Lisa Towles (previously Polisar) is a fiction writer, journalist, blogger, and musician. Her love affair with mysteries began with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, P.D. James, and she remains an insatiable devotee of Sherlock Holmes to this day. 

Lisa did graduate work in psychology and orchestral music at the University of Exeter (UK), she has a B.A. in music (applied flute) from University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music and she is currently halfway through an MBA in IT Management. Forever fascinated with the psychology of crimes and criminals, she has continued to study forensic science and psychology ever since as a means of digging deeper into her characters and understanding the depth of the human psyche. 

Lisa's new thriller, Choke, was published by Rebel E Publishers in June of 2017 in trade paper and Kindle. Lisa's other published novels (under the name Lisa Polisar) include Escape: Dark Mystery Tales, a collection of short mystery fiction published in 2010, The Ghost of Mary Prairie, a classic mystery/suspense published in 2007, Blackwater Tango, a psychological thriller published in 2002, and Knee Deep, an eerie suspense published in 2001. Lisa also wrote Straight Ahead, a book on jazz improvisation, published by Chile Piper Press (Albuquerque, New Mexico). To read excerpts and reviews of Lisa's novels, click the Books link on this website.

Lisa's short fiction and poetry have been widely published in literary journals, and as a journalist, Lisa has published feature articles, technical articles, art reviews, and book reviews for a variety of magazines. In 2004, she won two journalism awards from the National Association of Press Women. She is an active member of MWA, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. Lisa works as an IT manager in the Bay Area tech industry.

Lisa grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts, and has lived in Connecticut, England, New Mexico, and California. She has lived with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2007.