Medium Bio (200 Words)

Lisa Fernow grew up on the classic mysteries of Ngaio Marsh and Elizabeth Peters. Dead on Her Feet is the first book in a planned series set in the tango world. Her short story, Death of a Tango Dancer, was featured in King County Library System’s Take Time to Read program in 2010.

Lisa has danced Argentine tango since 1996, studying with such legendary masters as Cacho Dante, Susana Miller, and Brigitta Winkler, and other inspiring instructors in Atlanta, Seattle, and Portland.

Lisa holds a BA in English and Theatre from Cornell University and a certificate in commercial fiction writing from the University of Washington. As a former Time Warner and PepsiCo global marketing executive, Lisa bowled with Michael Jordan, got sweat on by Cindy Crawford, taught capitalism to Hungarians and helped launch Scooby Doo merchandise into 150 countries.

Now living in Seattle, she runs a consulting practice focused on innovation, and loves toggling between business and fiction writing, as both require creativity and strong storytelling.

Visit www.lisafernow.com for behind the scenes extras and to learn more about the tango world.

Short Bio (100 Words)

Lisa Fernow grew up on the classic mysteries of Ngaio Marsh and Elizabeth Peters. Lisa has danced Argentine tango since 1996, studying with such legendary masters as Cacho Dante, Susana Miller, and Brigitta Winkler, as well as other inspiring instructors in Atlanta, Seattle, and Portland. Lisa’s short story, Death of a Tango Dancer was featured in King County Library’s Take Time to Read program. She lives in Seattle, Washington. Dead on Her Feet is the first book in a planned series set in the tango world. Read more at www.lisafernow.com.

Incriminating Facts

My elementary school suspended me in the third grade for telling my teacher that she was “some pig.” This reference to Charlotte’s Web went unappreciated.

When I was posted to Eastern Europe, I taught capitalism to Hungarians.

I never liked dolls. When I was eight, I shaved the head of my Barbie doll. I was into playing on the boy’s teams: catcher, safety, goalie.

In fifth grade, I was nearly suspended from school again – this time for fashioning a switchblade out of popsicle sticks.

I studied poetry at Cornell with Archie Ammons who at the time was one of the most important poets in the US. He encouraged me to write. Also studied theater and to this day love the smell of a freshly cut 2×4.

Food and wine is a big passion of mine. I love to cook and host or go to dinner parties.

I have traveled to over 50 countries and only gotten sick in two of them.

When I worked for Pepsi Cola International I was nominated to be an honorary member of the Middle East and Africa division after drinking all their marketing directors under the table. Since they’d been working in a dry country all year this wasn’t that difficult.

At Play

This video clip is from the Seattle launch party for Dead on Her Feet. A friend and I decided to get a little dance in before the evening closed, even though I was dead on MY feet! But this gives you a little idea of what social tango is like.

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