DIXIE became a full-time job.
Selected by Target Stores as an "Emerging Author," Lisa has high hopes for her second novel, YANKEE DOODLE DIXIE, which is already a SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Association) bestseller. On becoming a novelist Lisa says, "It had been my dream for many years to become a published author, but often times I felt weighted down by the enormity of the thought. It's hard to imagine that I'm writing a third book, positive proof that perseverance always pays off." Currently, Lisa guides walking tours of Historic Downtown Franklin with Franklin on Foot and is at work on the third book in the WHISTLIN' DIXIE series.
To learn more about Lisa please visit her website at www.lisapatton.com
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